Outreach Assistant I (NAP)
City of Ann Arbor
 Ann Arbor, MI

Requisition Number: OUTRE01262

Nature of Work: Assist Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator with all aspects of coordinating volunteers and promoting NAP. Tasks will vary but may include coordinate independent volunteers (Park Stewards, Community Service, Scouts, etc.); actively recruit, train, and direct volunteers across many different sites; respond to emails in a timely and professional manner; lead volunteer stewardship workdays in a variety of weather conditions; promote healthy natural areas through work with neighborhood groups; write newsletter articles and other informational, promotional, and recruitment materials; attend various fairs and exhibits for recruiting and educational purposes; keep detailed, accurate records of all work performed by self and volunteers; assist with controlled burns and other field work; perform various other duties necessary for the functioning of NAP; field work includes leading nature walks and volunteer workdays, distributing flyers to businesses and posting in the parks, and taking part in prescribed burns. Work involves walking off trail and on uneven terrain, using hand tools, loading equipment into and out of the truck and carrying a backpack.

Starting Hourly Rate: $12.12

Required Qualifications: Must obtain CPR/AED and First Aid certification within 30 days of employment. The City offers CPR/AED and First Aid classes, which are free to Parks employees.

Preferred Qualifications: Friendly, outgoing personality, suitable for working with the public and answering the phone. Experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers. Understanding of ecological issues related to urban natural area management including invasive species, prescribed burning, natural features inventories, etc. Technical writing and editing skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite or similar software on PCs. Detail oriented. Excellent verbal communication skills.

Work Schedule: Because of the nature of working with volunteers, weekend and evening hours will be required. This position is a 10-month, seasonal/temporary position and the expected number of hours worked per week is approximately 40.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Field work is completed depending on the season. Field work includes using hand tools including hand saws, loppers and industrial staplers, loading equipment into and out of the truck.

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

This position is an office position 85-90% of the time.

Ability to walk, stand, bend, kneel, crouch, and lift for workdays in the field, which around 90% of facilities do not have wheelchair accessible facilities.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 lbs such as mail, files, supplies, back pack with water or a drip torch, hand tools, etc. Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 lbs of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.