Position: Job/Internship - Land Steward
Organization: Groundwork Bridgeport
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Start Date: Immediate (approx. mid-March 2019)
End Date: October 2019 (approx.)
Position Type: Temporary, Seasonal
Hours: The position will average 10-25 hours per week and run from approx. mid-March to late-October; Variable work schedule including some weekends.
Groundwork Bridgeport (GWB) is seeking a seasonal Land Steward to support the improved management of GWB’s land-based stewardship sites and projects. Primary duties will be related to garden and other green space maintenance and serving as a lead on stewardship projects involving youth, corporate volunteers and local, regional, and national organizations including the National Park Service. The position will be based in Bridgeport, CT and work closely with GWB’s Executive Director and Program Lead.
The work will be physically demanding. A physically active and strong individual is required as physical labor will be routine. Work will involve transporting (driving is required) tools, equipment, and plants.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
● Maintaining/caring for GWB-established or managed planting beds, gardens, trees, trails and other sites and site infrastructure
● Identifying maintenance needs on managed sites
● Digging, planting, watering, staking, deadheading, thinning, raking, transplanting, composting, hand-weeding, mulching and other related plant growing and maintenance tasks
● Keeping sites clean and orderly, removing trash, debris, weeds and invasive species as needed and participating in seasonal clean-up activities
● Collaborating on the design and maintenance of new planting sites to create seasonal interest
● Helping with the planning and establishment of pollinator beds and gardens
● Leading and/or assisting the Program Lead with stewardship projects/days that involve youth, corporate volunteers, and/or local, regional, and national organizations
● Caring for and propagating plants in the GWB office
Required Candidate Qualifications & Experience
● Energetic and eager to work outdoors and do physical work (lifing, bending, squatting, etc.) regardless of weather conditions
● Knowledge of plant culture, maintenance, and identification e.g. ability to identify native, non-native, and invasive herbaceous and woody plants
● Knowledge of environmental stewardship, land management, forestry and landscaping methods/techniques
● Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
● Has a valid driver’s license
● Willing to operate machinery e.g. lawnmowers, weed wackers, etc.
● Ability to work some weekend days
Desired Candidate Qualifications & Experience
● Horticultural/plant knowledge and/or nursery/landscape experience is preferred
● Experience supervising volunteers
● Has experience and enjoys working with youth
● Basic carpentry/woodworking skills e.g. to build raised garden beds
● Project planning and implementation skills
● Ability to collect, organize, and articulate information into land management plans for various project sites including recommendations for equipment and materials needed to perform appropriate work and enhance project sites
Ideal Candidate Qualities
● Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills
● High level of personal accountability, autonomy, self-motivation, self-organization, and self-discipline
● Someone compulsively driven to make whatever they do the best it can be
● Ability to work with people at all levels with an open and engaging personality
● Ability to be flexible and make sound professional judgements
Groundwork Bridgeport (GWB) is a community based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment, by empowering people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being. In short, we aim to beautify and revitalize Bridgeport, CT while providing opportunities for local youth to learn and engage with their community.
Our vision is of a Bridgeport whose physical landscape is beautiful, whose parks and other open spaces are actively utilized, and whose residents are stewards of both. Since its inception in 1998, GWB’s main goal has been to convert blighted areas of the city into gardens, parks, playgrounds, and other open spaces that instill pride in the community. To accomplish these goals, the organization develops education, community service, and other programming as a means of improving the quality of life for all people in Bridgeport.
Please email your resume as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Land Steward” in the subject line.
GWB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, parental status, military service or other non-merit factors.