Piedmont Environmental Council

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Piedmont Environmental Council 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, VA 20186
Sep 13, 2021
Full time
Position Description Title:                           Field Representative (Rappahannock County) Manager:                    Director of Conservation Location:                    Warrenton, Va. Job Classification:    Full Time Non-Exempt Introduction The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature (learn more about PEC) . Description The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Field Representative to work with landowners, land managers, and federal, state and local agencies to further PEC’s land conservation priorities and land use policy activities in PEC’s nine county service area ( learn more about the nine counties ). The geographic focus of the position will predominantly be in Rappahannock County, Virginia, though the Field Representative may also work in surrounding counties within PEC’s service area. The Field Representative will work to advance the following goals: Executing and/or facilitating conservation real estate transactions that will further PEC’s goal of conserving 1 million acres in the PEC region. These transactions include, but are not limited to, donation of conservation easements by landowners, purchase of conservation easements by PEC, fee simple acquisitions of land, and conveyance of conservation lands to public conservation agencies and/or private conservation buyers. Creating and sustaining a network of informed residents, donors, policy makers, partner organizations, and others that are ready to advocate for policies and actions that support land conservation, resource protection, and enhanced public access to nature. Ensuring that PEC’s work embodies best practices identified by the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices, particularly in regard to the stewardship of land owned and conservation easements held by PEC. Increasing positive awareness of PEC and building support for PEC programs. Areas of Responsibility The Field Representative will be responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of land conservation, natural resource restoration, land use policy, and civic engagement efforts that further PEC’s mission. Examples of activities include:   Developing and implementing land protection strategies through (1) identification of key at-risk properties, landscapes, and resources; (2) outreach and education to landowners, farmers, and professional advisers on conservation tools such as voluntary conservation easement donations, Purchase of Development Rights programs, and other conservation programs; and (3) coordination with other private partners and public agencies (such as the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the USDA National Resources Conservation Service) to further conservation in the Piedmont. Executing and/or facilitating implementation of a suite of natural resource conservation practices that enhance wildlife habitat, restore water quality, and/or improve agricultural productivity on public and private lands in the Piedmont. Serving as part of the PEC’s stewardship team, responsible for ensuring appropriate monitoring and stewardship of PEC’s conservation easement and fee land portfolio. Serving a key staff role supporting land conservation funding sources available to PEC, including PEC’s Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation. Initiating, leading, or participating in local community based conservation planning and policy efforts, such as historic preservation, water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and/or agricultural land management demonstration projects. Teaming with other PEC staff to respond appropriately to major land use, conservation, and transportation threats in the region. Working directly with citizens and allied organizations to organize the public around campaigns, policies and outcomes supportive of the PEC mission, including adoption of language in the county comprehensive plans and support or opposition to specific land use threats and opportunities. Regularly updating PEC Board members, other PEC staff, and members of local advisory committees on land use, conservation, and transportation issues affecting the communities served by the Field Representative, notably the Krebser Fund Advisory Committee. Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region. The Field Representative reports to PEC’s Director of Conservation, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors. This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.   Qualifications Bachelor’s degree required. 3-5 years work experience or Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, planning, law or a related field preferred. A working knowledge of conservation policies, conservation easements, and real estate transactions, etc. Familiarity with conservation grant programs, such as NRCS Agricultural Land Easement program, the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation grant program, the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program, and/or funding opportunities available through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials for use in communicating public policy and conservation opportunities to the PEC Board of Directors, PEC staff, PEC members, and the public at large. Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency including elected officials, non-profit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. Experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred. Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns. A working knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia is preferred. Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software. Familiarity with ArcMap a plus. Requires minimal supervision. Willing to work some weekends and evenings. Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Compensation Salary range of $21.3646 to $31.25 per hour, depending on qualifications.  (The equivalent of $45,000 to $65,000 per year). Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability and term life insurance, a 403 (b) employee pension plan, HSA and FSA options and some employer paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.  PEC also offers employees one day of leave per year to perform volunteer work. Application Process To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to apply@pecva.org .   The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, VA
