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Stewardship Coordinator

Chicago IL

The Stewardship Coordinator will support our work in land preservation and for properties owned by Openlands. In addition, the coordinator will be responsible for stewardship of conservation easements and for supporting the work of our restoration projects.


Essential Functions:

Land Protection Project Support

Support land transactions and projects by assisting with activities such as conducting property research, reviewing plans and regulations, collecting baseline data, assessing ecological restoration project performance and conditions, and assisting with due diligence tasks

Support organizational work towards property assemblages and the implementation of conservation plans and strategies

Serve as the on-the-ground point of contact for properties owned by Openlands, representing the organization to the public, government contacts, private land owners, partners, community groups, and other stakeholders

Support the work of the Restoration Project Manager who is responsible for overseeing contractors engaged to perform the site restoration

Other duties as assigned


Fee Land Management

Regularly visit fee properties owned by Openlands, including permanently-held and pass-through properties, to provide on-site staff presence, perform property condition assessments, and annual monitoring

Write and file fee property condition reports and related documents in accordance with Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices

Remedy minor on-site maintenance issues when feasible, and support the development and implementation of other property management solutions as needed


Conservation Easement Monitoring

Monitor and maintain conservation easements per Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices, including writing monitoring reports, creating baseline documentation and current condition reports, and filing documents in accordance with Openlands’ policies

Cultivate relationships with conservation landowners to reduce risk and maximize conservation values on easement lands

Support the work associated with adopting emerging best practices related to conservation easements and related accreditation standards

Support efforts to address easement violations as applicable; respond to landowner inquiries


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource management, environmental studies, ecology, or related field, and

At least two years’ experience in land protection, land stewardship and management, real estate property management, restoration ecology, and/or working with the public in a natural environment, or

An equivalent combination of education and experience

Ability to walk properties on a regular basis, considering varying topography, site access, and weather conditions

Good organizational and time-management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and set effective priorities for work

Good writing, speaking and research skills

Strong customer service skills to support positive interactions with the public and stakeholders

Able to work as part of a team and to understand the individual role within a larger system or strategy, including taking initiative and working independently to advance broader team goals

Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a personal vehicle, as many project sites cannot be readily accessed by public transportation. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.



Salary range is market competitive. Benefits include health, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation time.


To Apply:

This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume and include ‘Stewardship Coordinator’ in the subject line to

Posted May 29, 2018

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