The Land and Protection Steward will support the function and operations of the Arizona Business Unit (AZBU) Stewardship and Protection departments mainly focused in southern Arizona but occasionally in other parts of the state. This position will report to the Arizona Stewardship Director and involves frequent travel to the TNC Preserves, Fee Lands, and Conservation Easements in southern Arizona. This job involves contact with landowners and agency staff and is based at the 3 Links Farm in Cascabel, Arizona. Employee will need to live nearby in Benson, AZ or surrounding area.
The Land and Protection Steward may lead work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. They maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public The Land and Protection Steward provides support to the stewardship and protection departmental staff by assuming the oversite of the stewardship and protection components of the 3 Links Farm, responsibility for hydrological monitoring and data management on the middle San Pedro River, fee land and conservation easement monitoring and compliance, and general support for the stewardship program and preserve system.
A. Stewardship Department functions (Approximately 70%)
- Under the direction of the Stewardship Director, responsible for the operations of the 3 Links Farm and Upper/Middle San Pedro river fee lands. (Approx 2000 acres in 8-10 parcels).
- Maintain conservation easement compliance on TNC Fee Land parcels on the San Pedro. (TNC lands with easements held by others).
- Will be utilized throughout the stewardship program, aligning skills with needs and opportunity.
- Responsible for Hydrological Monitoring and data management – (depth to groundwater, in-stream flow measurements) for the middle San Pedro project areas.
- Operate and maintain tractors and equipment, sharing equipment and skills across the stewardship program.
- Work with site managers and stewardship staff statewide on special projects and backfill support as needed.
- Support the native plant propagation; assist with special events and ecological monitoring efforts at Muleshoe Ranch and other locations.
- Fosters cross site communication, coordination and teamwork.
- Leads teams and volunteers, may supervise staff.
- Leads avian monitoring on the San Pedro River properties and other preserves as needed.
B. Protection Department Functions (Approximately 20%)
- Complete annual compliance monitoring for Arizona Chapter conservation easements on the Lower/Middle San Pedro River, as needed, to comply with TNC Standard Operating Procedures and Land Trust Alliance Accreditation standards.
- Complete annual monitoring of Arizona Chapter fee owned properties to document any legal issues (i.e. trespass, encroachment) to comply with TNC Standard Operating Procedures.
- Maintain and use the Arizona Chapter’s Land Asset Management System (LAMS) mobile monitoring platform for functions 1 and 2 and correspond with TNC’s Stewardship Management System to solve technical issues (ArcGIS online and GIS skills preferred).
- Correspond with partner agencies to uphold requirements on TNC owned lands with conservation easement encumbrances.
- Working with appropriate Arizona team members, update and maintain the Arizona Chapter’s Fee Land Management Plans to meet TNC Standard Operating Procedure and Land Trust Alliance Standards.
C. Other Conservation Program Support Functions as needed (Approximately 10%)
- Assist AZBU Water team staff – Work with Arizona Water Projects Coordinator with the yearly wet-dry mapping effort on the San Pedro River and water issues associated with TNC Fee Lands.
- Assist AZBU Science staff as needed for monitoring and reporting on TNC preserves and contract projects.
- Other duties as assigned.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
- Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and grant writing.
- Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.
- May resolve preserve management problems independently or as delegated; will work primarily with infrequent direct supervision and may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
- Current knowledge of TNC policies regarding Fee Lands reporting and conservation easement compliance.
- Be available to fill in across the stewardship program in various roles as needed.
- Coordinates projects, project management team support.
- Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.