Conservation Staff Job (full time, contract)

Sebago Clean Waters

Opening posted: 06/05/2019 | Expires: 06/28/2019

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Position Summary

This is a full time, two-year grant funded, position.

The Sebago Clean Waters ( conservation staff is primarily responsible for providing staff and program support for Loon Echo and Western Foothills Land Trusts. The SCW conservation staff member will assist with the development of a strategic conservation plan and unified conservation policies and procedures for use by both Trusts in the watershed. Additionally, the staff member will assist with due diligence project support, baseline documentation, management planning, and other stewardship tasks.  

The Conservation Staff will work independently and in close collaboration with land trust staff members.  This position is based at both Loon Echo Land Trust in Bridgton and Western Foothills Land Trust in Norway.

Potential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conservation Planning and Policy
    • Assist with the development of a strategic conservation plan.
    • Assist with the development of conservation policies and procedures for use by both land trusts.
  2. Information and Project Management  
    • Work effectively with GIS mapping program in support of program activities.
    • Prepare baseline documentation reports for easement properties as needed.
    • Assist in preparing management plans for fee parcels consistent with documented procedures and Land Trust Accreditation standards.
    • Assist in completing/compiling due diligence requirements for acquisition projects including ESA1, survey, title search, photo documentation.
    • Other duties as required, including administrative tasks that are shared by all within the department.
  3. Landowner Guidance
    • Communicate with landowners, foresters, and land managers and provide guidance on conservation options.
    • Initiate and respond in a timely manner to landowner inquiries.
  4. Communication and Conduct
    • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships and open lines of communication with landowners, colleagues, and the public.
    • Communicate with others in a positive manner with respect for differing opinions and openness to new ideas.
    • Work independently and follow through on commitments with minimal supervision.
    • Prioritize tasks to complete work in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Take initiative to solve problems and identify potentially more efficient methods of operation.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in appropriate field related to conservation or natural resources and 1 to 2 years of experience in land conservation or natural resources field.
  • Fluent and functional knowledge of GIS mapping and GPS data collection.
  • Knowledge of LTA standards and practices a bonus.
  • Knowledge of natural resources and landscape-scale ecosystems a bonus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated, willing to accept a challenge, and able to handle multiple priorities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of various backgrounds and interests.
  • Facility with the Microsoft Office suite of applications. 
  • Ability to navigate in the forest alone, sometimes in remote locations.
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle.

Application Deadline and Process

Send resume and cover letters prior to 5pm, June 28, 2019 to:

Lee Dassler
Western Foothills Land Trust
PO Box 107
Norway, ME 04268

207 740 2558