Stewardship Associate Internship (2 positions available)

POSITION DRSCRIPTION: Stewardship Associate Internship (2 positions available)
LOCATION: Cooperstown, New York & the Otsego Region
DATE PREPARED: January 2016
Otsego Land Trust works with landowners and communities to protect our regions’ healthy lands, clean waters, and
rural culture and history now and for future generations. The Stewardship Associate assists in monitoring, stewarding and
managing over 10,000 acres of conservation lands in Otsego, Herkimer and Delaware Counties. Conservation lands
include seven properties owned by Otsego Land Trust. Otsego Land Trust offices are based in Cooperstown, New York.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Stewardship Associate will be responsible for assisting in the monitoring o f conservation
easement properties, developing baseline documentation reports, and maintaining trails on lands owned by Otsego Land
Trust. The Stewardship Associate will gain competency in using a GPS and compass, reading and interpreting
conservation easements, writing monitoring reports and landowner correspondences, working with volunteers, and
documenting properties based on their conservation values. The Stewardship Associate will be trained in OLT filing and
office procedures that are essential in maintain important legal records for protected properties. OLT may ask
Stewardship Associate to consider working occasional weekends and holidays to assist in educational and outreach
programs that are vital to creating partnerships and fundraising. Personal means of transportation for compensable
travel between properties is required. The Stewardship Associate reports to the Stewardship Manager.
Preferred Skills:
*OLT considers this position an educational position. While we prefer a base of experience in the following, we intend
that we will actively participate in the educational process that will facilitate an intern’s acquisition of these skills.
 Experience with conservation, landscaping and/or horticultural work.
 Excellent field and organization experience.
 Ability to communicate effectively and positively to landowners and volunteers.
 Knowledge of data entry and word processing software, including Microsoft Excel and Word necessary.
 Experience with GPS units and digital cameras helpful, along with compass and map reading, .
Necessary Qualifications
 Proven ability to work productively and efficiently with little supervision in remote locations.
 Current drivers license with acceptable record.
 Physical endurance to work outdoors on steep terrain and to tolerate all weather conditions.
 Willingness to follow safe work practices and work in areas with the potential for Lyme disease.
 Strong commitment to conservation of biological diversity, working lands and natural areas.
Work is expected to begin in May and end in August, paid at the rate of $10/hour. For additional information,
contact Marcie Foster at [email protected] or (607) 547-2366. Resumes may be sent to
[email protected], or Otsego Land Trust, P.O. Box 173, Cooperstown, New York 13326. Applications must
be submitted by March 15th, 2016 to be considered.
Otsego Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer
This description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, skill, efforts, or working conditions.