Seasonal Land Steward
Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Opening posted: 03/12/2021 | Expires: 04/04/2021
Frenchman Bay Conservancy Land Steward Position
Dates of Employment: May 15- November 15, 2021 (flexible dates)
Location: Office base in Hancock, ME, Fieldwork at FBC Preserves around south-central Hancock County
FBC Mission: Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is a nationally accredited, non-profit, land conservation organization located in Hancock, Maine. Now in our 34th year of operation, we have protected nearly 10,000 acres through conservation easements and FBC-owned preserves in 12 towns and townships in Maine. Our conserved lands protect a broad variety of ecosystems and traditional land uses, including forest, wetlands, coastline, mountains, an organic farm, a working woodlot, blueberry fields, and waterfront along a wild and scenic river. Frenchman Bay Conservancy maintains more than 28 miles of year-round public access hiking trails for nature observation, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hunting. We protect access for the public to enjoy scenic vistas, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and mudflats for recreation and commercial access including clam and worm harvesting. Over just the past five years, FBC has increased preserve and easement acres by more than sixty percent and increased miles of trail by fifty percent. We are dedicated to providing public access to encourage people to develop a relationship with the outdoors.
Position Description: FBC seeks a Land Steward to join our team of four full-time staff to accomplish field projects at our Preserves that our dedicated team of Stewardship Volunteers focuses on during the summer months. Expectations are that this individual will work well with others, conduct themselves professionally at all times, and assist with the advance preparation, and day-of work with volunteers. They will also work on trail projects individually and as a team with our Land Protection Manager and summer intern. The Land Steward will be responsible for contacting FBC Easement landowners and performing our annual property monitoring responsibilities. This position will be primarily field-based.
The Land Steward will have the following projects as their top priorities:
- Preserve Stewardship: Working under the guidance of FBC’s Land Protection Manager, to layout and build new trails, as well as make improvements to our existing trail network. This will entail:
- traditional trail building methods using hand-tools only (besides a chainsaw),
- carpentry projects to make signage, kiosks, benches, and rustic timber structures on the trails,
- building and refining the tread surface (bench cut), clearing brush, removing trip hazards,
- installing rock features (rocks steps, stone cribbing, check dams)
- and working with volunteers sometimes on a daily basis.
- Easement Monitoring: Work with FBC’s portfolio of protected lands, to review easement details, set up field visits with easement landowners, and produce annual monitoring reports for each property.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Local Housing (co-ed, shared housing may be available)
- Valid Drivers’ License & Personal Vehicle for self-transportation between the Preserves & FBC Office
- Experience building hiking trails; these projects necessitate the ability to lift and carry at least 50lbs over uneven terrain, for up to 3 miles.
- Experience with carpentry projects, using hand tools
- Experience with rock work, use of griphoist and rigging equipment beneficial
- Experience with safe chainsaw operation and felling techniques; S-212 or Game of Logging Certification beneficial.
- Basic First Aid/CPR (even better if you’ve got a WFA or WFR certification)
- Comfort working outside in inclement weather (hot, cold, wet), must have appropriate rain gear, sturdy work/hiking boots.
Position Benefits: This six month, 40 hours per week position offers $16 per hour; mileage reimbursement at the national rate of .56/mile; health, dental, and vision insurance provided; shared company housing available.