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Employment Opportunity: Part-Time Seasonal Land Steward

The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) is a non-profit conservation organization that has protected more than 29,000 acres of undeveloped lakeshore, gorges, forests, meadows, and farmland, and owns and manages a network of nature preserves that are open to the public.

The FLLT focuses on protecting critical habitat for fish and wildlife, conserving lands that are important for water quality, connecting conservation lands, and keeping prime farmland in agriculture. The organization currently has 17 dedicated staff members and more than 200 active volunteers.

Position Summary

The Part-Time Seasonal Land Steward will undertake a variety of tasks related to the management of FLLT nature preserves from April 2023 through the end of September 2023. FLLT is responsible for the ongoing stewardship of 50 nature preserves totaling 6,521 acres located across the 12-county Finger Lakes region of New York (not all have trails or other public access improvements). The Part-Time Seasonal Land Steward will spend the majority of their time traveling to/from many different nature preserves around the region and doing physical fieldwork. The Part-Time Seasonal Land Steward will be supervised and directed by FLLT’s Nature Preserve Manager; will work closely with, and be trained by, the Full-Time Land Steward; and may assist or also take direction from the Director of Stewardship.

Applicants must be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule, including occasional work on evenings or weekends; be willing to travel frequently around the multi-county region; and be able to perform physically demanding work.

Responsibilities

• Trail maintenance which includes clearing fallen trees and limbs, cutting back encroaching brush, and regular/repeated line-trimming and/or mowing of trails through meadows.
• Maintain, repair, and/or replace existing public access infrastructure such as signs, footbridges, kiosks, benches, and fences. May assist in building new infrastructure.
• Monitor nature preserve use by the public; assess and report potential problems; and communicate professionally with visitors and neighbors.
• Assist with property boundary inspections and sign posting and maintenance.
• Help disseminate outreach materials such as signs, brochures, newsletters, etc.
• Participate in habitat or species management initiatives, such as control of non-native invasive species, grassland or shrub-land management, and tending native tree and shrub plantings.
• Write and submit site reports and management updates in a timely manner.
• Possible assistance with record-keeping tasks, such as updating nature preserve species lists.

Required Qualifications

• Education and/or relevant employment or volunteer experience in: natural area or park management, recreation management, trail building and stewardship, land conservation, natural resources management, habitat/wildlife management, environmental science, biology, or related fields.
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and respectful of others.
• Good writing, and organizational skills, and attention to detail.
• Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and on different landscapes, and be able to travel on foot in forests, on steep terrain, and sometimes long distances across large properties.
• Able to perform manual labor related to the position, including lifting and carrying heavy objects (40-50 lbs) and using a variety of power and hand tools.
• Ability to read and understand maps and surveys, and orient oneself.
• Keen awareness and sense of safety for oneself and others.
• Possess and maintain a valid NYS driver’s license and a clean driving record, and be comfortable with frequent travel around the region. A personal vehicle will need to be used for work-related travel, with mileage reimbursement; an FLLT vehicle may be available on some occasions.
• Willingness to work outside of regularly scheduled office hours on occasion.

Preferred Qualifications

• Prior experience conducting maintenance of trails or outdoor facilities, conducting habitat or species management, or managing public recreation.
• Knowledge of the species and ecological communities of the Finger Lakes region, and/or identification and control non-native invasive species.
• Experience in the safe operation and use of equipment such as a string/line trimmer, brush saw, chain saw, riding mower, and other tools or machinery.
• Current training in first aid and CPR; chainsaw safety.

Compensation and Additional Information

This is a seasonal position, running from the earliest available start date in April through the end of September, 2023, and is part-time at 20 hours per week. The position is based out of the FLLT office in Ithaca, NY, but will require frequent travel around the region.

This is an hourly position, paying $17.00 per hour.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

To apply, send cover letter and resume digitally by e-mail to Kait Marrin, at kaitmarrin@fllt.org with “2023 Seasonal Land Steward Position” in the subject line.

Or by regular mail to:
Finger Lakes Land Trust
Attn.: 2023 Seasonal Land Steward Position
202 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850

This position is open until filled.