Aug 20, 2021
Full time
Position Description Title: Land Use Coordinator   Supervisor: Deputy Director of Land Use Location: Warrenton, Va. Job Classification: Full Time Introduction   The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC works with residents to weigh in on important land use and policy decisions, conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature. Areas of Responsibility The Land Use Coordinator serves as an assistant to the Deputy Director of Land Use and is responsible for helping in the following areas: Monitoring, reviewing, and reporting on local land use issues as assigned; Coordinating and taking minutes for land use staff conference calls and meetings; Attending and reporting on such regional meetings as the Planning District Commission and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; Providing support to the land use staff and reporting on regional infrastructure projects (transportation, energy, etc.) that may have negative implications for our region; Drafting reports, memos, or position statements; Taking the lead on special projects including conducting research into a topic, working with land use field staff to conduct cross-county analyses and comparisons, and collecting data on specific issues; Developing web content related to PEC’s land use work; Responding to requests for information and assistance from citizens and public officials; Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region; Looking for opportunities to enhance PEC’s reputation and advance its mission; Other duties as assigned. Qualifications College degree in planning or a related field required; Demonstrated the ability to communicate well verbally and through writing; Ability to organize, coordinate and manage multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously; Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency, including elected officials, nonprofit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives; Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, with minimal supervision; Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software; Ability to work some weekends and evenings; Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required; Ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Compensation Salary will be commensurate with experience. Salary range: $19.23 to $23.08 per hour (the equivalent of $40,000-48,000 per year). Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability and term life insurance, a 403 (b) employee pension plan, HSA and FSA options and some employer paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.  PEC also offers employees one day of leave per year to perform volunteer work.  Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to apply@pecva.org . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council
Jun 18, 2021
Full time
Title: Development & Event Assistant Location: Warrenton, VA Job Classification: Full Time, Non Exempt, Temporary Introduction The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC works with residents to weigh in on important land use and policy decisions, conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature. Areas of Responsibility Membership & Development: Collaborate with key stakeholders within the organization to execute deliverables identified in the direct mail and online fundraising calendar; work with the Development and Communications team members to ensure that established deadlines are met Assist Development team members with special event coordination. Duties to include: Coordinating with vendors and speakers Managing invitation and response lists Preparing materials such as name tags, place cards, seating charts, posters and presentations, as needed General event set up and break down Work with the Database Coordinator and Development team members to maintain accurate donor records and extract information for use in mailing lists and financial reports Maintain accurate and complete records of donor communications in the CRM database Provide excellent customer service and assist with responding to donor inquiries Other duties as assigned Qualifications Bachelor’s degree preferred, with 1-2 years of relevant experience required Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) and proficient in using Google Apps/G Suite (Gmail, Sheets, Slides, Docs, and Drive); expertise in conducting mail merges using Microsoft Word and Excel software Experience working with CRMs and donor databases (Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce NPSP) Tech savvy, organized, detail-oriented and a self-starter Ability to calmly and effectively resolve customer service concerns in sometimes stressful or ambiguous situations Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials for the purpose of direct mail appeals, acknowledgment letters, emails, and other similar correspondence Ability to positively engage in direct communication with donors and prospects and collaborate with other staff and external vendors Ability to handle simultaneous projects and manage competing deadlines Discretion and mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines Valid driver's license and reliable transportation required; position requires driving Ability to lift up to 40 pounds Compensation This is a non-exempt, temporary position with a wage of $20 per hour, 40 hours per week subject to the organization’s needs. Employment term is subject to change or negotiation for possible extension of work period. Initial estimated dates of employment will be from August 1 to December 31, 2021.  There are no benefits associated with this position. How to Apply Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to apply@pecva.org . Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled and interviews will begin immediately. The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged.  
