Stewardship Associate

Website Triangle Land Conservancy

Improving lives through conservation

About Triangle Land Conservancy

TLC is an accredited and well-respected land trust, having protected almost 21,000 acres in the rapidly growing. Triangle region of North Carolina. Since 1983, TLC has conserved land to safeguard drinking water, support family farms and the local food economy, protect important natural habitat, and connect people with nature. TLC is currently headquartered in vibrant downtown Durham, although most staff are working remotely. This is an exciting time to work at TLC as we are making good progress on our strategic action plan that calls for us to protect 25,000 acres by 2025, thus doubling the pace of conservation in the Triangle.

TLC seeks to attract the candidates who support the mission and who respect and promote excellence through diversity. TLC is committed to equal opportunity and follows recruitment and selection practices that comply with all applicable employment laws. To this end, TLC recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals without regard to color, race, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, or age.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Stewardship, the Stewardship Associate is primarily responsible for managing the monitoring and enforcement of over 8,000 acres of conservation easements held by TLC. This includes maintaining strong, consistent relationships with landowners to encourage responsible stewardship while enforcing the terms of each conservation easement. The Associate will also work on a variety of tasks to support the Conservation and Stewardship team and will have the opportunity to research and explore new initiatives for TLC, and work closely with the entire Conservation and Stewardship team to reach strategic goals.

Key Responsibilities of the Stewardship Associate:

·         Manage annual monitoring and reporting of all conservation easements, including management of a volunteer easement monitor program to expand capacity as more land is conserved.

·         Ensure that reporting obligations are met for important stakeholders involved in land projects (ADFP, NRCS, NCL&WF, etc.).

·         Manage enforcement of conservation easements by adhering to TLC’s Easement Enforcement Policy.

·         Manage conservation easement amendments by adhering to TLC’s Easement Amendment Policy.

·         Manage landowner communications with 100+ landowners, ensuring that landowners understand the restrictions within each conservation easement.

·         Develop a bi-annual newsletter specifically for easement landowners to encourage responsible stewardship and open communication.

·         Create Baseline Documentation Reports for new conservation easement properties.

·         Ensure that TLC’s conservation easement program conforms to the requirements of the TerraFirma insurance program.

·         Ensure that TLC’s conservation easement stewardship program conforms to the Accreditation Standards and Practices of the Land Trust Alliance and prepare for the re-accreditation process.

·         Ensure that TLC’s volunteer easement monitoring program conforms to Service Enterprise Certification standards by creating updated handbooks and resources for volunteers.

·         Manage and support Landscape, an online conservation and stewardship software.

·         Support the Conservation and Stewardship team on issues including but not limited to: grant prioritization and development; analyzing and prioritizing property for conservation efforts; creating and maintaining internal systems to manage the land project process and property lease renewals.

·         Investigate contract monitoring possibilities as opportunities arise.

Other Conservation and Stewardship Responsibilities:

·         Research and write grant proposals, and assist with other development work as needed.

·         Contribute to outreach and communications work (e.g. write newsletter articles, lead hikes) as needed.

·         Support coordination of conferences, symposiums, member events, donor events, volunteer workdays and public meetings as needed.

·         Work together with Conservation team members to set, prioritize and achieve strategic goals.

·         Work with the Advancement team to provide photographs of our owned and eased properties.

Required Attributes, Expectations, Technical Skills and Competencies:

·         A college degree or equivalent experience and background in natural resources, ecology, botany, environmental sciences, land stewardship, land management and/or a conservation related field.

·         Experience with land conservation, land trusts, or similar conservation organizations or equivalent.

·         Excellent writing and organizational skills.

·         Ability to work outside throughout the year in all types of weather conditions.

·         Demonstrate attention to detail and deadlines as well as the ability to be flexible.

·         Demonstrate initiative and strategic thinking.

·         Successful management of projects from start to finish and ability to evaluate and improve along the way.

·         Maintain a high level of professional conduct when faced with challenging or difficult situations with both partners and colleagues.

·         Contribute to a supportive and collegial work environment and maintain a good sense of humor.

·         Work both independently and as part of a team.

Desired Attributes, Expectations, Technical Skills and Competencies:

·         Experience with GPS/GIS.

·         Background in natural resources management, environmental sciences planning or related fields.

·         Database management.

·         Grant writing experience.

Benefits:  This is a full-time permanent and exempt position with excellent benefits; including employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability with generous paid time off and holiday observances.

How to apply:  Applicants should submit 1) cover letter – include where you saw the posting, 2) maximum 2-page resume, and 3) three references as a single pdf by e-mail to: hr(at)  References will not be contacted without notifying you first.  Please note that TLC does not have an Applicant Tracking System and therefore applications are processed manually.  All applicants shall receive a confirmation email and if you are selected for a first interview HR will contact you.  Please no phone calls, drop-ins, paper submissions or status updates.

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