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Stewardship Associate

Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Individual Placement (IP)

Temporary Internship Position from October, 2017 through September, 2018

Mission:

The mission of the Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural, and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship.

Position Summary:

The Stewardship Associate implements stewardship projects on Whatcom Land Trust conserved lands under the supervision of the Director of Stewardship. The Stewardship Associate will assist the Director of Stewardship with the implementation of day-to-day land management actions at the organization, including: ecological habitat maintenance and restoration; scientific research; management plan development and implementation; volunteer and community outreach; and environmental education. The Stewardship Associate works as part of a team to develop stewardship projects and upholds the Land Trust’s stewardship obligations for land management. The Stewardship Associate is also responsible for helping the organization build and maintain positive relationships with the public, neighboring landowners, and partners and works closely with other staff to implement stewardship projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with annual monitoring and record keeping for land trust owned properties and conservation
  • Assist with planning and implementation of management plans on Whatcom Land Trust preserves and conservation
  • Assist with implementation of appropriate ecological management projects on lands owned by Whatcom Land Trust such as invasive species removal, restoration project management, planting, maintenance and thinning, trail maintenance and installation, public access, environmental education, and facility
  • Use GIS for stewardship programs and organizational needs, including creation of project maps and updating GIS databases with new properties, management actions, trails and other
  • Assist Director with due diligence research, and evaluation of conservation values for new fee title preserves and conservation
  • Prepare baseline documentation and management plans using digital photography, GPS, and GIS
  • Assist with recruiting, training and supervising volunteers for stewardship activities for monitoring Whatcom Land Trust conserved Build and maintain positive relationships with property neighbors, donors, and long-term volunteers through communications and events.
  • Respond to general administrative duties, respond to inquiries, and attend staff meetings.
  • Assist Whatcom Land Trust staff in developing marketing, outreach, environmental education, and public use materials for land trust conserved

Required Qualifications:

  • College degree in natural resources, restoration ecology, environmental or biological
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with landowners, the public, media, professional colleagues and governmental
  • Knowledge of restoration ecology and protected land management
  • Knowledge of natural history (specifically natural communities) of northwest Washington, or a strong willingness and ability to
  • Map orientation and interpretation skills, GIS mapping, GPS and field marking and associated software
  • Willingness to attend evening and weekend meetings and events with
  • Ability to serve independently and collaboratively, under general supervision of the Director of Stewardship and cooperatively with other staff and
  • Attention to Ability to organize and archive important files and documentation.
  • Ability to walk several miles over rough terrain and navigate in remote Access remote areas of conservation properties sometimes involving traversing rugged terrain and dense vegetation.
  • Lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 50
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain brush-cutters, chainsaws, and hand tools.
  • Valid insurable driver’s

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Outgoing and diplomatic personality with the ability to develop relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and world
  • Ability to represent Whatcom Land Trust and respond to general
  • Knowledge of the theories, practices, principles and techniques of land conservation and
  • Knowledge of the federal, state and local laws, standards, codes, regulations and procedures which affect private land
  • Knowledge of natural Ability to identify plant and animal species in the Puget Sound and North Cascades eco-region.
  • Ability to read legal descriptions and locate property boundaries on the
  • Familiarity with standard field sampling techniques and data management, including digital photography and GPS data collection and management.
  • Knowledge of GIS systems, particularly ArcView 1.
  • Ability to use MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Basic experience with database management and advanced computer functions including navigating the
  • Attention to Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks.

 

To apply: please send resume and cover letter to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org AND complete WCC online application accessible at: www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc

Important WCC Specific Details:

Compensation: Eleven (11) month member (1700 hour) AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,815 after successful completion of term.

Washington State Minimum wage $11.00 (2017 rate).

Start Date: October 2, 2017

End Date: September 7, 2018

Age Restrictions: Applicants must be *18-25 years old on first day of service (*Age restrictions do not apply to Gulf War era II reservists, dependents, and veterans). *

 

WCC Job application is required:  Applicants should submit a WCC online application at www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc.  A signed WCC application will be required as part of successful applicants’ enrollment packet.

Priority given to Washington State Residents

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