General News

A 2016 Moment from Ilyssa

03 February in General News

I don’t get out onto the Landforce work sites nearly as much as I would like, but on an early August day last summer I was planning on spending a couple of hours with the Crews at Allegheny Land Trust’s Dead Man’s Hollow.  As you climb up the Witch Hazel...

Landforce crew member swinging a fire axe.

Do Trail Tools = Life Lessons?

08 August in General News

Thanks to Thomas Guentner, our Program Manager, for helping us understand how trail tools really can provide life lessons. We are now more than 12 weeks into our season and the most exciting transformation I have witnessed is how confident the crew members have become with the tools they use on...

Tiffany’s Moving Office

15 June in General News

As we move through the season, we want to provide different perspectives on what we are doing here at Landforce. Staff and crewmembers will take turns writing posts about their experience. This week, Tiffany Kim, our Workforce Development and Outreach Manager, wrote the post below about her recent meetings with...

Landforce’s Big Day

06 June in General News

June 1st was a big day for Landforce.  After two weeks of training and orientation, our Crew Members received their Landforce shirts and embarked upon Landforce's first contracts.  Our orientation included a wide variety of training opportunities, including team building, learning about Landforce's work culture, and setting personal and work-related...

Shawn teaching about rock crossings on an Emerald View Park trail.

And we’re off…

25 May in General News

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke This past week marks the launch of the inaugural season of Landforce, and with it comes a chance to define what is possible. As our first 12 recruits begin their orientation and training, we will...

The Landforce staff standing under a bridge in Schenley Park.

The Gang’s All Here

03 May in General News

Landforce is now fully staffed with six permanent staff members -- Ilyssa Manspeizer, Executive Director, Thomas Guentner, Program Manager, Tiffany Kim, Workforce Development & Outreach Manager, Shawn Taylor, Crew Leader, Nate Broadus, Crew Leader, and Kristen Matthews, shared Administrative Coordinator -- you can read about our talented staff here. [caption id="attachment_11822" align="alignleft"...

Crew at Bear Run

Applications for the Landforce Crew have closed

30 April in General News

We are very excited to hire our first Landforce Crew. The application period for 2016 has just closed, and we are reviewing applications and interviewing. If you're interested in being notified when our next application period opens, please sign up for our mailing list. [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="false"]  ...

Team leader Nathaniel with Mo Copeland from StormWorks, learning about green infrastructure

Building skills

25 April in General News

Over the last month or so, Thomas, our Program Manager, and Shawn and Nate, our Crew Leaders, have been hard at work, building skills and helping out around town. Always interested in learning more, our three fearless leaders spent a day this April with the indomitable Joe Divak of Allegheny Cleanways...

The Landforce office

New digs, of a different kind

03 April in General News

Landforce has moved in!  You will now find us safely ensconced in our new office in the big red warehouse on 6th Street (get directions here).   Our office space will be developing over the next few months to include more meeting space and a shared conference room, but for now...