Restoration Coordinator - AmeriCorps Position with Capitol Land Trust
Do you have a passion for the environment and for engaging your community in the outdoors? Then Capitol Land Trust’s AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator position would be a great fit for you! This position will restore degraded habitat, work with volunteers, and provide opportunities to get youth engaged in the outdoors in the South Puget Sound in Washington State.
If hired you will work with a small team of eight staff - but we have hundreds of volunteers that make this work possible! I will be the Restoration Coordinator position supervisor so you will get to work closely with a fellow permie!
Capitol Land Trust’s Mission: To further collaborative and strategic conservation of southwest Washington's essential natural areas and working lands. This includes both protecting additional lands for conservation, and maintaining and restoring the lands under our management to improve habitat quality and ecological function. More information can be found at Capitol Land Trust's website.
Location: Capitol Land Trust’s office in Lacey WA, and Land Trust properties throughout Thurston and Mason counties.
Project description: The AmeriCorps project will address two problems: first, the project will restore degraded habitat to improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality in South Puget Sound; and provide opportunities to get youth engaged in the outdoors.
The AmeriCorps member will implement a series of volunteer restoration events to improve habitat on properties managed by Capitol Land Trust, including properties in the Black River watershed and along the Puget Sound shoreline in Mason and Thurston counties. This will include service on Capitol Land Trust’s Inspiring Kids Preserve on Henderson Inlet and will involve coordinating with local schools to host student groups at the preserve as part of our ongoing restoration and stewardship efforts.
The AmeriCorps member also may organize restoration events to remove invasive plants, plant native plants, and maintain existing native-plant plantings at other Capitol Land Trust properties.
Finally, The AmeriCorps member will also serve to enhance public access on several properties in Mason County and Thurston County. This will involve service with local school groups, the Washington Trails Association and adjacent land owners.
Restoration Coordinator Responsibilities: The member will organize and run weekly restoration service days at multiple locations in the southwest Washington with a focus on Mason and Thurston counties. Volunteers may be recruited using our internal database of volunteers and by recruiting new volunteers by reaching out to our community.
Restoration service days will involve talking with Capitol Land Trust staff to identify areas that need stewardship, recruiting volunteers, organizing necessary supplies/logistics, running the event and training volunteers, and running the day of tasks associated with the event. Other tasks include adding volunteers to our database and reporting back to staff about the event.
The member will also assist Capitol Land Trust staff with education and outreach events including our hands-on nature-based education activities and our Outdoor Exploration Series.
Other tasks will involve assisting Capitol Land Trust staff with updating our website and social media pages.