The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Philadelphia LandCare program began over a decade ago and serves as an international model for restoring vacant land in post-industrial cities to promote healthier neighborhoods. Residents living nearby cleaned and greened lots see mental and physical health benefits and decreases in violent crime in their communities. . Central to the program’s success has been a focus on empowering local businesses and community organizations to have a direct role in keeping their neighborhoods clean and safe. The LandCare program regularly maintains over 16 million square feet of vacant land across Philadelphia – more than 40% of the vacant lots in the city - and provides jobs for 300 city residents each season. PHS is currently seeking a dynamic, talented, and extremely motivated Seasonal Field Coordinator to ensure the LandCare lots receive top quality maintenance deserved by the community. This position with supervising, directing, and monitoring landscape construction activities on assigned projects in accordance with schedules, budgets, drawings, and specifications, while maintaining the highest-level quality of work.
This position reports directly to the Philadelphia LandCare Operations Manager, and will work closely with the rest of the Philadelphia LandCare team. This position is full time 37.5 hr./ $17.00 hr. a week, Paid position (July 2021 through June 30, 2022) with an option to extend if funding is secured.
Conduct site visits, verify addresses, and conduct surveys to document existing site conditions.
Assist with the selection of new stabilization sites.
Monitor current Philadelphia LandCare maintenance sites.
Communicate daily and effectively with contractors to facilitate satisfactory job completion.
Proactively problem solve to ensure LandCare lots receive top quality maintenance.
Assist with contract administration, project-related data entry, scope of work development, scheduling, project meetings, project records and documents.
Document all maintenance issues.
Identify neighboring abandoned parcels for future projects.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
High School Diploma, GED
Local Resident in low to moderate income neighborhood.
Valid driver’s license and a clean, safe driving record.
Detail oriented, willing, and able to provide administrative support such as data entry, cataloging, and proof reading.
High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel.
Strong organization and time management skills, including the ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and the ability to work independently.
Familiar with the different neighborhoods of the city.
Comfortable driving in any neighborhood.
Willing to engage with any resident regarding PHS’s work.
Effective communications skills to engage diverse stakeholders across race, culture, language, class.
Able to deescalate conflicts and effectively communicate across ranges of attitudes and temperaments.
Strong initiative to proactively resolve issues.
Start to finish execution.
Reliable and hard working.
Work is temporarily remote.
Requires considerable concentration and creativity.
Can adapt to tight deadlines and workload.
PHS is an equal opportunity employer.