Land Manager Position

Position: Eastham Conservation Foundation (ECF) / Orleans Conservation Trust (OCT) Land Manager

Summary of Position:
The Land Manager will help the nonprofit land trusts ECF and OCT advance their missions of open space protection through a variety of land management and stewardship activities. He/she will be asked to assist with land management needs and requests, reporting directly to the ECF President and OCT Director. He/she can expect to be involved with property inspections and maintenance, long and short-term land management planning, land management grant research, property boundary investigating, educational outreach, and volunteer engagement.  This is a full-time position, split between ECF and OCT.

Essential Functions:
• Ensure proper documentation is maintained for all properties and conservation restrictions, including: baseline documents, monitoring reports, creating/updating maps of properties using ArcGIS.
• Complete a property inventory for ECF, and update OCT’s inventory as needed.
• Create and implement land management plans, using scientific management principals; update existing plans as needed.
• Conduct regular property visits, property boundary surveys, and needed site maintenance.
• Research and write grants relevant to land management/restoration projects.
• Coordinate with the town Conservation Commission and other organizations as necessary.
• Secure outside services, with or without bidding, required for approved land management activities beyond the capability of land steward volunteers.
• Assist with volunteer engagement, including regular communication with land stewards.
• Coordinate volunteer workdays on conservation properties.
• Collaborate with MassAudubon for terrapin turtle volunteer monitoring on ECF/OCT land.
• Assist with planning of educational walks on conservation properties.
• Attend and participate in all Land Management Committee meetings.
• Attend board meetings, when discussion includes land management issues.
• Attend and present at Conservation Commission/other town meetings when necessary.


• Individuals with a background in environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, or related field preferred.
• An understanding of land trust or environmental nonprofit functioning preferred.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
• Organizational and communication skills.
• Volunteer coordination and recruitment.
• Experience with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and handheld GPS units.
• Helpful if individual is comfortable using a variety of tools and gas-powered machines.
• Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.

Office Location:
OCT’s office is located in Orleans, MA.  Field work will occur in Orleans and Eastham.

Salary and Benefits:
Annual salary is in the $30,000-$35,000 range, commensurate with experience and education. Benefits include health insurance, two weeks paid vacation, sick leave, mileage reimbursement, and professional development opportunities.

Application Procedure: Interested individuals should send a cover letter and résumé electronically to Applicants are also encouraged to include a list of three references. The Orleans Conservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date: March 10, 2017

View full position description here: Land Manager Job Posting (PDF)