Volunteer & Engagement Specialist: Leeland, MI

Leelanau Conservancy
Leeland, MI
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$8,739 living stipend & $3,247.50 education award
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
LEELANAU CONSERVANCY The Leelanau Conservancy is one of the nation’s top accredited land trusts. For 35 years, our mission has been to conserve the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County. We have protected approximately 10,700 acres through private conservation easements, and 3,600 acres of natural areas, preserves, and forest reserves which are open to the public. Through the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program, the Leelanau Conservancy is offering an opportunity for a half-term AmeriCorps member who will be responsible for volunteer engagement, conducting various land management and natural resource conservation projects to serve on our 28 natural areas, preserves, and forest reserves. The Volunteer and Engagement Specialist will serve an integral role in Stewardship team planning and implementing invasive species monitoring and control work, lead volunteer work projects, restoration projects, and trail maintenance and construction on our 28 natural areas. Additionally, they will contribute to creating media & newsletter content focusing on natural land stewardship that will connect our supporters, volunteers, and donors to the work of the Leelanau Conservancy. Collaborating with volunteers from multiple programs including trail stewards, workbees, and citizen science monitoring, the AmeriCorps member will serve as a liaison between stewardship and outreach, helping to tell stewardship stories as the eyes and ears “in the field.” The Volunteer and Engagement Specialist may also create and manage a variety of conservation projects including trail restoration and rerouting, sampling for our water quality program, tree pest and disease monitoring, and others. Our ideal candidates will have a strong interest in natural resources, knowledge of invasive species identification and/or management techniques and be comfortable working collaboratively with people. The candidate will be friendly and enjoy engaging with the community and volunteers. They will have a knack for storytelling and a passion to share the importance of environmental conservation with the public in a variety of ways. Experience in writing, photography, and/or social media is a plus. We are seeking an individual who is organized, detail-oriented, and has excellent communication skills. The Volunteer and Engagement Specialist should be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and serve independently. The member may be required to complete tasks alone in the field in a variety of adverse weather and terrain conditions. Preference will be given to candidates with excellent verbal and written communication skills and firsthand experience with on-the-ground conservation projects. HURON PINES AMERICORPS Huron Pines mission is to enhance Michigan's natural resources to ensure healthy water, protected places, and vibrant communities. Huron Pines is looking to place motivated and aspiring natural resource professionals in six-month positions with various conservation entities across the state, including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Land conservancies, Museums, and nonprofits. Positions include Fishery Heritage Volunteer Organizer, Volunteer and Engagment Specialist, Education Programs Developer, Outreach Coordinator, and Volunteer and Stewardship Coordinator. These opportunities offer a multitude of unique experiences to further the development of young professionals or those looking to make a career shift. These opportunities often serve as stepping stones to that coveted career in natural resources. If you are passionate about the woods and waters of Michigan and are looking for that next opportunity to advance you through your professional journey, please see a complete list of detailed position descriptions and steps on how to apply at huronpines.org/americorps. TO VIEW FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION AND APPLY VISIT huronpines.org/americorps/
Computer efficiency (typing, email, word processing, excel) Ability to pass a background check* U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien Commitment to conserving the forests, lakes, and streams of Northeast Michigan ArcGIS experience preferred Has, or is willing to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license Experience in photography preferred
Contact Person
Amanda Vanaman
Contact Phone
(231) 340-1146 x30
Contact eMail
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