Summer Land Steward (seasonal)

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Opening posted: 02/02/2024 | Expires: 03/31/2024

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The Summer Land Stewards (two positions available) will assist Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s (KELT) stewardship staff with managing our preserves during the busy field season. Specific tasks will include assisting with maintaining trails, marking boundaries, controlling invasive species, performing habitat improvements, and conducting annual monitoring. The Stewards will also assist with monitoring at salt marsh sites for KELT’s restoration program. This is an opportunity to learn the basics of on-the-ground conservation work and land management by working on a wide variety of tasks and projects, alongside a close-knit community of staff and volunteers. This position is perfect for someone who is passionate about Maine’s natural resources, able to work primarily outdoors, and has a willingness to learn.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to “Conserve, restore and instill appreciation of the land and water resources of the Kennebec Estuary to benefit today’s communities and future generations.” We are a community-based, membership-supported organization serving the towns of Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoinham, Dresden, Georgetown, Richmond, West Bath, Westport Island, and Woolwich. KELT was founded in 1989. We conserve land to support ecosystems and recreation, manage 32 preserves and 33+ miles of trails, collaborate with a wide variety of community partners to support people and nature in the region, and provide outreach and education programs to hundreds of people of all ages each year.

Why work with KELT this summer?
• Experience the structure and operation of a non-profit land trust, with a particular emphasis on land stewardship, habitat management, habitat restoration, and conservation
• Gain hands-on experience with many facets of conservation and volunteer management
• Flexibility to pursue projects of personal interest within KELT’s Mission
• Spend the summer working in the beautiful natural areas of the Maine Coast: this position is approximately 75% field based!
• Will periodically work with other KELT programs (e.g. land protection, environmental education, communications), enabling you to explore a wider range of career options within the land trust and environmental fields.

Summer Land Steward Responsibilities:
• Build and improve trails by clearing, pruning, and repairing trail infrastructure, ensuring consistent signage to allow for easy navigation by the public, and ensure trailheads have up-to-date information.
• Mark and maintain preserve boundaries.
• Perform and plan habitat improvements by managing invasive species, mowing, and collecting ecological data.
• Collect and process geospatial data to aid the development of management and restoration plans. Inventory natural resources, invasive species, and human use data.
• Assist with the planning and management of volunteer workdays.
• Work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and partners to maximize the ecological and/or recreational value of KELT’s conserved lands.
• Use problem-solving skills to resolve stewardship concerns at various preserves.
• Serve as a representative for KELT at public events, in the field, and on the trail.

Necessary Skills:
• Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation.
• Ability and desire to perform hard physical labor in remote locations, including heavy lifting at times. Must be able to hike up to five miles, carrying a moderately heavy pack.
• Willingness to work in outdoor conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain.
• Willingness to learn.
• Ability to manage time and tasks on independent projects.
• Ability to communicate professionally with the general public, volunteers, and follow all applicable COVID-19 guidelines for 2024.
• Availability for events outside of traditional workday hours on some evenings and weekends, with advanced notice.
• Ability to work independently and on a team, responsibly, and safely

A plus if you have:
• Wilderness First Aid or Basic First Aid Certification.
• Experience operating and maintaining chain saws, brush saws, and hand tools (training on safe operation will be supplied).
• Carpentry, landscaping, and/or trail building experience.
• GIS/mapping experience, especially with ArcGIS suite.
• Plant identification skills and/or an understanding of the natural communities of Maine.
• Experience with invasive species control, especially herbicide application methods, or willingness to learn and work alongside KELT’s certified applicator.
• Flexibility and good humor.
• Experience communicating with the public and/or working with volunteers.
• Experience collecting scientific data outside.
• Taken classes about the environment, natural sciences, or ecosystems, or background knowledge in conservation.

Position Dates and Details: Two positions are available for 12 weeks between May 15 – August 30, 2024. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate stewards’ schedules. Seasonals will be supervised by KELT’s Land and Stewardship Director.

Compensation: $16.50 per hour. Work-related travel is reimbursed at the 2024 IRS Standard Mileage rate of 67 cents per mile when using a personal vehicle. Seasonal employees receive paid national holidays within the summer employment period: Memorial Day (May 27), Juneteenth (June 19), and Independence Day (July 4).
Schedule: Temporary, full-time position 35-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. Daily and weekly work schedules may fluctuate during busy summer months. Some work days can be up to 12 hours long, however longer days will be compensated by shorter work days or off days within each two-week pay period.

Send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file to with the subject line ‘Summer Land Steward Application’. We will conduct all interviews on a rolling basis starting the week of March 4th over Zoom. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references in advance, and KELT will request references at the interview stage.

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