JOB POSTING: Learning Trail Coordinator (LTC)

JOB POSTING: Learning Trail Coordinator (LTC)

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

Organizational Background

The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works across its 30 square mile urban watershed, collaborating with its municipalities and connecting watershed residents to their creeks. Through hands-on education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy, TTF empowers watershed constituents to take care of and improve the impaired waterways, parks, and trails. Working with neighbors, TTF has planted thousands of native trees, shrubs, and flowers along creeks and in rain gardens at schools, parks, places of worship, and even backyards to slow down and clean pollution before it enters creeks. TTF uses many tools to share a love for water and nature with people of all ages and to show how we can all make a difference. 

Since 2005, with the support of the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), TTF has partnered with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) to improve Tacony Creek Park, support the Green City Clean Waters program, and develop stewardship. TTF is part of the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River and the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, and is increasingly recognized as a leading watershed organization. 

Position Overview

TTF is seeking a Learning Trail Coordinator (LTC) to lead outreach and program events with community residents and organizations to activate the “River Alive! Learning Trail” project.

The “River Alive! Learning Trail” (LT) will be based on the River Alive exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, built on a neighborhood scale along Cayuga Street in the Juniata neighborhood next to the Ferko Recreation Center in Tacony Creek Park. The main goal of the Learning Trail is to connect people with the environment in which they live, and invite families to Tacony Creek Park. These educational exhibits will spark questions in young minds about how water and rain affect the creek, the wildlife around it, and their neighborhood. 

Key Responsibilities

Outreach Communications

  • Coordinate with schools, childcare facilities, and partner organizations
  • Write blogs, posts and take photos to promote and document programs about the LT
  • Respond to public inquiries about LT events and programs
  • Report to TTF Executive Director and Community Watershed Leader about LT issues and opportunities 

Program Management

  • Create and coordinate park and offsite programs with partners, including Independence Seaport Museum (ISM)
  • Coordinate staff visits to ISM including registration and transportation, and programs at ISM
  • Coordinate park reading programs with partners, including Read by 4th and Read to Succeed
  • Coordinate activities and materials for the public 
  • Monitor and interact with the public at the LT
  • Document and keep track of program participation metrics and reporting

Background & Skills

The ideal candidate will have experience in a related field and/or outreach.

  • Strong interpersonal skills including curiosity and empathy
  • One to two years of experience in community outreach and engagement
  • Ability to work collaboratively with neighborhood residents and organizational partners
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; Spanish a plus
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in computer usage, including Microsoft Office and G Suite; Graphic skills preferred
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia neighborhoods and challenges
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds and interests
  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and access to reliable transportation with appropriate insurance

Personal Qualifications

Candidate shares TTF’s commitment to clean water and community engagement, as well as a love of nature. The candidate will seek to foster community input and develop capacity. The candidate will enjoy being out in the community and meeting constituents.

Physical Requirements

Due to the nature of this position, a candidate with a vehicle is preferred. Must be comfortable with working in a collaborative team environment. Must be willing to use a personal cell phone when working remotely.

Salary & Schedule

Part-Time, temporary position: 1000 hours/year at $25 per hour. Hybrid position, with remote and in- person, outside work on-site. Must be willing to work weekend and evening hours. 

How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter and resume to: Julie Slavet, Executive Director, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) at Julie@ttfwatershed.org

Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2022. No phone calls.

We welcome applications from all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. 

You can view the full job description as a PDF here.

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