Conservation and Stewardship Manager - Hilltown Land Trust Land

The Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager will work with Hilltown Land Trust’s Executive Director to manage a portfolio of land conservation projects including strategic acquisitions and new Conservation Restrictions (easements). The Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager will also direct HLT’s land stewardship activities including annual monitoring of 35 Conservation Restrictions and monitoring and maintenance of 10 properties stewarded directly by Hilltown Land Trust. This position will supervise and be supported by a Land Stewardship Coordinator who will assist with property monitoring and management. The Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager will develop and expand strong partnerships with local conservation organizations, build broader support for conservation in the Hilltowns, and work with other staff and volunteers to implement the organization’s strategic plan. 

Essential Functions:

Carry out land conservation projects in Hilltown Land Trust’s 13-town service area including the identification and field assessment of priority parcels, landowner outreach and negotiations, drafting conservation agreements, securing contractors, managing project due diligence, and maintaining project files

Manage Hilltown Land Trust’s Conservation Restriction (CR) stewardship activities including annual monitoring visits and reports for 35 - 40 properties and following up on any compliance issues and landowner inquiries

Oversee monitoring and management of HLT’s 10 properties where we have stewardship responsibility including completing annual monitoring visits; managing habitat improvement activities, and ensuring public access properties have appropriate signage and well-maintained trails

Select, train, and supervise a TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator

Assist with fundraising efforts related to land conservation and stewardship activities

Create GIS maps for new and existing conservation lands that can be used for internal and external purposes including public property signage

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, preferably in natural resource management, environmental studies/ science, regional planning, or related field

2 years minimum related work experience with a demonstrated commitment to conservation

Demonstrated communication (writing and public speaking), negotiation, leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills

Computer and cartographic skills including GIS skills

Experience in natural resource protection and/or stewardship is highly desirable. 

Able to work independently and as a member of a team 

Experience supervising, training, and managing staff and/or volunteers 

Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment 

Other Requirements:  

Valid Driver’s License
Background checks.

Work environment— The position will be based out of a shared office space at the Hilltown Land Trust main office in Ashfield, MA. Occasional work will occur at The Trustees office in Florence, MA, or other nearby locations.

Physical demands

Ability to travel within and occasionally beyond the Hilltown Land Trust service area to visit properties and attend meetings and events

Ability to attend and present at evening meetings such as conservation commissions, open space committees, select boards, etc.

Ability to walk long distances through wooded and uneven terrain

Ability to work in a shared office space 

Compensation and Benefits -

The Hilltown Land Trust Development and Communications Manager will be an employee of HLT’s affiliate The Trustees. The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

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