Piedmont Environmental Council 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, VA
May 28, 2021
Full time
Position Description Title:                           Finance Analyst Manager:                    Director of Finance & Administration Location:                    Warrenton, VA Job Classification:    Full Time Non-Exempt    (Part Time hours will be considered) Introduction The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks. Description The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Finance Analyst to work in our headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.  This individual will provide basic support to the Finance Department in day-to-day functions including data entry and provide analytical support for various tracking and reporting functions.  PEC has a complex accounting system with over 100 cost centers, two companies and dozens of grants of various sizes and multiple donations with various restrictions. Areas of Responsibility Prepare all cash/check deposits and key all deposit detail into the General Ledger (including online donations) Prepare and input recurring journal entries, as assigned, into the GL on a monthly basis, including the use of complex Excel worksheets for allocations Create and maintain a master spreadsheet of all PEC grant activity Reconcile YTD donations between the GL and our CRM systems databases on a monthly basis Request Certificates of Insurance as needed Assist the Director of Finance & Administration in the preparation of internal monthly financial statements for both PEC and the Piedmont Foundation Assist with all Finance staff in the annual audit process by gathering items for the auditors Review all staff credit card reconciliations and key into the GL Do AP, deposit and journal entry filing as necessary Prepare financial grant reports as requested for a variety of governmental agencies and foundations Prepare other analytical reports, as requested Interact with all PEC staff and public on financial matters and occasional interaction with members of the Board and donors   Qualifications Excellent Excel skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office products Attention to detail and accuracy Solid understanding of accounting principles Ability to construct written financial reports and excellent written and interpersonal skills Ability to work independently after initial instruction Ability to learn the chart of accounts and a complex list of cost centers and assign revenue and expenses in an accurate manner Ability to prioritize among competing demands (with direction) Experience with automated accounting and CRM systems preferred Ability to lift up to 40 pounds Bachelor’s Degree preferred but significant experience can be substituted for some education Experience in a nonprofit setting preferred  Compensation Salary range is $25 to $29 per hour, commensurate with experience. Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability and term life insurance, a 403 (b) employee pension plan, HSA and FSA options and some employer paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.  PEC also offers employees one day of leave per year to perform volunteer work. Application Process To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to apply@pecva.org . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council Aldie, VA
May 06, 2021
Part time
Title:               Farm Production Assistant Supervisor:    Community Farm Manager Location:        PEC Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows 39990 Howser’s Branch Drive, Aldie, Virginia (Intersection of Rtes 15 & 50) Job Classification: Seasonal , Part-time, Non-Exempt Introduction:   The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to weigh in on important land use and policy decisions, conserve land, promote strong local agricultural economies, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature. In 2021, the PEC’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows is starting third season with the goal of growing at least 35,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to provide a consistent supply of fresh produce to food pantries in Loudoun County throughout the growing season. In addition to our production goals, we will be hosting a variety of educational programs and events at the Community Farm, which is located on PEC’s Roundabout Meadows property near Aldie, Virginia. Description: The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a part-time, seasonal Farm Production Assistant in 2021 to play an integral role in supporting farm operations and assisting with volunteer groups. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in sustainable vegetable production. Areas of Responsibility: The Farm Production Assistant will report to PEC’s Community Farm Manager, providing assistance to and coordination with the Farm Manager in regard to all farm operations including: Preparing fields for planting Transplanting and direct-sowing of crops Harvesting Mowing and field maintenance Maintaining accurate and up-to-date harvest data Drip-irrigation installation and maintenance Assist with management of laying hens Organizing volunteers on planting/harvesting dates Assuring that safety protocols and best management practices are met Assisting with educational programs as necessary Qualifications Strong interest in sustainable vegetable production Prior on-farm experience preferred, including seed-starting, planting, weeding, irrigation, organic pest management, organic nutrient management, use and care of hand tools, use and care of equipment (tractor, tractor implements, string trimmer, etc.), record-keeping, and harvesting produce. Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions, with limited facilities Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency. Comfortable working with volunteer groups, including youth Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines. Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials. Experience with and comfort using Google Suite and Microsoft Office. Requires minimal supervision. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. Ability to lift up to 75 pounds Background check required. Positive attitude and willingness to learn This position is part-time (25 hrs/week) and seasonal (approximately May- December). Work week is flexible but occasional weekends will be required. It is required that the candidate be able to commit to the full season. Housing is not provided. Compensation This is a paid, hourly position. $20.00 per hour Application Process To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to apply@pecva.org . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council Madison, VA
May 06, 2021
Intern
Position Description Title:                           Digitization – Intern – Madison County Supervisor:                Historic Preservation Manager Location:                    Madison County Clerk’s Office in Madison, VA Job Classification:    Part time, non-exempt – (hourly) INTRODUCTION The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature. BACKGROUND The Piedmont Environmental Council, in partnership with the Madison County Historical Society, Madison County Clerk’s Office and James Madison University, is planning to digitize thousands of legal documents pertaining to the State of Virginia's condemnation of private land within an eight county area of Virginia for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park in the 1930s. This past year, PEC partnered with James Madison University and the Rappahannock County Clerk’s Office to digitize over 6,000 documents relating to the condemnation of lands in Rappahannock County. PEC hopes to continue this project by completing the digitization of records in Madison County. Currently, access to records relating to the Shenandoah National Park condemnations in Madison is somewhat limited. Deed books, which contain the muniments of title for the condemned properties, surveyor descriptions of each tract of land being condemned and lists of ownership and surveyors are the only documents readily available to the public in the clerk’s office. The condemnation cases, appraisals, surveys and other information pertaining to individual properties acquired for (or assessed for inclusion in) Shenandoah National Park are in boxes in the storage room of the clerk’s office. Most of the public does not know they exist and their fragile condition makes them vulnerable to breaking down when they are used. This digitization project will make all of the deed book records, court proceedings and individual condemnation case files publicly accessible and searchable via an online database, where individuals can look up information about specific properties within Shenandoah National Park. The database will be hosted by James Madison University in a format similar to that of “Exploring Rockingham’s Past,” which can be viewed here: https://omeka.lib.jmu.edu/erp/ . DESCRIPTION OF POSITION There is one position available as a limited time internship. The intern will be scanning and processing thousands of documents in the Madison County Clerk’s Office in Madison, Virginia, which pertain to the condemnation cases for parcels acquired for the creation of Shenandoah National Park. Scanning is required to be done at the Madison County Clerk’s Office, however, processing of the files can be done from home or PEC’s office in Warrenton, Virginia and possibly our office in Orange, Virginia. AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY The interns will report to the Historic Preservation Manager and be responsible for the duties outlined below: Organizing and scanning selected documents in the Madison County Clerk’s Office Processing and combining individual TIFF scans into multi-page PDF documents, including OCR text recognition Providing metadata for each PDF document Making one day trip to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (contingent on COVID precautions) Assisting with public unveiling event at the culmination of the project (date to be determined) Qualifications Some familiarity with the history of the creation of Shenandoah National Park Madison County resident or live in close proximity Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Previous experience using Microsoft Office software and Adobe Acrobat (or other OCR text recognition software) COMPENSATION $20 per hour with an estimated 320 hours of work  APPLICATION PROCESS Interested applicants should  email   a cover letter  and  resume  to  apply@pecva.org . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged.
