APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 23, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
The Forest Society of Maine (FSM), a nonprofit organization helping to conserve the multiple values of forestlands in Maine, is growing and has created a new staff position. FSM is a statewide land trust focused on preserving ecological and recreational values while sustaining the economic contributions of Maine’s working forests. FSM has helped pioneer the use of conservation easements in working forest landscapes and is currently responsible for monitoring more than 900,000 acres of conserved lands across Maine. Our needs are growing as new easements are acquired, and we wish to add a skilled and committed person to our stewardship staff.
The Forestland Steward provides a wide range of services in support of the Forest Society of Maine’s obligations for conservation easements it holds and forestlands it owns. This person will work under the direct guidance of FSM’s Director of Forestland Conservation, and in collaboration with other FSM staff, as well as landowners, state agencies, and partner organizations to help implement FSM’s mission. This position will assist with other aspects of FSM operations as directed.
- Provide GIS and cartographic assistance for stewardship, communications needs, emerging projects, and grant applications
- Utilize a strong understanding of forestry to monitor FSM-held working forest easements and other stewardship obligations
- Assist in the management of FSM owned properties
- Develop baseline documentation reports and maintain files for FSM conservation easements
- Build and maintain positive relationships with landowners, project partners, FSM supporters and potential supporters
- Maintain records for monitoring and enforcement of easements
- Respond to questions regarding easement interpretation, land management, etc.
- Assist land conservation staff with new forestland conservation projects, including the collection of field data
- Assist in developing and implementing policies, guidelines, procedures and recordkeeping systems for easement and fee land stewardship, as well as monitoring/compliance protocols and techniques
- Maintain regular communications with landowners, advisory groups, state agencies, conservation partners, and community leaders to the benefit of FSM’s projects and mission
- Provide staff support to the board of directors’ Land Stewardship Committee
- Assist in all other aspects of FSM’s Stewardship and Conservation programs and other aspects of FSM’s operations
Skills and Experience Sought
- Experience working in and strong understanding of forestry and working forests;
- Experience with ArcGIS in manipulating datasets, performing GIS analysis, and comfortable with cartographic principles;
- Experience, ability to, and enthusiasm for travelling to remote locations to perform field work under a variety of weather and ground conditions;
- Understanding of the ecological values and conservation needs of Maine’s North Woods;
- Basic knowledge of working forest conservation easements;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects;
- Demonstrated ability to define and achieve goals and meet deadlines;
- Experience working with a diverse array of partners and stakeholders;
- Knowledge of land trust operations and understanding of Land Trust Accreditation requirements desired;
- Ability to communicate and desire to advance the unique conservation mission of the Forest Society of Maine; and
- Minimum of a B.S. in forestry, ecology, wildlife biology, or closely related field and field work experience
This is a full-time position, starting as soon as possible. Work will be based at the Forest Society of Maine’s office in Bangor, but will require periodic travel throughout the state and include driving long distances on secondary dirt logging roads, flying for aerial monitoring, walking over uneven and rough terrain for several miles, and water-based travel to project locations to accomplish job responsibilities. The position includes occasional overnight and weekend commitments.
The Forest Society of Maine values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Salary commensurate with experience and skills. Benefits package includes retirement plan, health insurance, sick leave, and vacation time.
Deadline and Process to Apply: June 23, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
Send resume and cover letter to:
Forest Society of Maine – 2021 Stewardship Search Committee
115 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
Bangor, ME 04401
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