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Listed below are current positions available at land trusts and associated entities.
Forest and Trails Steward Position
Monhegan Associates, Inc. (MAI), an Island Land Trust responsible for the stewardship of over four hundred acres on Monhegan Island, Maine, is accepting applications for the position of Forest and Trails Steward, which is expected to commence in June, 2016.
Please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2015:
~~Resume of personal, professional, and educational qualifications.
~~Two letters of reference
~~A personalized letter of introduction which expresses your reasons for pursuing this position, as well as a summary of your principal qualifications matching the
summary of job responsibilities outlined below.
The successful candidate will be interested in pioneering a new position on a remote island. Excellent time management skills and self-direction are essential. We require a balance of education and experience to achieve stewardship goals. The position requires hands on involvement in working outdoors to manage targeted invasive plants and to keep trails open; coordinating volunteers; keeping careful records; utilizing strong writing skills to communicate progress toward goals and in writing grant applications; researching invasive plant management to determine best practices; creating nature programs for visitors, residents, and children; working cooperatively with a network of Land Trusts, service organizations, and environmental groups as well as the immediate community to broaden our outreach and promote the goals of MAI.
Job duties will include:
1. Stewardship: Through extensive work on the trails and on invasive plants, become thoroughly familiar with the forest ecology and the trail system. Work closely with the Trails Committee and the Ecology Committee to develop and implement a Forest Stewardship Plan to include keeping the trails open and managing targeted invasive plants. Coordinate and manage paid and volunteer resources to carry out the plan. Maintain tools.
2. Research: Complete a GPS map of targeted invasive plants on the island. Research and implement best practices for managing invasive plants and track the dynamics of forest ecology. Keep detailed records of all management practices employed including locations, hours worked, tools used, and control methods. Recordkeeping not only should provide MAI with a guide to what works best, but also potentially lay the basis for studies of invasive control methods that might be funded by grants.
3. Outreach: Develop effective relationships with MAI members, other Land Trust organizations, service organizations, the Monhegan community, volunteers, and visitors to broaden MAI’s outreach. Further MAI’s goal of education by working with the school, the community, and visitors to develop and implement programs to promote understanding of the complexity of the ecology of the land on Monhegan, invasive plants and their impact on the environment, and how to be good stewards of the land. Support grant applications and fund raising initiatives for projects which advance MAI goals.
4. Management: Meet regularly with one or more members of the Oversight Committee which includes key members of the MAI leadership. Submit a detailed monthly report to the Oversight Committee including hours worked and projects worked on.
Monhegan Island is located eleven miles from Port Clyde and is accessible only by ferry. Ferries run daily from May through October and three times a week from November first through April, weather permitting. The community numbers around fifty residents in the winter and includes a school, a store, a library, a post office, and a church in which there are occasional services and community gatherings. Residents include fishermen, carpenters, artists, and others. In the summer, the population expands significantly to include seasonal residents, visitors who rent cottages or rooms, and day visitors. Seasonal establishments include the Monhegan Museum of Art and History, hotels, restaurants, a craft brewery, and shops, as well as recreational and wellness opportunities. MAI will help the successful candidate find year-round rental housing.
This position is designed to be a full time position on Monhegan Island. The 2016 contract will run from June first through the third week in December. Beginning in 2017, the yearly contract will run from March first through the third week in December. Paid holidays include Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. The contract also will include five days of personal leave. The position requires a forty hour work week.
Annual salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s education and experience and may range from $32,000 to $38,000 for the March through December period referenced above. Remuneration for 2016 will be prorated to reflect the shorter (June through December) time frame. MAI will provide worker’s compensation insurance and FICA, Federal, and State tax withholding. The successful candidate will be expected to provide his or her own health insurance.
MAI is a land trust founded in 1954 with the express purpose of preserving the undeveloped land on Monhegan Island and working closely with the community to ensure that the undeveloped land remains forever wild. As stewards of over four hundred acres, comprising about two thirds of Monhegan Island, MAI has been dedicated to this goal for over sixty years. The original Articles of Organization opened with the following charge: to preserve for posterity the natural wild beauty, biotic communities, and desirable natural, artificial, and historic features of the so-called “wild-lands” portions of Monhegan Island, Maine, and its environs, as well as the simple, friendly way of life that has existed on Monhegan as a whole.
Additional information on MAI and the Monhegan community is available at www.monheganassociates.org.
Damariscotta River Association
Lands and Stewardship Director
The Damariscotta River Association is a growing, nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization with robust education and community engagement programs. We focus our efforts on conserving the lands and waters of Damariscotta River Estuary and surrounding areas. The Lands and Stewardship Director is the conductor of an “orchestra” of dedicated volunteers tasked with monitoring and maintaining a stunning portfolio of coastal lands, islands, and trails under Damariscotta River Association (DRA) management, ownership and conservation easement. He/she provides staff leadership to the Stewardship Committee of DRA and helps to lead in the acquisition of new lands and conservation easements in partnership with the Executive Director and Lands Committee. The Lands and Stewardship Director interacts regularly with landowners, supporters, partner agencies, and local governmental officials. Good humor, a collaborative spirit, and impeccable integrity are thus essential character traits.
