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Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Summer Land Steward (full time, contract)


The Summer Land Steward position will be 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (June 3-August 9). Compensation is $13.00 per hour and requires the availability and occasional use of reliable personal vehicle


The Regional Field Team (RFT) is a collaboration between four organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The RFT is hired and managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and we are seeking a Summer Land Steward for 2019.

This is an outdoor position helping to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. Projects will be conducted on lands protected by all four regional organizations, giving our Summer Land Steward experience with a wide variety of properties, tasks, and land conservation professionals. This will be an excellent opportunity for networking and gaining land management experience.

Opportunities Provided by this Position

  • Learn plant identification skills, particularly for invasive plant species
  • Experience the structure and operation of not-for-profit land trusts, with a particular emphasis on land management
  • Gain hands-on experience with the  planning, construction, and maintenance of trails
  • Develop skills in observation and reporting
  • Have the opportunity to work with GPS data collection and basic ArcGIS mapping
  • Learn how read surveys and navigate the boundaries of properties with map, compass, and GPS
  • Spend a most of the summer working in the beautiful natural areas of the Maine Coast

Supervision and Team Design

The Summer Land Steward will work closely with the KELT Stewardship Coordinator and the Regional Field Team Crew Coordinator. For some tasks, the Steward will work directly with staff or volunteers from organizations other than KELT, but often the team will operate as a group of two or three members.

Independent work may be required at times, and the Steward will have the opportunity to lead groups of volunteers. The Steward will frequently meet visitors on our properties. Successful applicants will be expected to act professionally and communicate in a polite manner, both with the public and with fellow team members.


  • Conduct trail clearing and trimming with loppers, hand-saws, bow-saws, etc.
  • Occasional use of string trimmer or hedge-trimmer for trail clearing
  • Use of chainsaw possible, depending on skill level and project needs
  • Monitor preserve conditions and create detailed reports of problem areas
  • Traverse property boundaries to maintain signage and check for encroachment
  • Assist with occasional clean-up of illicit dumping sites
  • Help to build bog bridges, stone steps, and other trail structures
  • Check and maintain kiosks, map boxes, trail signage, and paint blazing
  • Conduct mechanical control of invasive plants (i.e. cutting, digging, pulling)
  • Assist with any other suitable project, indoor or outdoor, as needed
  • With the RFT Crew Coordinator, keep a log of activities and hours completed

Preferred Education

Completed High School program, plus some college and/or relevant work experience. Applicants still in HS may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment over rough ground
  • Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools in the field
  • Ability to work, responsibly, safely, and at times independently

Preferred Qualifications

  • First Aid Certification
  • Experience working outdoors, particularly on trails
  • Experience communicating with the public
  • Map and compass (orienteering) skills
  • Environmental or ecological study or background knowledge

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Applicants may also hand-deliver the application to the KELT office, or send by mail to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references. If an applicant is called to interview, KELT may request the list of references at that time.

Application deadline is Sunday, March 17, 2019.