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Winnakee Land Trust
Department: Land Protection
Seasonal Land Steward – 2 positions
Department: Land Protection
Hours: Full-time Temporary (40 hours/week), Hourly: $15/hour
Reports to: Land Protection Manager
Winnakee Land Trust, an accredited land trust, seeks two full-time Seasonal Land Stewards to assist with the annual monitoring of the organization’s portfolio of over 40 conservation easements and management of our parks and preserves.
The primary task of the Seasonal Land 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. 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 Land Protection Manager.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Communicate and interact with landowners prior to, during, and after conservation easement monitoring visits
- Conduct conservation easement property visits alone, or with landowners or conservation partners
- Observe and document property conditions through digital photographs, notes, GPS, tablet and other tools
- Evaluate the observed use of the property against allowed uses and restrictions of the conservation easement
- Summarize the monitoring visit through the completion of maps and written monitoring reports
- Enter appropriate information into database
- Assist with basic land management tasks including, but not limited to, property inspections, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal and boundary maintenance
- Assist with other administrative tasks, including supporting WLT gala and other events
- Lead nature walks/programs
Required Qualifications & Skills
- Currently enrolled in or a graduate from an associate or bachelor’s degree program in a related field (natural resources, resource management, wildlife, forestry, environmental studies, biology, 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 10, including creating maps and completing analysis using data layers
- Knowledge and ability to understand boundary surveys and conservation easement deeds
- Experience with 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
Desired Qualifications & Skills
- Construction and carpentry skills and experience
- Knowledge of native and invasive plants
These positions are seasonal with a desired work period between June 1 and August 7, 2020. Exact dates are flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidates. These are full-time temporary positions. Compensation is $15 an hour. No benefits. Mileage will be reimbursed at the standard IRS rate. Some weekend work required.
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.
Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 9, 2020. Please email a resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) to Warren Rosenthal, Land Protection Manager, at [email protected], with “Seasonal Land Steward” and your name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.