Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) permanently protects Marin County’s family farms and ranches from development, ensuring that these working lands will continue to provide local food, open range and rich natural habitat for generations to come. Some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed meats, cheeses, milk, fruits and vegetables come from farms and ranches protected by MALT. Since 1980 MALT has protected over 54,000 acres of Marin’s farmland, forever.
MALT’s comfortable office is located just off Highway 1 in the vibrant community of Point Reyes Station in beautiful West Marin, home to Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery and Toby’s Feed Barn. Tomales Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore and other outdoor wonders are only minutes away. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, health, dental and vision insurance, retirement benefits, family friendly policies and a commitment to honoring work-life balance. Come join our team of highly motivated and passionate staff who care deeply about our mission and one another.
The Stewardship Associate is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports to the Stewardship Program Manager. The Stewardship Associate participates in MALT’s easement monitoring program and contributes to MALT’s stewardship work and strategic initiatives. The position also participates in supporting the easement acquisition program by conducting site evaluations, providing mapping and grant applications support, drafting baseline documentation reports and coordinating field visits. The Stewardship Associate is actively engaged in the conservation team’s cross departmental initiatives and represents MALT’s easement stewardship program with speaking engagements, presentations and participation in local stakeholder groups.
Essential Duties and Functions
Easement Stewardship, Monitoring and Compliance (60%)
- Conduct annual monitoring visits to MALT conservation easement properties according to MALT policy and Land Trust Alliance standards and practices.
- Establishes and maintains positive relationships and communications with landowners, agricultural producers and organizational partners.
- Documents easement compliance matters and issues of concern identified in the field.
- Prepare easement-monitoring reports, including mapping, photo documentation, funding agency reporting, letters to landowners and online database document retention.
- Assist with permitted uses and reserved rights requests.
Easement Acquisition Program Support (15%)
- Conduct field visits and prepare site evaluations of potential easement projects.
- Prepare baseline documentation reports for new easement acquisition projects.
- Work with acquisitions staff to prepare easement grant applications for prospective projects.
- Coordinate landowner site visits with funding agencies and donors.
Cross-Departmental Collaboration, Community Engagement and Partnerships(25%)
- Assist in reviewing and updating stewardship policies and procedures.
- Work with Outreach, Communications and Development Team to produce communications and events about MALT’s conservation easement stewardship work.
- Assist with MALT’s strategic initiatives.
- Respond to and document inquires from the public, partners and landowners regarding MALT’s stewardship and conservation work.
- Represent MALT through speaking engagements, presentations and participation in local stakeholder groups.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor Degree in agricultural or natural resource management, range management, environmental science, ecology, or related field preferred.
- Minimum 1 years of land stewardship experience monitoring agricultural conservation easements and providing stewardship support for an easement acquisition program.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Understanding of agriculture and rangeland management; knowledge of Marin agriculture preferred.
- Familiarity with conservation easements and land trusts.
- Familiarity with California flora and fauna, grassland ecosystems, and invasive species management.
- Understanding of the principles and practices of watershed management on agricultural land.
- Ability to work collaboratively to build MALT’s relationships with Marin’s agricultural community and MALT’s programmatic and policy partners.
- Experience creating maps and managing data with the current generation of ArcGIS software products.
- Outstanding project management and analytical skills with the ability to work independently on multiple complex projects.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Must be able to hike up to 6 miles per day over steep and rugged terrain, and be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
- Must have experience driving an off-road vehicle (standard transmission) on steep and rugged terrain.
- Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license required with acceptable DMV record and automobile liability insurance.
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position at MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, with remote work during SIP and possibly after. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters.
MALT is an equal-opportunity employer.