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Seasonal Land Steward

Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve

Opening posted: 03/05/2024 | Expires: 05/01/2024

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Location: Seal Harbor, Maine

Duration: Start and end dates flexible – May/June – October/November (35-40 hours/week, 999-hour max)

Wage: $20-22/hour, depending on experience

Scope of Work: We are looking for a passionate outdoor recreationalist/ environmentalist to work on our professional stewardship staff this summer and fall. This is a wonderful opportunity to work at a much-loved nature preserve on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The Seasonal Land Steward is primarily responsible for performing all aspects of trail construction, general maintenance, and invasive species management at the Little Long Pond natural lands in Seal Harbor, Maine. This is a seasonal, non-exempt (hourly) position, up to 40 hours per week (max 999 hours, ~6 months depending on weekly schedule). The ideal term of work is ~ late May – Thanksgiving (~35-40 hours/week), however shorter terms will be considered. This is a physically demanding job.

The Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve is a nonprofit organization located in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Maine. The mission of the Preserve is to conserve and share the beauty of our historic lands and gardens. The Preserve manages the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, Asticou Azalea Garden, and Thuya Garden, as well as over 1,400 acres of natural lands.

Essential Job Functions:

Trail Building (65%)

  • Assist in all aspects of trail construction including bench cutting, cribbing, corridor clearing,
  • Building with stone and all associated prep work: cutting, shaping, and safely moving stone
  • Daily duties will include, but are not limited to, removing tree roots, making/transporting crushed stone/soil, digging borrow pits, assisting with highline and other

Invasive species management (15%)

  • Invasive plant removal using hand, mechanical and/or chemical methods.

General maintenance (20%) 

  • Seasonal carriage road and ditch cleaning.
  • Fence repair, tending kiosks and garbage cans, mowing lawn, etc.

Overarching expectations

  • Adhere to all applicable OSHA safety
  • Interact with all staff and guests (visitors, members, and board directors) in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Ensure that workspaces and tool storage are kept organized and
  • Be knowledgeable about frequently asked questions about our natural lands and the Land & Garden
  • Assist with other projects throughout the Preserve as

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Passion for natural areas management, conservation, land stewardship, hiking and trail
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs., kneel, bend, and perform physical
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions for up to 8 hours per
  • Ability to operate a variety of hand tools and small motorized equipment.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Experience with trail building is
  • Knowledge of environmental issues, local flora, and fauna
  • Experience working outdoors conducting physically demanding work is preferred.