Napatree Point Conservation Area Manager: Rhode Island

The Watch Hill Conservancy
Westerly, Rhode Island
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Full time Positions
This is a full-time position that requires evening and weekend hours. Weekend hours are required during the summer season. Salary is commensurate with experience.
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JOB DESCRIPTION TITLE: Napatree Point Conservation Area Manager, The Watch Hill Conservancy SUPERVISOR: Executive Director, The Watch Hill Conservancy LOCATION: Napatree Point Conservation Area, Westerly, RI SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Napatree Point Conservation Area Manager (“Napatree Manager”) is responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the Conservation Easement held by The Watch Hill Conservancy (WHC) over Watch Hill Fire District properties on Napatree Point. The position reports to the Executive Director of the WHC. The major overall responsibilities of the Napatree Manager are: 1 Serve as the primary point of contact for questions, programs, and issues related to the Napatree Point Conservation Area (NTPCA). 2 Hire, train, and supervise all seasonal staff working in the NTPCA. 3 Carefully develop Conservation Area policies and practices that allow for a positive visitor experience yet effectively conserve the species and habitats of Napatree. The major ongoing responsibilities of the Napatree Manager are: 1 Commit to meeting the mission and goals of the Napatree Point Conservation Area and strictly adhere to the terms of the Conservation Easement over Napatree. 2 Administer and supervise NTPCA programs and staff. 3 Serve as an advocate and point person for Napatree and its programs, communications, and policies. This shall include networking to foster collaborative relationships with organizations and agencies to further Napatree stewardship and protection. Thoughtful and regular contributions to social media, local news organizations, and The Watch Hill Conservancy’s communication systems is a priority. 4 Serve as the primary liaison with the municipal, NGO, state, and federal agencies who have an interest in the conservation of NTPCA or the safety of its visitors. 5 Serve as the primary liaison with the Napatree Science Advisors and other members of the scientific/academic community. 6 Collaborate with and maintain a partnership with the Watch Hill Fire District Parks Commission in coordination with the WHC Executive Director. 7 Attend WHC Board of Director meetings to inform and update the Board on Napatree activities, programs, budget, and grants. 8 Represent NTPCA and The Watch Hill Conservancy at public events, scientific conferences, and community meetings where issues relevant to Napatree are discussed. 9 Produce an annual State of Napatree report that summarizes stewardship results, educational programs, and the status of Napatree’s biological and geological resources. 10 Prepare and manage an annual budget for Napatree programs. 11 Assist in the management and stewardship of other WHC properties held by easement or fee.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree preferably in a field relevant to public administration, public service, natural resource conservation, environmental science or environmental education. Management experience is desirable. Experience managing a natural area is also desirable. Leadership: The Napatree Manager must excel in engaging with the public. (S)he must be a strong team-builder to ensure that staff and partner organizations are committed to the stewardship of the NTPCA. The Manager must be an excellent communicator, and most importantly, have a passion for the conservation of nature and public education. Technical and Administrative Skills: Highly qualified applicants will have demonstrated experience and accomplishment in many of the following: budget development and budget management; managing seasonal staff; success in grant writing and project management; familiarity with the Rhode Island and Connecticut conservation organizations; excellent speaking and writing skills; proficiency in computer tools that are commonly used in project administration and conservation land stewardship; experience in data analysis and management, and cloud data storage systems like DropBox; and familiarity with coastal plants and animals. Candidates must be able to walk long distances in sand and rough terrain and work in inclement weather in sometime uncomfortable conditions. Candidates must have a valid drivers license. TO APPLY: Applications submitted by email as PDF attachments are preferred, but hardcopy applications sent by U.S Post will be accepted. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Please provide the following materials: 1. Letter of Application stating your qualifications for and interest in the position. Be sure to specifically address the desired qualifications listed above. 2. A current resume that includes relevant work experience and academic training. 3. Name, affiliation, postal address, telephone number, and email address for three references. References will not be contacted without the expressed permission of the applicant. Send your application materials to: or Napatree Manager Search Committee The Watch Hill Conservancy One Bay Street Westerly, RI 02891 If you have questions, please contact
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