Title: Land Steward
Reports to: Samantha Alcozer, Stewardship Manager, The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina & Stewardship Coordinator, Southeast Conservation Corps
Location: Based out of Mount Pleasant, SC (near Charleston, SC)
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
Living Allowance: $250/week (paid bi-weekly)
AmeriCorps Award: $2,417.14 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 675-hour term
Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Housing provided in Awendaw, SC
Start/End date: January 31 – May 27, 2022 (17-week term)
Number of positions available: 3
Southeast Conservation Corps:
SECC empowering young adults to cultivate compassion, responsibility, and grit through community service, hard work, and environmental stewardship.
The Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization. The SECC selects young adults, ages 18-30, to complete conservation work projects on public lands throughout the Southeast. SECC programs encourage environmental stewardship, foster community partnerships, and emphasize experiential learning. SECC serves a diverse population that is representative of the Southeast, including youth, graduates, veterans, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels.
The Nature Conservancy South Carolina Stewardship Team is responsible for monitoring and stewarding our conservation easement & preserve portfolio. Our 160+ property portfolio of conservation easements protects over 180,000 acres throughout South Carolina from development. We work with landowners to ensure the conservation values on their property are protected. We have six public preserves protecting over 13,000 acres throughout the state. TNC South Carolina also holds leadership positions in the South Carolina Land Trust Network which works with and helps 20+ land trusts in the state and government entities to boost conservation efforts and provide wholistic conservation data for all to use.
To better steward the land we protect, we have implemented a seasonal stewardship crew to help with easement monitoring and our preserve work. The Land Stewards will monitor 160 conservation easements, collecting infrastructure data and completing monitoring reports. They will perform preserve work including trail maintenance which will involve using trail tools and hand tools, and iPads to log work completed. When not in the field the stewards will enter data into our database. Land Stewards may work with other land trusts on similar tasks.
The Land Steward’s priorities will be 1) conservation easement monitoring, 2) preserve stewardship, and 3) data entry.
Conservation Easement Monitoring
Read and understand each conservation easement document and related files
Use provided maps to find location and plan route
Use Landscape application on iPad to take photos and log observations and Field Maps application to review & update infrastructure data
Work with team to complete annual conservation easement monitoring report
Perform trail work with team including but not limited to: installing erosion control structures, maintaining trail corridor, and re-routing trails in previously identified erosion prone areas
Update preserve signage including but not limited to: trail markers, kiosks, and boundary signs
Use and maintain necessary tools to complete preserve work
Other habitat restoration work may be included
Enter data into Landscape database
Scan physical files and save them in Box (cloud-based file storage)
Interview skill development, cover letter and resume workshops, and professional networking
Conservation/Public Land History, Botany 101, and Ecoregions of South Carolina
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
Interns are paid a living stipend of $250 per week (dispersed bi-weekly) before taxes, via direct deposit. Housing is provided. Upon successful completion of the term of service AmeriCorps members will earn an $1,678.57 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award to be used for student loans, qualifying programs/classes, or tuition for traditional Title IV accredited colleges.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem-solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners.
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques.
Outdoor Skills (where appropriate):
Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
In accordance with a drug-free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while participating in overnight travel on behalf of the program.
All applicants are required to perform a criminal history check, offers of employment are contingent upon results.
This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion.
Follow the SECC link, Conservation Legacy Positions (silkroad.com), and complete the application. Please include a resume, cover letter, and at least two references.
If you have questions about the position, please contact:
The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina
If you have questions about the application process, please contact:
Southeast Conservation Corps