Stewardship Coordinator

Title: Stewardship Coordinator
Supervisor: Executive Director
Location: Aiken, South Carolina
Job Classification: Permanent, Salaried, Full Time
Pay: $52,000 - $62,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Paid holidays, paid time off, retirement contribution, health insurance

Position Summary 

Aiken Land Conservancy (ALC) seeks a passionate person to take the lead in stewarding ALC’s conservation easements and fee-owned lands. This position will play a key role in fostering positive landowner, partner, and community relationships through the monitoring of conservation easements, the facilitation of land management opportunities for private landowners, the close collaboration with partner organizations, and the management of fee-owned properties. The Stewardship Coordinator will also have the unique opportunity to work closely with the Executive Director on a number of other ALC activities as time, interest, and skillsets allow.

Key Responsibilities

Conservation Easement and Fee-owned Land Monitoring

  1. Monitor conservation easements and properties owned in fee on an annual basis through in-person visits to the properties to document whether the terms of the conservation easement are being met.
  2. Develop monitoring reports with a map, photos, and site observations following each visit.
  3. Communicate with private landowners and community partners to both maintain and cultivate positive relationships.
  4. Work closely with the ALC board and Executive Director to enforce conservation easements, if necessary.

Land Management

  1. Communicate effectively with private landowners and partners to identify, explain, and support land management needs.
  2. Secure cost-share funding to support land management activities on conservation easements or fee-owned lands and, upon receipt, work to implement that funding in strategic and efficient ways.
  3. Facilitate land management activities such as invasive plant treatment and prescribed burning.
  4. Assess and implement opportunities for public access on fee-owned lands.
  5. Write land management plans, when necessary, for both fee-owned and conservation easement properties.

Other Duties

  1. Organize and maintain records per Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements.
  2. Assist with updating maps related to conservation easement and fee-owned properties using ArcGIS Pro.
  3. Assist Executive Director with Baseline Documentation Reports for new conservation easement projects.
  4. Assist with other ALC activities as time, interest, and skillsets allow including, but not limited to, environmental education, partner or public events, new conservation projects, biological surveys, advocacy, and media production.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field or an unrelated bachelor’s degree with related experience in the field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated diplomatic skills.
  • A valid South Carolina driver’s license or the ability to get a valid South Carolina driver’s license within 60 days.
  • Ability to hike in a variety of terrain types in a variety of field conditions.
  • Familiarity and, ideally, experience with Southeastern land management activities.
  • Ability to pay close attention to details and stay organized.
  • Ability to produce quality work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Comfort with multi-tasking.
  • A demonstrated passion for conservation.

Start Date

The desired start date is July 12, 2024. 

Application Requirements

Please send a cover letter, C.V. or resume, contact information for three references, and a writing sample to peter@conserveaiken.org as a single pdf file.

About Aiken Land Conservancy and Aiken

Aiken Land Conservancy (ALC) is an accredited land trust whose mission is to preserve Aiken’s unique character and natural and historic resources for present and future generations through advocacy and land protection. ALC works on projects ranging from protecting historic properties within Aiken’s Horse District to conserving thousands of acres of natural habitat in rural parts of the County, and conserves both private and public land. For more information, visit our website.

Aiken, South Carolina is a small town nestled in the sandhills of South Carolina, and often ranks as one of the top small towns in the South. It is famous for its urban canopy, its strong ties to the equestrian community, and its historic architecture. Though quaint, it contains a variety of high-quality restaurants and shops while also providing excellent access to a diverse range of natural areas. Aiken is approximately 30 minutes from Augusta, Georgia and is an hour from Columbia, South Carolina. It is also approximately two hours from both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.