The Vermont River Conservancy seeks a Conservation Stewardship Intern to conduct a broad range of stewardship and easement monitoring duties. This summer internship offers a chance to become intimately familiar with conservation and land trust work through conservation easements, baseline documentation reports, easement monitoring and reporting, landowner communications, mapping and enforcement, and exploring Vermont’s beautiful river lands.
The Vermont River Conservancy is a state-wide land trust that protects special land along Vermont’s waters, specifically protecting public access to rivers, waterfalls, gorges and swimming holes, and protecting floodplains and river corridors for flood resiliency, water quality and wildlife habitat.
Key Qualifications: Motivated, detail-oriented, outgoing individual currently working toward a degree in a natural resources or related field. Candidate must be comfortable in outdoor settings and have an interest in land management. Good writing and communication skills are essential; GIS and GPS experience helpful. The ideal candidate will enjoy being outdoors, be able to walk up to 3 miles/ day through densely vegetated, rough terrain including off-trail navigation, and carry up to 30 pounds. Excellent communication, self-management and attention to detail required.
Responsibilities: Monitoring conserved easement properties. Working closely with the Vermont River Conservancy Assistant Director, duties include calling landowners, working with and recruiting volunteer land stewards, walking boundary lines of properties and riparian buffer areas, installing signs, checking for encroachments or apparent violations to the terms of the conservation easement, documenting visits with notes and photos, and recording visit data in our database and stewardship files. Visit preparation includes thorough review of baseline documentation reports and the conservation easement. Office work includes completion and filing of easement monitoring reports, entering monitoring data into database, and GIS work mapping monitoring routes and any areas of concern or special interest. Additional responsibilities may involve assisting VRC staff with outreach, social media communications, fundraising support, event planning, and related support – we value teamwork in our small, high-spirited and collaborative office.
Travel & Housing: Based out of VRC’s Montpelier office, with fieldwork to protected riverfront lands throughout Vermont. Intern must have a car. Includes assistance finding affordable housing.
Schedule: Flexible start date. Roughly 35 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks, ideally May – August.
Compensation: $440 per week.
To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Lydia Menendez Parker by Wednesday February 28, 2018: [email protected]