Compensation Type: Annual salary
Job Type:
Full Time
Hybrid (remote and in-person)

Pay Range: 48,000-55,000
Organization's Mission: Utah Open Lands (UOL) is a 501c(3) non-profit land trust conservation association. Our mission is to preserve, protect and steward open space in order to maintain Utah’s natural heritage and quality of life for present and future generations. This is achieved by assisting private landowners, government agencies and communities in the voluntary preservation of the agricultural, scenic, recreational, historic and wildlife values of open land.
Organization's Race, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Statement and Work: Utah Open Lands, a pre-eminent local land trust located in Salt Lake City, is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff. UOL offers competitive salaries with excellent benefit packages.
Position Summary: Stewardship Director
The Stewardship Director is responsible for all aspects of the perpetual preservation of lands held by Utah Open Lands. Stewardship of Utah Open Lands’ protected landscapes requires monitoring properties to ensure protection of the conservation values, enforcing against violations and working to pre-empt possible encroachments, and fostering landowner relationships. By recruiting seasonal monitoring staff hires, field interns and volunteers the Stewardship Director oversees and supervises the regular (at least annual) monitoring of all Utah Open Lands protected landscapes. As part of the cohesive Utah Open Lands team, the Stewardship Director works directly with the Executive Director on conservation easement compliance and agency partnerships and landowner relationship dynamics. The Stewardship Director relies on the Deputy Director for help in staff management and It is an expectation of the Stewardship Director to cultivate public engagement with appropriate properties and to oversee the use of Protected landscapes as ambassadors of the work Utah Open Lands accomplishes. The position is full-time, may require occasional evening and weekend hours, and fieldwork as well as in office work.
Primary Responsibilities: Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Conservation Easement Monitoring
o Implementation of the regular monitoring plan of all conservation easements or properties held by the organization that efficiently coordinate seasonal and volunteer monitors.
o Supervise, coordination and direct field time to ensure timely monitoring and corresponding reports to landowners.
o Contacting landowners in a timely fashion prior to site visit.
o Performance reviews as necessary for seasonal or permanent stewardship interns and staff.
o Proper thanks, recognition and cultivation of stewardship monitoring volunteers.
o Assist in the preparation of proposals to foundations and individual donors for financial support of stewardship program, endowments, etc.
• Landowner Relations
o Work with Executive Director to ensure property owner, new owner and local realtors (if property for sale) are familiar with the terms of the easement.
o Review and respond to all requests from owners to exercise reserved rights on property and make recommendations to the organization and Board of Directors when necessary.
o Maintain existing records of landowners, update when necessary and incorporate new projects.
o Retain existing landowner general operational donors through positive correspondence and professionalism and coordination with the UOL team about appropriate asks.
o Cultivation of existing landowners to become general UOL supporters
• Enforcement
o Document easement violations--Work with the monitors, Executive Director and Board of Directors to determine the extent of violation, possible cures and implement strategies and solutions.
o Write-ups and tracking of violations including reports to Terra Firma our conservation easement insurance carrier.
o Timely response to potential threats, encroachments or violations.
• General Operations Support and awareness
o Seize opportunities for stewardship, restoration and enhancement grants (i.e. ISM, GOOR, Private Foundations).
o Updating, when needed, stewardship forms.
o Review and respond to local and state government actions that may affect property in which UOL has an interest (i.e. UDOT, or partner agencies).
o Prepare management plans in consultation with Executive Director for select properties when necessary.
o Define stewardship opportunities for land projects including: basic maintenance, necessary restoration work, and site improvements for public use.

Baseline Documentation (as needed)
• Catalog and document conservation values on site using maps, photographs, notes, and computerized methods.
• Research local, state, and federal regulations governing land use, zoning, and comprehensive planning.
• Summarize and catalog easement documents.
• Assist in the creation of appropriate baseline documentations for new conservation easement projects
• Update Baseline Documentation or current conditions reports.
• Update and maintain the stewardship relevant web-site information.
Desired Qualifications: Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences, Biology, Environmental Science or similar.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in ecology, biology work or related field. Experience working for a land trust preferred.
• Possess GIS skills and a working knowledge of GPS units.
• Ability to develop natural land inventories for preserves and conservation easements, including species inventories and a summary of the condition of the land.
• Demonstrated experience in writing and securing federal and/or private foundation grants to perform land management activities.
• Working knowledge of techniques to preserve, restore, and maintain forests, uplands, wetlands, wildlife habitat and habitat for threatened or endangered species.
• Ability to work independently and make judgments on the management of natural areas.
• Management roles or similar experience, with staff and volunteers.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. With an ability and competence to present to groups ranging from donors to county/city councils
• Valid driver’s license.
• Physical ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
• A team player with an understanding of and interest in cultivating donors and volunteers.
• Willingness to travel statewide
• Covid-19 inoculation
Benefits / Why Work With Us: Salary Range (based on experience): $48,000-$55,000 with generous vacation and holiday time, remote work options, HSA options and eligibility for retirement plan.

Looking to make a difference in your community? Want to make sure that we leave a legacy of recreational opportunity, wildlife habitat, heritage and open land for the next generation? Want to be involved on the cutting- edge of land protection in the state and even nationally? Join Utah Open Lands to begin protecting the lands we all love. Utah Open Lands (UOL) is an accredited*, dynamic and successful local land trust. Since its founding in 1990 we have protected more than 64,000 acres of open space throughout the State of Utah.

*Accredited through the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission
How to Apply: To apply: Please direct applications, including resume, letter of interest, references and salary requirements via email to:
Catherine Cargill, Deputy Director
Utah Open Lands
1488 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Electronic submission is encouraged.
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Closing Date: When filled
Location: Salt Lake City


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Contact: Catherine Cargill
Phone: 8014636156