Land and Conservation Manager

Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Charles Town , West Virginia

Roles and Responsibilities

Land Management:

  • Responsible for managing PVAS’s nature preserves according to the Land Management Plans for each. Update and modify land management plans as needed in coordination with Land and Facilities Management committee.
  • Work directly with the PVAS Executive Director to prioritize projects at each preserve. Safety and quality of visitor’s experience and usability for PVAS programs will be management priorities. Other management needs, special projects, and capital improvements will be set annually in partnership with the Executive Director, the Board’s Land Management Committee, and the Land Manager.
  • Research, write, implement, and manage grants for land management at preserves.
  • Track individual and volunteer hours and all expenses at each preserve and provide bi-monthly reports to the Executive Director.
  • Advertise and coordinate volunteer days at preserves (including but not limited to annual “United Way’s Day of Caring”) to utilize community resources and engage local volunteers.

Conservation:

  • Manage the annual Native Plant Sale for PVAS, providing high-quality native plants to the local community and providing a significant source of revenue for PVAS’s conservation efforts.
  • Coordinate community conservation forums, as needed, to provide accurate information and balanced perspectives on conservation topics of concern.
  • Coordinate activities of the Grassland Birds Initiative Committee in program promotion and implementation. Formalize and document goals, objectives, and priorities. Track properties in the program and assist owner in monitoring property for achievement of goals.
  • Coordinate and promote the Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon to expand local participation and funding for PVAS.
  • Work with The Monarch Alliance to promote monarch waystations and habitat improvement projects. Liaise between The Monarch Alliance and PVAS to support and promote those activities.
  • Coordinate and manage conservation initiatives spearheaded by PVAS. Examples include chimney swift towers, vulture advocacy forums, and other conservation projects and initiatives approved by the Board of Directors.

Advocacy:

  • Support the Advocacy Committee’s efforts to respond to natural resources conservation and environmental protection issues.
  • Assist Advocacy Committee’s efforts to monitor and analyze local, state, and national developments related to the chapter's priority issues. Plan and coordinate chapter responses to specific developments in partnership with Committee and in accordance with chapter policy.

General:

  • Represent PVAS positively in the community throughout roles/responsibilities.
  • Assess community conservation needs and interests through regular contacts with community groups and other organizations. Discuss findings regularly with Executive Director in effort to address community needs/interests appropriately (i.e. develop new programs, improve existing programs, conservation initiatives, etc...)
  • Seek to identify and capitalize on collaborative opportunities and partnerships with other organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals.
  • Serve as natural history/content resource to staff and public.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate special conservation programs and projects upon request.
  • Assist with identifying potential fundraising and income-producing opportunities that support existing and future projects. Sources may include grants, individual donors, and revenue from programs/projects.
  • Assist with marketing and public relations efforts related to PVAS projects.
  • Assist with special events, onsite and offsite, as requested.
  • Demonstrate “best practices” by keeping current in appropriate content areas related to PVAS land management and conservation projects, through professional development, etc. and take proactive steps toward continual improvements through assessment and evaluation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Master's Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Training and experience in working with volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team (including volunteers) in planning and accomplishing projects.
  • Have reliable transportation, a valid license and good driving record.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time management skills; proactive problem-solving skills; ability to plan and manage budgets; and excellent people skills that help to cultivate an inclusive working environment.
  • Demonstrated success in supervising staff, coordinating and training volunteers and/or interns.Must be able to communicate effectively in person, e-mail, by phone, and in writing.
  • Must have specific computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, PowerPoint). Social media, database and website experience a plus.
  • Lift and carry 40 lbs over uneven ground for distances a minimum of 50 feet; hike at least two miles over rough terrain at a brisk pace (4mph).
  • Must maintain first aid certification.
  • Must undergo fingerprinting and thorough background check.
  • Desirable traits also include being a self-starter, being organized, and having excellent people skills. Prior experience coordinating and training volunteers and/or interns ideal.
  • Academic background in ecology, hydrology, land management, environmental or natural sciences with experience in urban and rural environments preferred.

Details & Benefits

  • Exempt, full-time year round position involving some weekend and evening hours.
  • Salary approx. $35,000/year. Health benefits pending, to begin July 1, 2018.
  • Paid vacation, holidays, sick days.
  • Flexible work environment.

HOW TO APPLY

Deadline: February 15, 2018.

To Apply:

Send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references via email to Kristin@PotomacAudubon.org.

Note: Cover letter should relate your experiences and abilities to this specific job. Generic or non-specific letters will receive no reply. No phone calls please. Send inquires to Kristin@PotomacAudubon.org.  

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are welcome and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further, PVAS acknowledges that it is unlawful to retaliate against any person who ,or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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