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Conservation Lands Manager

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is hiring a Conservation Lands Manager.

CWC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of watersheds across the Chautauqua region – including waterways, wetlands, farmland, open space, fish and wildlife habitat and scenic or recreational areas – by encouraging responsible land stewardship, acquiring property or development rights and assisting government agencies, individuals and private groups with their own land protection efforts.

1. Title: Conservation Lands Manager

2. Position Reports To: Executive Director, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

3. Basic Function: The Conservation Lands Manager is responsible for the Land Stewardship Program (for in-fee properties and conservation easements), CWC accreditation compliance and providing support in other areas of the organization. The Conservation Lands Manager directly coordinates the Preserve Stewards program, conservation easement monitoring, and the Conservation Team and Preserve Maintenance Team and supports overall awareness, growth and development of CWC.

4. Duties:

a. Management of Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Preserves (30%)
• Collaborate with Preserve Stewards to ensure that fee-owned properties are monitored regularly
• Supervise contractors and coordinate budgets and permits relating to projects.
• Develop and update Land Management Plans for all in-fee lands with input from the Land Management Committee and other organizations, agencies, experts, and staff.
• Ensure that Preserve management is consistent with Land Management Plans
• Maintain appropriate records for each Preserve including history, partners, management plans, contracted work, neighbor relations, etc. according to CWC policies.
• Ensure preserves are monitored annually and problems addressed satisfactorily.
• Maintain and develop neighbor landowner relationships as primary contact representing CWC.
• Anticipate and resolve potential encroachment and unpermitted use issues with landowners/neighbors to ensure that activities are in compliance with the management plan.
• Maintain records of annual monitoring and landowner communications.
• Supervise volunteers and provide the logistical support for volunteer efforts to provide safe, clear public access to CWC preserves.
• Recruit and train interns and volunteers to participate in the management, monitoring, and maintenance of CWC preserves and easements.
• Coordinate seasonal work parties, scout projects, and other volunteer projects
• Coordinate Preserve Maintenance Team with an active core of volunteers and volunteer preserve stewards.
• Coordinate the design and/or construction of interpretive and outreach materials.
• Institute GPS and GIS technologies to monitor and manage property conditions
• Supervise inventory of tools and equipment, coordinate their use, storage and maintenance to be available for preserve work parties.

b. Conservation Easement Monitoring & Stewardship (1%)
• Ensure conservation easements are monitored annually and problems addressed satisfactorily.
• Maintain and develop landowner relationships as primary contact representing CWC.
• Anticipate and resolve potential issues with landowners/neighbors to ensure that activities are in compliance with the conservation easement.
• Maintain records of annual monitoring and landowner communications.
• Prepare reports as required for the Board of Directors, partner municipalities and government agencies, as appropriate.
• Interpret field conditions, survey maps, and legal documents
• Assist landowners with management questions, issues, and opportunities as needed
• Coordinate volunteers with monitoring and stewardship activities.

c. Ensure Stewardship Program Recordkeeping Compliant With Industry Standards & Practices (5%)
• Ensure that relevant property records are duplicated, backed up, and stored offsite
• Develop annual budget for the Stewardship Program.
• Follow rigorous record-keeping practices per the LTA's Standards & Practices.

d. Implement Land Conservation (Fee Simple Acquisition and Conservation Easement) Program (50%)
• Provide substantive scientific guidance and feedback to Executive Director, Conservation Team and Board of Directors in planning and implementing CWC's land acquisition priorities
• Provide feedback regarding stewardship and management issues for potential preserve and conservation easement acquisitions.
• Lead acquisition process as primary contact for responding to inquiries and contacting landowners of prioritized properties/landscapes for conservation. Gather baseline property information, creating maps, undertake environmental due diligence, writing management plans, handle all aspects of land conservation
• Deliver Chautauqua Lake Tributary Conservation & Restoration Program.

e. Participate in Evening & Weekend Meetings or Events as Required (10%)
• Attend evening meetings of regional advisory and planning committees
• Attend evening Board Meetings as requested
• Coordinate and/or lead preserve tours and events (10-12 per year)
• Assist with Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy outreach and fundraising events
• Help develop and coordinate promotional, educational and fundraising opportunities based on CWC lands working with Exec Director and other staff.

f. Provide Overall Office & Organizational Support (4%)
• Provide feedback to staff regarding upcoming events and publications
• Ensure that website reflects up-to-date information on properties and tours relating to conservation lands
• As directed by the executive director

5. Knowledge & Skills:

The Conservation Lands Manager is one of four full-time staff members of a small organization that works extensively with volunteers, consultants and partners to accomplish its mission of preserving and protecting land in the Chautauqua region. The Conservation Lands Manager provides the leadership in land stewardship and management and related areas.

• Basic knowledge of current issues and ecological topics related to the position, such as ecological processes, habitat management, recreational management, and conservation techniques
• Self-starter, able to work independently as well as collaboratively with many different partners to accomplish required tasks and achieve objectives.
• Organized and detail oriented with ability to initiate and track many projects simultaneously, including budgets, reports, deadlines and communications.
• Outstanding oral, written, listening, and interpersonal communications skills. Able to communicate and respect sensitive and confidential information with ease and compassion.
• A demonstrated ability to customizing outreach to meet different constituencies.
• Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of people including landowners, general public, agencies and other conservation groups and to supervise, coordinate and educate volunteers including young people.
• Strong computer skills desired: ArcView GIS, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and GPS. Publisher a plus. Willingness to learn to post to CWC website.
• Desire to learn new tasks and skills, to research and develop new policies and procedures and to implement and follow through over time.
• Valid driver's license and reliable transportation with willingness to use own vehicle for work-related travel are necessary (with mileage reimbursement). Flexible schedule and willingness to travel across CWC region and accommodate evening meetings and weekend activities
• Ability to walk over sometimes rough terrain, willing to work outdoors independently, lift up to 40 pounds and handle a variety of equipment and materials in the field (GPS, maps, tools) is required.
• Ability to read and understand maps, use a compass, and orient oneself and be comfortable traveling on foot in forested conditions, on large rural properties, and in inclement weather.
• Ability to handle one's own administrative needs including correspondence, filing and record keeping, technological troubleshooting.
• Interest in being sociable and engaging with volunteers and supporters.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree or higher in a conservation-related field, plus two or more years of relevant work experience desirable.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience undertaking biological surveys, including plant identification, coordinating volunteers, drafting land management plans, conducting trail or facilities maintenance, conducting habitat or species management, or managing public recreation, and/or specific knowledge of species and ecological communities including non-native invasive species affecting the region.

Additional Information:
• This full-time position is to be located in the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy office in Jamestown, NY.
• Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Salary range: $33,280-$37,440 plus benefits following a three-month probationary period. Benefits flexible toward Simplified Employee Plan or other. 

 Application Submission:
To apply, email a letter of interest and resume, including all college coursework, by June 21st to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug and Smoke-Free Workplace.

Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
413 North Main Street
Jamestown, NY 14701