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!

Project Manager – Community Revitalization

  • Supervisor Vice President of Conservation
  • Job Title Project Manager – Community Revitalization
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Hours
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Summary
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Project Manager – Community Revitalization. The Project Manager coordinates for a wide growing network of people, partners and information aimed at building vibrant Eastern Shore Towns. This position will focus on the organizational adaptive reuse and community projects including the Packing House. This position is also key to maintain and cultivate strong relationships with elected officials, community leaders, partner organizations and the public.

Desired Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required with at least three years of experience in conservation, community development, land use planning, real estate, architecture, local food systems, or related field;
• Professional interests that align strongly with ESLC’s vision and values;
• Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; able to speak about ESLC in an articulate, compelling, and professional manner in one-on-one, group, and public settings;
• Exceptional written communication skills; able to write persuasively for public audiences; able to write professionally for grantmakers, elected leaders, and internal audiences;
• 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.

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

Agricultural Specialist

  • Supervisor Vice President of Conservation
  • Job Title Agricultural Specialist
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Hours
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Summary
This position will focus on expanding and enhancing organizational work to support economic opportunity in food and farming related industries, with a key focus on the Packing House project food and farming components. This position is also key to maintain and cultivate strong relationships with the agricultural communities, elected officials, community leaders, partner organizations, and the public.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Expand and enhance organizational work to support economic opportunity in food and farming related industries.
• Manage the Packing House project food and farming innovation components.
• Support the Maryland Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program, administered through MARBIDCO.
• Support expansion of Maryland FarmLINK to the Eastern Shore.
• Develop and maintain relationships with the agricultural community, including farmers, agribusinesses, community leaders, and government agencies.
• Support land conservation easement program with a focus on working lands.
• Other ESLC duties as assigned.

Desired Skills & Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree required with at least one year of experience in agriculture, conservation, or related field.
• Professional interests that align strongly with ESLC’s vision and values.
• Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; able to speak about ESLC in an articulate, compelling, and professional manner in one-on-one, group, and public settings.
• 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.
• Ability to manage time effectively, balancing multiple tasks, occasionally under time pressure.
• Proficient in all aspects of Microsoft Office.

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

Landowner Assistance Coordinator

  • Supervisor Envision the Choptank partners and ESLC staff
  • Job Title Landowner Assistance Coordinator
  • Job Type Part Time
  • Hours20-35 per week
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Summary
ESLC is part of Envision the Choptank, a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on developing collaborative solutions to support a swimmable, fishable Choptank and healthy native oysters. As part of the initiative, several partner organizations received a grant to reduce the levels of nutrients and sediment entering the Choptank River by increasing the implementation of agricultural and residential best management practices (BMPs). Funds from the grant are being used to support this position, as well as carry out multiple landowner workshops and develop a fund to provide monies to residential landowners for BMPs. Initially, this work will focus around three tributaries of the Choptank: Harris Creek, Broad Creek, and the Tred Avon River, and will expand to the greater Choptank watershed beginning in 2019.

ESLC is looking to hire a Landowner Assistance Coordinator to provide assistance to landowners around these waters by helping them determine the most efficient and practical best management practice(s) to install on their land and connecting them to technical and financial resources to do so. This position is part-time (20-35 hours per week) for a 1-year term, which may be extended pending additional funds. The Coordinator will be overseen by a committee composed of representatives from Envision the Choptank partner organizations, and will be directly supervised by ESLC staff.

Position Responsibilities:
● Provide one-on-one assistance to private landowners (residential and agricultural) to help them:
○ identify the appropriate BMPs for their land,
○ understand and secure resources from existing BMP cost-share programs, special cost-sharing available through Envision the Choptank, and technical support and service providers,
○ implement pollution control projects, and
○ develop a plan for BMP maintenance.
● Work closely with the Talbot Soil Conservation District, University of Maryland Extension, and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension.
○ These organizations will assist in providing technical assistance to agricultural and residential landowners and may provide the Coordinator with initial connections to landowners.
● Work with Envision the Choptank partners to organize and carry out a workshop related to this work.
● Assist partner organizations in developing and administering a Residential BMP Fund, which may include:
○ soliciting, receiving, and ranking applications, and
○ managing a constituent database of landowners interested in and/or implementing best management practice projects and maintenance plans.
● Provide staffing and coordination support for partners engaged in the work described above.
Basic Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, agriculture, natural resources management or related field and 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
● Experience coordinating multiple projects.
● Experience handling standard business communications.
● Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
Required Knowledge and Skills
● Ability to communicate effectively.
● Ability to work cooperatively with partners, including conservation managers, farmers, and residents.
● Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
● Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources.
● Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases, create reports and produce manual files.
● Ability to be detail oriented, while able to plan for the long-term.
● Knowledge of common BMPs for water quality.
● Familiarity with Eastern Shore and greater Maryland cost-share programs that support and incentivize best management practice implementation.
● Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and access to a vehicle for travel.
● Applicants must have flexible working hours (may include evenings and weekends).

Preferred Qualifications:
● Experience with farming and/or the agricultural community (education, training, background, job experience, etc.) and installation, maintenance, or monitoring associated with BMPs in rural landscapes, preferably on the Eastern Shore.
● Ability to develop relationship with the farming community at all levels (local farmer, agribusiness personnel, government agency staff, extension services staff).
● Experience working with private residential landowners and with diverse audiences of all socio-economic levels, and familiarity with Delmarva ecosystems and native plants.
● Experience coordinating the work of multiple organizations.
● Experience with grant writing and coordination.
● Experience using and managing database and/or constituent database software.
● Maryland Eastern Shore resident.

To apply for this part-time position, please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to hr@eslc.org, with Landowner Assistance Coordinator in the subject line. Applications are due by August 22, 2018.

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