Stewardship Assistant (Temporary Full-time)

Kennebec Land Trust

Opening posted: 01/22/2024 | Expires: 03/31/2024

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The Kennebec Land Trust is seeking a temporary, 40-hour-a-week seasonal Stewardship Assistant.  The Stewardship Assistant’s responsibilities include management activities on protected properties, leading volunteer efforts to build trails and care for preserved lands, and office administration. 

This position will require working occasional weekends and evenings.

Candidates should have a demonstrated background in land stewardship and excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills. The employment period is projected to run for twelve weeks from approximately June – August.

Candidates should be capable of multitasking, able to perform physically demanding outdoor work, be comfortable navigating off trail, and have excellent GPS skills. Carpentry and chainsaw skills are a plus.

KLT values a collaborative workplace culture. The hourly rate is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience.

The Stewardship Assistant will be supervised by KLT’s Stewardship Director and will report to KLT’s Stewardship Director, Stewardship Manager, and Executive Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Completing monitoring visits on KLT preserves and conservation easements and incorporating field data and monitoring reports into stewardship files in accordance with record keeping policy
  • Maintaining boundaries of preserves and conservation easements
  • Trail maintenance and invasive species control
  • Working cooperatively with Kennebec Land Trust landowners and volunteers
  • Assisting with small community service projects – e.g. Scouts, school service days
  • Performing hand tool and small motor equipment maintenance as needed
  • Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary Cabins – inspection of cabins in-between rentals and light cleaning of cabins

Required Skills:

  • An associate’s degree or equivalent experience in biology, natural resources, land planning, land surveying, conservation biology or a related field
  • Experience with boundary maintenance and invasive species management
  • Trail maintenance and experience with hand and power tools
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; dependable and flexible personality
  • Ability to work independently, in a team setting, with partners, and with the public
  • Good physical condition, including ability to work in varying field conditions as required for site inspections, trail work and other stewardship assignments

Hourly rate is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience.   

Applications are due by March 31, 2024

Interviews will be held in early April

Kennebec Land Trust encourages diversity and equity in our public service and in our workplace. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. Additional financial support may be available for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) candidates through Maine Career Catalyst’s “Equity in Internship” program. BIPOC candidates can find out more information about how to apply for this additional stipend here:

Kennebec Land Trust prohibits any discrimination in carrying on its mission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. This includes all programs, projects, events, and any other related activity sponsored by KLT. KLT’s commitment to diversity extends to all levels of our organization and is endorsed by our Board of Directors and Staff.

Send full application to:


The Kennebec Land Trust

c/o Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director

PO Box 261

Winthrop, Maine 04364

About the Kennebec Land Trust:

The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, lakes, streams, wetlands, fields, and wildlife that help define central Maine. KLT protects and stewards land permanently, offers access to conserved properties, provides opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming.

Established by citizens in 1988, KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to protect more than 7,700 acres through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. We have constructed 58 miles of trails on KLT land, and developed informative brochures and maps of our properties that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy Central Maine’ natural landscape.

KLT is also a founding partner, along with the Maine Forest Service, of the Kennebec Woodland Partnership and Local Wood WORKS which promotes private and public woodland stewardship, forestland conservation, and local wood economies.