Title: Stewardship Coordinator
Reporting Relationship: Executive Director
Authority: Stewardship interns
Red-tail Land Conservancy preserves, protects, and restores natural areas and farm land in east central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage.
Focused on this mission, the not-for-profit land trust has grown steadily since its inception in 1999. In its first two decades, Red-tail Land Conservancy has provided land conservation options to individual landowners and partnered with local governments in restoration projects while engaging students and adult volunteers in land stewardship activities and education.
As a result, over 2,700 acres of natural areas and farm land are permanently protected. Red-tail owns 15 nature preserves and has recorded 19 conservation easements. Working to connect the residents of east central Indiana with nature, Red-tail Land Conservancy is receiving growing support and recognition for its role in conservation.
General Summary of Duties:
The Stewardship Coordinator will oversee and perform stewardship of Red-tail Land Conservancy’s 2,700 protected acres. The Stewardship Coordinator will serve as the primary contact for conservation easement and fee-title related topics, and act as project support on all land acquisition projects. The Stewardship Coordinator will report to the Executive Director, will work with the Land Acquisition-Stewardship Committee, partner organizations, and other Board of Director members on a regular basis. The Coordinator will be responsible for training and leading volunteers in the field and supervising stewardship interns.
Full-time position that requires some evening and weekend work.
Typical Working and Environmental and Physical Demands:
- Ability to work outside year-round in all temperatures
- Ability to walk in rough terrain and long distances
- Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, bend, squat, etc. in the performance of daily activities
- Ability to work with land management equipment, particularly chainsaws, herbicides, tractors and other heavy equipment, and other tools
- Perform stewardship and best land management practices and techniques to preserve, protect and restore fee-title properties held by Red-tail
- Maintain, distribute, archive, and update stewardship files on practices, maintenance, program finances, and other activities as per policy
- Identify and author grants for funding stewardship programs to maintain a healthy budget
- Supervise and train volunteers and in-kind support both in and out of the field
- Monitor fee-title and conservation easement properties and report and address any issues or needs
- Build relationships with landowners, community members, and land management professionals and consultants
- Design and implement adaptive management plans for new and existing fee-title properties to achieve Red-tail’s conservation goals
- Manage stewardship programs such as hunting, GIS, invasive species removal, outreach and public awareness, etc.
- Maintain property boundaries, signage, parking lots, and trails
- Produce reports and maps documenting monitoring visits, stewardship activities, habitat restoration projects, and other activities and programs as needed
- Represent Red-tail at meetings, conferences, and other public events
- Assist in establishing organizational policies and procedures that align with Red-tail’s mission and strategic plan
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science or Biology with a strong background in land management, stewardship, biological monitoring, and habitat restoration preferred
- Proven experience with land management equipment, particularly chainsaws, herbicides, tractors, and other tools
- Demonstrated ability to communicate both written and orally to diverse groups of people including landowners, the public, media, professional colleges, and government entities
- Experience recruiting, training, managing, and working with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
- Ability to work in rough field conditions for long periods of time, willingness to physically travel over rough terrain on foot and deal with natural hazards on a regular basis
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other common computer programs
- Experience working with non-profits or governmental organizations
- A self-starter with a genuine interest and enthusiasm for land conservation
- Possession of a valid driver’s license
- Knowledge and training in GIS, GPS, and other project mapping and management programs
- Ability to drive and operate a 4WD vehicle and tow a trailer
- Experience with public access design and management, including trail development and associated facilities
- Experience with interpretation and outdoor education
- Current CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain one shortly after hiring