The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to lead a small crew of young people on environmental restoration work in the summer of 2017 as part of the Still River Watershed Connections Program.
HVA is the watershed conservation organization and accredited land trust whose mission is to protect the natural character and environmental health of the Housatonic River Watershed for this and future generations. The Housatonic River Watershed covers nearly 2,000 square miles across western Massachusetts, western Connecticut, eastern New York, and ultimately to Long Island Sound. Since our founding over 75 years ago, we have worked closely and effectively with local, regional, statewide and national partners throughout our service area to restore and protect lands and waters for the benefit of watershed communities.
About the Still River Watershed Connections (“Connections”) Program:
Connections is an HVA youth program focused on the Still River watershed in the Danbury metropolitan area; the Still River is an important tributary of the Housatonic. This program emerged from an ongoing local watershed planning effort to restore water quality in the Still and its tributaries. The program provides students with opportunities to build personal connections to the river and each other through meaningful restoration projects, all while gaining exposure to key job skills and careers in environmental science that will ultimately help catalyze future stewardship in their communities.
The Crew Leader will help design and implement the Connections program for the summer of 2017. This individual will guide and supervise a group of 3-6 young adults in watershed restoration work and community outreach in the Danbury area. Specific restoration projects may include, but not be limited to: invasive plant management; maintaining riparian buffer plantings; water quality sampling in stormwater infrastructure; macroinvertebrate sampling; trail work; and GPS mapping. At the end of the season, field work will wind down and the Crew Leader will help the crew design and execute a presentation to the community about the work they’ve accomplished.
This is an 8-week paid position (35 hours/week) from late-June to mid-August. During the first and last week, the Crew Leader will work with HVA staff at our office in Cornwall Bridge, CT on program preparation and wrap-up. The Crew Leader will work directly with the crew for the 6 weeks in between (20 hours/week with the crew, with the remaining 15 hours/week designated for preparation and follow-up). The Crew Leader works with HVA’s Conservation Projects Manager throughout the season.
- Ensure the personal safety of crew members
- Coordinate with program partners (e.g. Danbury Youth Services, local conservation professionals, town staff, water quality lab) to schedule and implement projects
- Plan and execute daily activities
- Reinforce positive work etiquette and approve crew members’ time sheets
- Ensure group cohesion and harmony
- Assist crew members in sharing their knowledge with the public
- Maintain contacts and outreach materials and track program progress
- Experience working outdoors with groups of young people (ages 14-19). Examples may include, but are not limited to: outdoor leadership programs, science education, camp experience, etc.
- Experience planning environmental education activities on a daily and/or weekly basis
- Strong scientific background in environmental science, hydrology, natural resource management, or similar field
- Enthusiasm for teaching and learning
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
- Familiarity using Facebook and Instagram
- Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, willingness to drive truck/rental van when necessary
- First Aid/CPR training (HVA can help qualified applicants obtain this training)
- Familiarity with the Still River and/or any of the towns in the watershed, which include Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, and Ridgefield, CT
- Spanish and/or Portuguese fluency is a plus
Time and Compensation:
- This is a temporary position (35 hours/week for 8 weeks) from early July to mid-August. Exact start date TBD.
- Hourly rate commensurate with experience and qualifications.
- Send cover letter describing interest and qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Savannah Judge (HVA Conservation Projects Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline to apply: May 15th