Piedmont Environmental Council Warrenton, VA
Apr 26, 2021
Part time
Position Description Title: Temporary Records Assistant Supervisor: Records Manager Location: Warrenton, Virginia* Job Classification: Part Time (20 hrs/week) with a flexible daytime schedule – Temporary (currently 6 months to 1 year) – Non-exempt *Most PEC staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19. This position would require initial in-office work with the potential for at-home flexibility after a period of time. Introduction: The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history, and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to weigh in on important land use and policy decisions, conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature. Description: PEC is seeking to hire a part time records assistant to assist the current Records Manager in performing administrative and recordkeeping tasks primarily involving real estate transactions and nonprofit corporate governance. This position requires a basic understanding of corporations and non-profit land trust organizations, ability to manage recordkeeping processes, an attention to detail, experience using Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software, familiarity with database management software, and ability to work cooperatively with colleagues to achieve organizational mission. Responsibilities: The records assistant will focus on corporate recordkeeping, land stewardship program needs, and general administrative activities. This position will aide in carrying out routine tasks for a prescribed period of time at the direction of, and in concert with, the current Records Manager to preserve and maintain an established flow of information and documentation of Board activities and action, and land stewardship activities and action. The records assistant will meet with the Records Manager at least once per week to review any current informational needs and receive direction on prioritized tasks. Areas of responsibility: Corporate Governance Coordinate staff and Director calendars, and schedule meetings as needed. Be responsible for sending reminders and ensuring the opportunity for adequate attendance and participation. Circulate any meeting materials or follow up correspondence/resources. Attend virtual meetings of the organization’s Board of Directors and some Board Committee meetings. Keep accurate meeting minutes for specified meetings, paying meticulous attention to any action taken by the body. Draft meeting minutes for specified meetings for review, edit as necessary, and produce clean copies for subsequent meetings. Prepare, review, maintain, and file corporate records, including resolutions, minutes, presentations, reports, etc. with direction. Coordinate signatures as necessary Assist in ensuring compliance with PEC’s document retention policy. Conservation and Land Stewardship Prepare, send, and receive annual pre-monitoring landowner questionnaires. Ensure completion of annual monitoring visits on all PEC-held properties and conservation easements, consistent with PEC/Piedmont Foundation Land Conservation Policies and related procedures and guidelines. Complete public records research on conservation easements, including collecting and reviewing information available from locality land records offices, real assessment records, and applications for building and development permits and related records. File research appropriately. Maintain conservation easement and fee land stewardship files and databases, consistent with PEC recordkeeping policy. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree, nonprofit management, business administration, law, title work or a related field preferred. Paralegal or Legal Secretary experience a plus Experience working with Boards of Directors is preferred, though not required. Demonstrated strong organizational skills in recordkeeping, filing, scheduling, and other administrative areas. Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials. Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines. Accuracy and detail in paperwork. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency. Knowledge and experience with Salesforce or other CRM databases a plus. Knowledge and experience with BoardEffect or other board portal software a plus. Experience with and comfort using Google Suite and Microsoft Office. Experience using digital file storage systems, such as Box, Egnyte, OneDrive a plus. Requires minimal supervision. Adherence to strict confidentialities a must. Compensation Salary range of $24 to $26 per hour, depending on qualifications. Application Process To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to apply@pecva.org . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council Warrenton, VA
Apr 26, 2021
Full time
  Position Description   Title:                           Wildlife Habitat Restoration Coordinator Manager:                    Director of Conservation Location:                    Warrenton, Va. Job Classification:    Full Time Non-Exempt Introduction The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature (learn more about PEC) . Description The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Wildlife Habitat Restoration Coordinator to further PEC’s mission by leading a diverse portfolio of civic engagement and natural resource stewardship projects focusing on the enhancement of wildlife habitat and restoration of land and water resources in PEC’s nine county service area.  The Wildlife Habitat Restoration Coordinator will work to advance the following goals: Coordinate with other public and private partners to enhance wildlife conservation and restoration of land and water resources in the Piedmont region, working both at the site and landscape scale; and Outreach and education to landowners, farmers, and professional advisers on local wildlife conservation tools and techniques that can be adopted to improve wildlife habitat and stewardship of land and water resources; and Showcase natural resource stewardship and restoration projects at PEC properties, designing and implementing public accessible projects that highlight the benefits of managing lands for habitat and resource stewardship; and Provide training to PEC staff to develop in-house capacity and professional knowledge on managing and implementing stewardship and restoration projects; and Increase positive awareness of PEC and build support for PEC programs.  The Piedmont region represents a compelling platform for undertaking landscape scale natural resource conservation and restoration initiatives, given that some 575,000 acres or 25 percent of PEC’s region consists of public and private lands that are permanently conserved.  These lands include portions of Shenandoah National Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Sky Meadows State Park, the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, and the C.F.Phelps, G.R.Thompson, and Rapidan Wildlife Management Areas. Areas of Responsibility The Wildlife Habitat Specialist will be responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of natural resource and wildlife habitat restoration projects, property management and civic engagement efforts that further PEC’s mission. While the Habitat Specialist will work throughout PEC’s nine-county region, the successful candidate will focus on leveraging regional conservation and stewardship partnerships to implement restoration projects and manage PEC’s fee simple lands. In addition to technical expertise on habitat and restoration, the position requires outreach and education for landowners, public land management agencies, and the general public. Examples of activities include: Managing natural resource restoration projects and the visitor experience at PEC owned properties, which include PEC’s Piedmont Memorial Overlook (PMO), Roundabout Meadows, and Horner Street properties. Learn more about the Piedmont Memorial Overlook and the Larson Native Plant Garden . Initiating, leading, and/or collaborating with allied conservation partners to undertake community based conservation efforts related to enhancing wildlife habitat and improving stewardship of land and water resources.  Learn more about existing collaborations, like: PEC’s collaboration with the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service and others to restore native brook trout habitat The Headwater Stream Initiative , a partnership between PEC and the Friends of the Rappahannock to provide free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones. PEC’s partnership with the Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes to launch the new Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative , a collaborative research, education, and outreach program aimed at implementing a suite of farm management practices that can benefit imperiled grassland birds, as well as improve and restore ecosystem functionality on these working landscapes. Organizing landowner workshops, professional conferences, on site field walks, and other education and outreach activities that provide venues for communicating to the general public PEC’s work and related tools and techniques for enhancing wildlife habitat and resource conservation stewardship.  Meeting with landowners to provide site specific technical assistance and related information on wildlife habitat and resource management options. Teaming with other PEC staff to identify, develop, and pursue Federal, state, and/or local policy priorities that support and enhance wildlife conservation and habitat restoration efforts in the Piedmont. Leading and/or organizing training that expands PEC staff and the Board of Directors knowledge of tools and techniques available for enhancing wildlife habitat and improving natural resource stewardship. Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region. Providing appropriate management and oversight of grant funding allocated for wildlife habitat and resource conservation activities. The Wildlife Habitat Restoration Coordinator reports to PEC’s Director of Conservation, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors. This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree required. 2-4 years work experience or Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, wildlife conservation or related field preferred. Experience with scheduling and overseeing land management activities, including supervision of employees and contractors. A working knowledge of plant and wildlife communities of Virginia is preferred. A working knowledge of regional land and wildlife conservation policy preferred. Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials for use in communicating with the PEC Board of Directors, PEC staff, PEC members, and the public at large. Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse projects, activities, and deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency including elected officials, non-profit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. Experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred. Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns. Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software. Familiarity with ArcMap a plus. Requires minimal supervision. Willing to work some weekends and evenings. Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and perform manual labor as it pertains to property management required. Compensation Salary range of $21.63 to $31.25 per hour, depending on qualifications. Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability and term life insurance, a 403 (b) employee pension plan, HSA and FSA options and some employer paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.  PEC also offers employees one day of leave per year to perform volunteer work. Application Process To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to apply@pecva.org . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council Warrenton, VA
Apr 26, 2021
Full time
Position Description Title:                           Field Representative (Potomac Watershed) Manager:                    Director of Conservation Location:                    Warrenton, Va. Job Classification:    Full Time Non-Exempt Introduction The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature (learn more about PEC) . Description The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Field Representative to work with landowners, land managers, and federal, state and local agencies to further PEC’s land conservation priorities and land use policy activities in PEC’s nine county service area ( learn more about the nine counties ). The geographic focus of the position will predominantly be working in communities in PEC’s service area that are within the Potomac watershed (Clarke, Loudoun, and northern Fauquier counties). The Field Representative will work to advance the following goals:  Executing and/or facilitating conservation real estate transactions that will further PEC’s goal of conserving 1 million acres in the PEC region. These transactions include, but are not limited to, donation of conservation easements by landowners, purchase of conservation easements by PEC, fee simple acquisitions of land, and conveyance of conservation lands to public conservation agencies and/or private conservation buyers. Creating and sustaining a network of informed residents, donors, policy makers, partner organizations, and others that are ready to advocate for policies and actions that support land conservation, resource protection, and enhanced public access to nature. Ensuring that PEC’s work embodies best practices identified by the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices, particularly in regard to the stewardship of land owned and conservation easements held by PEC. Increasing positive awareness of PEC and building support for PEC programs.   