OCT Hiring Land Stewardship Coordinator

Position Overview

OCT is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as its Land Stewardship Coordinator. The position is part-time and the individual will work in conjunction with the Director and the Land Management Committee to coordinate all land stewardship activities on the organization’s 600+ acres. The Stewardship Coordinator will develop and oversee OCT’s volunteer land steward program and will be responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers. The Stewardship Coordinator will ensure regular monitoring of OCT conservation restrictions (CRs). He or she will also be responsible for regular maintenance tasks in the field, including trail maintenance, mowing, brush cutting, chain sawing, and invasive plant removal and habitat restoration. He or she will supervise an AmeriCorps member 1-2 days a week and will be responsible for organizing volunteer events to manage OCT lands. Willingness and availability to work some evenings and weekends required. Opportunity for a full-time position.

Responsibilities include:

Land Stewardship

• Work under direction of the OCT Director to address land management issues and report on completed projects.
• Report on land stewardship at monthly Land Management Committee meetings.
• Identify land stewardship needs on 200+ parcels, prioritize stewardship needs in consultation with the Director, and organize resources to effectively coordinate land stewardship projects.
• Secure permits from the Conservation Commission when necessary, attending meetings and presenting on proposed stewardship projects within the jurisdiction of the commission.
• Monitor OCT fee-owned land and OCT CRs with maps and relevant documents on file; interact with landowners and OCT abutters.
• Document results of property visits and stewardship activities, maintaining an organized file system and updating property inventory as needed and support land management related website and social media pages.
• Perform maintenance tasks on OCT properties, recruiting volunteers to help as needed.
• Safely operate and maintain land stewardship equipment. Guide volunteers with the same safety and maintenance protocols.
• Coordinate with Town officials regarding land management issues.
• Apply for and coordinate Group Service Projects with AmeriCorps Cape Cod.
• Create and implement land management plans, using scientific management principals and available budgeted funds; update existing plans as needed.
• Use ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS online to assist in land stewardship organization and facilitation.

Volunteer Recruitment, Training, and Coordination

• Recruit volunteers by word-of-mouth, media releases, direct mail, and community outreach.
• Review volunteer prospects through telephone and personal interviews.
• Educate volunteers on land management practices and the importance of good stewardship
• Orient new volunteers to OCT’s lands, mission, programs, and activities.
• Organize volunteer workdays; train and oversee groups of volunteers.
• Coordinate with volunteer land stewards and maintain communication so as to understand which properties are being monitored by volunteers and where management work is needed.
• Supervise and develop AmeriCorps member and schedule AmeriCorps Group Projects as needed
The ideal candidate will have:
• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to environmental conservation.
• Experience in environmental conservation, including but not limited to plant and animal species identification.
• Experience with land clearing and operation of outdoor maintenance equipment.
• Experience coordinating volunteers, and ability to train and supervise volunteers in an outdoor work setting with maintenance equipment.
• Good orientation skills and navigational ability.

Required Skills:

• highly organized;
• ability to work effectively with others;
• ability to effectively manage conflict;
• ability to use office software, including ArcGIS, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher;
• ability to operate handheld GPS units
• ability to safely operate and maintain land stewardship equipment

 

Physical Demands:

• The Land Stewardship Coordinator must be physically capable of performing land management activities, with or without reasonable accommodation. This includes the ability to use and maintain power and hand tools and to lift 50 pounds.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

This is a part-time position, and compensation is commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Start date June 1. Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for references to oct@orleansconservationtrust.org. OCT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.