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Director of Land Stewardship: Florida
North Florida Land Trust
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
The Director of Land Stewardship position is a full-time, permanent position responsible for overseeing the stewardship, management, restoration, and maintenance of North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) preserves and conservation easements. This includes both supervisory duties and direct implementation of certain program areas. The Director of Land Stewardship serves on the Leadership Team and contributes to strategic organizational development and decision-making.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Responsible for the land management, stewardship, restoration and maintenance activities on NFLT’s preserves and conservation easements, ensuring all work is completed in accordance with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
• Supervises the Stewardship team to develop and implement restoration and management plans on fee properties and monitor and enforce conservation easements.
• Recruits, manages, trains, motivates, supports and empowers the Stewardship team; provides direction and input for the team and each team member.
• Develops annual operating budget for stewardship department, in coordination with Leadership Team.
• Optimizes departmental systems, processes and policies, reporting, information flow, communication, and business process improvement.
• Provides bi-monthly presentations to the Board of Directors Land Conservation and Stewardship Committee, for guidance and project approval.
• Reviews and oversees contracts and consultants, coordinating with legal counsel as needed.
• Assesses risk for new lines of business and projects, and for continuation of existing lines of business and projects.
• Develops annual work plans in accordance with project timelines and budget.
• Aligns stewardship department goals and annual work plans with NFLT Strategic Plan.
• Establishes positive, productive relationships with landowners, community members, partners and agencies in order to achieve outcomes.
• Represents NFLT in conservation partnerships and speaking engagements.
• Oversees the implementation of ecological restoration projects on NFLT-owned lands.
• Oversees and directs mission-related income-generating activities on NFLT-owned lands including hunt leases, timber sales, and development of gopher tortoise recipient sites.
• Oversees management of NFLT’s Improved Forest Management carbon project in coordination with consultants.
• Identifies and manages new funding sources to support land stewardship including grants, cost-share programs, and income opportunities on NFLT properties.
• Provides technical expertise to support conservation acquisition efforts and fundraising goals, in cooperation with the Directors of Conservation Acquisitions and Philanthropic Services.
• Provides expertise to the Conservation Acquisitions team in support of all land transactions that contain stewardship obligations or management; assists in the development of project budgets.
• Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, conservation biology, conservation land management, natural resources management, or related field. Master’s degree in related field is ideal.
• Minimum of seven years of experience in the fields of natural resources management, land management, ecological restoration, or land conservation. Ideal candidate will have prior experience and knowledge of land trusts.
• Demonstrated supervisory and team management experience; ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of an experienced team.
• Proficiency in ArcGIS.
• Understanding of northeast Florida ecosystems, flora and fauna.
• Strong project management skills and willingness to participate as a member of a team.
• Strong communication skills, including public speaking abilities, required.
• Ability to handle multiple complex tasks on varying timelines.
• Strong experience with Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams.
• Ability to quickly learn new software platforms and programs.
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout NFLT’s seven county focus area, and beyond as needed.
• Ability to work outdoors for long periods in variable weather conditions, including heat and humidity.