Areas of Responsibility The Field Representative will be responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of land conservation, natural resource restoration, land use policy, and civic engagement efforts that further PEC’s mission. Examples of activities include: Developing and implementing land protection strategies through (1) identification of key at-risk properties, landscapes, and resources; (2) outreach and education to landowners, farmers, and professional advisers on conservation tools such as voluntary conservation easement donations, Purchase of Development Rights programs, and other conservation programs; and (3) coordination with other private partners and public agencies (such as the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the USDA National Resources Conservation Service) to further conservation in the Piedmont. Executing and/or facilitating implementation of a suite of natural resource conservation practices that enhance wildlife habitat, restore water quality, and/or improve agricultural productivity on public and private lands in the Piedmont. Serving as part of the PEC’s stewardship team, responsible for ensuring appropriate monitoring and stewardship of PEC’s conservation easement and fee land portfolio. Serving a key staff role supporting land conservation funding sources available to PEC, including the Bull Run Mountain Conservation Fund, the Clarke County Conservation Fund, and the James Rowley Goose Creek Conservation Fund. Serving as PEC staff representative on the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance and similar regional conservation initiatives Initiating, leading, or participating in local community based conservation planning and policy efforts, such as historic preservation, water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and/or agricultural land management demonstration projects. Teaming with other PEC staff to respond appropriately to major land use, conservation, and transportation threats in the region. Working directly with citizens and allied organizations to organize the public around campaigns, policies and outcomes supportive of the PEC mission, including adoption of language in the counties’ comprehensive plans and support or opposition to specific land use threats and opportunities. Regularly updating PEC Board members, other PEC staff, and members of local advisory committees on land use, conservation, and transportation issues affecting the communities served by the Field Representative. Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region.  The Field Representative reports to PEC’s Director of Conservation, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors.  This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.   Qualifications Bachelor’s degree required. 3-5 years work experience or Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, planning, law or a related field preferred. A working knowledge of conservation policies, conservation easements, and real estate transactions, etc. Familiarity with conservation grant programs, such as NRCS Agricultural Land Easement program, the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation grant program, the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program, and/or funding opportunities available through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials for use in communicating public policy and conservation opportunities to the PEC Board of Directors, PEC staff, PEC members, and the public at large. Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency including elected officials, non-profit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. Experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred. Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns. A working knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia is preferred. Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software. Familiarity with ArcMap a plus. Requires minimal supervision. Willing to work some weekends and evenings. Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.   Compensation Salary range of $21.63 to $31.25 per hour, depending on qualifications.   Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability and term life insurance, a 403 (b) employee pension plan, HSA and FSA options and some employer paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.  PEC also offers employees one day of leave per year to perform volunteer work.   Application Process To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to apply@pecva.org .   The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Piedmont Environmental Council Warrenton, VA
Mar 10, 2021
Full time
Title: Communications Specialist Supervisor: Communications Manager Location: Warrenton, VA (*PEC staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19) Job Classification: Full-Time - Non-exempt Introduction The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non - profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources , rural economy , history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972 . PEC works with residents to weigh in on important land use and policy decisions, conserve land , protect air and water quality , celebrate historic resources , build smart transportation networks , promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature . Description The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a communications specialist to promote PEC’s mission and programs through a mix of online and offline means . The communications specialist will work to advance the following goals: • Building a network of reliable activists , donors and members; • Influencing decision - makers to reach better outcomes; • Increasing positive awareness of PEC and building support for PEC programs; • Changing behavior and fostering an ethic of good stewardship . Areas of Responsibility The communications specialist will report to PEC’s communications manager and be responsible for a mix of the functions outlined below: • Write , edit and develop engaging content for print and online . • Promote PEC content through email , social media and in - person events/networking . • Collaborate with PEC staff to develop and launch relevant messaging and advocacy campaigns , as well as fundraising appeals . • Take photos of PEC geographies, events, projects , field work , supporters , etc . • Design and produce marketing/promotional materials . • Respond to public questions and information requests via email, phone and social media . • Assist staff with the development of presentations for meetings and public outreach events . • Assist with PEC events and field projects as necessary . Qualifications Outstanding candidates will share a commitment to PEC’s mission and will bring the following experience and attributes: • Bachelor ’ s degree and at least two years related work experience or equivalent; • Demonstrated communications and storytelling skills , both written and oral, including the ability to write , edit and proof written materials; • Proficiency with Adobe design products like Photoshop and InDesign; • Experience with photography/videography a plus; • Demonstrated knowledge of basic HTML is a plus; • Experience working with website content management systems like WordPress; • Familiarity with CRM databases such as Raiser’s Edge, EveryAction, SalesForce, etc; • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and G Suite (Google Apps); • Experience using social media as an outreach tool; • Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines; • Experience in campaigning , organizing or advocacy preferred; • Ability to work some weekends and evenings; • Dedication to PEC’s mission of smart growth, conservation , and restoration; • Valid driver ’ s license and reliable transportation required , as this position requires travel to locations and events throughout PEC ’ s 9 - county region; • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds . Compensation Salary range: $40,000 - $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience . Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health , dental , vision , short and long term disability and term life insurance , a 403 (b) employee pension plan , HSA and FSA options and some employer - paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity . Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook . PEC also offers employees 8 hrs of leave per year to perform volunteer work . Application Process Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to apply@pecva . org . The initial deadline for receipt of applications is April 15, 2021 . However, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled . The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse applicants.
Piedmont Environmental Council Charlottesville, VA
Jul 24, 2020
Full time
Description: PEC is seeking to hire a field representative to work on land use issues in the southern portion of our region, specifically the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and Greene County. Land use issues include the locality's comprehensive plan and ordinances, development proposals, transportation planning and specific projects, local policies and regulations related to rural land preservation and conservation, economic development, natural and historic resource protection, and others as needed.    Field representatives are responsible for gathering, analyzing, and distributing information on local development projects, advocating for sensible solutions and working with local residents and local government in all activities associated with a community’s land use policies and regulations. Field representative qualifications include energy, dedication, and the ability to inspire and work well with the community at-large. Specific skills include familiarity with land use planning, rural area protection, urban area development and facilitation of public input into the local governmental planning process at both the City and County level. Examples of activities include:   Monitoring and reviewing current and pending land use planning, transportation, and development activities and generate PEC response, when appropriate. Attending local government meetings (as needed) and participating in relevant committees and technical workgroups. Serving as a technical resource on land use issues, for both local government officials and the broader community. Advocating for and against specific land use policies and proposals. Establishing and stewarding a grassroots network that supports PEC’s mission. Working directly with citizens and allied organizations to organize the public around campaigns, policies and outcomes supportive of the PEC mission, including adoption of language in the counties’ comprehensive plans and support or opposition to specific land use threats and opportunities. Regularly updating PEC Board members, other PEC staff, and members of local advisory committees on land use, conservation, and transportation issues affecting the communities served by the Field Representative. Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region. Track and log interactions with members in our CRM database.   The field representative reports to PEC’s director of state policy, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors.   Qualifications Bachelor’s degree required. 2-4 years work experience or Graduate degree preferably in planning, law, landscape architecture or a related field preferred. In-depth knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia is preferred. Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials for use in communicating with the PEC Board of Directors, PEC staff, PEC members, and the public at large. Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency including elected officials, non-profit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns. Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software. Requires minimal supervision. Willing to work some weekends and evenings. Willingness to live in the region you will work is highly desirable. Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.   Compensation Salary will be based upon experience. Salary range is $50,000-$65,000 Benefits PEC offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability and term life insurance, a 403(b) employee pension plan, HSA and FSA options and some employer-paid additional supplemental insurance benefits including accident, critical illness, and hospital indemnity. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook. PEC also offers employees one day of leave per year to perform volunteer work.   The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.