2861 New York 73
PO Box 130
The Adirondack Land Trust (ALT) protects farms and forests, undeveloped shoreline, scenic vistas and other lands contributing to the quality of life of our communities as well as the wildness and rural character of the Adirondacks.
Land trusts harness three fundamental values: private initiative, community cooperation and a deep connection to the land. The Adirondack Land Trust has protected 23,637 acres since 1984. We currently oversee 14,064 acres under conservation easement in 77 ownerships, and we own 3,364 acres of conservation lands in fee. ALT is applying for Land Trust Alliance (LTA) accreditation and expects a decision by February 2019.
The Stewardship Specialist, working alongside stewardship and other ALT staff, will report directly to the Conservation Manager. Supporting the enhancement of conservation values of conserved properties, she or he will be primarily responsible for management of ALT’s Conservation Easement Program and will also contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of ALT fee-owned lands. In this role, she or he will engage with conservation easement landowners, land managers, and partners of co-held easements, as well as monitor, analyze, and keep records for easement properties. She or he will draft conservation-easement follow-up reports, identify, analyze, and document violations, amendments, questions of discretionary consent (using photography and GIS when necessary), and work with legal counsel and stakeholders to determine course of action when required. Additionally, this role will be responsible for responding to requests for permission, tracking ownership transfers and working proactively with key ALT constituencies to foster a broader conservation and stewardship ethic. The Stewardship Specialist may also support supervision of seasonal stewardship staff and/or stewardship interns.
This position offers a tremendous opportunity for an entrepreneurial conservation professional to lead the next generation of landowner partnerships. The Stewardship Specialist will work directly with a growing staff team and work from ALT’s headquarters in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks.
Conservation Easement Monitoring
- Responsible for creating and implementing a conservation easement monitoring schedule (with additional stewardship staff) to monitor the current portfolio of ALT’s 54 conservation easements, under 77 ownerships, on an annual basis, ensuring uses and permitted rights that are consistent with the easement’s legal documentation
- Work in accordance with (and update as needed) written stewardship-specific policies and/or procedures for monitoring conservation easements that establish consistent monitoring protocols and recordkeeping procedures; not limited to (a) enforcement, (b) contingency strategy, (c) easement amendments, (d) condemnation and (e) extinguishment, per Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices
- Work with ALT’s Land Protection staff to complete baseline reporting with written descriptions, maps and photographs, that documents:
- The conservation values protected by an easement
- The relevant conditions of a property as necessary to monitor and enforce the easement
- Document significant changes to the land or the conservation easement
- Investigate potential violations and amendments in a timely manner and, working with counsel, document and address
- Track changes in land ownership and title
- Maintain regular contact with owners, land managers, and partners of conservation easement properties to maintain relationships and avoid potential easement conflicts
- Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information
Preserve and fee-owned land stewardship
- In partnership with the Stewardship Manager and other conservation staff, conduct field monitoring and maintenance of fee-owned properties, including boundary lines, trail clearing, signage and trailhead facilities
- Support the organization of volunteer work days to help with preserve stewardship and trail maintenance
- A passion for conservation and the Adirondacks
- Experience working with conservation easements, including working farms and working forests
- Experience in GIS, GPS, easement monitoring software, and database software for data collection and record-keeping
- Knowledge of current principles of conservation, land management and Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices
- Excellent communication and listening skills to engage partners including farmers, forest owners, communities and agencies
- Experience working effectively both unsupervised and with teams
- Commitment to the mission, values and aspirations of the organization
- Background in boundary marking, land survey and title work
- Valid driver's license and good driving record
- Ability to travel throughout northern New York and occasionally within/outside of New York State. Some evening and weekend work is required.
- Ability to walk over rough terrain, lift up to 50 pounds, and handle a variety of field equipment
Benefits and Compensation
Reports to: Conservation Manager
Salary: Full-time, competitive salary
Benefits: Paid vacation and holidays; matching contribution to 403b; health, eye and dental benefits
Admin support: Limited. Must be prepared to handle own correspondence, filing and record keeping.
Adirondack Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, color, creed, marital status, national origin or veteran status. We strive for a collegial environment of people who generate innovative ideas and work hard to implement them. We also understand the value of work/life balance.
Paid vacation and holidays; matching contribution to 403b; health, eye and dental benefits
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Submit resume and cover letter to:
Adirondack Land Trust
Attn: Susie Runyon, Office Manager
PO Box 130
Keene, NY 12942