Student Conservation Association Sustainability Fellow: Stormwater & Green Infrastructure in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

SCA Sustainability Fellow: Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority


The SCA Green Cities Fellow will work directly with the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) team to manage the community partnership component of PWSA’s green infrastructure program. This initiative encourages property owners and community groups to implement sustainable stormwater management projects that will prevent pollution of Pittsburgh’s streams and rivers. The Fellow’s work will include community engagement and education, green infrastructure project administration, and other projects to be determined based on the Fellow’s skills and PWSA’s needs. The SCA Fellow will report to the Green Infrastructure Program Manager and have the opportunity to help shape a new program while advancing the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in Pittsburgh. More information about PWSA is available at

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and a strong interest in sustainability. Experience with green infrastructure, stormwater management, grants management, landscape architecture, engineering, communications, marketing, neighborhood development, planning, or related fields is desirable. Applicants must have excellent attention to detail, strong writing and oral presentation skills, and the ability to work in a team and build partnerships with key stakeholders.

65% Manage PWSA’s Community Green Infrastructure Incentive Programs. The SCA Fellow will be responsible for:

  • promoting the stormwater management programs to community organizations,

  • tracking interest and applications from property owners and community organizations,

  • responding to questions about the program,

  • coordinating with the committee reviewing potential green infrastructure projects,

  • securing legal agreements for selected community stormwater projects,

  • following up with project partners to ensure successful green infrastructure installation,

  • tracking project data over time, and

  • developing organized systems for long-term management of all of the above.

By the end of the term of service, the Fellow will produce a report documenting the results and effectiveness of the Community Green Infrastructure Program.

20% Community Engagement. The SCA Fellow will coordinate and assist with presentations to neighborhood and civic organizations, schools, and other local audiences to inform them about PWSA’s work in general and our Green Infrastructure Program in particular. This activity will draw on the Fellow’s creativity, enthusiasm, and public presentation skills.

10% Other projects to be determined. PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Program is leading the region in rethinking stormwater management. The SCA Fellow will assist with major policy, planning, and research initiatives according to the fellow’s skills and interests and PWSA’s needs.

5% Professional Development – SCA and PWSA will work with the Fellow to create a multi-faceted position with various networking, education and project planning opportunities.

First round phone interviews begin in early February for an early March start date. Assistance will be provided to transition to Pittsburgh housing.

Compensation: $160 week living stipend, $400/month rent stipend, $100/month bus pass stipend, $650 relocation support extensive training, AmeriCorps Education Award, funds to attend conferences and events, funds to obtain your LEED Green Associate accreditation, healthcare insurance, workers compensation.

Questions can be sent to SCA. Please do not email host organizations. Thank you.

  • Location Description

Nonprofit or local government office near downtown Pittsburgh.

  • Training Provided

Continuing education workshops with SCA’s team of Sustainability Fellows as well as opportunity to attend local conferences and events.

Education, Training & Skills Expected

Social Sciences some coursework or experience Communications some coursework or experience Education some coursework or experience Earth Sciences some coursework or experience Ecology & Restoration some coursework or experience Resource Management some coursework or experience Community Engagement competent with supervision Public Speaking competent with supervision Writing/Publishing competent with supervision Data Analysis competent with supervision Volunteer Coordination some experience

Expected Dates: March 13, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Site: Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)

Position ID: PO-00711718

Main Area of Focus: Sustainability

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Housing or Stipend Provided?: Yes

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor

US Citizenship: Not Required