Position Title: Director of Stewardship
Reports To: President with dashed line reporting to Vice President of Conservation Transactions
Location: Requires travel between New York City, Mid-Hudson Valley and Albany
The Director of Stewardship will have supervisory responsibility for the Open Space Institute's (OSI) Stewardship Program, overseeing stewardship of over 300 conservation easements and 130 fee properties in the Catskills, Shawangunks, Upper Hudson Valley, Mid-Hudson Valley and Adirondacks. The Director will oversee organization-wide stewardship activities in accordance with LTA Standards and Practices including annual easement and fee parcel monitoring (and documentation), landowner outreach and relationship management, engagement with OSI legal staff on potential easement violations and amendment requests, creating Baseline Documentation Reports (BDR's), developing conservation easement best practices and working with transaction staff to complete the acquisition and disposition of targeted easements and fee lands. The Director will supervise and implement design, management and restoration initiatives on targeted OSI projects. The Director will also supervise all 3rd party stewardship relationships, integration with acquisition staff and portfolio management (including easement monitoring and management).
Primary/Essential Responsibilities & Duties
- Direct responsibility for all aspects of OSI's stewardship program including easement and fee land monitoring and management and oversight of program staff.
- Organize, formalize, oversee, coordinate, and participate in annual monitoring of over 300 easements. Supervise all 3rd party fee and easement monitoring relationships.
- Supervise and assist with preparation of BDR's and updating of existing BDR's as required.
- Respond appropriately and in a timely manner to issues arising from annual monitoring and baseline update visits, including major violations, potential minor violations, requests for approval of permitted activities, requests for information, and carrying out all other aspects of easement administration.
- Initiate and supervise appropriate management planning and implementation for all OSI fee properties.
- Assist regional land conservation/field staff as needed with monitoring, approval requests, and encroachment mitigation on their assigned easements ensuring appropriate coordination with OSI-Legal and Land staff.
- Build and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of staff, volunteers, landowners, donors, neighbors, land conservation partners and others while representing OSI.
- Ensure that OSI complies with all applicable stewardship standards and practices as set forth by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTA).
- Develop annual stewardship work plan and budget.
- Establish and maintain systems for keeping Stewardship program records in good order.
- Assist as needed in OSI/OSC's pending LTA accreditation applications.
- Hires, trains and manages performance of 1 – 2 staff
Experience, Education & Skills
- Master's degree preferred with 5+ years of professional experience in land conservation & stewardship, natural resource management, forestry, or other related field
- Experience in conservation land management and conservation easement administration including familiarity with easement terms & stewardship procedures
- Demonstrated initiative in identifying and solving problems creatively and working cooperatively to continuously improve the stewardship program, including changes to systems and procedures
- Proven computer proficiency with Microsoft Office (including Access & Outlook) and ESRI ArcMap GIS
- High degree of skill & comfort navigating with map, compass and GPS on a variety of properties (woodlands, fields, estates, farms, wetlands, etc.) in sometimes rugged conditions
- Knowledge of and familiarity with aerial photos, deeds, surveys, topographic maps, etc.
- Demonstrated organization skills with attention to detail plus excellent skills in inter-personal relations, oral and written communications, efficient management of multiple tasks, and the ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to provide leadership as well as to be an effective member of a team
- Ability to work closely with varied staff and partners to further OSI's mission
- Works outdoors in the field for extended periods of time on a variety of surfaces and in various weather conditions
- Works indoors in an office
- Frequently sits, speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard
- Requires standing, walking, lifting, stooping, bending
- Requires travel among three NY locations
This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties as assigned.
How to apply
Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will only contact candidates of interest.
Requires travel between New York City, Mid-Hudson Valley and Albany, Mid-Hudson Valley, NY, US