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Stewardship Project Manager

Coastal Mountains Land Trust


Job Vacancy and Description

Posted:  May 16, 2018 

Coastal Mountains Land Trust is a non-profit land conservation organization based in Camden, Maine that is dedicated to permanently preserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. Since 1986, we have conserved more than 10,000 acres of land. Currently, we own and manage 33 Preserves containing 84 tracts and hold and steward 57 conservation easements in the 15-town region we serve.

We are seeking a Stewardship Project Manager position to complementing four full-time staff positions at our organization which include an Executive Director, a Development Director, another Stewardship Project Manager, and Office Manager, and a part-time Land Acquisitions Coordinator. Our organization is dedicated to the highest quality work, and operates as a learning organization with a work culture based on consensus and teamwork.

General Description: The Stewardship Project Manager position is one of two staff positions at our Land Trust responsible for the implementation the Land Trust’s stewardship program.  The principal tasks of this position include a broad range of stewardship activities throughout a defined portion of the Land Trust’s service region, including management of the conservation easement program; management of selected Land Trust Preserves; implementation of stewardship projects; monitoring preserves and conservation easements; maintenance of stewardship records;  use of GPS and GIS for resource management and cartographic purposes; and recruitment and management of volunteers.  A substantial portion of the work will occur outdoors, though the position also includes office tasks.


Supervision: This position is supervised by the Executive Director. The Executive Director, in consultation with the Stewardship Project Manager, will approve all expenditures related to the work of the position.

The Stewardship Project Manager will perform the following duties:

1. Preserve Stewardship: Oversee and manage all variety of conservation land stewardship projects on Land Trust Preserve and beyond. This position will:

a. direct the development of ecological inventories and management plans for Preserves;

b. develop and manage baseline documentation and all recordkeeping documents for each Preserve;

c. implement stewardship projects such as public access infrastructure development, habitat maintenance or enhancement and removal of invasive exotic species;

d. conduct regular monitoring of Preserves and their trail systems, parking lots, and property boundaries;

e. work to engage the community in care and monitoring of individual Preserves.

2. Conservation Easement Stewardship: Manage the Land Trust’s conservation easement stewardship program including:

a. ongoing outreach and communication with easement landowners;

b. annual monitoring of all conservation easements;

c. training and oversight of volunteers to assist with easement monitoring;

d. overseeing review and approval of landowner requests to exercise reserved rights;

e. negotiation and management of any and all necessary conservation easement enforcement procedures;

f. participation, through involvement with the Land Acquisitions Committee, in the drafting, review, and creation of necessary baseline documentation for all new conservation easements.

3.  Volunteer Management: Participate in the recruitment, coordination, and oversight of volunteers and members of the Land Trust’s stewardship committee.

4. Recordkeeping: Assist with the ongoing fulfillment of stewardship practices and procedures, including maintenance of a detailed stewardship record-keeping system, necessary to maintain the Land Trust’s National Accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance.

5. GIS Mapping & Conservation Planning: Utilize the global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) to aid in the stewardship of resources and uses of preserves and conservation easements and to prepare maps and spatial analyses for internal and external communications.

6. Collaborative Project Management: Foster and manage ongoing partnerships with other partners (such as local recreation groups and partner nonprofit organizations) involved with the use and/or stewardship of our conservation lands.

7. Community Engagement: Participate actively in the Land Trust’s community engagement efforts by responding to public inquiries and coordinating events and programs relevant to our stewardship program.

8.  Other Duties: perform other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Every effort has been made to make this description of duties complete.  However, it neither states nor implies that these are the only duties required of the position.  The omission of other tasks does not exclude them from the duties of the position if the work required is similar, related, or necessary for fulfilling the position.

Qualification and Attributes of the Stewardship Project Manager


  • Working knowledge of the issues important to the mission of the Land Trust
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience with a relevant organization or business
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or experience commensurate with the needs of the position
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong writing skills
  • Articulate in public and possessing a pleasant personality featuring tact, patience, diplomacy, flexibility, and helpfulness
  • Experience overseeing land management activities including supervision of field staff and/or private contractors
  • Experience using GPS and GIS hardware and software, including ESRI’s ArcGIS
  • Familiarity with use and maintenance of hand and power tools and equipment, including basic carpentry skills
  • Well-organized work style and capability to conduct multiple tasks concurrently
  • Experience and facility using all manner of computer software, ranging from Microsoft office (including Excel) to graphic and website design
  • Possesses rigorous standards of discretion and confidentiality


  • Strong familiarity with natural history of New England ecosystems
  • Familiarity with conservation easements
  • Experience preparing and writing grant applications
  • Interest in development and creating community engagement programming
  • Willingness to assist with the management of an organic blueberry farm

Benefits of the Position:

• This is a full-time position with potential to lead the growth of Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Stewardship Program and to take on new roles within the organization over time, including in the area of conducting land conservation transactions
• Salary commensurate with experience. Annual salary increases are based on performance
• Competitive benefits package, including paid vacation, retirement plan, and health insurance
• Training and career development opportunities available
• Being part of a highly successful and dynamic conservation organization
• Living in one of the 15 towns we serve – a series of highly scenic coastal communities with access to excellent outdoor, recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities

Position to be based out of Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Camden office with about 50% of the time in the field focused on projects in the greater Belfast region. Coastal Mountains Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and provides a smoke-free, drug-free work place.

Additional Job Information

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Program/Project Management
Mid Coast - Northern

Application Details

Applications are strongly encouraged on or before May 30th, although applications may be reviewed on an ongoing basis before and after that deadline until the position is filled. Please email a single PDF document that includes a letter of interest (not to exceed one page), current resume and three references to: ians@coastalmountains.org. Please be sure to put “Your full name/Stewardship Project Manager Recruitment” in the subject line. Candidates will be notified regarding the status of their applications, no phone calls please. For additional information about this posting, feel free to visit our website at www.coastalmountains.org
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