Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Summer Land Steward – Regional Field Team (seasonal)
Hours: 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (approximately June-August, 2017)
Compensation: $12.00 per hour
Requires: Availability and use of reliable personal vehicle
The Regional Field Team (RFT) is a collaboration between four organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The RFT is hired and managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and we are seeking two Summer Land Stewards for 2017.
This is an outdoor position helping to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. Projects will be conducted on lands protected by all four regional organizations, giving our Summer Land Stewards experience with a wide variety of properties, tasks, and land conservation professionals. This will be an excellent opportunity for networking and gaining land management experience.
The Summer Land Stewards will work under the direction of the KELT Stewardship Coordinator and other seasonal staff. For some tasks, the Stewards will work directly with staff or volunteers from organizations other than KELT.
The Summer Land Stewards will often but not always work as a team, and may work independently or with volunteers and/or staff. Solo work may be required at times. The Stewards will frequently meet visitors on our properties. Successful applicants will be expected to act professionally and communicate necessary information in a polite manner.
Tasks are likely to include the following:
- Conduct trail clearing and trimming with loppers, hand-saws, bow-saws, etc.
- Occasional use of string trimmer or hedge-trimmer for trail clearing
- Monitor trail conditions and create detailed reports of problem areas
- Traverse property boundaries to maintain signage and check for encroachment
- Assist with occasional clean-up of illicit dumping sites
- Build bog bridges, steps, and other trail structures
- Check and maintain kiosks, map boxes, trail signage, and paint blazing
- Conduct mechanical control of invasive plants (i.e. cutting, digging, or pulling)
- Assist with any other suitable project, indoor or outdoor, as needed
- Keep a log of activities and hours completed
Completed High School program and some college. Applicants still in HS may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
- Ability to lift and carry equipment over rough ground
- Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain
- Ability to use hand tools and power tools in the field
- Ability to work independently, responsibly, and safely
- First Aid Certification
- Experience working on trails
- Experience communicating with the public
- Map and compass (orienteering) skills
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants may also hand-deliver the application to the KELT office, or send by mail to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references. If an applicant is called to interview, KELT will begin contacting references at that time.
Application Deadline: February 24th, 2017