Full-Time Conservation Easement Steward
Job Description: Conservation Easement Steward
Genesee Land Trust seeks a full-time Conservation Easement Steward to join the land management team that will play a key role in local land conservation. This position will focus on new conservation easements, which are voluntary legal agreements with private landowners that restrict the uses of land to protect natural resources. Before acquiring conservation easements, Genesee Land Trust creates baseline documentation reports, which document the current conditions, boundaries, and conservation values at the property. The Steward will split their time between the office and the field, completing baseline documentation reports and annual monitoring visits to existing conservation easements, and will build relationships with conservation easement landowners. This is an entry level position with training provided.
This new full-time position reports to the Director of Conservation Programs and works closely with land acquisition, farmland, and land management staff as part of a cohesive team.
- Conducts field visits, taking photos, creating maps, and writing narrative reports to document existing conditions for new farmland and habitat conservation easements.
- Conducts annual monitoring field visits to existing conservation easements, talking with current landowner and documenting current conditions and any changes.
- Builds relationships with private landowners and community partners through regular communications.
- Creates outreach materials focused on farmland and land management topics to share with conservation easement landowners.
- Supports Genesee Land Trust staff on land management, program and event, and farmland protection projects as needed.
Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
The list below is a guideline, not strict requirements. If you have 75% of the qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translate directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.
- Strong interest in Genesee Land Trust’s mission, the outdoors, and local land conservation
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on teams and with colleagues with diverse backgrounds
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Experience reading maps with attention to detail
- Willing to learn on the job and ask questions as needed
- Ability to represent Genesee Land Trust in a friendly and positive way in interactions with landowners, neighbors, partners, and community members
- Familiarity with conservation easements and surveys, a plus
- Familiarity with agriculture and ecology of western New York, a plus
- Must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for travel around the region (mileage reimbursed)
- Ability to work outdoors for extend periods of time (traversing up to 8 miles/day on uneven terrain)
Location: Genesee Land Trust Office, Rochester, NY. Potential is for full-time onsite or a hybrid schedule of remote/onsite on a weekly basis.
Position is open until filled; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting May 29th with expected start date in late June. Early applications are encouraged.
Salary Range: $45,000- $49,000, based on a 35 hours per week schedule.
Benefits: Health insurance, health savings account contribution, vacation, sick leave, paid family leave, cell phone stipend and a SIMPLE IRA; Flexible working arrangements possible.
About Genesee Land Trust
Genesee Land Trust’s mission is to protect lands and waters that enhance the quality of life in the greater Rochester region. Serving the City of Rochester, suburban towns, and rural communities in seven counties, Genesee Land Trust has conserved over 7,000 acres of land, manages 18 nature preserves open to the public, and works with a diverse array of partner organizations and municipalities.
A community-based, non-profit, accredited conservation land trust, Genesee Land Trust combines land conservation tools with programming and collaborative partnerships to accomplish its mission. Genesee Land Trust has 11 staff dedicated to preserving wildlife habitat, protecting local farms and food, and creating connections to nature.
Genesee Land Trust values and is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace; has identified the need to address inequity around conservation and access to the outdoors; is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.
Individuals who have a passion for conservation even if their work experience does not match perfectly with those listed, are encouraged to apply. Genesee Land Trust is committed to providing paid professional development opportunities and training, as well as support from fellow staff members.
How to ApplyTo apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to Kevin Farrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘2023 Conservation Easement Steward’ in the subject line. Or by regular mail to: Genesee Land Trust, Attention: Kevin Farrell, 46 Prince St., Ste. LL005, Rochester, NY 14607
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