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Land Protection Assistant

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Opening posted: 10/18/2019 | Expires: 11/15/2019

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General Summary

The Land Protection Assistant supports the Land Protection team, with primary focus on MCHT’s Eastern offices. Assists Project Managers with their land conservation work. Provides GIS mapping expertise in coordination with the GIS Associate. Periodically conducts field work outdoors with other staff or alone. This position is located at the Mount Desert Island office.

Essential Job Functions

1)    GIS Mapping & Data Management

  • Produces maps for Land Protection in Eastern Maine, and as needed, will assist the GIS Associate with maps for Land Protection staff in Topsham and the Stewardship, Development and Communications departments, as well as MCHT’s President.
  • Creates products in keeping with standardized layouts, works as part of the team to improve layouts and standards.
  • Helps maintain MCHT’s Conserved Lands GIS dataset and attribute database.
  • Coordinates with Project Managers, the GIS Associate, and other staff to collect and manage other GIS & GPS data to keep organized and up to date datasets.
  • Provides technical support for ESRI & GPS software in the Mount Desert Island Office.

2)   Land Protection

  • Produces or helps prepare baseline data documentation for Conservation Easements, including field work, photographs, maps and written descriptions of the property.
  • Coordinates and performs Hazardous Waste Transaction Screens for properties in which MCHT takes an interest by ordering government record searches, obtaining historic topographic maps, assisting with site visits and preparing reports. Periodically reviews, with MCHT’s General Counsel, the organization’s hazardous waste assessment procedure to ensure federal standards compliance.
  • Assists Project Managers with various needs related to conservation planning, filing, database entry, research and Board and Lands Committee meetings.
  • Manages digital photograph collection for conservation easements, including storage and documentation.
  • Maintains paper and electronic project records and assists with setting up and closing of project files.
  • Works in close conjunction with and as a part of the Land Protection staff team, taking on specific assignments as needed.
  • Attends and participates in Land Protection staff meetings, takes notes to be filed, and distributes to Project Managers or others as needed.  
  • Assists with updating project forms, templates, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Attendance may be required for periodic evening and weekend events throughout the year.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.

Supervisory Responsibility


Education & Experience

Bachelor’s Degree preferred.


  • Experience and skill with ESRI’s ArcGIS software and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience and skill in conducting research, collecting and managing data, and preparing reports.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a variety of work styles.
  • Ability to effectively operate computers & assigned software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe and Google Earth.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects to effectively meet deadlines.
  • Ability to produce high quality maps for use in staff meetings, Board and Committee presentations, and recorded at the registry of deeds.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

Most work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc.  Operates computer, printer, and other office equipment.  Work requires extended sitting and repetitive motion in the use of computer, keyboard and mouse.  Field work, when necessary, is performed outside in all weather conditions, and generally involves climbing, walking, carrying equipment, and bending and crouching.  Operates GPS, compass, camera, and related tools.  Some travel is required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.  

*This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including insurance, vacation time, and a retirement plan.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to with “Land Protection Assistant” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.