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The Nature Conservancy Seeks Land Stewardship Manager

February 19, 2021

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Land Stewardship Manager                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Job Description:

Land Stewardship Manager leads the Conservancy’s
stewardship of its fee owned properties and conservation easements.
The Land Stewardship Manager provides technical leadership, including
prioritization, and implementation of the Idaho Chapter’s stewardship programs,
including development and implementation of stewardship and restoration strategies.
The Stewardship Manager uses a full range of conservation tools such as restoration,
leases, grazing and land management plans, and strategic partnerships to support TNC conservation priorities.

A LITTLE ABOUT US

 Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

 

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Land Stewardship Manager leads the Conservancy’s stewardship of its fee owned properties and conservation easements. The Land Stewardship Manager provides technical leadership, including prioritization, and implementation of the Idaho Chapter’s stewardship programs, including development and implementation of stewardship and restoration strategies. The Stewardship Manager uses a full range of conservation tools such as restoration, leases, grazing and land management plans, and strategic partnerships to support TNC conservation priorities.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Fee Title Asset Management

The Land Stewardship Manager is responsible for the management, day-to-day operations and maintenance of select Idaho TNC fee title ownerships. This may include developing management plans, executing and managing leases and contracts, ecological monitoring and research, invasive species control, habitat restoration, facilities maintenance, trail and equipment maintenance, field trips and intern/volunteer coordination, coordinating education programs and speakers, interacting with the public, and assisting with the transfer and disposition of non-strategic assets. The Land Stewardship Manager will develop strong working relationships with private landowners, business and community leaders, community organizations, land trusts and public agencies to implement and finance these efforts.

 

Conservation Easement Asset Management

The Land Stewardship Manager leads, coordinates and implements the Idaho Chapter’s conservation easement program including compliance and ecological monitoring, stewardship plans, grazing plans, and response to easement violations. They will provide training, coordination and resources for staff who support easement monitoring activities in Idaho. They will work with landowners across Idaho to monitor existing conservation easements for compliance and for conservation impact, provide technical leadership for habitat restoration projects on eased lands, draft and assist development of management plans for new and existing easements, and assist with the transfer of non-strategic conservation easements to partner agencies and land trusts.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

 

  • Oversee and carry out stewardship activities on Conservancy-owned and managed lands, including non-native species control, habitat restoration efforts, fence building and repair, management of facilities and other infrastructure, equipment and vehicle maintenance, sign and trail maintenance, and other management activities. Create and implement and/or update (as appropriate) stewardship and land management plans for select properties or landscapes.

  • Complete annual compliance monitoring for the majority of the Conservancy’s fee title ownerships and conservation easements. Coordinate response to issues related to those easements. Maintain strong relationships with owners of land protected with easements.

  • Develop and steward relationships with landowners, government agency representatives, public and private funders, land trust partners, tribes and community-based groups to support, implement and fund program goals.

  • Working in partnership with landowners, coordinate and implement land stewardship efforts on properties on which TNC holds easements.

  • Provide stewardship expertise, restoration project coordination, and land management planning on projects around Idaho.

  • Maintain organized records and database for Idaho’s land stewardship work.

  • Train, manage, and support staff, volunteers and interns for monitoring and stewardship operations and projects.

  • Lead or assist with education programs which could include field trips, presentations, guest speakers, and special events.

  • Manage project budgets including assisting with budget development and assisting with securing funding for projects.        
  • Negotiate and coordinate contracts with vendors and contractors.
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.          
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • This position requires frequent travel within Idaho and may require working evening and weekend hours.
  • Operate outdoor tools and equipment.
  • Reports to the Land Conservation Strategy Lead and works across Idaho.

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • BA/BS and 3 years of experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relationship building experience.
  • Experience with land management and stewardship, range management, and restoration.
  • Experience completing tasks independently and on time.
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means.
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively in writing and in person.
  • Ability to build rapport and develop effective relationships with others.
  • Ability to recognize relevant plant and animal species for conducting stewardship activities.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and web browsers.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, habitat restoration.
  • Knowledge of Idaho flora and fauna.
  • Experience working with different types of landowners and land stewards.
  • Experience managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manager (e.g., ATV, chainsaw, backpack sprayers, and other tools.
  • Grant writing and reporting.
  • Project management.
  • Experience using GIS software to edit shapefiles and prepare basic maps and using GPS and mobile applications to record field data.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong organization skills. Ability to juggle multiple projects successfully. 
  • Experience working successfully under minimal supervision.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES

 

Builds Relationships
Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.
Collaboration & Teamwork
Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.
Communicates Authentically
Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.
Develops
Others
Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.
Drives for
Results
Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.
Leverages Difference
Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.
Systems
Leadership
Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

 

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
 
 
Please see full job description online. Job#49396. Applicants should submit resume and cover letter. All Applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59pm MT on March 10, 2021.

Salary DOE and excellent benefit package. www.nature.org/careers

 

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