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Below are job postings for upcoming opportunities to gain experience in the land trust community. Deadlines and how to apply are described in each position description.

Questions? Contact info@kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400.

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Regional Field Team Crew Coordinator

Part of the Regional Field Team at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Job Title: Regional Field Team Crew Coordinator

Hours: 40 hours/week for 20 weeks (April 29 to September 13 preferred)

Compensation: $14.75 per hour, plus mileage reimbursement

Requires: Availability and use of reliable personal vehicle

The Regional Field Team (RFT) is a collaboration between four organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The RFT is hired and managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and we are seeking a responsible, environmentally-minded candidate for our longer seasonal position, the RFT Crew Coordinator.

 This is an outdoor-based position helping to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. The RFT will accomplish tasks on lands protected by four different organizations. The RFT Crew Coordinator position will be an excellent opportunity for networking and gaining hands-on land management experience. Since this is a longer-term position, emphasis will be placed on skill-building, leadership, and responsible recordkeeping.

Opportunities Provided by this Position:

  • Become familiar with trail creation and maintenance, invasive species management, and use of GPS and ArcGIS.

  • Gain experience in leadership of work teams and volunteers, including safety principles and equipment preparation

  • Enhance plant identification skills, particularly for invasive plant species, and learn about natural community typing

  • Attend several training opportunities including invasive plant management workshops

  • Learn how to read surveys and navigate the boundaries of properties with map, compass, and GPS

  • Gain hands-on experience with the  planning, construction, and maintenance of trails

  • Become familiar with essential property documentation, including management plans, deeds, conservation easements, and conservation easement baselines

  • Develop skills in observation and reporting

  • Experience the structure and operation of not-for-profit land trusts, attending planning sessions and committee meetings

  • Spend most of the summer working in the beautiful natural areas of the Maine Coast!

Supervision and Team Design:

The RFT Crew Coordinator will work under the direction of the KELT Stewardship Coordinator, and once fully trained will often have the responsibility of leading and documenting the day’s work, guiding the efforts of ourSummer Land Steward (a 10-week position) and of volunteers when available. The KELT Stewardship Coordinator will train and guide the RFT in the field as needed , and will meet regularly with the team to plan activities. For some tasks, the RFT will work directly with staff or volunteers from organizations other than KELT. Solo work may be required at times.

Regional Field Team members will frequently meet visitors on our properties. The RFT Crew Coordinator will be expected to act professionally and communicate in a polite manner, both with the public and with fellow team members.

Preferred Education:

Completed college degree or equivalent experience in land management, environmental science, or a related field. Please note that the term of this position ideally begins at the end of April – it may not be possible for current students. If you are not available for an April 29 start date, please let us know in your cover letter what date you could start.

 

 Responsibilities:

  • Help to plan and equip stewardship activities, and communicate with volunteers ahead of workdates.

  • Orient and lead volunteer crews, and guide the activities of the seasonal interns (early June to mid August).

  • Conduct trail maintenance with loppers, hand-saws, pole trimmers, string trimmers and hedgetrimmers.

  • Build bog bridges, steps, and other trail structures. Maintain trail signage and paint blazing.

  • Observe preserve conditions, create detailed reports of problem areas, and assist with property documentation.

  • Collect data with GPS units and use ArcGIS to create maps for presentation or documentation.

  • Traverse property boundaries to maintain signage and check for encroachment.

  • Assist with occasional clean-up of illicit dumping sites.

  • Conduct mechanical control of invasive plants, and assist with chemical controls after safety and procedure training.

  • Track and report accurately on accomplished tasks from each day’s activities.

 Necessary Skills:

  • Driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal transportation (Occasional use of personal vehicle required)

  • Written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to create clear, organized written reports.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40lbs over rough ground.

  • Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, cold, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain.

  • Willingness to lead work teams in a professional manner, including school groups, interns, and a variety of volunteers.

  • Ability to work independently and responsibly, using and supervising the use of hand tools and power tools.

  • Polite professionalism when speaking to the public on behalf of the regional organizations.

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong interest in an environmental career path.

  • Environmental or ecological background knowledge.

  • Plant identification skills, or familiarity with natural community typing.

  • Map, compass, and GPS skills.

  • Knowledge or experience of trail-building or trail maintenance techniques.

  • Chainsaw or other power equipment experience.

  • Experience with invasive plant management.

  • First aid certification(s) or safety trainings.

  • Experience working outdoors, particularly on trails or in backcountry areas.

  • Experience leading teams, volunteers, or employees.

  • Experience communicating with the public or representing an organization.

 

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to cbrunault@kennebecestuary.org. Applicants may also hand-deliver the application to the KELT office, or send by mail to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references. If an applicant is called to interview, KELT may request the list of references at that time. KELT is an equal opportunity employer.

For questions about the position, contact the KELT Stewardship Coordinator at cbrunault@kennebecestuary.org or 978-476-6457 (call or text).

Application Deadline:   Applications must be received by Sunday, March 10, 2019


Summer Land Steward

Part of the Regional Field Team at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Job Title: Summer Land Steward

Hours: 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (June 3-August 9)

Compensation: $13.00 per hour

Requires: Availability and occasional use of reliable personal vehicle

The Regional Field Team (RFT) is a collaboration between four organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The RFT is hired and managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and we are seeking a Summer Land Steward for 2019.

This is an outdoor position helping to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. Projects will be conducted on lands protected by all four regional organizations, giving our Summer Land Steward experience with a wide variety of properties, tasks, and land conservation professionals. This will be an excellent opportunity for networking and gaining land management experience.

Opportunities Provided by this Position:

  • Learn plant identification skills, particularly for invasive plant species

  • Experience the structure and operation of not-for-profit land trusts, with a particular emphasis on land management

  • Gain hands-on experience with the  planning, construction, and maintenance of trails

  • Develop skills in observation and reporting

  • Have the opportunity to work with GPS data collection and basic ArcGIS mapping

  • Learn how read surveys and navigate the boundaries of properties with map, compass, and GPS

  • Spend a most of the summer working in the beautiful natural areas of the Maine Coast

Supervision and Team Design:

The Summer Land Steward will work closely with the KELT Stewardship Coordinator and the Regional Field Team Crew Coordinator. For some tasks, the Steward will work directly with staff or volunteers from organizations other than KELT, but often the team will operate as a group of two or three members.

Independent work may be required at times, and the Steward will have the opportunity to lead groups of volunteers. The Steward will frequently meet visitors on our properties. Successful applicants will be expected to act professionally and communicate in a polite manner, both with the public and with fellow team members.

Preferred Education:

Completed High School program, plus some college and/or relevant work experience. Applicants still in HS may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation

  • Ability to lift and carry equipment over rough ground

  • Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain

  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools in the field

  • Ability to work, responsibly, safely, and at times independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • First Aid Certification

  • Experience working outdoors, particularly on trails

  • Experience communicating with the public

  • Map and compass (orienteering) skills

  • Environmental or ecological study or background knowledge

 

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to cbrunault@kennebecestuary.org. Applicants may also hand-deliver the application to the KELT office, or send by mail to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references. If an applicant is called to interview, KELT may request the list of references at that time. KELT is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline:   Sunday, March 17, 2019


Cheri Brunault