Conservation Stewardship Manager: Georgia

Southern Conservation Trust
Fayetteville, Georgia
Job Category
Full time Positions
$42,000 - $52,000 Depending on Experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
POSITION SUMMARY: The goal of SCT’s stewardship program is to uphold the conservation values of our protected lands in perpetuity. The Stewardship Manager is a full-time position that reports to the Director of Conservation and Stewardship and is responsible for overseeing the landowner communication for and annual monitoring of 250+ conserved properties throughout the year, as well as contracts with hunters/caretakers/lessees on a portion of the Southern Conservation Trust’s private preserves. Such stewardship duties may include: Land Stewardship: Management of SCT’s stewardship program at the direction of the Director of Conservation & Stewardship Creating and maintaining records of all stewardship activities and landowner updates in Landscape conservation software/Google Drive Responsible for overseeing all annual monitoring and reporting of conserved and owned properties Setting up annual conservation easement visits and obtaining landowner updates, assigning visits to the rest of Conservation & Stewardship team, conducting 150+ visits each year independently Reading baseline reports, GIS mapping, and recent property communication in advance in order to effectively monitor conserved properties Coordination of owned property visits Management of monitoring reports on conserved and owned properties, with Director of Conservation & Stewardship Interacts with landowners, conveys basic conservation and easement information, and work parties as needed Document and manage potential easement violations in conjunction with SCT’s Policies. Work with staff, Director of Conservation & Stewardship, and Executive Director and potentially the Land Committee to obtain a resolution Environmental Services: Land management consultations with landowners and coordination of land management plans Participation in contracted environmental services, including but not limited to land management plans, wildlife surveys, drone surveillance, and boundary posting Conservation & Owned Lands: Assist the Director of Conservation & Stewardship and Senior Conservation Biologist with new conservation easement projects including the development of baseline documentation reports, management plans, and legal conservation easements Initial site visits on prospective conservation easements, meeting with landowners Working with the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule cleanups and volunteer days on owned, non-public properties Management of all hunting leases, as well as other leases on SCT’s owned, non-public properties Coordinate all owned, non-public lands visits (quarterly in state, twice a year out of state) and maintain properties in Landscape software Management/Capacity Building/Other: Work with the Fundraising Manager to pursue grants and other funding sources to support conservation and exemplary land stewardship on conservation easement and owned properties Supervising and training the Stewardship Associate in current stewardship protocol Manage SCT’s Annual Land Stewardship Budget within the confines of the SCT Master Budget Manage SCT’s subscription and support with Landscape software Management of annual drone registration/permitting Management of SCT’s stewardship vehicles, including annual maintenance and scheduling Attend staff meetings as well as Land Committee and Board meetings as necessary Attend occasional weekend and evening fundraising and community relations events Respond to public inquiries in a timely and professional manner Provide the Marketing Coordinator information needed for developing marketing and public use materials for SCT As well as contributing to team effort by performing other related duties as required
QUALIFICATIONS: Required Skills: Minimum education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in forestry, wildlife or natural resources with at least 5 years of professional experience The ability to work independently with excellent time management skills and able to manage multiple ongoing activities Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with the ability to listen and effectively and tactfully present information to and communicate with landowners, land managers, foresters, Board and Committee members, and other staff Good writing skills with the ability to effectively develop monitoring reports, stewardship documents, landowner correspondence, technical papers, popular articles, social media posts, and other writings as assigned Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, Adobe Acrobat, and GPS technology. Competent with cell technology Working knowledge of common land management practices, including prescribed fire and forestry techniques utilized in the Southeast An understanding of conservation easements and a willingness to expand personal knowledge of the topic Must have a philosophical agreement with consumptive and sustainable uses of wildlife and forest resources. An active outdoors person and/or hunter is preferred Strong and reliable work ethic; ability to rigidly adhere to maintenance and management schedules Some weekend or evening work may be required on occasion Ability to document, in writing, work performed Must pass a nationwide background check Must become drone certified within 90 days of employment In addition to the competencies identified above, the Stewardship Manager must possess a valid driver's license and demonstrate the ability to safely operate 2 and 4-wheel Drive vehicles and UTVs Desired Skills: A Master’s Degree is preferred but not required, A graduate degree can be substituted for up to 2 years of professional experience Preference for prescribed burner certification in Georgia Preference for an understanding of Southeastern ecosystems, flora, and fauna Land trust or experience with legal deeds preferred Physical Requirements: Ability to do physical work related to various maintenance and fieldwork activities Ability to lift and carry tools and heavy (30+ pounds) field equipment Ability to drive for local and regional travel Ability to work in inclement weather 75% travel to easement locations within the Southeast May require long hours in isolated settings Must not be deterred by natural elements
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Angela Goddard, Director of Happiness
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