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Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Stewardship Manager (part time, year-round)

Background

CELT is a nationally accredited local land trust serving the diverse coastal community of Cape Elizabeth. The organization owns or holds conservation easements on 30 properties encompassing over 700 acres. Preserved areas include coastal headlands, old forests, farmland and meadows, and wetland habitats.

With over 30 years of history, CELT is focused on continuing to evolve and is creating this new position to demonstrably improve existing land management and stewardship programs. The Stewardship Committee is an active volunteer corps that currently includes diverse skills in land conservation, GIS, botany, trail management, and community outreach.

CELT is acquiring new properties and will seek to renew its LTA accreditation in 2019.

The Stewardship Manager Position

The Stewardship Manager (SM) reports to the Executive Director (ED). The position is part-time (16-20 hours/week) including some evening and weekend work required. He or she works with the Stewardship Committee to identify, assess, and prioritize stewardship needs at CELT properties and to develop and implement plans to address those needs.

The SM will work independently or with volunteers, contractors, and vendors to monitor easements and fee lands; maintain the Property Information System; oversee habitat conservation; coordinate volunteer management of invasive species; coordinate volunteer or contractors to create and maintain trails; create GIS maps; oversee seasonal property maintenance; develop and execute property management plans; support staff in stewardship related grants and perform other tasks as requested to support the mission of CELT. The SM will organize work parties, and work with community groups to expand volunteer capacity.

The position requires a working knowledge of conservation biology and land management, proficiency in GIS, excellent volunteer management skills, and strong organizational skills.

The SM will be a team player who is an effective communicator, is comfortable working with many different constituencies, can manage multiple priorities and volunteer work schedules, and be self- directed.

The activities completed by the SM are expected to change over time as both the staff member and the organization grows and changes. CELT is eager to welcome a person interested in contributing over the longer-term to the organization and community.

Responsibilities

Primary areas of responsibility include the following:

  • Assist the CELT Stewardship Committee with managing a consistent, collaborative stewardship and property management program, with additional help from many volunteers and occasional contractors.
  • Coordinate the implementation and maintenance of a Property Information System.
  • Inform CELT’s use of stewardship best practices that balance conservation biology, public use, and natural resources management.

Activities the Stewardship Manager May Lead

Property Management

  • Ensure that all fee properties have current management plans.
  • Ensure that all conservation easements have baseline or current condition reports.
  • Create management plans or baseline reports for new properties.
  • Establish and oversee a high-quality annual monitoring system including overseeing enforcement issues.
  • Work to resolve encroachments with abutters and foster quality relationships with easement property owners.
  • Coordinate CELT’s stewardship volunteer base, serving as the primary point of contact
  • Oversee contractors and vendors for mowing, construction projects, trail design, invasive species management, and other activities that take place on CELT properties.
  • Coordinate agency permitting for stewardship projects as needed.
  • Coordinate volunteers to educate visitors about property use restrictions and guidelines (e.g., ATVs, snowmobiles, dogs, etc.)

Property Information System

  • Maintain stewardship files and participate in the renewal of LTA accreditation.
  • File annual state monitoring registry and LMF reports.
  • Oversee a comprehensive Property Information System consisting of digital and paper documents, GIS/GPS and land survey data, photographs, and other references.
  • Create and update property GIS maps, regional maps, and maps and text for CELT outreach programs. Organizational Management and Professional Development
  • Attend all Stewardship Committee meetings and review written reports to the Board.
  • Contribute to stewardship grant proposals and reports.
  • Attend stewardship professional development workshops to enhance knowledge and skills, and strengthen CELT’s stewardship program.
  • Attend CELT public events as needed and perform other duties as assigned.

Activities the Stewardship Manager May Contribute to, But Are Led by Stewardship Committee Chairs

  • Identify, assess, and prioritize stewardship needs at CELT properties.
  • Work with diverse CELT resources to carry out stewardship plans including creating and maintaining trails, bridges, signage, and parking areas, as well as implementing invasive species management plans.
  • Oversee interns, Eagle Scouts, Cape Elizabeth High School Senior Transition Project students, 8th grade Trail Work, and other project volunteers.
  • Develop property use policies (e.g., hunting, biking, foraging) for approval by the CELT Board.
  • Create plan for volunteers to educate visitors about property use restrictions and guidelines (e.g., ATVs, snowmobiles, dogs, etc.)
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual stewardship budget.

Qualifications & Skills

  • College degree and experience in related field or minimum 10 years of experience in land conservation
  • Documented experience in conservation biology, conservation land management, and trail system stewardship
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience writing management plans
  • Organizational and supervisory skills, with demonstrated abilities in project management and working independently as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Ability to work in the field year-round including data collection, light carpentry, and trail maintenance
  • GIS fundamentals and field data management skills required
  • Computer experience including Microsoft Office and databases
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evening and weekend work required)

Compensation

This position offers a competitive hourly wage including holidays and vacation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to four references as one PDF to Cindy Krum, Executive Director, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust by email to cindy@capelandtrust.org. In the cover letter, let us know how your knowledge, skills, and experience will enable you to excel in carrying out the responsibilities summarized in the Stewardship Manager position description. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Thank you.