Director of Stewardship


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: $60,000-65,000

Published:

05/17/2018

Start Date:

07/11/2018

Application Deadline:

06/15/2018

Address

403 Harris Road
Bedford Hills
New York
10507
United States

Description

Westchester Land Trust is looking for a passionate and engaging conservation professional to lead its Stewardship Department. The ideal candidate will be excited to lead an effort to conserve and manage natural resources in a populous, but ecologically diverse region of New York State, and to engage the public on the important role that land conservation plays in such a setting.


The Director of Stewardship is responsible for overseeing the department that monitors and enforces WLT’s conservation easements, and manages WLT’s fee-owned properties. This multifaceted position requires a well-rounded, detail-oriented individual capable of overseeing multiple concurrent projects, and comfortable with engaging routinely with the public (including municipal officials, conservation partners and neighbors). The Director of Stewardship manages two full-time staff (WLT’s Preserve Manager and Land Steward), and oversees the work of outside contractors and consultants. This position also provides technical assistance to other WLT staff and the general public as needed. The Director of Stewardship can expect to spend approximately 35-50% of his/her time in the field. 


Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following (some of these responsibilities may be delegated to WLT Land Steward and/or Preserve Manager, at the discretion of the Director of Stewardship):


Stewardship of WLT-owned properties (50%)

  • Set strategic objectives for the long term management and stewardship of WLT’s portfolio of 29 nature preserves and its headquarters site, totaling 750 acres;
  • Develop and oversee implementation of natural resource protection projects, including habitat enhancement, forest health improvement, invasive species management, and trail construction/maintenance. Project goals should incorporate sound science and best management practices;
  • Ensure a safe and positive visitor experience;
  • Plan and manage small projects such as creation/installation of interpretive signage, fences, bird boxes, kiosks, bog bridges;
  • Oversee Preserve Manager’s regular monitoring and recordkeeping of all properties in accordance with Land Trust Alliance standards, and work with President to enforce against trespass and encroachment, where necessary;
  • Conduct site visits with WLT’s land conservation staff to new properties under consideration for acquisition, and provide input on consistency with WLT’s conservation priorities;
  • Create and update Management Plans for all fee-owned preserves on as-needed basis;
  • Oversee the care/procurement of WLT’s stewardship vehicle and equipment;
  • Oversee the build-out of WLT’s fledgling native plant nursery.


Stewardship of WLT Conservation Easements (50%)

  • Oversee the field activities and associated recordkeeping of WLT’s Land Steward in the annual monitoring and enforcement of WLT’s portfolio of 205 conservation easements, totaling over 5,600 acres;
  • Work with President on issues of violation, amendment and execution of reserved rights on conservation easements;     
  • Conduct site visits with WLT’s land conservation staff to new properties under consideration for conservation easement, and provide input on consistency with WLT’s conservation priorities;
  • Assist land conservation staff with fieldwork and baseline documentation for conservation easements, as needed.


Leadership

  • Work with WLT staff to determine opportunities for outreach and development, programs, and communication relating to conservation topics and to implement those opportunities as needed, with Preserve Manager. This may include educational talks/workshops and field classes/walks for adults and children;
  • Recruit, supervise, and oversee the work of volunteers and interns responsible for carrying out full suite of stewardship activities on fee-owned properties or easements;
  • Provide oversight of community partners (individuals, schools, colleges, etc.) to develop and complete conservation and stewardship projects;
  • Collaborate with WLT President and other staff to further develop the strategic direction of the stewardship department, incorporating industry best practices and current scientific research. This may involve researching, creating and presenting “white papers”, strategic plans, and input on grant submissions;
  • Represent WLT in the conservation community, as a thought leader in preserve management, stewardship, and risk management;
  • Use Arc GIS frequently. Manage WLT’s GIS database;   
  • Develop and manage the annual Stewardship Department budget in collaboration with President. 


Qualifications:

Required

  • Master’s degree in a related field (environmental science, ecology, botany, forestry, natural resources) strongly preferred
  • At least 5 years of leadership experience in managing conservation projects
  • Knowledgeable about the biota and natural resources of the Northeastern US, particularly in suburban settings; experience managing invasive species
  • Willingness to remain current on latest conservation research and topics
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; enjoyment and facility with regular public engagement
  • Proficiency with field equipment such as GPS units, digital cameras, compass, maps
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS (basic mapping), Microsoft Office, Adobe


Preferred

  • Experience working at a land trust or in a similar non-profit environment
  • Experience managing full time employees
  • Experience reading deeds, surveys, and building plans
  • Proficient in Auto CAD; InDesign
  • Experience with conservation easements (reading, interpreting, and writing).
  • Experience handling equipment such as brush mower, chain saw, pole saws
  • Experience with herbicide application. Willingness to obtain NY State pesticide license necessary. 


Physical Requirements: Ability to walk several miles per day over rough terrain, lift heavy materials and work outside in all weather conditions.


Additional Requirements: Ability to work some evenings and weekends. A valid driver’s license is required.

Benefits

Benefits: Competitive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan with employer match, generous paid time-off

Level of Language Proficiency

English

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

info@westchesterlandtrust.org

https://westchesterlandtrust.org/who-we-are/careers/

Physical Requirements: Ability to walk several miles per day over rough terrain, lift heavy materials and work outside in all weather conditions.


Additional Requirements: Ability to work some evenings and weekends. A valid driver’s license is required.


Westchester Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and acts in accordance with applicable law in all of our hiring and employment practices. 


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