BLT is hiring: Land Stewardship Coordinator

Our vision is a Cape Cod where the special places that people love are protected for present and future generations. Founded in 1983, the Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a member-supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to preserve the open spaces and natural resources within the Town of Barnstable – its wetlands, woodlands, wildlife and water quality.

Overview of the Position
This position will manage a portfolio of conservation restrictions and fee-owned lands. Responsibilities will include planning and coordinating land management and monitoring activities, coordinating volunteers, ensuring timely monitoring of all parcels, management of stewardship database and general support towards fulfilling BLT’s mission.

Responsibilities:

Land Stewardship

• Develop land management plans for conservation properties.
• Identify land stewardship needs on parcels; prioritize stewardship needs in consultation with Executive Director and Land Manager; organize resources; secure necessary permits (if any) to effectively coordinate land stewardship projects.
• Coordinate volunteers for appropriate stewardship projects (e.g., property monitoring, cleanups, updating information including walk schedules in trailhead kiosks, other).
• Effectively communicate with BLT staff and other colleagues including landowners, abutters and officials from town, county, state and/or federal government, as well as businesses, donors, volunteers and the public.
• Safely operate and maintain land stewardship equipment. Guide volunteers with the same safety and maintenance protocols.
• Annually monitor conservation properties and conservation restrictions (CRs).
• Update BLT land management database as needed.

Volunteer Recruitment, Training, and Coordination

• Work with ED to identify positions and/or tasks that can be completed by volunteers.
• Recruit and review prospective volunteers.
• Coordinate volunteer stewardship activities.
• Maintain up-to-date mailing and telephone lists of active volunteers and add/coordinate this information.
• Supervise, work with AmeriCorps Individual Placement member, if available.
• Coordinate volunteer appreciation and recognition events and programs. Land Acquisition/Protection
• Support land acquisition work as needed and as time is available.

Requirements

• Highly organized;
• Skilled with and enjoys working with people, including landowners, town officials and volunteers;
• Experience with conflict resolution;
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, operating GPS and GIS mapping software, Publisher, and other software;
• A passion for land preservation and interest in working outdoors;
• Enjoys working in a small office and relying on, training, and motivating volunteers for support.

Desired Experience

• Demonstrated success in volunteer organization and experience or familiarity with land stewardship and land protection practices.
• Land trust experience or related conservation field experience.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field.
• General knowledge of local flora and fauna.
• The ability to interpret maps, surveys and other field documentation.
• The ability to safely use motorized equipment such as chainsaws and weedwackers.
• An understanding of land conservation, including conservation restrictions and easements.

Travel
Travel is primarily local during the business day. The applicant must be able to use their own personal vehicle and possess a valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands
Outdoor field work requires hiking in steep and uneven terrain, exposure to ticks and poison ivy, and carrying up to 25 pounds. Applicants must be able to use and maintain power and hand tools.

Reports to: Executive Director with mentoring from part-time Land Manager
This is a full-time position with benefits; salary commensurate with experience.
Send a cover letter and resume to Lillie Peterson-Wirtanen at admin@blt.org by March 24, 2017.