The New Canaan Land Trust, in partnership with the Waveny Park Conservancy, seeks to hire a seasonal (10-week), full-time coordinator for its growing Summer Steward program. The program, which will enter its fifth year, engages a small group of local high school students in multiple aspects of land conservation and stewardship. Centered around projects such as trail maintenance, invasive species control, and habitat restoration, the students complete meaningful work that benefits the Land Trust and their community while also learning about the science and philosophy of sustainable land management.
This position will start one week before the Summer Steward program begins, allowing time for the Program Coordinator to identify stewardship projects and develop related programming. The Program Coordinator will then be responsible for working with 5-7 high school students for the duration of the 9-week program and successfully executing the stewardship and educational goals of the program. There is some flexibility in the structure of the program, and the expertise and prior experience of the coordinator will help shape the program. Additions such as field trips and meetings with local professionals in the environmental field are possible.
Responsibilities and Duties:
-In coordination with the Executive Director, identify potential land stewardship projects and develop related educational programming
-Ensure the safety of all participants in the Summer Steward program
-Effectively lead program participants in the completion of stewardship projects while also identifying opportunities for field-based learning
-Provide weekly updates to the Executive Director
Qualifications and Skills:
-A degree in, or experience related to, environmental education or sustainable land management
-Effective leadership skills, especially as it pertains to working with high schoolers
-Experience completing various land stewardship projects, including but not limited to basic trail maintenance, invasive species removal, stone wall restoration, etc.
-Working knowledge of the ecological systems and local flora/fauna of Southern New England. Tree identification is a plus, as is knowledge about New England’s land use history
-A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle are required
Compensation: Stipend of $4,000 for the 10-week program, paid bi-weekly. Out of town mileage associated with field trips will be reimbursed at the federal rate.
Duration and Hours: The 10-week position will run June 18th through August 24th 2018. Hours will typically be from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
How to Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to info[at]newcanaanlandtrust[dot]org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.