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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

 

Conservation Easement Steward

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire seeks qualified candidates for the position of Conservation Easement Steward. The Conservation Easement Steward is a full time position responsible for completing the monitoring of conservation easements held by the Land Trust. With the Land Trust holding more than 200 conservation easement interests, the Conservation Easement Steward’s position is vital to the organization’s ability to meet our commitment to the long-term stewardship and protection of each property’s natural resources and easement purposes.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience in and a passion for land conservation, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with partners and the desire to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment for a leading and growing Land Trust.

Primary Responsibilities
Monitoring and Enforcing Conservation Easements
• Review and analyze aerial imagery of conservation easement properties to identify potential encroachments or violations
• Perform ground monitoring visits including walking properties and meeting with land owners and land managers
• Document aerial monitoring and ground visits through written reports, maps, photographs, and other tools
• Evaluate ongoing activities to ensure compliance with easement terms
• Review monitoring reports for all Executory Interests held by the organization
• Perform aerial and ground monitoring for conservation easements held by other organizations in accordance with existing contracts
• Use Conservation Connections, our custom database for all conservation lands held by the organization, to track landowner information, stewardship activities, and tasks

Building Positive Relationships with Easement Landowners
• Initiate and sustain communication with easement landowners and build relationships to enhance compliance
• Respond to landowner inquiries and requests for help regarding land management, easement terms, encroachments, and related ownership issues
• Assist in the creation of educational opportunities for easement landowners on natural resources and management through workshops and publications

Executory Interest Compliance
• Annually communicate with partner land trusts and communities to ensure stewardship of lands where the Land Trust holds secondary interests
• Ensure that partners monitor their easement interests and provide the Land Trust with appropriate documentation

Additional Responsibilities
• Assist with the management of the Land Trust’s GIS data, ensuring the accuracy of property boundaries for easements, executory interests, and fee ownerships and obtaining updated natural resource layers from partner agencies as appropriate.
• Participate in the development of new policies and procedures to ensure consistency with applicable LTA Standards and Practices
• Support the protection of new lands through the completion of baseline documentation reports, including GIS mapping
• Write content for Everlasting, the easement stewardship semi-annual newsletter
• Participate in organizational outreach events and field trips
• Complete other tasks as necessary to support the organization’s mission

Required Qualifications and Skills
• Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g., resource management, environmental studies, or natural science) and two years related professional experience; OR
• Master’s degree in related field and one year related professional experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organizational abilities and proficiency in Microsoft Office software
• Working knowledge of ArcView 9 or 10 and GPS technology
• Skilled in one or more of the following: natural resource inventories, NH plant, animal, or community identification, land management, and/or other field work
• Ability to interpret maps, surveys, and other field documentation
• Strong understanding of land conservation techniques, trends, and practices
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and interest in being part of a growing non-profit group
• Interest and ability to grow professionally as the organization’s needs evolve
• Physical ability to hike rough terrain, navigate via map and compass, comfortable working alone in the field
• Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to a reliable vehicle
• Excitement and commitment about our mission of conserving land

Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for this position is between $35,000 and $41,000, commensurate with experience.
Benefits include paid vacation and sick time, health insurance, matching contributions to 403b(7) retirement plan, and long-term disability insurance.

Other Details
The Land Trust’s office is located in beautiful downtown Exeter, New Hampshire. This position includes extensive field work out of the office. The Conservation Easement Steward reports to the Easement Stewardship Director.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three references by 4:00pm, Friday, January 30, 2015 to: Conservation Easement Steward Search, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, PO Box 675, Exeter, NH 03833 or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Electronic submissions are preferred. Please, no phone calls.

 

 
   

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