Preserve Steward II
Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
Reports To: Laurels Preserve Director
Relationships: Reports to the Laurels Preserve Director. Works primarily with the Preserve Steward and occasionally with other staff and consultants.
- Maintains trails, conducts invasive removal, tree work, and other activities to ensure that the Laurels constituents have safe access to the Preserve.
- Acts as the ambassador to the Laurels Preserve while ensuring compliance with access policies and procedures.
- Under the direction of the Laurels Preserve Director, plans and coordinates property stewardship and ecological restoration projects.
- Ensures that stewardship equipment, including truck and tractor, are in good working order.
- Trains volunteers and leads regular volunteer workdays.
- In conjunction with the Laurels Preserve Director, manages a deer hunting program at the Preserve.
- Coordinates visits to the Preserve by private groups upon request and as necessary.
- In conjunction with the Laurels Preserve Director, supervises outside contractors performing maintenance.
- Maintains contact with Laurels Preserve neighbors and assists Laurels Preserve Director in resolving boundary disputes, fencing issues, encroachments, and agricultural issues.
- Educates visitors to the Laurels Preserve about the Conservancy’s management philosophy, policies, and procedures.
- Leads occasional interpretive walks at the Preserve for Conservancy members or private groups.
- Contributes content to Conservancy publications and social media upon request.
- Works with staff to implement the Miller Farm Management Plan and performs general property stewardship and routine maintenance.
- Minimum of two years’ professional experience in land management, trail maintenance, agriculture, or landscaping.
- Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, ecology, forestry, or related field; or compelling evidence of commensurate experience. (These words were suggested by Connie.)
- Ability to identify regional flora and fauna; or commitment to learn about flora and fauna, and other natural resource topics.
- Experience with invasive removal and herbicide use.
- Demonstrated ability to operate land management equipment in a safe and proper manner, to include, but not be limited to, truck with trailer, tractor with front-end loader, mowers, chainsaws, and weed eaters.
- Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive relationships with co-workers, preserve visitors, and neighbors, and to handle enforcement of regulations with diplomacy and tact.
- Personal initiative and the ability to prioritize and carry out tasks in the absence of direct supervision.
- Ability to work equally well independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to work outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions and to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
- Experience and physical strength to use power and hand tools, tractors, mowers, ATVs, and chainsaws.
- Availability to work a regular Tuesday through Saturday work schedule, and occasional evenings or Sundays as needed.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook, and familiarity with handheld GPS devices.
- Have and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and a safe driving record.
- Passionate commitment to the environment and to the mission of the Brandywine Conservancy.
How to Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]