Stewardship Associate/Coordinator

Delaware Highlands Conservancy

The Conservancy is seeking an entry-level to mid-level part-time (27 hours/week) professional to steward and monitor conservation easements throughout our service region in Pennsylvania and New York. The Stewardship Coordinator will steward and monitor conservation easements, assist with/coordinate the Legal Committee, and assist with the coordination of the Land Management Committee.

Responsibilities

Steward Conservation Easements and Conservancy owned properties:

  • Communicates regularly with the Executive Director and stewardship staff about the stewardship program;
  • Identifies and suggest improvements to the Executive Director related to the stewardship program, processes, and procedures;
  • Assists with/Oversees and coordinates project documentation for all properties after project closing and tracks all project related communication and documentation;
  • Communicates with landowners about inquiries related to their conservation easement;
  • Refers to the conservation easement and other appropriate documents and proposes responses about landowner notifications and requests to the Executive Director;
  • Performs annual deed checks, updates records on transfers and sales, and coordinates communication with seller, realtor, and new conservation easement owners;
  • Creates current conditions reports and property feature update documentation for conservation easements as needed;
  • Records conservation easement memorandums and other documents as necessary per policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates with appropriate partner organizations to assist with land stewardship activities.

Monitor Conservation Easements:

  • Cultivates relationships with landowners;
  • Informs landowners of activities and resources available through the Conservancy;
  • Coordinates with appropriate contacts to monitor the property;
  • Coordinates and schedules volunteers/assistant monitors to attend monitoring visits;
  • Inspects the property, noting any problems or changes found, specific to the easement;
  • Assists to connect with/Acts as a knowledgeable resource for environmental questions and concerns;
  • Assists with/Documents all property visits, completes the monitoring reports, drafts and sends a letter to the landowner/additional contacts with the results of the monitoring visit, files documentation, tracks annual inspection notes, and informs the Executive Director of any concerns.

Land Acquisition Transactions:

Assists land protection staff with review of easement template changes, conservation easement document, Baseline Documentation Reports, and project documentation.

Communications:

Writes/solicits articles and coordinates written communications to easement landowners, including Land Lines.

Committee support:

  • Assists with/Coordinates Legal Committee meetings with committee chair, Executive Director, and appropriate staff— sets and distributes agendas, reviews and distribute meeting minutes, and performs follow-up on tasks assigned.
  • Attends Land Management Committee meetings, works with Reserve and Facilities staff to set the agenda items related to stewardship, leads communication of appropriate agenda items, reviews meeting minutes, and performs follow-up on tasks assigned;
  • Attends Risk Management and Land Protection meetings when scheduled to share information on the stewardship program.

Other Miscellaneous Duties:

  • Represents the Conservancy at meetings and conferences.
  • Attends Conservancy events as needed.
  • Attends appropriate partner events and meetings.
  • Performs administrative and clerical responsibilities in order to complete the tasks above.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or beyond in relevant field of study with adequate work experience in a land conservancy, conservation agency, or natural resource related organization.
  • Experience in natural resources stewardship and conservation.
  • Excellent writing, organizational, communication, interpersonal, and relationship building skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups including landowners, volunteers, the general public, federal, county, state, and municipal officials, and conservation partners.
  • Willingness to work as a self-starting member of a dedicated, energetic team.
  • Passion for land conservation and for providing quality service.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for frequent travel.
  • Experience with ARCGIS

Salary is dependent upon experience, starting at $30,000 based on 27 hours/week. Benefits include medical coverage, eligibility for retirement savings match, paid days off, ten paid holidays, and other benefits provided.

Position is open until filled.


Based in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania (with field offices in Jeffersonville, New York and Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania) the Delaware Highlands Conservancy is an accredited land trust dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region in partnership with the region’s landowners and communities. This region encompasses Pike and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania and Sullivan and Delaware Counties, New York. Established in 1994, the Conservancy has helped to protect more than 18,900 acres throughout the region.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All decisions with respect to hiring are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or disability. Decisions are made solely upon the basis of qualifications as related to the requirements of the job.

For more information on the Conservancy, please visit us online at www.DelawareHighlands.org.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Diane Rosencrance, Executive Director
Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Van Scott Nature Reserve
571 Perkins Pond Road
Beach Lake, PA 18405
Email: [email protected] with subject line: Stewardship Associate/Coordinator