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Summer Youth Programs Assistant

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Summer Youth Programs Assistant

Job Description:

With 45 acres along the Lower Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and river garden. Our goal is to meaningfully engage a growing tide of recreational users and to ensure that our Southwest Philadelphia community feels ownership of the Garden as their waterfront access and outdoor classroom as we see increased use from people who live further afield.

Current programming at Bartram’s Garden includes a range of free and low-cost initiatives:

  • Philadelphia’s Outdoor Classroom: More than 9,000 local school children visit Bartram’s Garden each year for hands-on, curriculum-appropriate lessons in science, nature, and healthy living.
  • A Welcoming Green Resource: Located within one of the city’s most industrialized and disenfranchised neighborhoods, the site includes a meadow, an urban farm, a community boathouse, a public dock and protected wetlands in addition to the country’s oldest botanical garden. The site is open and free all year round with expanded programming.
  • A Vibrant River Garden: The Garden boasts a half-mile of riverfront, the only safe river access in Southwest Philadelphia, and the only tidal wetlands on the Lower Schuylkill River. Our Community Boathouse opened in July of 2015 and through its boating and fishing programs seeks to create a welcoming, accessible, affirming, fun and safe experience for guests of all abilities and from all backgrounds.

We are seeking a young adult (recent college grad preferred) to help run our Summer Youth Program, which is a six week paid internship for 15 Philadelphia high school students to learn and teach others about rowing and urban river ecology. When the youth program is not in session the fellow will assist with environmental education activities to other programs on site.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Youth Program Assistant will work with the Youth Program Manager to:

  • Provide leadership and guidance for high school students throughout the course of the program
  • Ensure safety protocols are followed at all times, both on and off the water
  • Maintain boating and fishing equipment
  • Create and maintain positive group atmosphere
  • Handle Philadelphia Youth Network time sheets and other paperwork
  • Assist in executing basic urban river ecology curriculum
  • Complete a final project documenting work accomplished over the season

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a dependable self-starter who enjoys working with high school aged youth, can juggle a number of tasks, is comfortable working outdoors in the hot summer months, and has the ability to lift or move items weighing up to 50 lbs. This person must be able to walk the fine line of maintaining both a positive relationship and a supervisory/authoritative relationship with youth, understanding that this is a youth employment program as well as an environmental education and experiential learning program.

Prior boating and/or fishing experience is not required, however, candidates must be interested in learning how to boat and fish. Per state law, the Assistant would have to obtain current background checks on child abuse clearance and criminal history (Bartram’s Garden will cover cost of checks).

Schedule & Hours:

Dates: June 2nd – August 21st

Hours: 30 – 35 hours a week. During the month of June, hours are flexible, with Saturday 10am-4pm availability a must.

Your attendance will be required at a 3-day overnight Watershed Stewardship Training in the Poconos June 10-12 (food, transportation and accommodation is provided).

From July – August (exact dates TBD). During the six week youth program the schedule is Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8am to 4pm, with occasional Saturdays. Tuesdays is a day for paperwork and hours are flexible. The 3rd week of August hours are flexible as the Program Assistant completes their final project.

Compensation:

$15 an hour.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume by March 15th to:

Danielle Redden

River Programs Manager, Bartram’s Garden danielle@bartramsgarden.org

Background:

This position is part of a Delaware River Watershed fellowship through the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), of which Bartram’s Garden is a member center. This coalition of 23 environmental education centers is focused on constituency-building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Centers of the Alliance are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center for a 12-week fellowship designed to advance collective impact across the watershed.

 


 

Summer River Programs Assistant

Job Description:

With 45 acres along the Lower Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and river garden. Our goal is to meaningfully engage a growing tide of recreational users and to ensure that our Southwest Philadelphia community feels ownership of the Garden as their waterfront access and outdoor classroom as we see increased use from people who live further afield.

Current programming at Bartram’s Garden includes a range of free and low-cost initiatives:

  • Philadelphia’s Outdoor Classroom: More than 9,000 local school children visit Bartram’s Garden each year for hands-on, curriculum-appropriate lessons in science, nature, and healthy living.
  • A Welcoming Green Resource: Located within one of the city’s most industrialized and disenfranchised neighborhoods, the site includes a meadow, an urban farm, a community boathouse, a public dock and protected wetlands in addition to the country’s oldest botanical garden. The site is open and free all year round with expanded programming.
  • A Vibrant River Garden: The Garden boasts a half-mile of riverfront, the only safe river access in Southwest Philadelphia, and the only tidal wetlands on the Lower Schuylkill River. Our Community Boathouse opened in July of 2015 and through its boating and fishing programs seeks to create a welcoming, accessible, affirming, fun and safe experience for guests of all abilities and from all backgrounds.

We are seeking a young adult to assist with our boating and fishing programs, most of which are free and open to the public free of cost.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The River Programs Assistant will work with the River Programs Manager to:

  • Assist with running public boating and fishing programs
  • Set up and clean up of boats, tables & chairs, tents and other supplies needed to run events.
  • Ensure safety protocols are followed at all times, both on and off the water
  • Help maintain boating and fishing equipment
  • Create and maintain positive group atmosphere
  • Handle paperwork such as waivers and basic data entry
  • Greet and orient program participants
  • Occasionally work with environmental education staff to assist in lessons with youth
  • Complete a final project documenting work accomplished over the season

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be an outgoing and dependable self-starter who enjoys working people of all ages and backgrounds. They should be able to juggle a number of tasks and be comfortable working outdoors in the hot summer months (and sometimes in the rain). They should have the ability to lift or move items weighing up to 50 lbs.

Prior boating and/or fishing experience is not required – but should be something the candidate is interested in learning more about. Per state law, the Assistant would have to obtain current background checks on child abuse clearance and criminal history (Bartram’s Garden will cover cost of checks).

Schedule & Hours:

Dates: June 2nd – August 21st

Hours: 30 – 35 hours a week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening availability is a must (we have programs until 9pm). Saturday 9am – 3pm availability is also required. Days off will be Sunday and Monday.

Your attendance will be required at a 3-day overnight Watershed Stewardship Training in the Poconos in June 10-12 (food, transportation and accommodation is provided).

Compensation:

$15 an hour.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume by March 15th to:

Danielle Redden

River Programs Manager, Bartram’s Garden danielle@bartramsgarden.org

Background:

This position is part of a Delaware River Watershed fellowship through the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), of which Bartram’s Garden is a member center. This coalition of 23 environmental education centers is focused on constituency-building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Centers of the Alliance are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, creeks). The Alliance seeks to hire young people at each center for a 12-week fellowship designed to advance collective impact across the watershed.

 


 

Facilities Assistant

Bartram’s Garden seeks a Facilities Assistant to join the Landscape and Facilities team that maintains this 45-acre Southwest Philadelphia asset as a dynamic civic common and river garden. Responsibilities include custodial duties, site safety and security, routine building maintenance and monitoring, emergency repairs, cyclic maintenance and site-specific trades work. Reporting to the Director of Landscapes and Facilities, the Facilities Assistant personally accomplishes daily maintenance, operations and repair work, and works with the Landscape and Facilities team on larger projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs general facility maintenance including building maintenance and upkeep (including historic repair and maintenance), Geothermal and traditional HVAC systems, utilities maintenance and monitoring, safety and security, and site-wide infrastructure upkeep
  • Performs regular maintenance and repair work within given areas of expertise
  • Coordinate work performed by contractors, to include building maintenance, advanced repairs, snow removal and winter weather response. Offers technical assistance where applicable
  • Maintains alarm and fire detection systems, electrical, and mechanical and monitoring systems. Responds to building system failures and security alerts and ensure proper response is undertaken restore proper operations
  • Maintains ongoing facilities and grounds-related project lists/records and assists the Landscape and Facilities Director with daily logs and ongoing recoding of work accomplished
  • Conducts daily check and cleaning of visitor amenities including the courtyard, trash cans, bathrooms, and others as assigned
  • Conducts cyclical maintenance of all equipment and appliances and maintains records of maintenance performed
  • Supports larger horticulture and facilities work
  • Support ongoing programs and special events as assigned
  • Organize and manage facility maintenance shop including tool logs/records and use schedule

Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience in trades or facility maintenance required; public garden setting preferred
  • Experience with historic sites, preservation carpentry preferred
  • A valid PA driver’s license is required
  • Must be able to work at least one weekend day from April through December. Must have the ability to work holidays, weekends, early mornings and late nights in both indoor & outdoor and in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and to perform physical tasks under a variety of conditions
  • Experience in operation of machinery, small power equipment and power tools (Utility cart, Bobcat, mowers, chipper, etc.)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion
    Experience working in communities of color, commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice
  • Openness to personal growth and new experiences
  • Personal or professional familiarity with Southwest Philadelphia is preferred

Schedule and Compensation:
This is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round position. Our site is open daily, and the Facilities Assistant will be required to work one weekend day during our busy season (April through December), as well as occasional holidays, weekends, early mornings and late nights throughout the year. Starting salary is between $15-$18 per hour, depending on experience. Benefits include healthcare and dental coverage, short and long-term disability coverage, paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.

Application Information:
To apply please send your resume along with a brief note describing your interest in the position to jobs@bartramsgarden.org. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.