Land Stewardship Summer Intern (PT/Temp/Paid)
The purpose of this position will be to perform a wide variety of tasks associated with land management, ecological restoration, and maintaining high quality nature preserves. The position may also require the management and coordination of volunteers to accomplish specific tasks.
- Seasonal: approx. May 30-July 29, 2022. Some flexibility available.
- Honorarium: $1,250
- Hours: 20 hrs./week for approx. 9 weeks
- 2 positions available
Red-tail Land Conservancy preserves, protects, and restores natural areas and farm land in east central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage.
Focused on this mission, the not-for-profit land trust has grown steadily since its inception in 1999. In its first two decades, Red-tail Land Conservancy has provided land conservation options to individual landowners and partnered with local governments in restoration projects while engaging students and adult volunteers in land stewardship activities and education.
As a result, over 2,800 acres of natural areas and farm land are permanently protected. Red-tail manages 18 nature preserves and has recorded 20 conservation easements. Working to connect the residents of east central Indiana with nature, Red-tail Land Conservancy is receiving growing support and recognition for its role in conservation.
The land steward internship provides the opportunity to learn and gain experience using best conservation practices to maintain and manage the land, including but not limited to natural resource inventory, management, monitoring/protection, invasive plant control, mapping, equipment maintenance, cleaning, and other duties. The position is physically demanding, requiring walking on uneven terrain in variable weather conditions, often carrying heavy equipment or supplies.
- Assist Stewardship Coordinator with conducting land management, including plant identification, invasive plant monitoring and control, mowing, prairie restoration and/or prairie planting, and effective wetlands conservation.
- Maintain properties, including trash pickup, trail maintenance, trimming, planting, weeding, site monitoring, property boundary signage, boardwalk/bridge repair, and other duties, as assigned.
- Assist with mapping of invasive plants and work completed using ESRI ArcGIS program and collection app on phone. Assist with updating other records, as needed.
- Maintain all equipment and tools.
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Participate in nature/conservation programs & education of public/private groups.
- Assist in organizing and training of volunteers to complete land management tasks.
- Education, experience, or strong interest in ecological restoration, natural resources management, land management, biology/ecology/environmental studies, or environmental education. Minimum HS Diploma/GED and 1 year of higher education.
- Must be physically fit and capable to work many hours. Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs. over uneven terrain. Ability to sit/stand at will, bend, crouch/kneel, eye/hand/food coordination, hand dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, hear sounds/communication, and speak clearly. Ability to work every workday in inclement weather and extreme temperatures.
- Ability to work independently and with a team in field and office settings. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with a variety of stakeholders including scientists, volunteers, landowners, and community members.
- Ability to work effectively and meet deadlines.
- Ability to get to and from the Red-tail office in downtown Muncie.
- Experience in or willingness to learn proper use of tractor, mower, power and hand tools, and routine maintenance of equipment and tools.
- Strong plant identification skills, with ability to learn native and invasive plants.
- Experience with invasive plant removal techniques, including manual (hand pull, hand tools), mechanical (chainsaw, brush cutter) and chemical (herbicide, backpack sprayer), or willingness to learn.
- Experience using ArcGIS and/or ESRI mapping.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.
How to Apply:
Submit the following to Jake Gamble, Red-tail’s Stewardship Coordinator at Jake@ForTheLand.org. Applications will be accepted and review on a rolling basis until 2 positions have been filled. Submission deadline is Monday, April 25, 2022.
- Letter of interest, including relative experience and goals;
- Two references (may be included in cv/resume), including the nature of relationship and phone/email contact info to:
Please direct questions to Jake Gamble at Jake@ForTheLand.org or by calling (765) 288-2587.