SELT seeks to hire two full-time Seasonal Land Stewards to assist with the annual monitoring of the organization’s portfolio of nearly 200 conservation easements and management of our 32 Reservations.
The primary task of the Stewards will be to assist in the implementation of the organization’s stewardship program through the completion of annual monitoring visits to conserved lands and basic land management tasks. The successful candidates will receive a thorough understanding of the role conservation easements play in natural resources protection, the importance of a strong stewardship program, best practices for easement monitoring and landowner relationships and best practices for land management. The Seasonal Land Stewards work under the supervision of the Stewardship Director.
Duties & Responsibilities
Communicating and interacting with landowners prior to, during, and after conservation easement monitoring visits
Conducting conservation easement property visits alone, or with landowners or conservation partners
Observing and documenting property conditions through digital photographs, notes, GPS, tablet, and other tools
Evaluating the observed use of the property against allowed uses and restrictions of the conservation easement
Summarizing the monitoring visit through the completion of maps and written monitoring reports
Entering appropriate information into Conservation Connections (Access-based database)
Assist with basic land management tasks including, but not limited to, property inspections, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and boundary maintenance
Assisting with other administrative tasks as time allows
Required Qualifications & Skills
Currently enrolled in, or a graduate from, a Bachelor’s degree program in a related field (natural resources, resource management, wildlife, forestry, etc.)
Demonstrated interest in conservation, natural resources, environment, or related fields
Strong written and oral communication skills
Enthusiastic, well-organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently
Physical ability to hike rough terrain, navigate via map and compass, comfortable working alone in the field in all weather conditions
Experience in using ArcGIS 9 or 10 (knowledge of ArcGIS Online a bonus), including creating maps and completing analysis using data layers
Knowledge and ability to understand boundary surveys and conservation easement deeds
Experience with using a tablet for GPS and data collection in the field
Experience in using suite of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Access
Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
These positions include extensive fieldwork out of the office in all weather conditions and generally involves walking, bending, crouching, and occasionally climbing. Operates GPS, compass, camera and related tools. A portion of the work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, and other office equipment. Work may require extended sitting and repetitive motion in the use of computer, keyboard, and mouse. Regular travel is required.
Start Date & Compensation
These positions are seasonal with a desired work period between May 29 and August 30, 2019. A total of 10 to 12 weeks is expected. Exact dates are flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidates. These are full-time temporary positions. Compensation is $13-17 an hour depending on experience. Mileage will be reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.
Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 4, 2019.
Please email a resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) to Deborah Goard, Stewardship Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Seasonal Land Steward” and the applicant’s name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
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