Director of Stewardship – Closes 8/8/17

Position Director of Stewardship
Employer Whatcom Land Trust
Job Description Duties and Responsibilities

Preserve / Fee Title Land Stewardship
• Implement and manage all details of appropriate ecological management projects on lands owned by Whatcom Land Trust such as invasive species removal, restoration project management, trail maintenance and installation, public access, environmental education, and facility maintenance.
• Create, update and implement science-based management plans on Whatcom Land Trust preserves and conservation easements.
• Secure funding from philanthropic and government sources to underwrite restoration ecology and land management, with assistance from other staff.
• Recruit, train and supervise volunteers for stewardship activities for monitoring Whatcom Land Trust preserves. Build and maintain positive relationships with property neighbors, donors, and long-term volunteers through communications and events.
• Maintain and update current mapping program to document and monitor existing uses on the preserves, including trail systems, public use, and invasive, threatened or endangered populations.
• Prepare Property Analysis Records and advise Board and staff on stewardship considerations for possible fee simple land acquisitions.
• Solicit, review and supervise scientific research proposals on preserves.
• Assist Whatcom Land Trust staff in developing marketing, outreach, environmental education, and public use materials for the preserves.
• Respond to general administrative duties, such as managing preserve budgets, approving expenditures, responding to inquiries, and attending staff meetings.
• Coordinate overall direction and implementation of work with the Land Stewardship Committee.

Conservation Easement Stewardship
• Landowner relationships: Initiate and sustain communication with landowners under easement and build relationships to enhance compliance.
• Assist with annual monitoring: manage and ensure annual compliance monitoring of conservation easements in compliance with industry standards and practices. Manage potential violation easements as they arise.

Land Protection
• Assist and advise the Conservation Director with due diligence research, and evaluation of conservation values for new fee simple preserves. Assist with acquisition projects as needed.
• Prepare baseline documentation and management plans using digital photography, GPS, and GIS technologies, and/or manage subcontractors providing the same service.

GIS Management and Organizational Support
Use GIS for stewardship programs and organizational needs, including creation of project maps and updating GIS databases with new properties, management actions, trails and improvements.

Qualification Required Qualifications:
• College or advanced degree in land resources, restoration ecology, or related discipline and 3 years demonstrated, successful work experience in the field.
• Demonstrated knowledge of restoration ecology and protected land management techniques including support and funding, theories, practices, principles and techniques of land conservation and stewardship.
• Outstanding people skills and an ability to work with a variety of constituents, including donors, volunteers, researchers, caretakers, contractors and outdoor recreationalists. Strong project management, communication, and record-keeping skills, including ability to write and communicate verbally. Ability to motivate colleagues and partners.
• Excellent skills managing and training volunteer groups and leading these groups to success.
• Demonstrated expertise with standard field sampling techniques, map orientation and interpretation, GIS mapping (particularly ArcView 10), GPS and field marking and associated software applications.
• Demonstrated knowledge of natural history (specifically natural communities) of northwest Washington, or a strong willingness and ability to learn.
• Willingness to attend evening and weekend meetings with volunteers, work parties and event support.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively, under general supervision of the Executive and Conservation Managers and cooperatively with other Board, staff, committee and community members.
• Excellent attention to detail. Ability to organize and archive important files and documentation.
• Experience working with landowners on resource management issues and/or legal issues.
• Lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
• Valid insurable driver’s license.
• Excellent photography skills.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Outgoing and diplomatic personality with the ability to develop relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and world views. Ability to represent Whatcom Land Trust and respond to general inquiries.
• Ability to assist in meeting program and organizational fundraising goals.
• Knowledge of the federal, state and local laws, standards, codes, regulations and procedures which affect private land conservation.
• Ability to read legal descriptions and locate property boundaries on the ground.
• Demonstrated expertise in MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Basic experience with database management and advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet.
• Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks.

Compensation Salary and benefits package are competitive and based on experience
Days/Hours 40 hrs week days and weekends
Contact Info Karen Parker office manager, 412 N. Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225   EMAIL:   officemanager@whatcomlandtrust.org
How to Apply Please submit your resume and cover letter to: officemanager@whatcomlandtrust.org
No telephone inquiries please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Position Closes August 8, 2017
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