Stewardship Coordinator

Position: Stewardship Coordinator
Reports to: Conservation Director
Position Type: Full-time salaried
Location: Montpelier, VT – an office/work from home hybrid system

Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) is the only regional land trust focused exclusively on forever-wild conservation in the northeastern United States. NEWT’s service area covers five New England states and the Adirondack region of New York and it currently protects over 41,000 acres of forever-wild land. 

Duties of the Stewardship Coordinator

The Stewardship Coordinator will work closely with the Conservation Director stewarding NEWT’s holdings. The Stewardship Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all on-the-ground stewardship activities on NEWT’s conservation easements and fee holdings, including ensuring that they are monitored, and for coordinating and cultivating NEWT’s dedicated volunteer monitors. The Stewardship Coordinator will also participate in outreach efforts as needed, and participate in Land Protection activities as described below.

Responsibilities:

Stewardship

Working with the Conservation Director, coordinate the Stewardship Program and any stewardship staff.
Following the Stewardship Policy, ensure that both conservation easements and fee-owned lands are monitored annually—either personally or through volunteer monitors. Ensure documentation is in compliance with Stewardship Policy. 
Help manage NEWT’s fee properties, including facilitating the drafting of Ecosystem Maintenance Plans in coordination with the Wildlands Ecology Director, and implementing stewardship and restoration actions on the ground, including boundary maintenance.
Communicate with and coordinate NEWT’s volunteer monitors to schedule monitoring trips, lead volunteer monitor trainings, and ensure volunteer monitors are supported. 
In coordination with regional stewardship staff, work diligently with landowners to ensure easement compliance and good relationships.
Ensure NEWT’s monitoring and project records are in compliance with LTA standards, and help with LTA re-accreditation tasks as needed.
In coordination with the Operations Manager, oversee tax compliance and current use/open space applications for fee-owned lands. Annually review tax exemption/reduction options for our fee-owned lands.
Support the Conservation Director in drafting and managing the Stewardship Budget to facilitate stewardship activities.
Coordinate work days on NEWT properties with community members.

Land Protection

Work as needed with the Conservation Director and Wildlands Ecology Director on new projects including: GIS analysis, support the development of Project Strategy Forms, conduct property site visits, and assist with project due diligence. 
Create maps for project outreach and management.

Outreach and Miscellaneous

Support NEWT staff in communicating its mission and sharing its accomplishments with the public through social and print media according to Outreach Calendar.
Produce the ‘Volunteer Newsletter.’
Represent NEWT at local and national land trust conferences.
Participate in stewardship conversation at NEWT’s Land Stewardship Committee, as needed.
Coordinate NEWT intern program.
Other responsibilities as needed.

Requirements:

At least three years of land trust experience.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and be self-starting.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and team-oriented work environment.
Proficient in GIS.
Proficient in Microsoft Office.
Ability to understand laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions.
Ability and willingness to frequently travel across the region and carry a valid driver’s license.
Willingness to work outside of your job description and work collaboratively with the team on changing priorities and a variety of projects simultaneously.
Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with a small staff.
Adequate home internet connection to stay connected with staff over Zoom.
Must be able to stand for long periods of time, walk outdoors on uneven terrain, lift and carry up to 50lbs, use tools necessary for land monitoring and management.

Benefits

Northeast Wilderness Trust offers a range of benefits including: health care; 401k plan; generous paid time off; flexible scheduling; and sabbatical leave.  Salary D.O.E.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references as a single combined PDF to jobs@newildernesstrust.org. Application deadline is May 15, 2021 with review and interviews happening on a rolling basis.

Northeast Wilderness Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion.  We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.