Nature Job offer: LAND STEWARD ~

17 de octubre de 2004

Nature Job offer: LAND STEWARD

The Nature Conservancy in Virginia. Supervisor: Director of Conservation Planning and Stewardship. FLSA status: Exempt. Location: Charlottesville, Virginia. Date prepared: 24 September 2004. Closing date: 8 Nov 2004.
Essential functions: The Land Steward develops and implements plans for the management and operations of multiple preserves throughout Virginia. Preserve management responsibilities include posting boundaries, maintaining public access to select preserves, coordinating hunt leases, maintaining stewardship-related equipment, and overseeing or assisting with ecological management activities on preserves such as prescribed burning, exotic species control, and rare plant monitoring. The Land Steward is also responsible for overseeing conservation easement compliance. These responsibilities entail monitoring easement and transfer properties on a regular basis and working with land protection staff to document baseline conditions of new easements. Land Steward coordinates with the Volunteer Manager to organize and supervise volunteer stewardship teams and hold volunteer stewardship workdays on preserves. In addition, s/he supervises permanent and seasonal staff.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field and three to five years related work experience or related experience in land management; or equivalent combination of education and experience; Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and timelines; Supervisory experience, including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance; Familiarity with general ecological principles and ability to conduct and direct ecological field work, with a broad grounding in the natural sciences and familiarity with the biological systems, flora and fauna of the ecoregions of Virginia. Knowledge of current trends in conservation and land management; Experience in safe use and maintenance of preserve tools and equipment, including power and construction tools; Ability to obtain related licenses or certifications such as prescribed burning (red card), first aid, CPR, herbicide application, driver’s license; PC familiarity, including database knowledge, in order to maintain preserve records; ArcGIS and GPS skills strongly preferred.
COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING: Resolve complex preserve management problems independently, consulting with higher level manager as needed; Analyze situations, evaluate alternatives, and experiment to find and implement creative solutions. Perform non-routine analysis, research and follow-through; Design, implement, and direct multiple complex projects, setting and meeting deadlines and ensuring program accountability; Direct and monitor the progress of work groups toward achieving preserve management goals. DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING: Make sound decisions based on analysis, experience and judgement. Decisions will affect other staff in program area; Perform under minimal and frequently distant supervision, consulting with supervisor in event of any unusual circumstance, problem or question that falls outside of general preserve management realm. RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT –FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY: Supervise assistant land steward and other staff as needed. Responsible for performance management, training, and development; Plan and direct preserve work groups, including other staff or volunteers; Financial responsibility will include developing and working within a budget to manage preserve and complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, purchasing equipment and supplies as provided for in budget, and monitoring annual budget as needed to ensure appropriate spending limits; Lease land for hunting purposes as appropriate for conservation goals.
COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: Ability to clearly communicate work instructions to preserve management staff , volunteer manager, and volunteers; Work and communicate with a wide range of people – the public, program leadership, donors, and partners. Ability to function productively as a leader or member of a work team; Ability to interact professionally with preserve visitors, communicate preserve information, lead preserve field trips and direct workdays.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT: Ability to travel at least 3 days a week (day trips) during field season and work long hours; Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines; Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult and sometimes hazardous terrain; Work requires extreme physical exertion and/or physical strain to the point of physical fatigue. Work environment involves exposure to job hazards where there is a high possibility of injury. CONTACT: Send cover letter stating salary requirement and résumé to (no telephone calls please): The Nature Conservancy, Attn: ROSE WARD, 490 Westfield Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or email to:

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