Full Time. Salary commensurate with experience. Paid holidays and vacation. Retirement match.
• Provide primary staff leadership to the Stewardship Committee.
• Implement and improve established procedures for regular monitoring of all conservation easements and preserve properties held by the DRA.
• Conduct landowner outreach within DRA project areas.
• Create, review, and revise preserve management plans.
• Ensure that boundaries of all DRA properties are marked and that markers are maintained.
• Create Conservation Easement Baselines for DRA easements per Land Trust Alliance (LTA) standards as new easements are acquired,
• Document and follow up easement violations working with the Stewardship Committee and Director and Board to reach resolution.
• Keep easement property owners and local realtors up-to-date regarding easement terms.
• Establish positive relations with local, state and federal officials as they relate to the various management and stewardship agreements held by the DRA.
• Work with the Stewardship Committee to ensure that appropriate trail, signage, and other resources on DRA preserve lands are adequately managed.
• Oversee maintenance and management of the DRA boat fleet.
• Create and update maps and brochures for DRA public preserves.
• Maintain all lands records in accordance with best industry practices.
• Identify and coordinate with Preserve Stewards for DRA lands.
• Identify and address invasive species threats.
• Serve as primary staff liaison with the Lands Committee • Continuously review and keep current lands protection criteria in consultation with ED and Lands Committee and Board.
• Update and maintain DRA’s strategic land acquisition plan
• Nurture and develop strong relations with land owners, partners, and donors.
• Supervise the development of conversation easements, baselines and appropriate agreements on projects as assigned by Executive Director.
• Work with the Executive Director to identify financial needs and to create financial opportunities through grant writing and donor contacts.
• Assist with DRA events.
• Lead walks and talks as part of DRA education series.
• Contribute photos and press releases highlighting lands and stewardship accomplishments.
• Lead the lands and stewardship elements of DRA’s accreditation efforts and supply needed documentation as required.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
a. Experience: The position requires at least 3-5 years experience in a natural resource-related field. Demonstrated success in volunteer management essential. Experience in natural resource management, land and easement acquisition, boating, carpentry, and trails are all desirable. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required and a master’s degree may be given preference, although additional experience may substitute for the advanced degree.
b. Knowledge: An understanding of recreation management and volunteers required. Knowledge of natural history, invasive species, and wildlife valuable. Facility with Word, Excel, email, basic GIS and basic social media required. Skill in photography desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
Improve and keep up DRA lands records and baseline data. Maintain existing DRA recreation infrastructure and related tools. Build and maintain strong relationships with DRA stewardship volunteers, landowners, and agency/nonprofit partners. Ensure regular monitoring and defense of all DRA properties, both fee and easement. Assist and lead new acquisitions of fee and easement properties.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Steven Hufnagel, Executive Director, at email@example.com with “Stewardship Director” in the subject line by December 1, 2015.
Downeast Coastal Conservancy
Outreach and Membership Coordinator
The Outreach and Membership Coordinator plays a critical role in advancing the mission of Downeast Coastal Conservancy by employing his/her leadership, knowledge and experience to sustain or expand our connections with the people and communities we serve. Principal tasks include office administration, communicating with members, recruiting new members, maintaining the membership database, leading public events such as hikes or paddles, sharing information with the public and press, and coordinating events. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) hourly position which occasionally will require evening and weekend work.
Supervision: The Executive Director supervises the Outreach and Membership Coordinator, assigns all tasks, and approves all expenditures related to the work of the position.
The Outreach and Membership Coordinator will perform the following duties:
1. Membership Services and Public Communications Coordination
2. Membership Database Maintenance
3. Event and Outreach Management (including the Annual Meeting & Picnic, outings, educational programs, press conferences, donor cultivation gatherings, regional membership meetings, event tabling, school or college classes, after school programs, summer camps, etc.)
4. Volunteer Coordination
5. Administrative Services
6. Other Duties
For a full description, visit http://www.downeastcoastalconservancy.org/jobs.
The Mission of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy is the conservation of the natural habitats and resources of the coastal watersheds, islands and communities of Washington County, Maine for present and future generations.
