Saratoga P.L.A.N. is a nonprofit land trust organization conserving land throughout Saratoga County through fee title land acquisitions, conservation easements, and community planning. It achieves its mission through strategic partnerships with volunteers, donors, local governments, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations.
The Stewardship Coordinator is primarily responsible for caring for the lands that the organization owns and for the conservation easements that it holds. The Stewardship Coordinator will build a base of support for the organization and for land conservation in the region by engaging supporters of Saratoga P.L.A.N. and the community-at-large through volunteer, educational, and recreational place-based outdoor programming.
As a member of the staff team at Saratoga P.L.A.N., the Stewardship Coordinator will assist with land protection, community planning, outreach, and fundraising activities of the organization. The Stewardship Coordinator will provide staff support to the Stewardship Committee and any other committees formed for outreach and/or education. The Stewardship Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and comply with all Saratoga PLAN policies and procedures and adhere to all Land Trust Alliance standards and practices. This is a full-time position.
Monitor 27 conservation easements at least once a year. Communicate regularly and maintain good working relationships with landowners of conservation easement properties. Extract information from landowners on upcoming plans to make changes on easement properties. Provide technical assistance for property management questions. In conjunction with Executive Director, provide assistance with interpreting easements, resolving violations, and evaluating requests for easement amendments. Prepare and update baseline documentation reports and maps. Maintain detailed, well-organized information systems and documentation for all conservation easements. Assist with new easement transactions and updates. [25% time]
Evaluate and manage 27 properties owned by Saratoga P.L.A.N. on an ongoing basis to sustain ecological process and habitat for native species, along with compatible uses for recreation, education, scenic values, historic resources, agriculture, forestry, and environmental services. Prepare and update management plans as needed. For 13 preserves with public access, create and maintain trails, trail markers, interpretive signage, parking areas, footbridges and boardwalks, benches, maps, informational kiosks, letterbox clues, and bike racks. Establish and maintain good relationships with volunteers, neighbors, local government officials, and contractors. Foster leadership and technical expertise of stewardship volunteers. Prepare outreach materials and field inquiries from the public and project partners regarding preserved lands, trails, and natural history. Maintain tax exempt status of properties through annual filing of required forms. [15%]
Integrate supporters, volunteers, donors, and students into stewardship and education programs to promote and build awareness, understanding, engagement, and support for Saratoga P.L.A.N. and land conservation. Collect and transfer data on program participants to constituent database, other staff and Board. Serve as an ambassador and liaison within the community for Saratoga P.L.A.N. Manage volunteers, interns, seasonal employees, and contractors involved with stewardship and education programs and track and report their contributions to programs. [20% time]
Prepare funding proposals and assist with raising funds for stewardship and education programs. Manage projects, comply with goals and terms of restricted grant-funded projects and activities, document progress and maintain necessary records, and meet deadlines and reporting requirements. Solicit and secure in-kind and contractual technical resources (engineering, botany, construction, etc.) needed for operation of the stewardship program and projects. [15%]
Design, implement and assess educational and outreach programs on the natural history of the Saratoga County region. Lead hikes, bicycling and paddling trips, workshops and classes. Prepare narratives for communications such as press releases and newsletter articles. Coordinate programs for expert guest lecturers, activity and trip leaders, and educators. Establish educational partnerships with area academic and environmental organizations to further regional land conservation initiatives. [10%]
Prepare and follow annual work plans and budgets for stewardship and education programs. Adhere to organizational policies and procedures. Maintain detailed documentation of stewardship activities. [5%]
Assist, as part of a team and as requested, with: land protection, community planning, outreach, fundraising, and administrative activities of the organization. [10%]
- Commitment to land conservation and the mission of Saratoga P.L.A.N.
- Two years’ experience in land conservation, management of natural areas or public open spaces, and interpretation of natural history and ecology.
- Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail), GPS, and ArcView (GIS) software.
- Deep understanding of the ecological processes affecting natural areas and the ability to utilize them in managing open spaces and to communicate concepts to others.
- Demonstrated excellent verbal and written presentation skills.
- Ability to relate well to diverse peoples and to appreciate and respect a variety of perspectives. Ability to motivate others and maintain a high degree of diplomacy in interpersonal relations.
- Successful experience managing land conservation, land management, community/volunteer, construction, and/or grant-funded projects.
- High degree of organizational skills. Attention to detail and documentation.
- Excellent health and physical condition. Ability to work outdoors on rough terrain and less-than-ideal conditions.
- Ability to travel regionally, provide own transportation, and to work flexible hours to accommodate weather, volunteer availability, and public outreach considerations.
- Current certification in First Aid and CPR, or willingness to obtain.
- Basic construction and carpentry skills. Ability to use and maintain hand and power tools.
- Higher education degree in natural science or education.
Submit resumes, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2013. No phone calls, please.