The Mohonk Preserve helps to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. The Preserve manages ~8,000 acres of the northern Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County, NY through four integrated programs – Conservation Science, Education, Land Stewardship, and Land Protection.
The Preserve has a century long legacy of conducting ecological research and environmental education. It provides over 70 miles of carriage roads and trails for hiking, running, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and outdoor exploration and is the home of one of America’s premier rock-climbing destinations. Through its programs and activities, the Preserve welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually.
The Land & Boundary Steward will be responsible for the physical patrol, maintenance, and documentation of a portion of Mohonk Preserve’s nearly 80 miles of fee property boundary, as well as the conservation easements in the Preserve’s portfolio and related tasks. The Steward will prepare written monitoring reports for all sections of fee boundary and conservation easements monitored in accordance with Mohonk Preserve and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. This position reports to the Land Protection & GIS Manager.
Location: Based at Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center Ranger Station (Undercliff House), 3191 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY
Time: Part-time, Seasonal (May to December 2021, Flexible)
Compensation: $14.00/hour for a maximum of 800 hours; Preserve membership for the duration of the position. Housing not available. There may be an opportunity to work collaboratively with other departments for additional hours, to be discussed.
Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
How to apply: Applications accepted via e-mail only. Please submit as a single PDF: cover letter, resume and names and contact information for 3 professional references by 5PM EST March 19th, 2021 to: email@example.com
Include in subject line “Land & Boundary Steward”. No phone calls please.
Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in environmental science, land and natural resource management, forestry, or other related fields of study;
• Working knowledge of mapping programs and tools – current ESRI ArcGIS applications (required); other mapping tools, e.g. Gaia, Avenza, (preferred);
• Ability to read and evaluate the landscape (i.e. tree blazes, stone rows, rail and wire fences, hedgerows, corner monumentation, signage, flagging, etc.);
• Ability to effectively use map and compass, land surveys and aerial photos for navigation and interpretation of the landscape;
• Ability to traverse and navigate deep, back-country, off-trail land conditions of varying, sometimes extremely rugged, mountain terrain while carrying equipment for up to 8 hours at a time;
• Ability to use technological tools for fieldwork, including two-way radio equipment, cameras, GPS and various mobile applications;
• Strong written communication skills, including report writing;
• Ability to communicate effectively with people of various backgrounds and interests;
• Familiarity with adhering to a strict set of procedures in support of potential legal challenges;
• Self-motivated with ability to set and implement priorities, manage multiple projects, and evaluate project success;
• Willingness to work occasional irregular hours, including some weekends, evenings and/or holidays;
• Must have a valid driver’s license;
• Experience with a non-profit land trust or other land resource agency or comparable field of work (preferred).