Colorado Open Lands is pleased to announce an opening for a 6-month Land Stewardship Intern in our Lakewood, Colorado office. This position is a temporary 6-month, full-time paid position. The intern will learn professional conservation easement stewardship skills with COL’s experienced staff. The intern will also receive exposure to the activities of a non-profit land trust including private land conservation and outreach. The Land Steward’s primary responsibilities will be conservation easement monitoring, including both on the ground site visits and reviewing satellite imagery as well as providing land management resources to landowners.
Conservation Easement Monitoring
• On the Ground Site Visits
o Monitor approximately 70 conservation easement properties across Colorado, which range in size from 10 to 10,000 acres. Monitoring includes hiking or driving around a conserved property using GPS to navigate and collect data while documenting any changes to the property.
o Meet with landowners to discuss the conservation easement.
o Prepare detailed reports documenting observations from the field.
o Update GIS maps as needed to incorporate GPS field data.
• Review of Satellite Imagery
o Monitor approximately 175 conservation easements using satellite imagery. Monitoring includes using an online platform to review changes over time to each property.
o Prepare detailed reports documenting observations from the satellite imagery.
Conservation Easement Management
o Provide landowners with land management information or resources as requested.
o Perform other stewardship tasks as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in natural or environmental sciences, land use planning, geography or a related field.
• Willingness and ability to independently travel across Colorado, including multi-night trips – vehicle provided (travel comprises approximately 50% of time).
• Ability to work outdoors and navigate large farms and ranches independently, often in remote settings.
• Basic skills with ESRI ArcGIS computer mapping software.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
• A valid driver’s license and good driving record (vehicle provided).
• A positive attitude, sense of humor, and commitment to conservation.