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Stewardship Associate

La Crosse WI

About Mississippi Valley Conservancy: Founded in 1997, Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a nationally accredited regional land trust that has permanently protected nearly 20,000 acres of scenic lands in southwestern Wisconsin by working with private landowners, businesses and local communities on voluntary conservation projects. The focus of the Conservancy is to conserve the forests, prairies, wetlands, streams and farms that enrich our communities, for the health and well-being of current and future generations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: The Stewardship Associate will be a member of a team dedicated to permanent land protection, habitat restoration, and public outreach in the Driftless Area southwestern Wisconsin. The position is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the land protection staff on day-to-day operations and conservation easement stewardship. Duties include collecting, organizing and digitizing data, GIS mapping, preparing and updating conservation easement baseline reports, monitoring conservation easements, and supervising volunteers.

In addition to the specific duties outlined below, assist with ad-hoc projects in support of the Conservation Director and other staff as required. Primary responsibilities:

GIS Mapping – prepare maps and data to support land protection, management, and outreach

Utilization of GPS to find survey markers, photopoints, boundaries and other features in the field

Database management & data entry

Preparation of conservation easement baseline documentation report updates, documenting changes in land use, habitat types, listed species and property boundaries

Perform annual monitoring visits with private landowners and document land use changes

Assist with grant funding proposals, implementation, and reports

Volunteer and intern coordination and supervision

File organization, scanning, archiving


Essential Job Functions and Abilities:

High proficiency inArcMap10 and handheld Garmin usage

Strong organizational, planning and multi-tasking skills with attention to detail and follow-up

Ability to manage multiple priorities and work under tight timeframes

An understanding of land conservation issues

Physical ability to traverse up to five miles of uneven, rough terrain in all four seasons of the year and navigate in remote areas.

Ability to traverse 400+ acre sites on foot, in a timely manner and be comfortable hiking alone

Experience and knowledge identifying habitat types, rare species, and an awareness of general ecosystem principles and management techniques

Open to researching and trying new initiatives and technology

Provide an up-beat, friendly, thoughtful, creative, helpful and engaged presence inside and outside the organization.

Possess valid driver’s license and dependable vehicle

Available to work some evening and weekends

Approximately 35% field work and 65% office work overall


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources or related field

A minimum of 2 years of professional experience with land protection, conservation easements, and the compilation of baseline documentation reports

Successful candidate will be self-directed, highly motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented

Computer proficiency, including ArcGIS software

A commitment to the Conservancy’s conservation goals

Knowledge of the flora, fauna, and landscape of the unique Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with conservation easement monitoring

Ability to accurately identify area habitat types, native and invasive plant species

Experience with grants tracking, management, writing, budgets development and/or reporting

Experience using navigational apps for mobile devices to collect field data


Compensation: $35,000-45,000 commensurate to experience, plus benefits; Mississippi Valley Conservancy offers competitive compensation, benefits and a collaborative work environment. At the Conservancy you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development.

Open until filled.

Email a cover letter and resume to Abbie Church at

Please mention how you learned of this opening.

Posted September 10, 2018

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