Nearby Nature Open Positions:

Park Host-Restoration Coordinator & Learnscape Garden Manager

Nearby Nature is seeking a Park Host-Restoration Coordinator and a Learnscape Garden Manager. Our Park Host-Restoration Coordinator will live on site in Alton Baker Park. Applicants are welcome to combine and apply for both jobs at once. Couples preferred for Park Host-Restoration Coordinator position– job duties may be shared. See qualifications and duties for both positions below or print complete job descriptions.)

Location:  Alton Baker Park in Eugene, Oregon (see photos at Park Host Site Photos)

Qualifications for Both Positions

  • Organized, independent, self-motivated, efficient work style
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, flexibility, creativity, initiative
  • Experience using MS Office and social media required, other computer skills helpful
  • Knowledge of Willamette Valley plant and animal life
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers, including teens and college students
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to Nearby Nature’s mission
  • First Aid-CPR Certification (or commitment to obtain this)


Additional Qualifications for Park Host-Restoration Coordinator Job:    

  • Basic home maintenance skills (such as plumbing, building repair, painting, electrical)
  • Good public relations, communication, and writing skills
  • Native plant habitat restoration experience, preferably in the Willamette Valley

Park Host-Restoration Coordinator Duties:

  • Make the Park Host Residence your primary residence and find responsible house-sitters for overnights and extended stays away
  • Share living/work space (weekdays 8 am-6 pm with staff and occasionally with volunteers on weekends)
  • Be a friendly resource for park visitors: answer questions, give directions, share natural history, and provide other assistance as needed
  • Do regular park patrols on foot/by bike
  • Communicate regularly with City of Eugene parks staff and other community partners through email, phone, written reports, community meetings, and in person
  • Provide basic facilities and site maintenance
  • Do janitorial work in shared Park Host Residence space, office, bathrooms, and yurt
  • Recruit, train, and supervise interns and groups of volunteers to help with restoration work
  • Lead native plant restoration and/or litter patrol volunteer work projects an average of once a month, in all weather, often on weekends
  • During the school year, work an average of once a month with high schoolers on restoration projects
  • Coordinate our TAG Team of graffiti patrol volunteers
  • Maintain existing relationships and develop new ones with community service partners
  • Manage publicity and record keeping for work parties
  • Maintain restoration tools, equipment, and storage areas
  • Other duties as assigned



Additional Qualifications for Learnscape Garden Manager Job:

  • Organic gardening/landscaping experience (Master Gardener level of knowledge)

Learnscape Garden Manager Duties:

  • Maintain and enhance a one-acre organic garden/orchard/outdoor classroom (the Learnscape)
  • Recruit, train, and supervise interns and volunteers to help with Learnscape maintenance and development
  • During the school year, work an average of twice a month with middle/high school students on Learnscape projects

Additional Possible Duties for Both Positions: Depending on applicant skills and our staffing needs, additional projects may include teaching summer daycamps, helping with fundraising, administrative duties, writing for our newsletter, substitute teaching for the Network Charter School, and assisting with educational programs. Please note your interests/skills in these areas in your cover letter and/or application form.




Compensation & Benefits for Park Host-Restoration Coordinator Job:    

  • Rent-free living space, free wi-fi, free utilities, and a large space for personal gardening in return for 62 hours per month of work
  • Wage of $16/hour for time beyond 62 hours/month (20-75 hours more per month – total depends on the season and whether or not Park Host takes on Learnscape Management and/or other additional duties)
  • Sick time earned according to hours worked
  • Leave time after six months for employees working at least .5 FTE
  • Monthly contribution to retirement fund
  • Two private rooms and storage in finished attic space above office plus one private room downstairs
  • Shared kitchen, bathroom, and living area
  • Some furniture provided, including washer/dryer
  • Garage for storage of bikes and personal items (not appropriate for a car)
  • Parking space at front of house
  • A great location in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park, off  the Willamette Riverbank Bike Path, across the river from the University of Oregon

Compensation & Benefits for Learnscape Manager Position:

  • Wage of $16/hour – total hours will vary seasonally (approximately 10-20 hours/month November-February and 20-50 hours/month March-October)
  • Sick time earned according to hours worked
  • Monthly contribution to retirement fund

To Apply:

Couples preferred/encouraged to apply for Park Host-Restoration Coordinator position or combo of Park Host-Restoration Coordinator and Learnscape Manager. Individuals encouraged to apply for Learnscape position. Send cover letter(s), resume(s), and three references (including one residential for Park Host-Restoration Coordinator position) to info@nearbynature.org. For Park Host-Restoration Coordinator job only, please also send completed application form (fillable PDF) or application form (fillable Word file). Photos of site here. Please include name of job(s) applied for in email subject line. Positions open until filled. Applicant(s) must be available for part time training (to be scheduled with past Park Host) starting ideally in early-mid February and residency by sometime in February.

Questions? Email info@nearbynature.org or see nearbynature.org. No phone calls please.  Revised 1-23-20


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