Western Foothills Land Trust
Opening posted: 01/07/2022 | Expires: 02/28/2022
Hours: Year-round full time (35-40 hours/week)
Pay Range: $38,220 – $44,720, depending upon experience
Benefits: Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave, professional development opportunities
Reports To: Executive Director
Start Date: April 1, 2022
Western Foothills Land Trust (WFLT) is a 35-year-old land trust serving the Oxford Hills region of western Maine. The organization owns 35 parcels protecting approximately 3,800 acres, and holds conservation easements on 43 properties encompassing nearly 4,700 acres. Preserved areas include working forestlands, farmlands, wildlife refuges, and wetland habitats. The Trust manages over 35 miles of recreational trails including hiking and walking trails, mountain bike trails, and groomed Nordic ski trails. The Trust owns two grooming machines and manages a fully equipped warming hut at the Robert Farm Preserve in Norway, ME.
We are a growing organization that is involved in several regional collaborations. The Trust is preparing to apply for accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance.
Stewardship Manager Description
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Stewardship Manager performs land stewardship of fee and easement properties. The Stewardship Manager will work with the Executive Director and the Stewardship Committee (all volunteer) to identify, assess, and prioritize stewardship needs at WFLT properties, and to develop and implement plans to address those needs.
This is a full-time position with salary and benefits, renewable upon mutual agreement and satisfactory performance, and contingent upon adequate funding. This position requires the employee to work under minimal supervision, with an ability to meet tight deadlines and be reasonably flexible with work time, to include occasional evenings and weekends, particularly in the summer field season.
Stewardship Manager: Highlights of Key Job Responsibilities
Fee Land Maintenance and Management
- Establish boundary monitoring program. Mark and sign preserve boundaries. Work collaboratively with abutters and surveyors on boundary needs.
- Establish a volunteer adopt-a-trail program. Maintain, sign and mark recreational trails for safe public use and to mitigate erosion and damage to trails.
- Oversee stewardship of Roberts Farm Nordic ski trails, ski facility, and related equipment at Roberts Farm Preserve.
- Oversee maintenance of buildings/recreational assets at Roberts Farm Preserve.
- Create and implement management plans for new preserves.
- Oversee the updating of existing management plans to meet current Land Trust Alliance standards.
Conservation Easement Management
- Oversee updating conservation easement baseline documentation reports to meet current Land Trust Alliance standards.
- Create baseline documentation reports for new easement projects.
- Establish annual conservation easement monitoring program to ensure that it meets Land Trust Alliance standards and practices and other industry best management practices.
- Represent WFLT and its mission to the public when on WFLT’s lands.
- Act as stewardship liaison with the towns in WFLT’s service area.
- Maintain careful organization of physical and digital property files to meet Land Trust Alliance standards.
- Implement system to manage preserve and easement property database.
- Develop stewardship-related policies to ensure WFLT is meeting Land Trust Alliance standards.
Qualifications and Skills
- Commitment to the mission of WFLT and a passion for the environment
and the Oxford Hills region.
- Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of fieldwork experience in land conservation, ecological science, or surveying, or equivalent experience.
natural lands management, parks and recreation management, or related field preferable.
- Experience with managing natural lands for a diversity of uses including specific experience with balancing public recreational use with resource protection.
- Direct experience with planning and implementation of land management activities (such as trail building, installation of signage, vegetation/tree removal, and maintenance and/or landscaping).
- Highly motivated and self-directed with strong judgment, drawing on both experience and supervisor’s direction, to independently make decisions.
- High level of navigational awareness in the field, and experience using maps, survey plans, compass, and navigational apps for mobile devices to collect field data (tracks, points, photos).
- Strong computer skills, facility with Microsoft Office and Google Workplace suite of applications, or equivalent, and facility with GIS.
- The ability to work and effectively and respectfully communicate in a professional, cooperative, tactful, personable and often confidential manner with a diverse variety of individuals in both urban and rural locations.
- Meticulous attention to detail and record keeping.
- Strong organizational skills in the office and in the field.
- Experience training and coordinating adult volunteers, preferably for work in outdoor settings.
- Familiarity with land trust operations, issues, and best practices preferred.
- Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.
- Ideally, the Stewardship Manager will reside in or near the WFLT service area, or will otherwise be available for day-to-day contact with landowners and community members.
Work Conditions & Physical Demands
This position includes a combination of office work, fieldwork, and local travel. Fieldwork may be physically demanding. Applicants should be able to walk over variable terrain, be comfortable navigating through the woods and walking alone, and be able to conduct fieldwork in a variety of weather conditions.
WFLT embraces a remote work culture, and WFLT also provides an office in Norway, ME with high-speed internet service and a landline phone. A laptop computer, tablet computer, printer, and other necessary equipment and software will be provided by WFLT. The position requires time in the field and at the office and is somewhat seasonal as it relates to field versus office duties.
Applicants should submit by Monday, February 28th, 2022: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three references (preferably in a single PDF) to Lee Dassler, Executive Director, at , subject line: “Stewardship Manager”. References will only be contacted if you are selected for a final interview. No phone calls, please.