Full-Time Field Coordinator
Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) seeks a Field Coordinator to take an active role in managing the built environment and sustaining the community and organizational relationships on the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway. The Field Coordinator will report to the Stewardship Manager.
RNP is a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Philadelphia to build and activate the North Delaware River Greenway, a series eight parks and 11 miles of trail in Northeast Philadelphia, with the belief that every Philadelphian should have access to their rivers. The greenway is 65% completed and expected to be fully connected by 2025. Working with the City, RNP expects to break ground on a new trail segment in Tacony and a riverfront park in Bridesburg in 2022. We are gaining momentum as a neighborhood asset and regional destination, with the understanding that, as the greenway nears completion, our future depends on an engaged community and the highest standards of stewardship
RNP is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.
The Field Coordinator supports stewardship operations on the parks and trails on the Greenway, which have grown significantly in the last four years through major restoration projects and diverse partnerships. This opening is a great opportunity for a bright and enthusiastic individual as we anchor and expand that growth.
The position requires understanding of landscape management in complex, industrial settings and a highly active riverfront. Areas of management include general maintenance and park landscaping, meadow, wetland, living shoreline, and woodlands. It also requires capacity to work in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, volunteers, and workforce development groups.
The Field Coordinator works with the Stewardship Manager in support of landscape management with seasonal park employees hired by the City, as well as volunteer groups and job skill training partners. Additional guidance and support is provided by the Project Manager, who is a registered landscape architect, and outreach activities are supported by a Programs and Partnership Manager.
The Field Coordinator will support the Stewardship Manager in the following operational activities:
- Assess trail and park conditions based on priorities and plans developed with the Stewardship Manager.
- Carry out facilities maintenance, including mowing, litter pick-up, graffiti control, line trimming, trail tread maintenance, and emptying trail trash cans.
- Support park operations with the Stewardship Manager through invasive species control, erosion control, landscape installation, streambank restoration, and general greenway maintenance.
- Manage tools and equipment, including operating hand tools, small power tools, crosscut and chainsaws, and a Gator. Coordinate regular inventory and maintenance.
- Monitor contractors as needed with the Stewardship Manager (mowing, invasive species control, etc.)
- Manage weekend trail and park volunteer clean-ups held biweekly from April to November.
- Positive and collaborative operational relationships with City of Philadelphia employees.
- Support the Stewardship Manager and RNP as needed with job skill training partnerships and “all-hands-on-deck” annual events, such as the Fish Fest, Spring Fling fundraiser, etc.
- Support organizational assessment and planning through staff retreats and professional development.
Background and Skills:
Successful candidates will demonstrate the following in their application:
- Skillful operations: the candidate will demonstrate experience in resource management, land management, habitat restoration, or related fields. Preference will be given to individuals who show day-to-day competency in hands-on plant identification, small tools and equipment maintenance, invasive species control, and planting trees.
- Working with people: whether it is individual and group volunteers or direct reports, the candidate must have strong speaking and listening skills. We look for cultural competency to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests.
- Professional qualities: the candidate will have the ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and take action. They will have a commitment to positive and proactive communication.
- Skills: the candidate will be proficient with technology, including the Microsoft Suite, online databases, basic photo editing, etc.
- Chainsaw operations and maintenance certification is a plus.
RNP provides a truck for field work. However, due to the scale of the greenway and the lack of public transportation near it, a candidate with a car is strongly preferred. Candidates must have and maintain a valid driver’s license in good standing. The position is primarily in the field with some office time, and outdoor work is labor-intensive and may happen under adverse weather conditions. They must be willing to use personal equipment such as a cell phone if working remotely.
Salary and Schedule:
- $39,000 annually. Exempt with health benefits.
- 10 paid vacation days and 10-12 office holidays (depending on which day of the week the winter holidays fall).
- Position is 40 hours week on a flexible schedule. Position requires adjustment to a Tuesday through Saturday from April through November. A core part of this role is managing weekend and after-work volunteer events