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FARMLAND & STEWARDSHIP SPECIALIST  

Adirondack Land Trust (ALT) seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced individual to implement farmland conservation programs, manage stewardship of farmland easements, and work with other ALT staff to further ALT’s goals of ensuring the sustainability of the agricultural systems of the Adirondacks. The Farmland & Stewardship Specialist will be responsible for providing overall farmland conservation and stewardship expertise for ALT throughout our service area. The majority of this work will be centered in NY’s Champlain Valley, where they will work with producers, landowners and partners to achieve lasting conservation results for the land and the communities there.

In addition, the Farmland & Stewardship Specialist will work closely with the conservation team to complete stewardship responsibilities, engage in landowner outreach, serve as ALT’s farmland conservation lead, represent ALT to key constituencies, help identify and evaluate project opportunities, and build collaborative partnerships. They will work from ALT’s main office in Keene where all staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                                                                 

Farmland Conservation

·      Serve as ALT’s lead staff person for farmland conservation and sustainability to assist landowners, inform ALT conservation activities, and collaborate with partners.

·      Apply skills and knowledge of agricultural programs and practices to conservation easement stewardship, land protection project development, and community conservation.

Conservation Easement Stewardship

·      Responsible for annual monitoring of farmland conservation easements to ensure compliance with the easements’ terms, ALT policies and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

·      Maintain regular contact with landowners, producers, land managers, and partners of conservation easement properties to ensure positive relationships, promote conservation practices, and avoid potential easement conflicts.

·      Maintain and update ALT’s conservation easement digital and paper records consistent with ALT policies and Land Trust  Alliance Standards and Practices.

Partner and Community Outreach

·      Strengthen existing and develop new partnerships to further ALT’s farmland conservation programs with organizations such as the Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Essex Farm Institute, Miner Institute, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, Natural Resource Conservation Service and County Soil and Water Districts.

·      Work with ALT staff to expand public field trips, education, and outreach programs throughout the Adirondacks to serve communities and engage diverse audiences.

Conservation Program Support

·      Assist the conservation team to identify and evaluate ALT’s farmland conservation priorities.

·      Assist in implementing a variety of agricultural land protection tools such as conservation easements, ground leases, preemptive purchase rights, and lease to own.

·      Assist ALT staff in identifying, applying for, and managing farmland conservation grants as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS                                                                                                                                                           

Basic

·      A passion for conservation and a commitment to the mission, values, and vision of the Adirondack Land Trust.

·      Excellent written and verbal communication, listening and conflict resolution skills. 

·      Experience working effectively both independently and as a member of a team.

·      Working knowledge of sustainable farmland conservation practices.

·      Experience reading and interpreting legal and/or technical documents

·      Strong organizational skills and attention to detail to manage complex projects, maintain accurate paper and digital project files, oversee contractor contracts, and ensure compliance with grant deliverables.

·      Valid driver’s license and reliable, all-season transportation for work-related travel throughout northern NY.

·      Ability to work outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather, and navigate by foot over rough terrain.

·      Ability to work in an office setting and interact with supporters, volunteers, and board members.

Preferred

·      Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional training with 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, agriculture, farmland conservation, community conservation or a related field.

·      Experience with conservation easement drafting, monitoring and enforcement.

·      Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS and ability to learn ALT’s land conservation database software LANDSCAPE.

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION                                                                                                                               

Reports to:        Conservation Program Director

Supervises:       May supervise seasonal staff, interns, volunteers and contractors

Salary:                $48,000

Benefits:            Paid vacation and holidays; matching contribution to 403b; health, vision and dental

Admin support: Must be prepared to handle own correspondence, filing and record keeping

HOW TO APPLY                                                                                                                         

Submit resume and cover letter by November 15, 2021:

Electronically to info@adirondacklandtrust.org

Or by mail to Adirondack Land Trust, PO Box 130, Keene, NY 12942

ORGANIZATIONAL STATEMENT                                                                                                                  

Data show that some types of candidates more frequently do not apply for a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. As an organization, we appreciate a diverse set of skills and candidates eager and willing to grow and learn with our organization. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills and aptitude to succeed in this role, we want to hear from you.

We strive for a collegial environment of people who generate innovative ideas and work hard to implement them. We value diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to all aspects of conservation work, and to ensuring that the Adirondack Park welcomes and provides benefits for all people. We also understand the value of work/life balance.

ALT affirms its commitment to equal employment opportunity for all individuals. Decisions about recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, compensation, benefits, and all similar employment matters are made in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ethnic or national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, military status or any other classification protected by federal or state law. Any discrimination in the workplace against persons protected by equal employment opportunity laws is illegal and against policy.

FARMLAND & STEWARDSHIP SPECIALIST  

Adirondack Land Trust (ALT) seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced individual to implement farmland conservation programs, manage stewardship of farmland easements, and work with other…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    November 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Compensation

USD 45,000 - USD 48,000

Benefits

Paid vacation and holidays; matching contribution to 403b; health, vision and dental

Paid vacation and holidays; matching contribution to 403b; health, vision and dental

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Keene, NY
Associated Location
2861 NY-73, Keene, NY 12942, USA
PO Box 130

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume and cover letter by November 15, 2021:

Electronically to info@adirondacklandtrust.org

Or by mail to Adirondack Land Trust, PO Box 130, Keene, NY 12942

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume and cover letter by November 15, 2021:

Electronically to info@adirondacklandtrust.org

Or by mail to Adirondack Land Trust, PO Box 130, Keene, NY 12942

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