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Downeast Land Relations Steward

The Nature Conservancy Maine

Opening posted: 01/04/2024 | Expires: 02/29/2024

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The Downeast Land Relations Steward is a full-time, permanent position based in Hancock or Washington County coordinating land stewardship/management activities on the Nature Conservancy’s more than 30,000 acres of preserves and several easements in the Downeast region, with a focus on collaborating with a broad set of partners to advance stewardship capacity, collaboration, and demonstrating exemplary land management in this geography. 

  • Reporting to the Director of Land Management, the Downeast Land Relations Steward represents TNC Maine in the iconic and important regional geography of Hancock and Washington counties in downeast Maine.  As a member of the land management team as well as other thematically focused teams, this person will help partners to understand the interdisciplinary approaches to land and water conservation in which TNC Maine has been engaged in downeast Maine for more than 60 years.  
  • Part land steward and part conservation community liaison, this person performs land management functions at TNC preserves and across easements east of Ellsworth, and establishes collaborative relationships with neighbors, community members, state and local officials, funders, partners, the media, and landowners, including other land trusts in this geography.
  • Through a curious, humble, and professional approach, the Downeast Land Relations Steward will develop and maintain authentic relationships with State, Federal, Tribal, Municipal and NGO partners.  
  • A passion for the natural world and affinity for the humans who depend on it, particularly downeast, will be necessary for success.  Residency in the region will be critical to developing relationships with lands and people.  Travel to Brunswick on a monthly basis will also be necessary to connect with TNC colleagues–and attendance in regular remote meetings will also be necessary.   
  • This person will have an understanding of ecological principles, experience in managing projects and contracts,  and a keen ability to listen and think broadly about approaches to conservation and community issues.
  • This is a full time year-round position with benefits including but not limited to comprehensive medical, dental and vision, hybrid work options, and a flexible work schedule.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Collaborates with and supports Conservation, Finance, Government Relations, Land Management, Legal, Philanthropy, and Communications colleagues on conservation projects that advance The Nature Conservancy’s priorities.
  • Provide land management services towards the achievement of stewardship needs and goals in the downeast region of Maine.  Manages all aspects of land stewardship in collaboration with the land management team: scopes newly acquired sites and develops plans for managing recreation and general infrastructure, including signage, roads and bridges, trails, as well as restoration projects, monitors public use, develops and implements strategies to resolve land use issues, including conflicts between different users, overuse of fragile areas, illegal activities and encroachment. Ensures the maintenance of stewardship-related equipment, vehicles and boats, and work and storage areas.
  • Contributes to legal monitoring requirements of fee owned lands as well as conservation easement and deed restriction monitoring.
  • Participates in and contributes to partnerships with local, state, federal, and tribal governments, and other partners.
  • Participates in ecological monitoring and restoration efforts.
  • May partner with Philanthropy staff to fundraise for projects including helping to cultivate potential corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

Higher education degree equivalent to a BA, BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.   
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally. 
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers. 
  • Community relationships/ network development/ strong interpersonal skills