Land Stewardship Technician - New England

Jan 13, 2020, 10:27 AM
Location : Monson, ME
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager
Type : Seasonal Full-time
Position Summary:

Land Stewardship Technicians protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) corridor; a long strip of conserved public land that forms the largest natural corridor east of the Mississippi River. Many Trail enthusiasts consider the A.T. in Maine to be one of the most rugged, scenic, remote, and rewarding sections of the entire 2,192-mile Appalachian Trail. The Land Stewardship Technicians play a critical role, upholding a high standard for the management and protection of the Trail.

Land Stewardship Technicians monitor the corridor, maintain its surveyed boundaries, and mitigate encroachments. Backcountry fieldwork is the primary function of these positions. Technicians plan project logistics, record detailed field data, produce thorough reports, and maintain vehicles and equipment. Work involves collaboration with dedicated volunteers and partner organizations. Two Technicians will be hired for a 20-week season, from June through October. Fieldwork will occur along the Appalachian Trail primarily in Maine and may include other locations throughout New England.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Work in a close partnership team with the other Land Stewardship Technician and the Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager
  • Monitor and maintain A.T. corridor boundary lines; posting signs, painting trees, finding survey monuments, and clearing brush with hand tools
  • Enter detailed monitoring data and maintain organized field work files
  • Document and follow protocol to mitigate encroachments on the A.T. corridor
  • Plan and complete field projects; including logistics, pre-field preparation, and post-field reporting
  • Lead and manage multiple-week volunteer work crews, both at base camp and in the field
  • Travel to and from work sites, camping at or near work sites as appropriate
  • Organize, inventory, and maintain tools, supplies, program vehicle and other field equipment
  • Collaborate with ATC staff, volunteer clubs, and partner organizations in project planning, development, and reporting
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (or work towards a degree) in environmental science, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or a related field, with 1-3 years of experience preferred
  • Experience with outdoor conservation field work
  • Strong backcountry travel skills, including primitive camping
  • Experience using and maintaining hand tools and power equipment
  • Familiarity with technological operations, including Microsoft Office suite, handheld GPS units, and ESRI ArcGIS mapping software
  • Familiarity with reading and interpreting maps, property deeds, and surveys
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting with staff and volunteers
  • Self-motivated person who works well in a three-person team environment, often doing fieldwork in a group of two
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Experience and passion for working with volunteers
  • Proficiency identifying tree species common to northern New England
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism
  • Familiarity with Leave No Trace (LNT) outdoor ethics – LNT Trainer or Master Educator desired
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification required before first date of employment, Wilderness First Responder certification recommended
  • Valid driver’s license with no restrictions


Physical Demands:
  • Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain and work in all weather conditions in remote locations
  • Ability to live and perform strenuous work in the backcountry for multiple consecutive days and overnights
  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively on the phone, by email, and in person with staff, volunteers, and the public
  • Regular, extensive travel to trail access points in Maine; some travel throughout New England
  • Long days in the field and some weekend work required


Work Environment:
  • Rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail in Maine with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions
  • Independent, field-based work environment with some administrative duties
  • Office environment with a moderate level of noise due to phone, computer, and printer activity
  • The position is primarily based in Monson, ME and in remote project locations


Benefits

  • Shared staff housing in Monson, ME may be available with nominal rent and deposit
  • Use of ATC-provided vehicle. Use of personal vehicle is reimbursed at the federal mileage rate
  • Meal expenses incurred while traveling or working in the field may be reimbursable
  • Any camping fees incurred are reimbursed
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance benefits may be available


To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Applications and questions about the position should be emailed to Dan Hale, Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager, boundary@appalachiantrail.org. Positions will remain open until filled, however preference will be given to applications received by March 16, 2020.


ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

Position Type : Careers - Seasonal