Sustainability Fellow: Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

Expected Dates
March 11, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)
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SCA Sustainability Fellow: Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority

The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) is implementing and managing sustainable stormwater improvement projects to build safe, flood-prepared neighborhoods and prevent pollution of Pittsburgh’s streams and rivers. The SCA Sustainability Fellow will work directly with PWSA’s Stormwater Division to manage the workforce development and community partnership components of PWSA’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program. PWSA’s workforce development initiative is strengthening the region’s green stormwater infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance workforce through National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) trainings and supporting employment for NGICP-certified individuals. PWSA’s community partnership initiative provides grants to property owners and community groups for the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects in Pittsburgh.

The fellow’s work will also include community engagement and education, potable water access coordination for community gardens, partnership building, green stormwater 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 PWSA’s sustainability manager and have the opportunity to help shape and advance innovative stormwater solutions 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 stormwater 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

  • 30% Manage PWSA’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Workforce Development Program. The SCA fellow will be responsible for: * working with PWSA leadership to shape PWSA’s workforce development strategy * developing and maintaining partnerships with the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), training providers, potential trainees, workforce development organizations, businesses, and community organizations * promoting the program, recruiting participants for training sessions, tracking program interest, and responding to questions about the program * coordinating logistics for training sessions and identifying opportunities for employment for NGICP-certified individuals * developing organized systems for the long-term management of PWSA’s workforce development program
  • 20% Manage PWSA’s Community Partnership Green Stormwater Infrastructure Grant Program. The SCA fellow will be responsible for: * responding to questions about the program * following up with project partners to ensure successful green stormwater infrastructure installation * tracking grant project data over time * reviewing final project reports and coordinating grant payments * developing organized systems for the long-term management of all of the above * producing a report documenting the results and effectiveness of the grant program by the end of the term of service
  • 20% Community Engagement and Education. The SCA fellow will coordinate and assist with educational activities for all ages at local events, community engagement meetings for PWSA projects, and presentations to neighborhood and civic organizations, schools, and other local audiences to inform them about PWSA’s work in general and our Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program in particular. These outreach and education activities will draw on the fellow’s creativity, enthusiasm, and public presentation skills.
  • 15% Manage PWSA’s Water for Community Gardens and Greening Projects Program. The SCA fellow will coordinate with PWSA’s Operations and Billing teams to review new applications for water assistance and provide free potable water access to gardens enrolled in the program. The fellow will track garden water access data as well as publicize and answer questions about the program.
  • 10% Other projects to be determined. PWSA’s Stormwater Division 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.

Interviews will begin January 2019.

Compensation: $350/week living stipend, extensive training, Americorps Education Award, healthcare insurance, workers compensation, relocation support. Note: Stipends and allowances are subject to state, local and federal taxes.

Questions can be sent to Emily, SCA Central Program Manager, at [email protected]. Please do not email host organizations. Thanks!

  • Nonprofit or local government office near downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Continuing education workshops with SCA’s team of Sustainability Fellows as well as opportunity to attend local conferences and events.
Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
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
competent with supervision
Data Analysis
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience