Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a nonprofit land trust and conservation organization located in Baltimore County, Maryland, is seeking an enthusiastic person to join our organization as a parttime Programs Assistant for our Education and Restoration work. This is a grantfunded position with funding through at least the end of 2023 with a strong potential for future funding. The Programs Assistant will assist with several of our programs including reforestation, rain barrels, conservation garden installations, and outreach which occur throughout the Gunpowder watershed. This is an ideal
opportunity for a person seeking experience with a nonprofit organization that focuses on habitat restoration, land preservation, and environmental education.

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Position term, schedule, and pay rate:

Parttime, nonexempt employee with a workload of 2025 hours/week through December 30, 2023 with the possibility of continuation longerterm (pending additional grant funding).
Flexible hours. Must be available Saturdays and a few days during the typical work week for meetings including some evenings for volunteer meetings.
$17/hour plus reimbursement of roundtrip travel mileage from home to worksite ($0.585 cents/mile).

Job responsibilities:

Reforestation Program
Attend and help lead twiceyearly meetings at the beginning of spring and fall to orient and coordinate volunteer leaders for the season.
Assist with prepping for tree planting seasons by clearing space for tree and stake delivery and checking tool inventory.
Assist with planting prep days, including coordinating volunteers, helping load trees and tools at the GVC shed, traveling to planting site, assisting with flagging and sorting trees, clearing invasives from tree flags, and clearing walking paths for volunteers.
Learn to identify invasive plants and physical removal techniques.
Colead tree planting and tree maintenance events; perform maintenance throughout the year when seasonably appropriate.
Help gather tree maintenance data in the field for quarterly reporting and submit it to Program Director.
Attend assessments of potential planting sites to learn how to perform assessments so that in time they will be able to split assessments with Associate Program Manager.
Assist with creating registration pages on GVC website for tree maintenance and tree planting events.
Assist with recruiting reforestation volunteers and entering volunteer data for proper tracking. Rain Barrel Program
Post rain barrel workshops online, monitor registrations, and track rain barrel orders
Assist with assembling rain barrels in preparation for order fulfillment and workshops

Manage checkin and order fulfillment, as well as administer postworkshop surveys at rain
barrel workshops.

Assist or lead presentations at rain barrel workshops.
Enter postworkshop survey and volunteer tracking data in SharePoint.

General Program Support

Help recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteers.
Periodically attend outreach events to advertise programs and recruit volunteers.
Other relevant duties as assigned.
Record field observations, volunteer participation data, etc., and enter data into Excel and/or
other databases.

Provide data needed for quarterly grant reports, as requested.

Minimum Requirement:

Age 18+
Must provide own reliable transportation to and from locations throughout the Gunpowder Watershed (Baltimore, Harford, and Carroll Counties)
Must have a computer with reliable internet access

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Interest in environmental work
Highly organized and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
The ability to lift and carry 40 pounds and to move safely over uneven terrain
Willing and able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather, in fields or forests with thick vegetation
Excellent communication skills specifically for working with partner agencies and volunteer recruitment
Familiarity with Microsoft Office tools
Willingness to learn GIS or familiarity (preferred but not required)
Experience working with volunteers
Able to work independently with confidence after training
Ideal candidates will have at least an associate degree or equivalent amount of college level courses completed in environmental science, sustainable horticulture, forestry, or related area, (e.g., environmental studies, environmental education, biological sciences, ecology) OR 2 years
of experience working in landscaping, horticulture, fieldbased conservation work, or a related field.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and a brief cover letter to Program Director Darcy Herman ( with the subject line “Programs Assistant Application”. Review of applications will begin immediately. For priority consideration please apply by June 10, 2023