POSITION TITLE: Stewardship Associate

REPORTS TO: Director of Stewardship and Conservation

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The individual in this position will focus his/her efforts on monitoring of conservation easements, and assisting with the management of OCLT’s preserves, including maintaining and improving public access. Additional duties will include preparing baseline documentation and current conditions reports, GIS mapping, and working with volunteers. The Stewardship Associate assists our Outreach and Programs Coordinator and Office Manager as needed.

Background
The Orange County Land Trust was formed in 1993 by a group of conservation-minded visionaries led by Louis V. Mills, OCLT’s founder, and Orange County’s first county executive. From the beginning, the group had a clear set of goals: to protect and preserve scenic and environmentally sensitive areas of the county for future generations before they became lost to anticipated growth and development. Since its inception, Orange County Land Trust has helped protect over 6,000 acres of land through the negotiation of conservation agreements with private land owners, property donations, and through acquisitions in partnership with other organizations. OCLT currently holds thirty-four (34) conservation easements and owns fourteen (14) properties, seven (7) of which are open to the public as nature preserves.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
• Conduct annual monitoring of OCLT conservation easements and fee lands.
• Maintain OCLT’s relationship with conservation easement landowners.
• Regularly monitor OCLT’s preserves, and maintain trails, signs, and open areas on preserves.
• Assist with responding to stewardship issues on OCLT conservation easements and preserves.
• Train and supervise volunteers or interns for stewardship-related work.
• Prepare Baseline Documentation Reports, Current Conditions Reports, Land Management Plans, Annual Monitoring Reports, and other documentation as necessary.
• Assist with new land donations or conservation easement interests, including participating in site visits, conducting research on the conservation values of the land, and preparing maps or other documents as needed.
• Prepare written and verbal reports to OCLT’s Board of Directors.
• Produce maps using ArcGIS for stewardship purposes and land project analysis.
• Assist in maintaining stewardship and acquisition-related files in accordance with OCLT’s Records Policy.
• Assist in assuring that OCLT’s stewardship and acquisition programs are in compliance with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
– Knowledge of natural resource and land management issues;
– Competency with computer software including Microsoft Office programs and ESRI ArcGIS software;
– Ability to use handheld GPS equipment, as well as read maps, to navigate in the field;
– Strong written and verbal communication skills;
– Positive attitude when interacting with landowners and colleagues;
– Demonstrated ability to resolve disputes;
– Familiarity with land trust standards, including the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
– Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or related field.
– Previous work experience in land conservation.
– Ability to safely operate landscape equipment, including mowers, weed whackers, and chainsaws.
– Experience and willingness to work with volunteers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
– Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in all weather and all seasons;
– Ability to hike several miles in a day over rough terrain;
– Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel extensively throughout Orange County and the Hudson Valley.

The position is based at the Land Trust’s office in Cornwall, NY, with frequent travel throughout Orange County, and occasional travel in surrounding counties. This position is salaried, non-exempt, full time, and not temporary.

Resumes are due by September 27, 2019, with a desired start day of October 14, 2019. Please email a resume and cover letter in PDF format to info@oclt.org, with “Stewardship Associate” in the email subject line.