Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern

JOB TITLE Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern
JOB FAMILY Conservation
STATUS Internship (10 weeks)
DATE February 1, 2016

SUMMARY The Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern will work directly with the Northeast Ohio Preserves Manager and Central Lake Erie Basin Project Manager on outreach and stewardship activities related to Northeast Ohio preserves and the Grand River Conservation Campus.

FUNCTIONS The Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern will assist with volunteer recruitment and stewardship activities for Northeast Ohio preserves and the Grand River Conservation Campus. This is a 10 week internship and s/he will work at the Northeast Ohio Programs Office located in Rock Creek, Ohio. The Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern will update and create new outreach materials for Northeast Ohio programs and special projects, including advertising the lodge in new forums (e.g. historic structure magazines). S/he will assist with stewardship activities, which may include driving tractors, Argos, using herbicide to spray invasive plants, weed whip, etc. S/he will assist with organizing Saturday volunteer projects at Northeast Ohio preserves through email communications with potential volunteers, as well as supplying volunteers with the proper equipment needed to carry out these activities. The Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern will assist with administration of the hunting program, inspect preserve boundaries and maintain trails and parking lots, and map invasive plant populations and rare plants/communities at TNC preserves and partner properties. The Northeast Ohio Outreach and Stewardship Intern will assist with maintenance of the Grand River Conservation Campus through posting information at campus buildings, including emergency contact information and addresses. S/he will update campus maintenance records and facilitate campus building assessment for ADA compliance. S/he will assist with Nature Center project administration, including working with volunteers, contractors, and staff. On-site, low cost housing is available for rent if desired.
To Apply contact Erin O’Rourke at 614-717-2770 x100.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE • May interact with visitors.
• Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
• Works under close or infrequent supervision.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience
• Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, and driver’).
• Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
• PC familiarity, including Microsoft software applications

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES Communications Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange of issues. Is timely with information.
Flexibility & Innovation Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work. Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the fact of uncertainty.
Interpersonal Savvy Maintains positive working relationships. Contributes to productive partnerships inside and outside the organization. Understands team member roles and values the contributions of others. Effectively deals with conflict.
Open to Learning Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement. Employs strengths effectively. Willingly shares knowledge with others. Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement. Adjusts behavior/performance as needed. Views mistakes as learning opportunities.
Organizational Awareness Understands the basics of our business. Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy. Knows how/why things work inside TNC. Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success.
Produces Results Takes Initiative. Focuses on priorities. Strives for excellence. Is dependable and accountable for results. Persistent in the face of obstacles and meets deadlines.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.