Land Stewardship Manager

Sycamore Land Trust Published: May 18, 2017
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Planning / Land Use /

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~ Sycamore Land Trust protects and restores the beautiful natural heritage of southern Indiana. Our nature preserves offer opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education. ~

Sycamore is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990. As of January 2017, we have protected 100 properties totaling more than 9,000 acres.

We protect land through ownership or holding conservation easements to limit harmful uses while allowing land to remain in private ownership (for details, see Preserve Your Land). In addition to owning land, we also steward the land by managing restoration projects. Learn more about land stewardship from a recent article in our newsletter, The Twig.

Sycamore also operates an Environmental Education Program that connects people of all ages to nature.

Position Overview

Sycamore Land Trust is seeking a full-time Land Stewardship Manager to coordinate the monitoring and management of Sycamore’s increasing number of nature preserves and conservation easements, which currently consist of over 80 properties and total more than 9,000 acres in southern Indiana.

This position will work with other Sycamore staff and volunteers to fulfill Sycamore’s land protection goals and to meet Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements related to land stewardship and acquisition. In addition to the specific responsibilities, skills, and qualifications outlined below, a candidate should be able to work well in a small staff environment, and possess the enthusiasm and flexibility to help a growing organization thrive.

Like all other positions within the organization, occasional duties will be performed outside the position’s typical scope of work. The Assistant Director will supervise this position. This will be a full-time position with health, dental, and retirement benefits. Hours are flexible, with occasional work on evenings and weekends.


  • Develop and implement management plans for nature preserves owned by Sycamore, including the restoration of natural areas and the creation and maintenance of trails and other visitor amenities, in consultation with other staff and the stewardship committee.
  • Conduct and document monitoring of Sycamore’s conservation easements and preserves, at least annually and more frequently as needed. Establish and maintain good relationships with easement landowners and preserve neighbors.
  • Maintain land project files and documentation in accordance with Land Trust Alliance standards.
  • Plan and lead volunteer stewardship activities, such as trail building and invasive plant control work days. Train and supervise volunteer preserve stewards and other outdoor volunteers, including interns.
  • Maintain equipment and supplies for land management.
  • Coordinate and oversee contractor services for land management.
  • Assist with fundraising for land management, including identifying funding opportunities and completing grant applications.
  • Assist with the evaluation of potential land preservation projects, including performing site inspections and writing reports.
  • Represent Sycamore at meetings with other organizations and at occasional public events, such as nature hikes.

Skills and Qualifications


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, email, and other common computer applications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Organized, reliable, self-directed, detail-oriented, and able to work manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, volunteers, land owners, funders, and other organizations.
  • Ability to work alone in remote natural areas, as well as in a highly collaborative team-based office environment.
  • Ability to identify plant and animal species as needed for land management activities. Physical ability to walk several miles per day over rough terrain, carry a 35-pound backpack sprayer, use power equipment such as chain saws, and work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and demonstrated safe driving record.  Enthusiasm for land conservation and the mission, goals, and values of Sycamore Land Trust.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with the natural communities and native species of southern Indiana.  Experience with non-native invasive species management and natural areas restoration.
  • Familiarity with GPS units and ArcGIS software.
  • Land trust experience and knowledge of Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" send cover letter and resume.
  • Applications accepted through June 9, 2017.
  • Position will remain open until filled.

~ Sycamore Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer ~

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