About the Waterfront Alliance
The Waterfront Alliance is a civic organization that brings together a diverse coalition of more than 1,100 Alliance Partners with ties to the New York–New Jersey waterways. Founded in 2007, our mission is to inspire and effect resilient, revitalized, and accessible coastlines for all communities. Key programs and advocacy areas include climate resilience, public access to the waterfront, the working waterfront, and climate education.
About the Position
We seek a part-time Fellow to help us review technical project materials for our WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) program. WEDG was launched in 2015 to answer the question: how can we create the best possible waterfront? The result of a collaboration between government agencies, nonprofit organizations, technical experts, and other waterfront stakeholders, WEDG seeks to address this question through a program that serves as a communication tool, guidelines, and incentive system for landowners, community members, developers, designers, and engineers. In the same way that LEED has done for buildings, WEDG aims to shift the market toward more resilient, accessible, and ecologically responsible waterfront design.
The nationally applicable standard reviews project through its WEDG Verification efforts, in partnership with leading developers and government agencies. WEDG-Verified projects are often among a city’s flagship waterfront projects and the WEDG Fellow will be able to go behind-the-scenes to see the decision-making that went into them. WEDG also offers technical training through the WEDG Professionals course, providing the WEDG Associate credential.
Classification: Part-time, temporary, non-exempt
Salary and benefits: The position pays $20/hour and is anticipated to require 15–20 hours/week over six months. The position comes with limited benefits.
Location: New York, NY, with a generous telecommuting policy
Reports to: Waterfront Design Associate Director
The WEDG Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to assist the Waterfront Alliance in two key areas:
· WEDG Verification – The WEDG Fellow will project manage the review process for up to two simultaneous project verifications, coordinating a consultant team of engineers, landscape architects and other field professionals.
· WEDG Standards Updates – The WEDG Fellow will provide support for planning and implementation of the third version of the WEDG standards by coordinating the input of an advisory committee and seeking recommendations from field experts on ways to enhance the standards.
The position is well-suited for graduate students with some working experience in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, urban design, or sustainability who are looking to apply and hone technical skills.
Specific responsibilities include:
· Project manage the review process for up to two simultaneous WEDG verifications
· Play a key role in assessing construction documents, site plans, engineering/environmental assessments, community engagement materials, and other technical documentation for waterfront projects seeking WEDG Verification status
· Work with multi-disciplinary, accredited professional volunteers to facilitate external reviews and technical consultation
· Provide input on technical aspects of the projects’ planning and design, from analyzing the impact of hydrodynamic conditions on the project, to verifying stormwater calculations, to assessing the robustness and equitability of the community engagement process using the WEDG standard
· Collaborate with Waterfront Alliance communications team on marketing and communications aspects of the project review process
· Plan and coordinate an advisory committee, working alongside the Waterfront Design Associate Director, leading updates to the WEDG Manual
· Research design strategies and implementation guidance for WEDG Credits
· Other work related to the growth and success of WEDG, as assigned
Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes
· A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree (or current graduate student) in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, or urban design is desired
· Familiarity with issues related to urban planning and design in coastal areas
· Energetic and collaborative spirit, with the ability to work independently and take initiative
· Advanced/excellent proficiency with design software (e.g., Adobe Create Suite) preferred
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills and project management abilities
· A high level of organization and attention to detail
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that illustrates qualifications relevant to this role, resume, and 2- to 4-page work sample as a single PDF to email@example.com. The subject should indicate “WEDG Fellow.” Applicants must be legally authorized to work fulltime in the U.S. and should not require employment sponsorship now or in the future. Only complete applications will be considered. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Waterfront Alliance encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis.