Since 2016, five conservation organizations have merged to create Midcoast Conservancy. Our mission is to support and promote healthy lands, waters, wildlife and people in Midcoast Maine through conservation, outdoor adventure and learning. Our focus includes the watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Medomak River, and Sheepscot River.
The Senior Land Steward has responsibility for the monitoring and land management of Midcoast Conservancy’s 16,869 acres of conserved land, including 90 (6,242 acres) easements and 55 preserves (7,331 acres) with over 95 miles of trails. The position is salaried based on a 35-hour workweek. Benefits include sick leave, all Federal holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, retirement plan, and health insurance. Periodic work on weekends and evenings will be required. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed. The Senior Land Steward will report to the Deputy Director or their designee and supervises the Forestry & Facilities Manager and a full time, 11 month Maine Conservation Corps land steward.
Basic responsibilities of the Senior Land Steward include:
- Ensure all preserves are monitored at least once annually for boundary encroachments and to identify management concerns.
- Ensure annual monitoring reports are appropriately filed per Midcoast Conservancy policy.
- Work with Forestry & Facilities manager to ensure that facilities at Hidden Valley and other preserves are maintained including overnight cabins, huts, and yurts, as well as preserve parking areas, kiosks, signage, and boundary markings.
- Maintain all of the organization’s trails.
- Work closely with Forest & Facilities Manager on maintaining buildings.
- Recruit, organize and supervise stewardship volunteers.
- Prepare Management Plans and Baseline Documentation for new fee properties and update current plans as needed.
- Work with contractors, municipalities, and the state on forestry & stewardship projects.
- Be the lead staff member regarding policies, guidelines, and rules associated with the organization’s preserves and serve as a point of contact for questions.
- Ensure all easements are monitored at least once annually.
- Identify and report potential easement violations to the organization’s Land Conservation Managers for their follow-up. Collaborate on ideas for remedies.
- Recruit, organize and supervise volunteer easement monitors.
- Prepare Baseline Documentation for new conservation easements.
- Review Forest Management Plans to ensure that they conform to the relevant conservation easements.
- Supervise Forestry & Facilities Manager.
- Hire and supervise Maine Conservation Corps land steward and stewardship interns as needed.
- Coordinate with Land Conservation Managerstomap potential easement and preserve lands and ensure that they can be effectively stewarded if conserved.
- Recruit, train and supervise volunteers for a variety of stewardship activities in ways that help build community support. Foster healthy relations with landowners and volunteers.
- Be the lead staff member for state and federal grants associated with stewardship and forestry on preserves.
- Help create content for newsletters, press releases and social media related to their work. Work with Communications staff to tell our story.
- Act as an ambassador for the organization within the community and possibly be an organizational representative for any of the five Local Councils.
Qualifications - Required
>Prior stewardship, ecological management or land management experience.
>Proven experience managing staff and volunteers.
>Knowledge and ability to operate a chainsaw, brush saw, and hand tools safely – certification is a plus.
>Ability to hike over rough terrain carrying gear and equipment.
>Knowledge and ability to navigate off-trail using a map and compass.
>Knowledge and ability to do basic carpentry and construction (i.e., boardwalk or kiosk repairs).
>Education or experience in trail/woods road maintenance and erosion control.
>Proficiency with basic MS Office software including Word and Excel.
>Skilled in the use of ArcGIS, Google Earth, and GPS and the ability to produce maps of protected properties.
>Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in both verbal and written communications.
>Valid vehicle driver's license and personal vehicle with proof of insurance.
>Interest and ability to recruit, organize and supervise volunteers.
>Ability to work effectively with the town and state officials.
>Ability to work or attend meetings outside normal business hours (occasional nights and weekends.)
>Ability to manage work time efficiently with minimal supervision.
Qualifications - Desired
>Experience writing and administering grants.
>Environmental Science, Natural History, or Ecological Management background.
>Knowledge of local geography and other conserved lands.
>Valid First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
The position will be based out of the Midcoast Conservancy office in Edgecomb with about 50% of the time in the field.
Start date in December, based on availability. To apply, upload a resume and cover letter. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM, Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and are an equal opportunity employer.