The St. Simons Land Trust in Glynn County, Georgia is seeking a full time professional to direct its Cannon's Point Preserve and Land Trust stewardship program.
As a direct report to the Land Trust's Executive Director, the Cannon's Point Preserve Director will oversee and actively engage in the protection and management of the 600+ acre Cannon's Point tract through implementation of the Preserve's Ecological Management Plan, Operations Plan, and the Conservation Easement held by The Nature Conservancy. Tasks include ensuring authorized public access, conducting field work, coordinating authorized hunts, maintaining field equipment, managing and analyzing data, producing maps and graphic presentation materials, researching, writing, and editing technical reports, and public presentations and outreach to wide ranging audiences, including donors to the St. Simons Land Trust.
The Preserve Director will oversee ecological restoration and management efforts at Cannon's Point (e.g., forest and wetlands restoration, living shoreline), coordinate all and conduct some research and monitoring at Cannon's Point, and regularly communicate with Land Trust staff about ecological management work and projects at Cannon's Point. The Preserve Director will coordinate with the Nature Conservancy about land management and other issues so as to avoid impacts to the Cannon's Point conservation values.
The Preserve Director will coordinate with the Conservation, History, Education and Recreation task forces, Golden Isles Archeology Society, academic institutions and the Coastal Georgia Historical Society regarding field research and interpretive tours. The Preserve Director will coordinate with College of Coastal Georgia faculty, other University System units, and other academic institutions for educational programming and research. The Preserve Director will also have an opportunity to liaise with national organizations.
The Preserve Director will work closely with and supervise current and future Land Trust staff assigned to Cannon's Point. The Director will work with the Land Trust volunteer coordinator to incorporate volunteers into ecological management work, research, interpretive activities, and education, as needed. The Preserve Director will work with the Land Trust volunteer coordinator to facilitate delivery of experiential learning and educational programming at Cannon's Point for K through 16 students, 4-Hers, Boy and Girl scouts, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club youth, and the general public, by Glynn County and surrounding area public schools, independent schools, and area non-profits.
The Preserve Director serves as Land Trust staff liaison to the Cannon's Point Conservation Task Force, other task forces, and the Cannon's Point Advisory Committee (CPAC) provided for in the Ecological Management Plan, Operations Plan, and the Conservation Easement. The Preserve Director will work closely with the CPAC Chair to set meeting dates and agenda items. The Preserve Director will coordinate with partners and/or the Land Trust Development Office in applying for grants funding for capital improvements, management and monitoring.
This position also directs the St. Simons Land Trust's other land stewardship activities. The Stewardship Director coordinates bi-monthly Stewardship Committee meetings with Committee Chair, setting meeting dates and agenda items. The Stewardship Director assesses properties according to land selection criteria, prepares baseline documents for land acquisition and easements, and ensures annual site visits are performed for fee simple properties and conservation easements. The Stewardship Director ensures upkeep of SSLT properties per the maintenance contracts. The Director ensures adherence to the management plan for each property, and coordinates with SSLT Counsel, Executive Director, and the Board to resolve easement violations or property encroachments.
Candidates must be self-motivated and demonstrate an ability to work well with others as well as on their own with minimal supervision. The individual should have good working knowledge of database management and GIS technology, and have excellent interpersonal skills. The position requires strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, a demonstrated commitment to project completion, and excellent diplomatic and personal communication.
B.S in natural resources, conservation biology, or other related field
Minimum of four years relevant experience
A strong interest in the outdoors and land conservation, and commitment to natural resource education
Comfortable working outdoors for hours at a time in varying weather conditions and ability to perform rigorous physical tasks in the field under all weather conditions and utilizing all types of equipment, including tractor and bush hog
Ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and experience working with volunteers
Experience writing and reviewing technical documents
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Arc GIS, and database management
- Management of invasive plant and animal species
- Coastal habitat restoration and management
- Wildlife management
- Southeast coastal ecology
- Experience in designing and implementing management and monitoring projects
- Experience in developing and writing grant proposals
- Experience in initiating and maintaining partnerships
- Web experience
Range: $45,000 - $60,000 depending on education and experience
Benefits: Paid holidays, vacation, and access to group health insurance
Salaried Exempt Employee
Application Deadline: Friday, September 20. Anticipate employment to begin during fall 2013 and no later than January 1, 2014.
Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and names of three professional references to:
St. Simons Land Trust
P.O. Box 24615
St. Simons Island, GA 31522