Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Osprey, Florida

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary commensurate with experience
Deadline Mar 15, 2021

POSITION SUMMARY

The Land Steward is responsible for implementing land management best practices on land owned by Conservation Foundation and for monitoring and enforcing conservation easements.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoor office and outdoor field environment. Performs strenuous work in varying and adverse weather conditions. Traverses uneven or rugged terrain. High noise environment while performing certain responsibilities. Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Required to drive vehicles as part of the duties of the job. Able to climb and descend equipment and ladders. Able to bend, stoop, crawl, and reach. Position requires visual acuity and depth perception, as well as ability to hear and identify sounds.  Occasionally required to work in and around water. Occasionally required to work other than normal business hours, including nights and weekends.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

Property Management

  • Create and update management plans for Land Trust fee-owned lands
  • Implement management plans on Land Trust fee-owned lands
    • Protect, enhance, and restore natural and cultural resources found at CFGC preserves
    • Participates in all aspects of land management activities, including prescribed fire, mechanical treatment, restoration efforts, and herbicide applications.
    • Design, implement, and monitor habitat restoration projects
    • Plan and manage work parties, including coordination with partners.
    • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers.
    • Manage subcontractors.
    • Engage in land management activities, such as invasive plant control and grounds keeping
    • Properly applies chemicals, including herbicides, surfactant, and diluents and according to product label to targeted invasive-exotic plants to maintain the functional integrity of native plant communities. Records and maintains chemical inventory and records of chemical applications. Stores and disposes of chemicals according to applicable federal, state and local rules and regulations.
    • Conducts park maintenance activities including mowing, cleaning restrooms and other facilities, trash removal, and minor building and equipment repairs.
    • Engage in basic structure maintenance, such as painting, fence repair, and sign installation
    • Perform basic maintenance on equipment.
  • Implement cooperative projects with federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations and other partners as appropriate.
  • Create and manage stewardship budgets for CFGC easement and fee-owned lands.

Conservation Easement Monitoring and Enforcement

  • Manage Conservation Foundation’s easement monitoring program, consistent with CFGC Standards and Practices, as well as Land Trust Alliance best practices.
  • Monitor conservation easements and maintain easement records.
  • Assess and resolve easement violations.
  • Nurture good relationships with landowners and their neighbors, in order to encourage “voluntary compliance.”

Administrative

  • Maintain stewardship records and databases.
  • Manage grant awards
  • Process vendor payments, manage budgets

Outreach and Communications

  • Assist in creating outreach materials on a limited basis
  • Assist in education on a limited basis
  • Assist in grant writing
  • Assist in securing public and private funds for land management.
  • Attend Conservation Foundation special events
  • Build strong relationships with landowners and agency partners

GIS

  • Create maps to support: land management, easement stewardship, education & outreach.
  • Perform basic spatial analysis using ESRI ArcGIS
  • Create and manage online interactive maps.

Land Protection

  • Prepare Baseline Documentation Reports
  • Maintain comprehensive project files, both digital and physical, on active, inactive, and completed projects to document activities, intentions and actions in conformance with project file procedures. Ensure record keeping complies with the Foundation’s Standards and Practices.
  • Assist in conservation easement drafting
  • Assist in property evaluations, including visiting properties and writing resource evaluations
  • Support landowner outreach activities with record keeping, scheduling, and other administrative support

Accreditation

  • Assist in the re-accreditation process, as related to land transactions, easement stewardship and land management.

Other

  • Provide input and support to other departments (including the including outreach, marketing and fundraising).
HOW TO APPLY

Visit https://www.conservationfoundation.com/about-us/careers/ for a complete job description. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to landprotection@conservationfoundation.com

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.