Land Stewardship Manager

Longwood Gardens

As one of the great gardens of the world located just 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens is rooted in a steadfast mission of bringing joy and inspiration to everyone through the beauty of nature, conservation, and learning. Across our many departments, each and every staff member creates the magic that makes our Gardens distinctive. Our team of dynamic professionals is what sets us apart, and our spirit of legacy, innovation, and opportunity is what guides us. While beauty is our heart, our people are our soul.

Longwood Gardens is seeking a full-time Land Stewardship Manager to lead daily land stewardship work operations, advancement of strategic goals, and special projects across Longwood Gardens’ 700+ acres of Piedmont forests, meadows, wetlands, streams, ponds, agricultural lands, and formally maintained naturalistic landscapes designed to inspire guests with the beauty of native plants and ecosystems.

Responsibilities include:

•Management of diverse ecosystems and interfaces between natural areas, formal landscapes, infrastructure, and neighborhoods in a public-facing context.

•Supervising staff, students, contractors, and volunteers.

•Supporting the development and implementation of projects, budgets, and strategic management plans.

• Integrating current science and stewardship projects.

•Supporting the organization’s public engagement by delivering tours and talks and responding to requests for interviews.

•Innovation and testing of stewardship techniques and coordination both within the team and across the organization to achieve strategic goals.

•Occasional weekend, evening, and holiday work is required.

The ideal candidate will have:

•A bachelor’s or advanced degree in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or a related discipline.

•5 years of experience in natural area management, ecological restoration, applied ecological science, or related field.

•3 years of experience managing and leading a team.

•Experience with managing projects, including overseeing contracts, budgeting, and cost accounting.

•Experience in scientific data collection, analysis, and scientific writing.

•Experience with digital tools for mapping and data analysis.

•Experience identifying wild plants and animal species of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont region.

•Technical coursework or experience as machine operator of large landscaping/farming equipment such as tractor with PTO implements, skid loader with attachments, tree spade, and auger.

•Pesticide applicator license or willingness to obtain one within six months of starting the position.

•Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

•Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

•Ability to work occasional weekends, evenings and holidays.


Longwood Gardens is committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment that celebrates the complexities and differences of all living things. We welcome and respect diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. Diversity creates a more beautiful world, sparks innovation, and unites us.

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