Green Cities Sustainability Fellowship: Pittsburgh Parks Restoration

Expected Dates
June 1, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Position ID

***This position is dependent upon funding confirmation. We expect that confirmation now in April/May, and so this position is shifting to a May/June start time.  Thank you for your interest and application.

Questions can be sent to Miriam, SCA Green Cities Program Coordinator, at Please do not email host organizations. Thanks!

The SCA Sustainability fellow will be responsible for supporting Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy wild land restoration activities.  Their duties will include developing a protocol and carrying out a season of phenological assessment of the native and invasive species that are growing in the parks, developing a GIS format for housing the data and entering it.  In addition they will continue with the ecosystem services analysis that was started last year.  This position will also need to support, management and maintenance, outreach and volunteer efforts of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.


40%: Phenological field survey for native and invasive species of the parks, development of GIS method for storing data and data input.

30%: Further assessment of planting sites and their future ecosystem benefits

15%: Assist with volunteer days

Funding, both monetary and in-kind support, for the Sustainability Fellow’s projects will be pursued for expanding the intern’s project impacts. In-kind donations will be solicited for SCA service projects with other crew members.

5%: Other duties include regular day-to-day tasks of running an office, such as: scheduling meetings; fielding phone calls and emails from citizens; other duties as assigned. General office work will be kept to a minimum, so that the Sustainability Intern can focus his/her time gaining relevant experience.

Applicants should have a strong interest in sustainability, urban forest ecology and restoration, GIS and communication.  In addition candidates should be able to work in the field in all weather and conditions.  Applicants with an ecology, plant taxonomy, and GIS background are preferred.


Compensation: $160/week living stipend, $400/month rent stipend, $100/month bus pass stipend, extensive training, AmeriCorps Education Award, funds to attend conferences and events, funds to obtain your LEED Green Associate accreditation, healthcare insurance, workers compensation, relocation support.

Questions can be sent to Miriam, SCA Green Cities Program Coordinator, at  Please do not email host organizations.  Thanks!

  • The Parks Conservancy works to improve the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with the City. SCA’s Sustainability Fellow will serve at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s office and in the five city parks.
  • Extensive sustainability training.
  • Extensive workshop and volunteering opportunities.
  • Our Green Cities Corps Fellows gain significant professional experience through leadership roles in urban sustainability and community development projects.

Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
some experience
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision