We're hiring! Land Steward

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San Isabel Land Protection Trust, headquartered in Westcliffe, Colorado, seeks a full-time Land Steward to contribute to its land conservation and stewardship mission.

In 25 years of operation, San Isabel, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust, has protected 42,437 acres through 134 conservation easements in southern Colorado. Our protected properties include irrigated agricultural lands, conifer forests, open meadows, riparian zones, wetlands, piñon-juniper woodlands, and desert draws and mesas. Our easements safeguard irreplaceable wildlife habitats, productive farmlands, clean water, and scenic open space for all to enjoy.

Acting under the direction of the Executive Director, the Land Steward has primary responsibility for the management and oversight of San Isabel's conservation easement monitoring and stewardship program. Using a combination of remote sensing, on-the-ground visits and landowner interviews, the Land Steward evaluates and ensures compliance with the original intent of San Isabel's conservation easements and management plans. The Land Steward serves as the primary point of SILPT contact with landowners, and as feasible, the Land Steward provides stewardship information and assistance to landowners to protect and enhance the conservation values of easement properties.

Duties

Conservation Easement Monitoring Program (50%)

Conduct conservation easement monitoring activities on San Isabel's portfolio of 134 conservation easements.

  • Maintain/establish communication with landowners; schedule and conduct interviews and site visits.
  • Review and update as necessary the field binders for annual monitoring visits.
  • Review remote sensing of current (if available) and previous year to prioritize properties and specific locations to visit on the ground.
  • Travel to conservation easements and take photos at designated points. Record field notes on paper and iPad/GIS applications. 
  • Process, download and record photos. Manage documentation and electronic filing of annual monitoring visits. Update and maintain databases.
  • Notify Executive Director of any landowner requests, potential violations, or conservation opportunities. Support Executive Director in evaluating discretionary approvals of proposed activities.
  • Conduct and record landowner follow-up as needed.

Land Care and Stewardship (30%)

Serve as a conduit of knowledge and resources to landowners in the care of their easement-protected properties; provide oversight of land management activities for San Isabel's 5-acre Bluff Park property.

  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of conservation assistance programs, techniques and providers for the service area.
  • Help landowners identify potential solutions for pressing problems that threaten the conservation values of their easement-protected properties.
  • Write and administer grants for high priority land care projects.
  • Check in weekly with the part-time, seasonal Bluff Steward to ensure that he/she has the equipment, materials, guidance and information necessary to successfully care for the property. 

Administrative Support (20%)

Provide administrative support to Executive Director and Development Director as requested.

  • Participate in all staff and board meetings.
  • General office support including running errands; sending and receiving mail and packages; following protocol to process bills and payments; answering the phone; receiving visitors; maintaining office supplies and equipment.
  • Grant writing and grant management.
  • Assist at events, workshops and meetings as requested.

Qualifications

  • College degree in resource management, real estate or agriculture-related field.
  • Two years of experience with conservation easements and natural resource management strongly preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record, including experience in driving on unpaved two track roads. Use of employee's own vehicle is required and compensated at federal rate of $0.56/mile. Four wheel drive may be required for some properties and weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of local ecotypes, general ecosystem functions, sustainable agriculture and other conservation concepts. 
  • Proficiency with GIS, mapping programs and interpretation of remote sensing.
  • Navigating varied terrain using maps, compass and GPS.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines and following up on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Collaborating and applying logical thinking to solve problems and accomplish tasks.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Proven ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and explain their implications.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • The job is based out of Westcliffe, Colorado, and has the requirement of in-office work at least one day per week. Residence within the service area (Huerfano, Custer, Pueblo and Fremont Counties) is very strongly preferred.

Work Environment

  • Work with a small team in a fast-paced, flexible office. 
  • Work is performed in office and outdoors in sometimes rugged terrain, with seasonal exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  • Occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Frequent solitary work in remote wildland settings.
  • Ability to hike several miles a day on uneven terrain in varied weather with a backpack and equipment.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.

Job Duration and Compensation

  • Start date of April 1, 2021, or as soon as a suitable candidate is selected.
  • This is a full-time position, with a three month introductory period and the potential for permanent employment.
  • Competitive compensation dependent upon experience ($50,000 to $56,000 a year). Worker’s compensation, national holidays, modest health stipend.

To Apply:

Submit letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to Linda Poole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions?  Call Linda at 406.301.3655.  Job will be open until filled; apply early as applicant reviews begin January 25, 2021.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Linda Poole

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