Stewardship and Trails Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION


Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) seeks a part-time Stewardship and Trails Assistant to help coordinate the Stewardship and Trails programs of CDLT. CDLT now maintains over twenty miles of trails and seven trailheads or trail access points in the Wenatchee Foothills and owns and/or has conservation easements on nearly 10,000 acres in North Central Washington. This staff member has the opportunity to work primarily in the field, assessing and prioritizing needs to further both the Stewardship and Trails Programs of the Land Trust, and coordinating with other staff, volunteers, and partners or contractors to complete field work projects. 

Employment Status
This is a seasonal part-time non-exempt position. It is funded for at least 24 hours per week and up to 32 hours per week for 7 months from start date. We expect this position to start in mid-March. There is potential to expand hours and the position itself into something more permanent dependent on performance and available funding. The Assistant will work under the direction of the Trails Program Manager and the Stewardship Director.

Job Responsibilities 
•    Coordinate priorities for field work between Stewardship and Trails Programs to get work done as efficiently as possible. 
•    Work with the staff to implement land management plans and the public access plan.
•    Assist the Stewardship Director and other staff in managing conservation properties: including resource inventory and mapping, habitat restoration, weed and vegetation control, monitoring public use, and sign & map installation. 
•    Visit and maintain recreation and property infrastructure, such as trailhead parking areas, kiosks, signs, dog stations, fences, gates and locks.
•    Assist and take ownership in the recruitment and retention of volunteers working through various outreach efforts.
•    Assist in creating regular volunteer emails and volunteer events for the web. 
•    Work with Trails Program Manager and partner organizations to lead volunteer work parties, including planning, logistics, and on-the-ground supervision and training of volunteers. This includes some evening and weekend work.
•    Potentially assist the Membership & Education Coordinator in the field with conservation and natural resource education projects and programs for student groups and the general public.

Required Qualifications 
•    Experience working in outdoor recreation or natural resource management.
•    Ability and willingness to lead volunteer work parties as well as work alone.
•    Ability and willingness to coordinate schedules and tools for volunteer groups of up to 30 people. 
•    Flexibility concerning work schedule to accommodate evening and weekend work parties. 
•    Good verbal communication skills.
•    Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 
•    Ability or willingness to learn to read maps and aerial photos and use GPS. 
•    Ability or willingness to learn to use hand tools and light power tools to perform maintenance and construction projects.
•    Ability or willingness to learn a variety of methods to control noxious weeds including mowing, hand pulling, and applying herbicides with backpack sprayers.
•    Physical ability to hike and work in rough terrain and wade rivers and streams under a variety of weather conditions while carrying field equipment. Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds.
•    Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive company vehicle.

Desirable Qualifications
•    Personal vehicle (for reimbursable use) 
•    Bilingual/Fluency in Spanish
•    A college degree or progress toward a degree in outdoor recreation, natural or environmental science, or a related field

A strong candidate who can thrive within a small non-profit office environment is self-motivated, enjoys being part of a team effort, possesses a strong belief in land conservation, and demonstrates a passion for protecting the natural areas of Chelan and Douglas counties.

Compensation & Benefits
Compensation is $18 per hour, with the potential for an increase in pay based on performance and availability of funding. Employee may opt into health and dental insurance, paid time off and sick leave, and retirement savings program pro-rated from a 40 hour work week. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust prides itself on remaining flexible with employee’s schedules while still accomplishing great work.

To Apply
Applications reviewed as received; applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018. Interviews will take place in early to mid-February, and the position is expected to begin in mid-March.
 
Please submit a resume and cover letter, including names and contact information for at least three references to be contacted if necessary as well as answers to the following two questions: 
1.    CDLT's mission is to engage communities in conserving, caring for and accessing the natural lands and waters that sustain North Central Washington. How are trails and land stewardship important to accomplishing this mission?   
2.    What knowledge and skills do you possess that most qualify you to assume the job responsibilities of this position, and how did you acquire them?

Submit all materials electronically to Hanne Beener, CDLT Trails Program Manager: hanne@cdlandtrust.org