Opening: Director of Land Stewardship

White PinePosition Summary:  The nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) seeks qualified applicants for a full-time position to manage innovative stewardship of protected lands and create meaningful volunteer opportunities as part of an outgoing, experienced, dedicated land conservation team.  Please review the description below and “how to apply” steps.  Thank you for your interest.

HCT Mission & Background:  The mission of the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is to preserve land that protects a range of habitats, water resources, wildlife species, and the shared quality of life in Harwich that is rooted in the natural lands around us.  Since its founding in 1988, HCT has protected more than 600 acres.  HCT protects land by accepting land donations, holding conservation restrictions and purchasing land.  HCT is active in land preservation, land stewardship, educational outreach, and fundraising for land preservation projects.   

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An outgoing nature with experience coordinating volunteers engaged in land stewardship activities including trail work, invasive plant management, property evaluations, ecological restoration monitoring, and citizen science initiatives (see detailed list on next page).
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to environmental conservation.
  • Up to five years of environmental conservation related non-profit or government experience.
  • Experience with mapping programs and database management preferred.
  • Willingness and availability to work some evenings and weekends appreciated.

Required Skills: 

  • highly organized;
  • skilled in working with people;
  • familiar with conflict resolution;
  • comfortable with public speaking;
  • computer experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, GIS, Publisher, Constant Contact, and social media;
  • Recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteers involved with land stewardship and community events;
  • Experience with safe operation of outdoor maintenance equipment as well as the ability to train and supervise others using such equipment.

Position Responsibilities:  To enhance HCT’s land stewardship, meaningful volunteer experiences, and community outreach, the Director of Land Stewardship will be engaged in a range of responsibilities including:

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Green heron by Janet DiMattia

Land Stewardship:

  • Identify stewardship needs for protected lands, prioritize stewardship activities, organize resources, secure necessary permits (if any), and implement land maintenance calendar to effectively manage land stewardship projects.
  • Recruit, train, coordinate, and inspire volunteers to implement land stewardship goals.
  • Safely operate and maintain land stewardship equipment. Guide volunteers with the same safety and maintenance protocols.
  • Effectively communicate with HCT staff and other colleagues including from town, county, state and/or federal government as well as the public about land stewardship initiatives.
  • Annually monitor conservation restrictions (CR).
  • Update HCT property notebooks and database as needed.
  • Manage GIS projects as needed.
  • Draft monthly agenda for HCT Land Stewardship Committee.
  • Work with HCT Exec. Dir. on potential educational programs and HCT eNews articles about the environment and land stewardship.

Volunteer Recruitment & Training:

  • Recruit volunteers with media releases, direct mail, and community outreach, including public speaking and slide presentations.
  • Review volunteer prospects through telephone and in-person or virtual interviews.
  • Work with Exec. Dir. to place volunteers in activities for which they are best suited.
  • Orient new volunteers to HCT’s operations, mission, history, lands, committees, and programs.
  • Train or oversee the training of volunteers for specific positions. 

Volunteer Scheduling, Communications & Coordination:

  • Maintain up-to-date mailing and telephone lists of active volunteers and add/coordinate this information with HCT Office Manager involved with Little Green Light database.
  • Identify resources needed to support volunteers with special projects and events (e.g. equipment for specific stewardship projects). 
  • Supervise AmeriCorps Individual Placement member.
  • Select, schedule, and coordinate AmeriCorps Group Projects.
  • Coordinate volunteer appreciation and recognition.
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River herring by Gerry Beetham

Citizen Science Projects & Community Outreach:

Support volunteer citizen science projects and coordinate community events:

  • Herring Count (inception 2012): Coordinate volunteers April-May to count river herring for 10 minutes at a designated location to collect data that will help fishery policy makers understand the relative migratory numbers of the species in the Herring River.
  • Songbird Nestbox Monitoring Project (inception 2010): Support volunteers as needed April – July who monitor and record nesting success data for bluebird, tree swallow, chickadee, titmouse, house wren and other species using 100 nestboxes across five conservation areas.
  • Box Turtle Conservation Project (inception 2015): Coordinate with a volunteer May – September to record and map box turtle sightings emailed to HCT by volunteers in order to understand species (Terrapene carolina) population distribution relative to protected lands and properties for potential protection. Also, support as necessary the radio telemetry Box Turtle Tracking Project (inception 2020) designed to locate and ensure protection of a specific population.
  • Eco-Restoration Projects: Coordinate pre-and-post eco-restoration volunteer monitoring initiatives. HCT is in the 75% design phase of the Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Project and completing eco-restoration feasibility studies for two additional retired bog sites.
  • Tour de Trash (inception 2015): Coordinate with Town Conservation Administrator and Tour de Trash Committee to support annual town-wide litter clean-up near Earth Day each April.  
  • Coastsweep (inception 2014): Coordinate with Town Conservation Administrator for a beach clean-up event mid-Sept/early Oct.
  • Wildlands Music & Art Stroll: Plan and coordinate volunteers for this very popular outdoor live music and plein-air art event in mid-Sept. at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve.
  • Assist Exec. Dir. with selecting and scheduling guided walks and talks.
  • New Initiatives: Fresh ideas are welcome to engage the community in connecting with the natural world.

How to apply:

  • Visit www.harwichconservationtrust.org to learn more about HCT.
  • E-mail cover letter, resume, three reference contacts, and 2-3 writing samples (e.g.: grant proposal, brochure, letter to editor, web content, newsletter, other) to mike@harwichconservationtrust.org.
  • In the e-mail subject line, type “HCT DLS App.”
  • Address cover letter to Michael Lach, HCT Executive Director, P.O. Box 101, South Harwich, MA 02661.
  • Apply by noon on June 16, 2021.
  • EOE. Salary commensurate with experience.