Mount Vernon, WA
Type of Job
Jan 14, 2022
About the job
Join Skagit Land Trust (the Trust), a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Mount Vernon, Washington, and help protect land for people and wildlife. Skagit Land Trust is nationally accredited with a 30-year history of using a collaborative approach to protect and steward land throughout Skagit County. The Trust permanently protects shorelines, wetlands, wildlife habitat, farms, forests, natural parks, trails and iconic lands from the North Cascades to the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). Become part of a dynamic, dedicated team of conservation professionals, volunteers, and landowners that work together to protect and steward priority conservation lands. Skagit Land Trust has protected over 8,000 acres of land and nearly 50 miles of shoreline. The Trust works with 1,500 supporters and over 40 partner organizations to accomplish its mission. One of our core values is to have a workforce, board, volunteer and program focus that reflects the wide diversity of the communities we serve.
The Stewardship Coordinator is part of a team working to manage Skagit Land Trust’s protected lands. Working independently and collaboratively with staff, volunteers and partners, the Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day property management of a portfolio of Trust-owned and managed lands. Duties include (but are not limited to) monitoring properties, resolving issues, managing stewardship projects, coordinating the work of stewardship volunteers and contractors, and keeping property records up to date. This position is primarily responsible for stewardship of lands in eastern Skagit County. Good conflict management skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of individuals are very important.
- Status: 90-100% (flexible, depending on employee preference). This is a mid-level professional position.
- Location: The Trust office is in Mount Vernon, WA, with the majority of field work located in eastern Skagit County.
- Work environment: The position is 60% field based. Work schedule is generally Monday-Friday for team coordination purposes. Flex-time and some level of remote work are available with approval. Occasional (1-3 times monthly) evening and weekend work required for volunteer work parties, property visits or Trust events.
- Salary: $40,000 - $50,000 (for 100% FTE, based on relevant experience) plus benefits, including health insurance stipend, 403(b) plan, vacation and holiday plan, and training opportunities.
- Reports to: Stewardship Director
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Land Management: Track and prioritize ongoing stewardship needs on assigned lands. Initiate and manage projects to achieve property management goals. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
· Track stewardship needs and use available resources to prioritize and complete stewardship tasks on conservation areas. Tasks vary widely and include (but are not limited to) boundary marking, sign posting, site cleanups (including demolition contracting), invasive removal, trail maintenance, and planting.
· Coordinate with Trust staff, volunteers, interns, contractors and partners to accomplish stewardship projects as appropriate. Lead volunteer work parties and manage conservation crews and contractors working on Trust projects.
· Resolve encroachment or property misuse issues.
· Coordinate conservation area management planning, by writing new property management plans, tracking and completing management plan evaluations, and completing management plan updates on a regular schedule.
· Communicate with the public, neighbors, and partners about conservation areas. Respond to inquiries about conservation areas and Trust policies (particularly access and hunting policies).
Monitoring: Ensure the Trust meets internal policies and accreditation standards for monitoring assigned properties. This is not limited to but includes training and coordinating volunteer land stewards, completing regular staff field visits, and ensuring visits and property stewardship needs are appropriately documented via the completion of follow-up monitoring reports.
Recordkeeping: Manage records to ensure the Trust meets internal policies and accreditation standards for recordkeeping associated with stewardship of properties. Collaborate with other Trust departments and staff to ensure property records are kept up to date and well organized. Assist with grant reporting.
Stewardship Team: Take part in stewardship department and stewardship committee meetings as appropriate. Help with other stewardship tasks delegated by the Stewardship Director.
Organization: Skagit Land Trust works towards carrying out the Trust’s strategic direction as a close-knit team of staff, volunteers, board, members, and landowners. The Stewardship Coordinator takes part in Trust-wide meetings, events and programming as well as staff and meetings. They will regularly coordinate with and support the work of other departments and committees to meet organizational goals.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
· A commitment to land conservation and the environment. Preferably an understanding of natural resource and land management issues as related to the Pacific Northwest.
· Three or more years of relevant professional experience. Relevant (e.g. natural resource management, environmental planning, environmental science / studies, or park management) undergraduate and/or graduate degrees may each be substituted for up to one year of professional experience. An otherwise outstanding candidate with less professional experience may be hired at a Stewardship Assistant level (an entry level position), with an intent to promote them to Stewardship Coordinator at three years professional experience. A variety of life experiences will be considered for this position.
· Ability to work in the field at least 60% of the time and to complete hands-on stewardship work. Comfort with working in the field on hot, cold and very wet days. Work will regularly require hiking up to 5 miles through brushy and/or steep terrain, with uneven footing, occasionally crossing water, while carrying up to 25 lbs of tools and field equipment. Will need to lift heavier items for short periods of time on occasion. Prefer experience with anticipating hazards and managing risk in the field, either by working or recreating outdoors.
· Comfort with regular conflict management and resolution.
· Comfortable with using computers and utilizing common office software (such as the Office suite). Prefer professional or academic experience with ArcGIS.
· Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, in written form and orally.
· Strong organizational skills, such as good attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple time-sensitive projects.
· Enjoys working both independently and as part of a team with people, including volunteers, contractors and partners, from varied backgrounds.
· Experience and comfort with using various hand tools (such as shovels, machetes, and hammers) or other mechanized equipment such as a weed whacker, chainsaws, augers and tractors is preferred but not required.
· Willing to engage and take part in Skagit Land Trust’s efforts to increase diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion throughout the organization.
· A valid drivers license and a reliable vehicle that can be used for field visits. Staff are compensated for personal vehicle use at standard IRS rate when on official duty.
· COVID vaccine needed or contact the Trust if requesting an exemption.
· SLT encourages applicants from eastern Skagit County, and those who bring diverse life experience to the Trust’s work.
· Please submit your resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and which of your life experiences and attributes are most relevant to the job. These materials will be used to evaluate written communication skills. Please write them yourself to accurately portray your abilities, and make sure to highlight your qualifications for the position and relevant experience.
· Email to email@example.com by February 1st, 2022
· The Trust plans the Stewardship Coordinator to start in April 2022.