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PAEE Administrative Coordinator

Classification: Permanent Part-time/Non-Exempt
Location: State College, PA
(Posted November 20, 2017)

PAEE Overview
The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) unites, supports, and empowers the community of environmental educators throughout Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1977 and now one of the oldest statewide environmental education groups, PAEE continues to change and grow through the work of its members and leaders. PAEE is comprised of 200+ members and guided by a 15 member volunteer board. PAEE aims to convene a rich network of individuals to share experiences and expertise. Our members include educators from nature centers, state agencies and non-profits, as well as naturalists, outdoor educators, school teachers, principals, preschool educators, college professors, authors, industry professionals, students and retirees.

Job Description
PAEE seeks an enthusiastic, independent, and attentive professional to provide high-level coordination and liaison support to the organization’s Board. The Administrative Coordinator will function as the primary contact person for the Board of Directors and associated working groups (e.g. Board Executive Committee, Regional Directors, and Conference Co-Chairs) and provide support for the Board’s activities and general organizational management.

This is a part-time position, working an 8-16 hour a week schedule, depending on need. Hours are flexible and could increase or decrease. The Administrative Coordinator will work from an office in State College, Pennsylvania and will report directly to the President. Benefits will not be provided and pay is $15-20 per hour, depending on experience. The position start date is expected to be sometime in early 2018, depending on selected candidate’s availability.

Essential Duties
 Attend quarterly, 4 times a year, Board meetings (usually held in State College, PA) and other meetings as needed. Work with Board Secretary to deliver board meeting packets of information and to develop official minutes
 Identify, create and manage a private online communication platform for PAEE Board members – to share thoughts, document review/storage, staying connected, etc. (something that is not email or social media)
 Establish working relationships with PAEE’s six regional directors in the form of verbal, written, and/or electronic correspondence to ensure consistent planning of regional workshops for PAEE members
 Work closely with PAEE’s Conference Co-Chair(s) to handle coordination details and final reporting for annual conference
 Be responsible for the on-boarding and orientation of new board members
 Be familiar with the organization’s financial processes and budget and assist with developing reports
 Coordinate and maintain PAEE’s website, e-newsletter and social media platforms
 Develop a timeline/check-in schedule to effectively manage the accountability needs of the PAEE Board
 Assist the Board Membership Director with membership management including tracking renewals, payments, etc.
 Become familiar with and be able to communicate PAEE events, activities, policies, etc.
 Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned
Qualifications:
 Bachelor’s degree preferred, with minimum of two years coordination or management experience.
 Must have experience working with or serving on a Board.
 Must exhibit excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
 Ability to take direction quickly and work independently, since training will be minimal.
 Must be self-motivated and able to take initiative – working in a flexible, non-structured environment.
 Strong computer skills with an emphasis on Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and online communications.
 Ability to navigate and amend websites, social media platforms, databases, and software designed for program registrations and memberships.
 Demonstrated commitment to environmental and/or outdoor education is a plus.
 Experience organizing and coordinating individuals across regions is a plus.
 Willingness and ability to travel throughout PA (must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle).
 Use of phone and computer are required (must have own phone with service plan).
 Accounting/bookkeeping experience a plus.

To apply email resume and salary requirement to:
Scott J. Cope, President- PAEE Board, sjcope@wildlandspa.org. PLEASE WRITE “PAEE ADMIN COORDINATOR” in the subject line

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2018


GIS Specialist (TBD)

(Posted November 20, 2017)
About PEC: 
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. At the heart of our success is our belief in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. PEC has three regional offices across Pennsylvania and actively engages in projects and policy initiatives that promote land and water-based recreational opportunities, protection and conservation of water resources, promotion of forward-thinking energy and climate approaches, and sustainable development of communities and landscapes.

Position Summary:
The GIS Specialist is a full time exempt position that supports PEC’s Trails and Recreation Initiative and primary role is to manage PEC’s GIS resources. The GIS Specialist reports to the Program Director for Trails and Recreation.

