Seasonal Land Stewards (2 open positions)

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire Published: January 12, 2019
Location
Exeter, New Hampshire
Job Type
Full-time
Categories
Analyst / Research / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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Description

~ The Southeast Land Trust (SELT) of NH is a member-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and sustain the significant lands in our communities for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests, and wildlife. ~

Since 1980, SELT has served 52 communities of southeastern New Hampshire to conserve more than 14,000 acres of land through conservation agreements and ownerships. 

Position Overview

SELT seeks to hire two full-time Seasonal Land Stewards to assist with the annual monitoring of the organization’s portfolio of nearly 200 conservation easements and management of our 32 Reservations.

The primary task of the Stewards will be to assist in the implementation of the organization’s stewardship program through the completion of annual monitoring visits to conserved lands and basic land management tasks. The successful candidates will receive a thorough understanding of the role conservation easements play in natural resources protection, the importance of a strong stewardship program, best practices for easement monitoring and landowner relationships and best practices for land management. The Seasonal Land Stewards work under the supervision of the Stewardship Director.

Start Date:

  • These positions are seasonal with a desired work period between May 29 and August 30, 2019.
  • A total of 10 to 12 weeks is expected.
  • Exact dates are flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidates.
  • These are full-time temporary positions.

Responsibilities

  • Communicating and interacting with landowners prior to, during, and after conservation easement monitoring visits.
  • Conducting conservation easement property visits alone, or with landowners or conservation partners.
  • Observing and documenting property conditions through digital photographs, notes, GPS, tablet, and other tools.
  • Evaluating the observed use of the property against allowed uses and restrictions of the conservation easement.
  • Summarizing the monitoring visit through the completion of maps and written monitoring reports.
  • Entering appropriate information into Conservation Connections (Access-based database).
  • Assist with basic land management tasks including, but not limited to, property inspections, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and boundary maintenance.
  • Assisting with other administrative tasks as time allows.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications & Skills:

  • Currently enrolled in, or a graduate from, a Bachelor’s degree program in a related field (natural resources, resource management, wildlife, forestry, etc.).
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation, natural resources, environment, or related fields.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic, well-organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently.
  • Physical ability to hike rough terrain, navigate via map and compass, comfortable working alone in the field in all weather conditions.
  • Experience in using ArcGIS 9 or 10 (knowledge of ArcGIS Online a bonus), including creating maps and completing analysis using data layers.
  • Knowledge and ability to understand boundary surveys and conservation easement deeds.
  • Experience with using a tablet for GPS and data collection in the field.
  • Experience in using suite of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • These positions include extensive fieldwork out of the office in all weather conditions and generally involves walking, bending, crouching, and occasionally climbing.
  • Operates GPS, compass, camera and related tools.
  • A portion of the work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc.
  • Operates computer, printer, and other office equipment.
  • Work may require extended sitting and repetitive motion in the use of computer, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Regular travel is required.

Compensation

  • $13-17 an hour depending on experience.
  • Mileage will be reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to upload your resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) to Deborah Goard, Stewardship Director, with “Seasonal Land Steward” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.
  • Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • No phone calls, please.

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