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Conservation Restriction Stewardship Technician - Leominster, MA

Leominster, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science, Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Details


Job Location
Doyle Center - Leominster, MA

Remote Type

Position Type
Part Time

Education Level
2 Year Degree

Salary Range

Travel Percentage
Up to 50%

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The Opportunity.

The Trustees is dedicated to the protection of exceptional landscapes throughout Massachusetts. Perpetual conservation restrictions (CRs) are an important tool for accomplishing The Trustees' land protection goals. CRs are legal agreements allowing landowners to retain ownership of their land, while permanently protecting the property in cooperation with The Trustees. Starting in 1972 and continuing through today, The Trustees has come to hold over 300 conservation restrictions on 21,000+ acres of land statewide.

The CR Stewardship Technician will work under the supervision of the CR Stewardship Program Director and cooperatively with other CR Program staff members. The position is a year-round, part-time position based at The Trustees' Doyle Center in Leominster and requires frequent travel throughout Massachusetts. The primary responsibilities are to assist with annual monitoring of conservation restrictions, database management, and GIS mapping. Other responsibilities include completion of post monitoring visit documentation, timely reporting of possible compliance issues and/or encroachments on CR properties, and other duties as assigned. An ideal candidate will be highly motivated, organized and resourceful, very attentive to detail, able to handle multiple responsibilities, and willing and able to work in an office setting and outdoors in various conditions.

In This Role You Will:
  • Assist with annual monitoring visits to CR properties, conducted with other staff or individually and often with the CR landowner, to record existing property conditions through field inspection and photography and post-visit monitoring report and map creation and filing.
  • Maintain positive relationships with CR landowners and other members of the public while representing The Trustees in the field.
  • Create GIS base maps, resource maps & monitoring route maps for CR properties, as needed.
  • Work with CR staff to improve the CR Stewardship program, including changes to data management systems and procedures.
  • Collaborate with full-time staff where needed to follow up on CR compliance issues, other emerging issues, or landowner inquiries or requests.
  • Help improve CR Program landowner materials and increase visibility of the CR Stewardship Program by assisting in creation & distribution of e Newsletters, website content and improving file photography, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other Information

Preferred Experience, Education, and Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree or college level coursework in a natural resources related field such as forestry, geography, environmental science and/or recent work experience in land conservation and stewardship showing proven qualifications, training and knowledge in the principles required to complete the duties.
  • Familiarity with conservation restriction terms and stewardship procedures.
  • Skill and comfort navigating with a map, compass, and GPS on a variety of properties (forest, fields, estates, wetlands, etc.) in sometimes rugged conditions.
  • Proficient with using ESRI ArcGIS 10.x/ArcPro for creating and editing spatial data, making maps, and performing all other GIS related tasks pertaining to CR stewardship;
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to adapt to changing technology
  • Willingness and ability to travel statewide to visit CR properties using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided). Valid state driver's license with safe driving record required.
  • Ability to identify basic native flora and fauna, and invasive plants, or willingness to learn.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to multi-task and solve problems creatively and effectively, while meeting assigned deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective and contributing member of a team, sharing responsibility and ownership of projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and discretion when interacting with colleagues, landowners, and others, maintaining confidentiality as required.
  • Interest and enthusiasm for the conservation mission of The Trustees.
  • Resume and Cover Letter Required.

Desired Skills:
  • Skill with Adobe Pro Premiere or comparable video editing software
  • Experience with Trimble GPS and Pathfinder Office software

Position Start Date & Hours:
  • Start date: July 25, 2022
  • Weekly hours: 20-28 hours per week.

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, The Trustees of Reservations requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants who believe they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts' largest non-profits and the nation's first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 70,000 member households.

The Trustees' commitment to Diversity, Belonging Inclusion and Equity is to create inclusive spaces of belonging for Trustees staff, members, volunteers, and communities across our organization and 120 plus properties. Read more here

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.
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