Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Job Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining a dynamic team of professionals working to save land and promote sound land use planning on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is a leading regional land trust on Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore responsible for preserving over 60,000 acres since 1990. Do you want to be engaged in the future of the beautiful Eastern Shore? Then come join our exciting and dynamic team at the award-winning Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton’s charming historic district!

 

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Director of Land Protection

  • Supervisor Vice President of Conservation
  • Job Title Director of Land Protection
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Hours
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Summary
JOB PURPOSE: The Director of Land Protection will be responsible for the project management of ESLC’s comprehensive land protection program. The Director is responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of conservation objectives and portfolio of easement and acquisition priorities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Land Protection (90%)
• Responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive program to protect natural and working lands;
• Negotiate and manage conservation easements and acquisitions including all associated transactional activities;
• Work with landowners, partners, and government agencies to initiate and complete land transactions
• Build successful partnerships with technical and funding agencies to fund program strategies and implementation;
• Draft necessary legal documents and other transactional documents as needed;
• Raise project revenue in support of budget for each project;
• Engagement, outreach, education materials, and landowner education events;
• Other duties as assigned.
Organizational (10%)
• Support shared organizational fundraising efforts;
• Assist with other organizational support as identified in the FY2020 work plan;
• Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Bachelor’s Degree in conservation, natural resources management, law, planning, or a related field required; Juris Doctorate and legal experience preferred.
• Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in conservation real estate acquisition, project management, and conservation easements/planning.
• Demonstrated ability to independently initiate, structure, negotiate and manage, and close complex land transactions.
• Experience working with landowners, civic groups, federal and state agencies, county, and municipal partners.
• Professional interests that align strongly with ESLC’s vision and values.
• Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; Exceptional written communication skills.
• Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill.
• Able and willing to travel (including a vehicle) frequently among the six counties in ESLC’s service area and occasionally beyond the service area.
Proficient in all aspects of Microsoft Office.

Education Program Manager

  • Supervisor SEEC Program Director
  • Job Title Education Program Manager
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Hours
  • Location Sassafras Environmental Education Center (SEEC) at Turner's Creek (Kennedyville, MD)

Summary
The Education Program Manager’s primary responsibility is to support the Program Director with the daily operation and expansion of SEEC’s educational offerings.
This responsibility encompasses, but is not limited to, the following:

● Development and revision of lesson plans and programs that help to accomplish SEEC’s mission to give participants a substantive frame of reference as to how human beings can live compatibly with nature’s design. Primarily k-12 outdoor environmental education programming.
● Leading interdisciplinary outdoor lessons and activities for school groups, camps,
community groups and public.
● Regular communication with teachers and school administrators.
● Care and maintenance for gear, equipment and tools used for programs.
● Searching and applying for funding opportunities for programs and projects aligned with SEEC’s goals.
● Fundraising support.
● Communication with Maryland Department of Natural Resources Park Service.
● Communication with Kent County Public Works and Kent County Parks and Recreation.
● Risk assessment and monitoring.
○ Ensuring universal awareness of SEEC’s risk policies among staff, volunteers and program participants through both verbal and written communication.
○ Distribution and collection of paperwork (i.e. Participant Waivers, Volunteer
Waivers, Background Checks).
○ Documentation of first aid and canoe trainings.
● Document and submit SEEC expenditures (i.e. expense reports to ESCL, KCPS)
● Outdoor labor such as trail maintenance, gardening and tree monitoring as projects require.
● Volunteer coordination.
○ Recruit and provide training and guidance to volunteers and interns.
○ Organize and schedule volunteer coverage for programs.
○ Track and report volunteer hours to ESLC’s volunteer coordinator.
● Documentation of participant numbers.
● Program evaluation.
● Developing and following the annual work plan aligned with SEEC & ESLC goals and 5-year strategic plan.

Please email your resume, cover letter, contact information for three references, (and salary requirement if applicable) to jobs@eslc.org. Inquiries regarding the internship may be directed to jhizer@eslc.org.

Conservation Projects Manager

  • Supervisor Vice President of Conservation
  • Job Title Conservation Projects Manager
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Hours
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center (Easton, MD)

Summary
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy seeks to hire a talented, energetic professional for the full-time position of Conservation Projects Manager. The Conservation Projects Manager is responsible for implementation of ESLC’s land conservation objectives with a focus on land protection through a myriad of tools including purchased programs and donated easement acquisitions. This position will provide coordination and support for Delmarva Oasis, an initiative to coalesce public and private partnerships to fund large-scale conservation to protect 50% of Delmarva’s critical habitat and farmland, improve rural prosperity, and enhance vibrancy of our towns, by 2030. Candidate should have relevant conservation or real estate skills/experience, a creative / entrepreneurial mindset, excellent communication and partnering skills, and a comfort level working with varied communities and partnerships.

Desired Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree with 3 or more years experience in conservation, natural resources management, business or related field; Juris Doctorate and legal experience preferred.
• Experience with Land and Property transactions, including necessary due diligence.
• Professional interests that align strongly with ESLC’s vision and values.
• Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; Exceptional written communication skills.
• Disciplined self-starter, capable of working independently as well as part of a team.
• Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill.
• Able and willing to travel (including a vehicle) frequently among the six counties in ESLC’s service area and occasionally beyond the service area.
• Proficient in all aspects of Microsoft Office.

To apply send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Theresa Miller jobs@eslc.org.

Communications Intern

  • Supervisor Director of Communications
  • Job Title Communications Intern
  • Job Type Paid Internship
  • HoursJune - August, dates flexible (10 week program)
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center (Easton, MD)

Summary
ESLC is in search of a creative-minded, hardworking communications intern to assist our director of communications and advancement staff for the summer months. Duties to include email marketing, social media content/strategy, photography/video, website updates, and other associated tasks. Must have own transportation, smartphone, sense of humor, and love for the environment! Students or recent graduates with solid knowledge of social media platforms, photography/video, and technology preferred.

General Responsibilities:
• Email marketing, including the production and distribution of ESLC’s weekly newsletter.
• Photography and video (experience taking/editing photos and video a must).
• Attend various meetings and engage with all staff.
• Occasionally draft press releases and other media related materials.
• Edit organizational documents and communications.
• Monitor, maintain, and curate content for ESLC social media platforms.
• Archive communications materials.
• Write new/blog entries for ESLC’s website while also maintaining/updating other website content as needed.
• Support staff in the development of promotional materials, presentations, and publications that are consistent with ESLC messaging and branding.
• Occasional travel to ESLC events and preserved properties to assist advancement team.
• A sense of humor:)

Application Instructions:
• Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references to jobs@eslc.org with the subject line “Communications Intern Application”
• Inquiries regarding the internship may be directed to dferraris@eslc.org

Stewardship Intern

  • Supervisor Stewardship Manager
  • Job Title Stewardship Intern
  • Job Type Paid Internship
  • HoursJune - August, dates flexible (10 week program)
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center (Easton, MD)

Summary
In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural
assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing
various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements.
To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities.

Job Duties:
The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased
properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

Training/Benefits:
In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward
Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $2,000 paid stipend, plus mileage.

Qualifications & Skills Required:
The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural
resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

Time Commitment:
40 hours/week for time agreed upon.

Application Instructions:
• Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references to jobs@eslc.org with the subject line “Stewardship Intern Application”
• Inquiries regarding the internship may be directed to mdarcy@eslc.org

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