Stewardship Specialist

Woods and Waters Land Trust Published: September 13, 2022
Frankfort, Kentucky
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Outreach / Advocacy / Planning / Land Use

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Woods and Waters Land Trust permanently protects land in the Lower Kentucky River watershed through conservation easements and connecting people with nature.

Summary of Position

The Stewardship Specialist assists the Woods and Waters Land Trust Executive Director in all aspects of land protection and stewardship for the organization. The focus of this position is monitoring and stewardship of Woods and Waters conservation easement portfolio.

This position reports to the Executive Director and the Stewardship Specialist would ensure that conservation projects are adequately documented, monitored and stewarded according to the Policies and Procedures of WWLT, LTA Standards and Practices and all applicable agreements, contracts and approved management plans.

The Stewardship Specialist would ensure easements are providing enduring benefits to wildlife and the public and maintain compliance with applicable Internal Revenue Code rules and regulations. 

  • Part-time - approximately 10 hours/week $23-25 per hour
  • Application Deadline: until filled

Primary Responsibilities

Conservation Easement Stewardship: 

  • Ensure all conservation easements are annually monitored including all applicable conservation easement stewardship administration. 
  • Ensure compliance with the easement’s terms, WWLT policies and Land Trust Alliance Standards. 
  • Works with the Executive Director to respond to conservation easement-related questions, notices, approval requests, and potential enforcement challenges.
  • Maintain and update all conservation easement records including baseline documents, landowner contact information, exercised rights, and all applicable recordkeeping. The digital and paper records should be consistent with WWLT policies and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. 

Fee Land Stewardship: 

  • Assist in stewardship activities to adequately manage fee-owned land for protection and restoration of its conservation values.

Land Protection:

  • Assist in creating Baseline Documentation for new conservation easement projects. 
  • Assist in reviewing conservation easement drafts. 

Outreach and Communication: 

  • Assist with overall efforts to promote and sustain the land trust, including public speaking at meetings, conferences, and outreach events. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, biology, conservation, or related field.
  • Two years experience in a related land conservation field. 
  • General understanding of land use principles and land conservation issues. 
  • Experience with land management techniques and practices. 
  • A passion for conservation and a commitment to the mission, values, and vision of Woods and Waters Land Trust 
  • Working knowledge of native and invasive plant identification, ArcGIS, and other mapping tools. 
  • Ability to learn computer applications quickly or familiarity with programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. 


  • Familiarity with the land trust model and Land Trust Standards and Practices. 
  • Familiarity with the region’s flora, fauna, ecosystems, geography, conservation partners, and government institutions.
  • Basic understanding of real estate transactions and related issues. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate in person and in writing.
  • Experience with outdoor or environmental education 

Organization Overview

Established in 2007 and based in central Kentucky, Woods & Waters Land Trust (WWLT), is dedicated to conserving wildlands through voluntary conservation agreements with private landowners. Woods & Waters Land Trust currently holds seven conservation easements on over 600 acres and owns 34 acres. The land trust has earned a reputation for credibility and high standards and received Land Trust Alli-ance Accreditation in 2017.

To Apply

Please click "Apply" below to email a cover letter, resume and professional references via email to the Executive Director, Jennifer Palmer, email or by surface mail attention to: Woods & Waters Land Trust, P O Box 6967, Frankfort, KY 40602.

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Background check will be required for the successful applicant.
  • Contact Jennifer Palmer, Executive Director, with questions at email or 502-209-9581.

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