JOB POSTING – LAND STEWARDSHIP MANAGER
Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT) is a charitable non-government organization with a mission to preserve and protect the rich biodiversity of watersheds associated with Long Point, in perpetuity. LPBLT promotes conservation through land securement, outreach, research, habitat restoration and species at risk recovery.
We are seeking an experienced, skilled and qualified individual who will enthusiastically engage in the work of LPBLT. Collaborating with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, the Land Stewardship Manager will implement the Stewardship Outcomes from the Strategic Plan to bring the significant natural areas protected by LPBLT across the Long Point Basin to a high standard of management while protecting native fauna and flora. This is a permanent, full-time position.
Land Stewardship Manager
Anywhere in the Long Point Basin – Elgin, Norfolk, Haldimand, Brant and Oxford Counties. The main workplace of this position is the Land Trust office in Port Rowan, ON, with the ability to work from home following a schedule agreed upon with the Executive Director. It will also require travel across the Long Point Basin to various outdoor locations such as the LPBLT Nature Reserves.
TERM AND SALARY
This position is compensated at $65,000 to $75,000 per annum, subject to experience, based on a regular workweek of 37.5 hours. Evenings and weekends will occasionally be required. LPBLT offers a health benefit package to full-time employees. It is offered initially as a 1-year term, contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.
- Identify, assess and prioritize management and ecological restoration needs of LPBLT’s network of protected areas.
- Develop and review Property Management Plans (PMPs), including annual work plans to identify and implement required activities.
- Apply for and manage grants to secure funding to support stewardship activities. This includes grant reporting and managing grant budgets.
- Manage the Current Stewardship annual program budget related to ongoing and needed stewardship activities.
- Conduct annual visits of the protected areas to detect and manage threats (e.g., natural disturbances, vandalism, trespassing) as well as monitor the progress of management goals and objectives.
- Attend Property Stewardship Committee meetings and represent LPBLT at external meetings, workshops and functions related to conservation and land management where appropriate.
- Supervise seasonal staff working on property stewardship initiatives.
- Engage and oversee contractors for activities that take place on LPBLT nature reserves as needed.
- Coordinate and build capacity for volunteer efforts related to property stewardship, ecosystem restoration, and citizen science.
- Develop and maintain informational databases related to LPBLT nature reserves and ensure that they are accurate and up to date.
- Ensure that all eligible LPBLT properties are enrolled in applicable tax-incentive or reduction programs, including the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program and Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program.
- Review and issue use permits related to science & research and hunting on LPBLT nature reserves.
- Foster and maintain positive relationships with private and public landowners, volunteers, government agencies, and other local conservation organizations.
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- a post-secondary degree in natural sciences or related subjects from a college or university.
- Strong background in ecology, conservation biology or restoration and 2 to 3 years of directly related experience in land management.
- Demonstrated field experience, including the identification and collation of biological inventory data, and the identification of and removal of invasive species.
- Proven organizational and time management skills for dealing with multiple priorities and developing work plans and setting and meeting strict deadlines.
- Excellent communication skills; including written, verbal, presentation, and conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated ability to recruit and manage volunteers.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of programs and experience with GIS software.
- Ontario Pesticide Training and Certification is considered an asset.
- Valid Ontario driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle.
- Prepared to travel, work flexible hours at times, and work in remote and rugged areas. Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in various weather conditions (e.g. high or low temperatures, rain, snow).
For consideration, forward your resume and cover letter as a single document (PDF or Word format), along with the contact information (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and email address) of three references to Rick Levick (email@example.com).