Desired Qualification and Attributes of the Outreach and Membership Coordinator
• Willingness to take the lead on projects and tasks and see them through to completion;
• Motivation to inspire a love of nature in others in support of DCC’s mission;
• Well-organized work style and capability to conduct multiple tasks concurrently and meet deadlines;
• Experience with and/or ability to learn computer software, including GiftWorks, Constant Contact, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, Adobe InDesign, Quickbooks, and other software used in this position;
• Experience with graphic design to create effective posters and outreach materials;
• Pleasant personality featuring tact, patience, diplomacy, flexibility, and helpfulness;
• Initiative in recognizing needs for the efficient and effective operation of the Land Trust;
• Articulate in public and an excellent writer;
• Event management skills;
• Capacity for creative and innovative thinking;
• Rigorous standards of discretion and confidentiality necessary concerning the personal and financial information held by the Land Trust;
• Working knowledge of the issues important to the mission of the Land Trust;
• Interest in the success of the Land Trust in meeting its goals;
• Valid vehicle driver's license and personal vehicle with proof of insurance;
• Bachelor’s Degree or experience commensurate with the needs of the position;
• Ability to lead hikes and paddles in varying terrain and weather conditions; and
• Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs.
To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or DCC, PO Box 760, Machias, ME 04654. For more information call, 207-255-4500. Applications accepted until November 16th.
Great Works Regional Land Trust
Well-established, partner-centric land conservation organization in Ogunquit, Maine seeks part-time (25 hour), experienced, effective, fundraising professional. This individual will lead efforts to raise funds for operations and capital campaigns and provide oversight for the annual campaign and membership drive. He/she will report to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, strong communication skills and 5-7 years of fundraising experience, including work on major donor initiatives and events. Work experience or an interest in land conservation is a plus. We offer a great work environment and a salary range based on $22-$24/hour.
Since 1986, Great Works has conserved over 5,700 acres of land in Berwick, North Berwick, South Berwick, Eliot, Ogunquit, and Wells. The membership supported non-profit also hosts fundraising events and offers a series of hikes (visit www.gwrlt.org), some in cooperation with the Gateway to Maine Outside collaboration. The organization has nearly 1,000 members and donors, a highly-engaged Board and four staff members.
Great Works is a partner in a ten-member coalition that is carrying out the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative, an effort that has led to the protection of 13,263 acres in a six-town region of southern Maine and has created nature preserves that are accessible and enjoyed by the public. In addition, the organization has an ongoing farmland protection campaign and is working in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust to address the need for farmland preservation in southern Maine.
Please send cover letter and resume by to Administrative Coordinator Patti Mitchem at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Link to full job description: http://gwrlt.org/index.php/about-us/board-and-staff/34-board-members/491-development-director-search
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is seeking an experienced professional to help lead us into the next stage of our growth and development as a land trust. We are looking for an Executive Director who can build on the success of our first 15 years to fulfill our potential for conservation and environmental education within a seven-town region in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. This is an opportunity to lead and be the public face of an organization positioned to protect significant land and natural resources in an area of our state that faces ongoing development pressure. We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate land conservation, development, and non-profit management skills and experience, along with a strong passion and commitment to conservation mission. A full job description can be found on our website at http://www.mmrg.info/
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways offers a salary in the mid-50s for this full-time position. The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected. Please send a cover letter and resume to the Search Committee at MMRGSearch@gmail.com, or by mail at Search Committee, c/o Board Chair, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, PO Box 191, Union, NH 03887. No phone calls, please.
Medomak Valley Land Trust
The Board of the Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) is seeking an exceptional Executive Director (ED) who will be responsible for the implementation of its mission and policies. The ED will provide the leadership, fundraising expertise and management skills to direct the organization in the successful accomplishment of its objectives.
The ED will work with the Board to create and implement long-range fundraising goals and strategies as well as to cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts from individuals and corporations.
The successful candidate should possess a commitment to conservation, strong capabilities in development, marketing, outreach, financial and personnel management of a non-profit organization, and an ability to write and manage grants effectively. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required.
This position needs a self-starter, someone who has strong communication and collaborative skills. The candidate must have the experience to guide an accredited organization through all aspects of its mission.
Full description available here: http://www.medomakvalley.org/ED%20Job%20Description.pdf.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and references with contact information to President, MVLT, 25 Friendship Rd. (POB 180), Waldoboro, ME 04572, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2015, or until the position is filled. www.medomakvalley.org
Portland Trails is on the move! We are Maine’s pre-eminent trails organization, and we are coming up on our 25th anniversary in 2016. We have just completed a new five-year Strategic Plan that sets an ambitious goal to significantly increase fundraising from private sources. The Advancement Manager will be critical to achieving that goal. This is a new position for Portland Trails. We envision an initial 18-month contract, but hopefully we can transition to a permanent position based on the results achieved.
This position is responsible for all Donor Relations and Communications strategy with a focus on developing and building relationships between Portland Trails and its constituencies, especially major donors and businesses. This role is relationship-based and strategic in nature, with an emphasis on increasing private support of Portland Trails, in line with our Strategic Plan. It coordinates and facilitates development, donor stewardship, stakeholder relations, research and messaging to increase private donations to Portland Trails. The ideal candidate will have well-established relationships in Greater Portland.
More information at http://trails.org/about-us/jobs.