Stewardship Coordinator – SECC and The Nature Conservancy; Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Southeast Conservation Corps and The Nature Conservancy
Mt. Pleasant, SC
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Crew Leader Positions (21+ years old) Awendaw, SC • ID: 2908-984 • Full-Time/Regular Title: Stewardship Coordinator Reports to: Program Director (SECC), Stewardship Manager (TNC-SC) Location: Crew will be based out of Awendaw, SC – camping and working throughout South Carolina on a variety of public preserves and easement protected private lands, plus municipal, state, and Local Non-Profit administered lands. Start/end date: January 24th, 2022 – May 27th, 2022 Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt Wages: $685/week, paid biweekly. Health Benefits: Not health benefit eligible. Benefits: Food provided during overnight trips, uniforms, personal protective equipment. Other development opportunities as available Crew Structure: 1 Stewardship Coordinator, 3 Land Stewards Southeast Conservation Corps: Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), a program of Conservation Legacy, engages future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service. Conservation Legacy engages future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service. SECC is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that 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 For the last half century, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect South Carolina’s natural resources and special places, from the mountains to the sea. From our first project in the state—partnering with the National Audubon Society in 1969 to save Four Holes Swamp, in what is now the Francis Beidler Forest—the Conservancy has led the way in conservation across the state. All along, we’ve been true to The Nature Conservancy’s principles of working collaboratively and from a science-based foundation to tackle big issues confronting people and nature. In 50+ years of working in South Carolina, The Nature Conservancy’s presence has made a difference. We have protected 393,000 acres statewide, including thousands of acres for public enjoyment at TNC preserves, and local, state and federal lands. Our current portfolio boasts 180,000 acres protected through conservation easements and over 3,000 acres across our six public preserves. Stewards In order to build the capacity of the Land Protection & Forest teams the South Carolina chapter has and does utilize various methods of monitoring our easements and preserves. This includes having a pilot who does aerial imagery for us, using satellite imagery available online, volunteers, and contracting partners to aid us in our work. In 2021 we piloted our first ever AmeriCorps program at the South Carolina Chapter: Conservation Easement Stewards program. It was a huge success and has led us to expand the program to a four-person crew that will work on our public preserves as well as our conservation easements. Stewardship Coordinator & Land Stewards work primarily in frontcountry locations, with limited backcountry locations, in all types of weather conditions. Schedules may vary, but generally Monday through Friday with work occurring between the hours of 7am & 5pm, with an average of 40 hours per week. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at SECC and TNC SC works to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs. Stewardship Coordinator & Land Stewards will reside in the “camp house” on a TNC-SC preserve called Driftwood in Awendaw, SC. The Stewardship Coordinator will be responsible for monitoring & maintaining the camp house throughout the season with help from the crew. During overnight trips, crews prepare all their own meals and work together as a group to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chores will be completed every evening, with many evenings including group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics. Position Summary & Work Plan: Southeast Conservation Corps’ Stewardship Coordinator perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Stewardship Coordinator position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Stewardship Coordinator is ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the Land Stewards. Work Plan for the Stewardship Coordinator & Land Stewards consists of three primary duties: Conservation Easement monitoring & stewardship, Public Preserve monitoring & stewardship, and data entry. Conservation Easement monitoring & stewardship - Essential functions and responsibilities: Read and understand each conservation easement document and related files before visiting property Drive to property, using provided maps to find location and plan route Access property by foot or vehicle to complete monitoring visit Use Landscape app on ipad to take photos and log observations Use Field Maps app to review & update infrastructure data Work with team to complete annual conservation easement monitoring report Stewards may perform monitoring for other land trusts in South Carolina Preserve monitoring & stewardship - Essential functions and responsibilities: Drive to preserve with team and necessary tools Perform trail work with team including but not limited to: installing erosion control structures, maintain trail corridor, re-route trails in previously identified erosion prone areas Update preserve signage including but not limited to: trail markers, kiosks, boundary signs Use and maintain necessary tools to complete preserve work: picks, McLeods, shovels, hammers, nails, paint, etc Log work using provided ipad and Field Maps application Other habitat restoration work may be included Stewards may perform habitat restoration and trail work for other land trusts in South Carolina Data entry - Essential functions and responsibilities Enter data into Landscape database, finding information in e-files on Box (cloud based file storage) or in physical files Scan physical files and save them in Box, upload to Landscape if needed Minimum Qualifications: US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status  Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment. Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar . Must have positive attitude when learning new systems and tools. Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities. Willingness to commit fully to the program and its mission. Leadership experience with youth or young adults. Excellent organizational & communication skills Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others Ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of crew life and production within a 40-50-hour work week. Technical trail construction and maintenance . Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions Familiarity with Leave No Trace . High School diploma or GED certificate Must hold a current or expired First Aid CPR/ Must be 21, have an insurable driving record and a current driver’s license. Ability to communicate and collaborate in a variety of virtual and job site settings Comfortable working in a field and office environment. Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with SECC or other conservation corps or youth corps Experience with experiential and/or environmental education Facilitation and team-building experience with diverse groups of people Desire to work on a variety of conservation-based projects. Strong conflict resolution skills Relevant Bachelor’s Degree Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, and desire to make a positive difference and promote leadership in others Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements: Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your position. Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus Required to drive a TNC SC Truck Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions Leadership & Mentorship Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work. Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics Promote individual corps member development and a healthy, supportive community Mentor crew while delegating project responsibilities, crew life oversight, and member development to them. Must be willing to follow and enforce all SECC policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Southeast Conservation Corps. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while traveling participating in overnight travel for the program and during all program activities. Project Management & Implementation Train and motivate a crew of three young adults to complete conservation projects efficiently on private protected lands & public lands Delegate project work & investment among crew Manage on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work Think critically to resolve issues and solve problems Communicate effectively & coordinate logistics with project partners & SECC staff Safety & Risk Management Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety Transport crew and equipment safely in TNC SC truck Administration Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc., and submit in a timely manner Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables Manage food budget and credit card purchases, including receipt reconciliation Safety and Judgment: Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds. Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others. Respond appropriately to stress or crises. If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others. Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site. Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety Transport crew and equipment safely in TNC SC’s truck. Environmental Ethics: Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques. Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate): Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries. Substance Free 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. This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion.
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