Assistant Sanctuary Steward

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS) is seeking a responsible and motivated individual to join our team as an Assistant Sanctuary Steward.

The mission of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is to conserve birds of prey worldwide by providing leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research and education facility.

HMS is a private, non-profit conservation organization located in Eastern Pennsylvania, nestled along the ridges of the central Appalachian Mountains.  Established in 1934 as the world’s first refuge for birds of prey, HMS hosts over 75,000 visitors annually and consists of over 2,550 acres of forested habitat including 8 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulty as well as several educational and research-based facilities that remain in operation seven days a week for the full calendar year.

Position Title:          Assistant Sanctuary Steward

Compensation:       $12.00/Hour

Schedule:                Weekends (8:00AM – 4:30PM)

The Assistant Sanctuary Steward is a key member of the HMS Stewardship Department and will report to full-time Stewardship Staff. The Assistant Sanctuary Steward is responsible for ALL operational needs of the organization during work hours including but not limited to general land and facility maintenance, custodial duties, visitor & parking logistics and invasive species management.

 Essential Functions

  • Assists in maintaining sanctuary infrastructure and grounds including but not limited to hiking trails and signage, educational and research facilities, roads, and outdoor privies in line with the HMS mission
  • Performs and documents diverse land and resource management initiatives including but not limited to non-native invasive species control, trail construction, and ecological restorations in a forested landscape.
  • Supervises, conducts, and/or assists full and part-time staff, volunteers, interns, outside contractors and service-learning students on various sanctuary projects and initiatives
  • Responds to medical, security, and environmental or weather emergencies on sanctuary grounds in a timely and professional manner in line with HMS policy
  • Performs various work in support of ALL initiatives and priorities of the HMS Stewardship Department in support of the HMS mission

 Required Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Must be able to perform the physical labor required for all aspects of the position including the ability to carry a 50 lb. backpack in adverse conditions for 5 miles and the ability/willingness to perform various job functions in inclement weather
  • Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic team environment of changing workloads and priorities
  • Proficiency in the operation of hand & power tools, mowers, string trimmers, and 4×4 trucks
  • A basic knowledge of Northeast flora and fauna
  • A willingness to perform invasive plant management in accordance with best management practices (BMP) through an integrated pest management approach (IPM) including using manual, mechanical, and chemical methods of treatment

Desired / Preferred Skills

  • Degree or degree track in Resource or Facility Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field with experience in park and/or land & facilities management
  • Red Cross First Aid & CPR certification and/or other formal emergency medical training
  • Formal training or relevant field experience relating to invasive plant management
  • General maintenance experience including a working knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry principles
  • Experience in conducting trail construction / maintenance projects and/or native habitat restoration efforts in a forested landscape

How to Apply

If interested, please email cover letter and resume/CV to Stephen H. Wade, Sanctuary Steward via [email protected].