Position Activities:
1. Manage PEC’s GIS resources, including the master file geodatabase and SDE feature classes used for PEC’s Gototrails, ensuring appropriate data use and standardizing data-entry requirements and data quality.
2. Implement outreach strategies for new spatial data collection and interface with PEC trails staff and extensive trail manager network to add new trails to the database and update data for existing trails.
3. Collaborate with the Trails Program Director to identify and fulfill the strategies and goals related to the Gototrails platform.
4. Assist in producing interactive cartographic products for other PEC programs and assist with locating, editing, or digitizing data for research projects.
5. Assist PEC staff with other organizational GIS needs, as appropriate.
6. Other duties as assigned.

Specific Required Skills Are:
1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Proficiency with ESRI’s ArcGIS platform and extensions, including ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE. Experience digitizing data and editing large datasets. Experience with image interpretation and data verification. Verifiable experience creating quality cartographic products. A solid understanding of relational databases and data queries. Experience locating project-specific datasets and working with Census data (including ACS) and other government datasets is desirable. Programming experience, particularly from a web or GIS perspective, is a plus, as is experience with spatial analysis.
2. Custom Programming: The ideal candidate will have experience creating custom programs in .Net, Python or JavaScript to manipulate geospatial data. Experience with the MapWindow ActiveX component is a plus. Experience with the R statistical programming language is a plus.
3. Communication:  Much of the success of the position is dependent on the ability to interpret the desires of technological novices and transfer it into Gototrails. Contributions to various media platforms is expected, as is the ability to make presentations in large meetings and conferences, including collaborating with remote co-workers and advisors.
4. Interpersonal Skills: Strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of working with volunteer organizations are required as much of PEC’s work is focused on supporting trail groups throughout Pennsylvania.  

Qualifications:
A bachelor degree or higher in geography, urban planning, forestry, recreation management or a related field, with very strong experience in GIS theory and practice, is preferred. The successful candidate should have at least 1-3 years of GIS experience, preferably with a conservation, recreation or public lands agency. A portfolio of Story Maps is strongly desired. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a personal passion for protecting open spaces and developing trail connections.

Compensation:
This is a salaried position commensurate with experience and includes an attractive benefits package (medical benefits, vacation, holidays, 403(b), life insurance, et cetera).

Location:
The position can be based out of any of PEC’s offices or State College depending on the location of the ideal candidate. Travel to other locales in the region and state will be required.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, project samples, and any salary requirements to GISSpecialist@pecpa.org by January 5, 2018.

Current Internships

Spring Semester Internship

(posted November 7, 2017)
PRPS Office, State College, PA
The PRPS Internship Program assists students in making an effective transition from the classroom to the professional world. It is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the parks and recreation field and develop their professional interests. The intern serves one academic semester fulfilling the following responsibilities within the PRPS Office.

Responsibilities and Relations
• Complete sufficient education, practical work experience and observation experience to fulfill his or her university’s requirements for internship eligibility
• Work a 40 hour-week with some nights and weekends as needed
• Know and adhere to PRPS’s policies and procedures. Learn the organizational structure of PRPS
• Complete written mid- and post-internship evaluations
• Assist office staff with day to day operations
• Job shadow each full time office position for at least one day
• Complete and report on at least two site visits to different recreation departments and one local or state park facility. Interview at least one staff member at each location on best practices in the field
• Develop one major and one minor project to be completed before the end of the internship

Education
• Academic major in recreation, parks, tourism or related studies

Knowledge and Abilities
• Dedication to advancing recreation and parks
• Excellent customer service skills
• Possess a high degree of personal integrity,  honesty, equity, excellence and innovation
• Ability to work effectively in  collaboration with diverse groups
• Ability to work as part of a team for the betterment of the organization and membership
• Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making sound decisions
• Handle suggestions and complaints in a professional manner
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to participate when required at  PRPS events
• Excellent written and communication skills

To apply, contact Niki Tourscher, CPRP, CPSI, Director of Training & Get Outdoors PA.

Spring Internship

(posted July 26, 2017) Lower Providence Township, Eagleville, PA Lower Providence Township Parks & Recreation Department is offering Spring internship opportunities for any student working towards a degree in recreation and parks or equivalent. Hands-on experience in various aspects of community recreation including planning, programing, special events, as well as day-to-day administrative office duties. Interns will gain a wide range of recreation and parks experience through this internship. Contact Karl Lukens at klukens@lowerprovidence.org.

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