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Land & Garden Preserve-Natural Lands Director-Mon, 01/08/2018 - 8:52am

Natural Lands Director


Land & Garden Preserve
Seal Harbor, Maine
PO Box 208
Seal Harbor , ME 04675

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Job Description 

The Natural Lands Director is responsible for leading all aspects of management, conservation, restoration, adaptation, and research for the approximately 1,400 acres of natural lands of the Preserve. The Natural Lands Director reports directly to the CEO, supervises the Natural Lands Stewards, and all seasonal and volunteer lands and trails stewards. The Natural Lands Director is a key member of the Preserve’s management team. All tasks of the position are performed in alignment with the mission and values of the Preserve. This is a full-time, year-round, salaried (exempt) position with benefits.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Job Functions
1. Leadership
• Develops strategies for integration, consensus-building, and where needed, strategies for assuring and strengthening cooperation and negotiations with local communities, relevant agencies from the State of Maine and Acadia National Park
• Manages and leads the natural lands staff; collaborates with the natural lands staff to schedule and prioritize all routine maintenance and projects related to ecological management, conservation, restoration, and research.
• Works with CEO and other management team members to ensure that the natural lands programs accomplish the projects and priorities of the Preserve
• Serves as the leader and point of contact for the Lands & Trails Committee as well as a contact for current and potential natural lands supporters.
• Helps to cultivate, train, and retain volunteers from the community as well as from local schools and colleges

2. Natural Lands Management
• Develops and manages natural lands budget as a part of the overall Preserve budget
• Leads a fact-finding mission and start-up of a decision making process regarding factors affecting the lands, streams, and Little Long Pond
• Coordinates a comprehensive inventory of flora, fauna, and soils
• Studies and makes recommendations for the integration of biophysical and ecological systems of natural lands into the Preserve as a whole
• Facilitates an innovative approach for experimentation when undertaking biophysical, hydrological, ecological engineering, and restoration initiatives.
• Investigates, develops, and implements a restoration ecology concept
• Continuously researches the field of restoration ecology and conservation for innovative programs and processes for implementation and improvement
• Develops, maintains, and implements a long-term master plan for natural lands restoration, conservation, and inventory

3. Education
• Provides written updates to Preserve supporters as facilitated by the Development and Communications Team (i.e. newsletters, reports, signage, social media, etc.)
• Collaborates and provides educational course content at nearby educational institutions
• Supports future educational initiatives of the Preserve
• Encourages natural lands team to be trained in best management practices related to land conservation, restoration, and adaptation.

Education and Experience 

• Bachelor degree in ecology, conservation, or a related field and ten years work experience. Advanced degree in a related field is preferred
• Experience with applied ecological management, conservation, and restoration
• Applied knowledge of the flora and fauna of New England
• Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical natural lands initiatives
• Experience developing educational course curriculum content and providing classroom and field instruction
• Experience managing and leading volunteer teams
• Proactive communicator
• High energy and passion for the Preserve’s mission is essential
• Professional level written and oral communication skills
• Advanced computer and database management skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Pro; proficiency with ESRI GIS desirable
• Ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently
• Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic natural lands plan
• Good judgment, commitment and follow-through
• Detail oriented, organized, able to multi-task and balance responsibilities at the Preserve with those at partnering institutions
• High standard of integrity and confidentiality regarding staff, donors, and finances

Application Instructions 

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to

Full Name 
Deb DeForest