Employment

Northeast Wilderness Trust is currently hiring for two full-time, salaried positions: the Northern New England Land Steward, based in Maine, and the Conservation Manager, based in Vermont.

Northeast Wilderness Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a supportive work environment through a culture of inclusion, integrity and accountability. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds including people of color, indigenous, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities to apply.

Position: Northern New England Land Steward

Reports to: Stewardship Manager

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Location: Home-office, preference in or willing to relocate to within 1 hour of Bethel, Maine.

Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) conserves forever-wild landscapes for nature and people. NEWT safeguards more than 57,000 acres across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Northeast Wilderness Trust is the only regional land trust focused exclusively on wilderness conservation.

The Wilderness Trust seeks an enthusiastic professional with a passion for wilderness conservation and land stewardship for a new full-time position. The Northern New England Land Steward will work remotely as a member of our growing team to perform on-the-ground stewardship of wilderness preserves and other conserved lands across northern New England, primarily in Maine. The Land Steward will also build partnerships to further our mission. This position will be primarily field-based with periodic office work as well.

Duties of the Land Steward

Stewardship

  • Monitor properties owned by NEWT and those on which the organization holds conservation easements. A significant portion of the stewardship role will be focused on properties in Maine.
  • Property maintenance including marking boundaries, trash removal, and taking steps to prevent trespass by motorized and mechanized vehicles.
  • In collaboration with the Stewardship Manager, work diligently with landowners to ensure easement compliance and good relationships.
  • Coordinate work days on NEWT preserves with volunteers in the community.
  • Conduct site visits to potential conservation project properties.

Outreach and Other

  • Community and partnership development across northern New England with an emphasis on the Western Maine Mountains.
  • Coordinate and lead field trips and donor walks.
  • Assist with developing baseline documentation reports and map-making.
  • Outreach and training for stewardship volunteers.
  • Develop northern New England-focused outreach material in collaboration with outreach staff, stewardship staff, and community contacts.
  • Administrative work, including but not limited to, annual property monitoring reports, grant writing, and other tasks as needed.

The Land Steward reports directly to the Stewardship Manager and will work closely with the Southern New England Land Steward. The Land Steward will also work collaboratively with other staff.

Relevant Experience and Skills:

  • Ability and desire to work outside, often in remote locations.
  • Self-starting and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with a small staff and represent NEWT in the community.
  • Experience or familiarity with land trusts, conserved lands, working outdoors, or other relevant fields.
  • Ability to work professionally with a wide variety of stakeholder groups.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with GPS/GIS technologies.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to work outside of your job description and work collaboratively with the team on changing priorities and a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, walk outdoors on uneven terrain, lift and carry up to 50lbs, and use tools necessary for land monitoring and management.
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel across the region and carry a valid driver’s license.
  • Willing to maintain current Wilderness First Aid/Responder certification (training will be provided by NEWT)
  • Adequate home internet connection to stay connected with staff over Zoom.

This position description is a general overview, not a comprehensive nor mandatory list. As an organization, we value a variety of experiences and backgrounds and candidates who are eager to learn and grow with our organization. If you feel passionate about our mission and believe you have the aptitude and skills to succeed in this position, we encourage you to apply.

Salary Range: $40,000 – $45,000 DOE

Benefits offered by Northeast Wilderness Trust:

Northeast Wilderness Trust offers a very competitive benefits package including: health, dental, vision and life insurance; 401k plan; 21 days of PTO; a hybrid work from home/office schedule; short-term leave; professional development opportunities; sabbatical leave; and relocation stipend.

Anticipated Start Date: April 1st, 2022 (flexible)

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references as a single combined PDF file to Hannah Epstein, Stewardship Manager at jobs@newildernesstrust.org.  Application deadline is February 1st, 2022.

Position: Conservation Manager

Reports to: Conservation Director

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Location: Montpelier, VT – an office/work-from-home hybrid system

Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) conserves forever-wild landscapes for nature and people.  NEWT safeguards more than 58,000 acres across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  We are the only regional land trust focused exclusively on wilderness conservation.  The successful applicant will join a growing team of wilderness advocates, play a central role in conserving nature for nature’s sake, and will have opportunities for advancement and professional development.

Duties of the Conservation Manager

The Conservation Manager will work closely with the Conservation Director and other staff on conservation transactions.  The Manager will map new land protection projects using GIS and assist in site visits and applying NEWT’s project selection rubric to determine project feasibility.  The successful applicant will also support NEWT’s response to landowners and be proactive in seeking out conservation opportunities across our six-state service area. The Conservation Manager will also participate in organizational outreach, development, and stewardship efforts as needed.

Responsibilities:   

Land Protection

  • Work with the Conservation Team on new projects including GIS analysis; screening conservation prospects with NEWT’s project selection rubric; development of Project Strategy Forms; site visits; landowner and partner communications; and assistance with project due diligence.
  • Manage the Wildlands Partnership Program, which seeks to add forever-wild conservation easements to land trust-owned land.
  • Assist in the development of “Old Growth for All: Wildlands Access Initiative” and other initiatives as needed.
  • Proactively seek new conservation opportunities, especially inholdings and adjacent properties to existing NEWT lands.
  • Support the development and execution of NEWT’s Strategic Conservation Plan.
  • Create maps for project outreach and management, and funding applications.
  • Coordinate with Stewardship staff on scheduling and preparation of Baseline Documentation Reports.
  • Manage all land protection activities in a centralized database in coordination with the land protection and stewardship protocols.

Outreach, Development, and Miscellaneous

  • Support NEWT staff in communicating its mission and sharing its accomplishments with the public through social and print media according to outreach calendar.
  • Assist with grant proposals and other fundraising, particularly in support of conservation projects.
  • Represent NEWT at local and national land trust conferences.
  • Participate in NEWT’s Land Stewardship Committee meetings.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Requirements:

  • At least five to seven years of land trust experience, including conservation transactional experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and passion for wilderness and wildlands conservation.
  • Proficiency in GIS, with the capacity to provide strong support in site assessment of prospective conservation opportunities throughout NEWT’s region.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and team-oriented work environment.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and be self-starting.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to understand laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed across the region and carry a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to work outside of position’s prime focus and collaborate with other NEWTs on other organizational priorities.

Salary Range: $55,000-58,000 DOE.

Benefits:

Northeast Wilderness Trust offers a very competitive benefits package including: health, dental, vision and life insurance; 401k plan; 21 days of PTO; a hybrid work from home/office schedule; short-term leave; professional development opportunities; sabbatical leave; and relocation stipend.

Anticipated Start Date: April 15th, 2022 (flexible)

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references as a single combined PDF to jobs@newildernesstrust.org with the subject “Conservation Manager.” Application deadline is February 20, 2022 with review and interviews happening on a rolling basis.