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The Land & Garden Preserve

Recreation Services/Seasonal Land Steward

Scope of Work

The Land & Garden Preserve is seeking an enthusiastic conservationist to help facilitate and monitor visitor use at Little Long Pond Preserve. Our preserve is directly adjacent to Acadia National Park and we experience high visitor volume during the short summer season. The Recreation Services/Seasonal Land Steward will collect visitor use data and act as the primary point of contact to the public at Little Long Pond (1,000 + acres). The Recreation Services/ Seasonal Land Steward will also participate in land stewardship projects and support the overall function of the Lands and Trails team.

This position reports to the Natural Lands Director. Most work is performed outdoors and may involve moderate risks or discomfort. Some work is performed in a professional office environment.

The Land & Garden Preserve is a nonprofit organization located in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Maine. The mission of the Preserve is to share the beauty of historic lands and gardens on Mount Desert Island. The Preserve manages the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, Asticou Azalea Garden, and Thuya Garden, as well as Little Long Pond and over 1,600 acres of natural lands.

Essential Job Functions

  • Interact with the public to answer questions, communicate Land and Garden Preserve’s mission and vision, and provide hike suggestions and historical information.
  • Proactively communicate the Land and Garden Preserve’s visitor use policies with an emphasis on its dog policies and Leave No Trace principles.
  • Follow a protocol to conduct systematic counts of individuals and dogs for periods of time (1-3 hours).
  • Maintain electronic trail counters. Test, troubleshoot and correct counter power, alignment and download counter data. Enter trail counter and observation data in database and spreadsheet program. Perform some data and statistical analysis.
  • Set game camera. Collect, download and file photographs.
  • Collect visitor use and impact data.
  • Use GPS to map and record condition of trails and social trails in the preserve. Download and process data.
  • Hike select foot trails on the natural lands around Little Long Pond educating visitors about Leave No Trace principles and offering trail guidance, first aid, water, maps, and information about Land and Garden Preserve and its programs. May serve as first responder to emergencies and communicate with others via radio. If necessary, is responsible for drafting or assisting in the drafting of incident reports.
  • Perform trail maintenance and land stewardship tasks independently, with Land and Garden staff and with volunteers. May include: cleaning ditches, moving soil, fill or stone, pruning, removing invasive plants, planting, watering, clearing brush, and trash pick-up.
  • Work with Land & Garden Preserve staff on special events.
  • Complete daily patrol log of work activities. Record observations of visitor use and impacts; visitor comments, compliments, and complaints; and trail maintenance needs. Report trail

maintenance needs to Natural Lands Director. Enter data in spreadsheets and database programs. Rainy day projects include GIS work or data entry for curatorial projects.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Above all the ideal candidate must have excellent communication and people skills, and a desire to engage the public.

  • Ability to use basic Microsoft computer software—word processing, database, and spreadsheet
  • Experience with GIS and GPS technology desirable
  • Practical experience in data collection and record keeping in field and office environments
  • Eager and capable to work hard at physically and socially demanding job, which may involve lifting 50 pounds, hiking 10 miles per day, communicating via radios, working in inclement weather (hot, cold, or wet), assertively contacting visitors about Leave No Trace, and sitting for long stretches in often uncomfortable positions, attending to routine tasks. Reasonable accommodations will be made.
  • Adapt quickly to changing work demands and schedules and be prepared for anything on any given day
  • Hiking or other outdoor experience
  • Knowledge of Land & Garden Preserve, natural resources or outdoor recreation
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Certifications in basic first aid and CPR
  • Own appropriate personal footgear (closed-toe hiking shoes or boots) and raingear. Uniform shirts, first aid kits, gloves and other personal protective equipment will be provided.

Period of Service

June 3 – September 8, 2019. Season may be shifted a few days to accommodate

applicant’s schedule. Applicant must be available for the entire season, but reasonable accommodation will be made for intermittent conflicts. Two days off per week to be arranged. Hours will vary. Routine weekend work expected.

Compensation: $15.00/hr.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume care of Deb DeForest to or to Land & Garden Preserve, PO Box 208, Seal Harbor, ME 04675.