Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT) is seeking an experienced, full-time Stewardship Director (SD) that is responsible for the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on BSLT’s preserves and conservation easements, which are some of the most spectacular conserved landscapes of Monterey County. This is an opportunity to work with an extraordinary team that believes in nurturing talent and is committed to a supportive, respectful work environment for a diverse, professional staff.
BSLT’s Mission: BSLT is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire love of land across generations, conservation of our unique Monterey County landscapes, and access to outdoor experiences for all. We see a future where natural landscapes, working lands, urban open spaces and healthy communities are cared for by people who share a love of nature and a deep appreciation for the richness of their diverse cultures.
The SD is responsible for identifying, assessing, and prioritizing program needs and implementing science-based, community-driven management. The program spans across 4,000+ acres of diverse land holdings, including redwood and tanoak forests, coastal scrub and maritime chaparral, grasslands, riparian zones, oak woodlands, Monterey Bay dunes, working ranches, urban open spaces, and much more! In addition, the SD will oversee the monitoring and protection of conservation values on 35 conservation easements to help protect an additional 7,000 acres throughout Monterey County. Engaging in stewardship is an exciting and dynamic process; but it is also difficult and complex requiring dedication, on-going learning and taking the long view so that people, wildlife, and plant communities thrive. A collaborative professional who seeks a participatory team environment and fast-paced, challenging work will find this position rewarding.
• Minimum five years directly related work experience. • College degree in conservation, natural resource management, or related field; graduate degree preferred. • Knowledge of current trends in conservation, land management and natural resource conservation. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated public speaking and presentation experience. • Proven ability to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team. • Strong interpersonal skills, understanding of complex group dynamics, and exemplary people development and leadership abilities. • Proven project management experience of multiple complex projects with deadlines. • Ability to exercise sound judgment, discerning consequences of various alternatives and strategies, in situations with potentially significant impacts. • Highly self-motivated with the ability to communicate effectively with project teams, co-workers, landowners, members, donors, public agencies, and other partner groups. • Proven ability to raise project funds and act as a public spokesperson for conservation projects. • Experience with project budgets and accounting. • Familiarity with local geographic area. • Current U.S. driver’s license and experience driving 4x4 vehicles on ranch roads • Computer literate with proficiency in MS Office products; experience with GIS preferred.