Open Position: Outreach and Stewardship Associate
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) is seeking an outgoing and motivated Outreach and Stewardship Associate to monitor our properties and strengthen relationships with landowners, partners, and supporters while expanding our visibility to new audiences. NVCT is a growing regional land trust that conserves parks, open space and nature throughout northern Virginia, at the doorstep of our Nation’s capital. The organization is well positioned to become the region’s leader in creating an interconnected system of green spaces, with a goal that all urban and suburban residents of Northern Virginia will live close to and have access to parks, trails, or protected natural areas.
General Position Description:
The Outreach and Stewardship Associate is a member of the land conservation team who monitors and stewards NVCT easement lands to meet accreditation requirements of oversight and care, as well as identifies and solves potential easement challenges such as violations in coordination with the land conservation staff. The Associate will sustain positive relationships with landowners of NVCT’s easement-protected lands by developing and carrying out outreach events, communications, and other initiatives with landowners on NVCT conserved properties in collaboration with colleagues. These activities will connect Northern Virginians to the land, deepening their engagement with NVCT while furthering relationships with NVCT’s supporters, partners, and communities. The job includes significant interaction with NVCT’s Board of Directors, land owners, vendors and donors. The Outreach and Stewardship Associate is a critical position that supports NVCT’s broad goals as outlined in its strategic plan, and the position is a great opportunity to gain experience in the field of environmental protection while offering significant time outside in nature.
- Create and carry out community and advocacy events and other outreach initiatives to connect people to the land and deepen their engagement with NVCT, working collaboratively with colleagues and partners.
- Interact with landowners of easement-protected properties about opportunities for greater engagement with NVCT, enhancing their public involvement, and advising them of pertinent land management topics.
- Conduct annual or more frequent monitoring of a portion of the conservation easements and fee lands held by NVCT.
- Maintain records of easements and fee lands, adding to annual documentation as necessary.
- Identify and troubleshoot potential easement violations and land use interpretations in coordination with the Land Conservation Team for resolution.
- Assist in NVCT’s communications by producing engaging social media content, periodic newsletter articles, and similar materials.
- Develop professional relationships with partner organizations, including elected officials and state and local land agency staff.
- Actively participate in relevant committee work of the NVCT Board of Directors as needed.Stay current with local, regional, and national land trust topics and issues.
- May be asked to:
- Identify and pursue grants and other funding sources/mechanisms for outreach and stewardship initiatives, conservation work, and general operating expenses.
- Prepare maps and data to support stewardship and land management planning, fund development initiatives, and other work of NVCT.
- Assist with carrying out fund development initiatives.
- Assist with documentation for NVCT’s renewal of accreditation.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Passion for and experience with land conservation and a willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds in predominantly outdoor environments.
- Demonstrated experience in building positive interpersonal relationships, such as community organizing, client relationships, development/fundraising, etc.
- Seasoned user of Microsoft Office suite, ArcGIS 10.x, and GPS technology strongly recommended.
- Open to trying new initiatives, expanding existing programs, and working in a project team setting.
- Outgoing, professional and friendly personality with the ease to meet new people.
- A sense of confidentiality and discretion.
- Strong spoken and written communications skills.
- Flexible self-starter, interested in being active in all aspects of a regional land trust operation and willing to assist other staff when needed.
- Experience leading informal or formal education efforts for general public audiences.
- Trained eye for social media opportunities as well as an affinity for outdoor photography.
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a relevant field.
- Valid driver’s license.
Reports to: Senior Land Conservation Specialist
- 50/50 office-based work combined with frequent driving to locations across Northern Virginia.
- Significant outdoor activities during all seasons that include walking, hiking, taking photographs, and occasional manual labor such as gardening activities and hauling debris.
- Minimal but occasional evening and weekend work expected.
- Office is located on the second floor of a building without an elevator. Meetings are held on both floors of the building and employee must be able to move between both floors carrying materials up and down stairs.
Submit resume and cover letter by Friday, March 2, 2018, 5 p.m. to Alan Rowsome, Executive Director. No phone calls, please.
Mail: 4022-A Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22003.
NVCT is an equal opportunity employer who welcomes candidates of all ages and backgrounds to apply for this position.