Easement Steward 1

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art

Reports to:
Easement Manager, Land Stewardship Program

Basic Functions:
The Easement Steward 1 assists with the administration, monitoring and enforcement of Brandywine’s conservation and agricultural conservation easements.

Position Relationships:
Reports directly to the Easement Manager and works with fellow Easement Stewards. Provides assistance to the Land Conservation and GIS staff, as requested.

Essential Functions

  1. Along with the Stewardship team, monitors land subject to perpetual easements to assess and document easement compliance.
  2. Is responsible for Brandywine’s administration of agricultural conservation easements, including reviewing properties for compliance with the easement and the owner’s conservation plan and evaluates the effectiveness of implemented conservation practices.
  3. Communicates with and assists landowners regarding annual visits and plan reviews and provides information on a variety of land management-related topics.
  4. Manages preparatory and follow-up tasks related to assigned annual easement inspections and plan reviews, including inspections for compliance, documentation of field observations, and landowner contacts.
  5. Maintains individual easement records, both electronic and paper, and easement summary data in accordance with the Conservancy’s Record Retention Policy and Land Trust Accreditation Commission requirements.
  6. Promotes and facilitates implementation of best management practices for the conservation of soil, water, and biological resources.
  7. Works to uphold positive relationships with owners of eased land and to promote the Conservancy as a conservation partner.
  8. Assists GIS Manager with the production of maps for planning and easement purposes.
  9. Assists in grant conceptualization and writing, as needed.
  10. Helps improve easement management operations, as assigned.
  11. Participates in Conservancy public relations efforts and contributes regularly to publications and social media platforms. Makes presentations to interested groups upon request.
  12. Works with Easement Manager and Land Conservation Program staff to maintain on-going compliance with national land trust accreditation requirements.
  13. Manages and is responsible for transfers of eased properties, including maintaining Comparable Sales Tables, researching ownership, maintaining relationships with real estate professionals and owners of eased land to ensure compliance with easement requirements regarding transfer. Maintains and updates conservation easement records regarding ownership and contact information.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental science, agricultural and natural resource management, biology, land planning or related field.
  2. One to three years of experience with natural resource management, land planning and/or conservation easements.
  3. Demonstrated experience with agricultural conservation easements, and/or agricultural Best Management Practice implementation. Experience and/or certification in conservation planning a plus.
  4. Ability to comprehend and interpret legal documents and maps.
  5. Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Teams and PowerPoint programs.
  6. Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including ArcGIS for easement and stewardship-related mapping.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, positive and energetic attitude, and self-motivation.
  8. Ability to devote such time as required to perform assigned functions, including usual work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and occasional night meetings and/or weekend work.
  9. Frequent travel within southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.
  10. A valid driver’s license and a reliable means of transportation to and from the Chadds Ford office and to daily work assignments throughout the region.
  11. Ability to perform extensive outdoor fieldwork during all seasons and in varying weather conditions.
  12. Ability to lift 30 pounds and also to walk long distances over varying terrain.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume to Julianne Ruocco at [email protected].