Preserve Stewardship Coordinator
Keene Valley/ greater Adirondack region of northern New York
Type of Job
$50,600.00 to $56,000.00
About the job
A LITTLE ABOUT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator implements a range of conservation land management activities intended to connect people with equitable access to nature and protect important ecological resources. As a member of the New York Division Land Assets team, they develop, manage, and advance conservation programs, plans, and methods at the Conservancy’s 23,000-acre portfolio of preserves and fee-lands in the Adirondacks region of New York. The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator may also assist with conservation easement stewardship, ecological restoration, land protection and research/monitoring activities on both Conservancy and partner lands.
The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for management, planning and implementation of stewardship for preserves and other conservation lands and waters throughout the greater Adirondack region of New York State. This includes basic maintenance of preserve infrastructure (trails, parking lots, kiosks, etc.) and identifying and supporting the Conservancy’s legal interests in our properties by maintaining boundaries, conducting property inspections, and addressing management issues.
Our preserves are often the first point of contact between people and The Nature Conservancy, and the Preserve Stewardship Coordinator works proactively to establish positive interactions between the Conservancy and preserve users, neighbors, local communities, and other stakeholders.
The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator plays a lead role in ecological management and monitoring of conservation targets; preserve management plans; permitting; recordkeeping and reporting; leases and leasehold management; ensuring that management aligns with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and TNC NY Division strategic objectives, including visitor infrastructure and interpretive materials; and managing third-party research on conservation lands. To accomplish this, the Preserve Stewardship Coordinator works closely with the Land Assets Team and Conservancy colleagues from a variety of functional areas, including conservation, science, legal, operations, communications, and fundraising to achieve New York Division-wide objectives. The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator may also contribute to other Division-wide priority conservation teams including, but not limited to, the Protect and Restore Lands and Climate Adaptation Teams.
In addition, the Preserve Stewardship Coordinator recruits and supervises volunteers, interns, staff, and contractors; leads workdays for staff and other groups; conducts outreach and educational activities in support of stewardship and programmatic priorities; and seeks and manages project grants.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
· Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgement.
· May supervise administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
· May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area, including working with Youth below the age of 18.
· Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
· Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, managing leases, assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets.
· Networks with diverse groups, including neighboring private landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and to facilitate and improve land management.
· Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
· Participates in and coordinates with colleagues on stewardship initiatives to advance Division-level strategies and priorities.
· Frequent travel in the greater Adirondack region of northern New York.
· Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· Experience with natural systems and/or working outdoors.
· Experience operating and/or repairing various types of gardening, farming or outdoor tools, equipment or machinery.
· Experience managing staff, interns and/or volunteers.
· Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
· Must have valid driver's license.
· Experience with common GPS technology and geospatial software such as ArcGIS or Google Earth.
· Ability to do strenuous physical work in various field conditions, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and hike 5 or more miles in a day while carrying up to 30 pounds.
· Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
· 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
· Relationship building skills to work closely a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, Conservancy scientists.
· Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
· Excellent organizational and leadership skills: ability to effectively plan projects and energize teams to accomplish work objectives.
· Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s), independently set daily work priorities, and simultaneously manage multiple projects at different geographic locations.
· Experience with power tools, including basic construction tools, chainsaws, and brush cutters.
· Experience operating four-wheel drive trucks and other off-road vehicles.
· Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
· Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource protection.
· Ability to recognize plant and animal species common to New York to complete preserve management and other conservation activities.
· Willingness to obtain required certifications, if necessary (i.e., Wilderness First Aid, chainsaw safety, boating).
· Experience with operating small watercraft (canoe, kayak) and/or small motorboat.
· Ability to interpret maps, navigate with a compass and orient oneself in the field.
Deadline to apply is April 25, 2021. To apply for this role, please email a resume to or complete an online application at: