The Ice Age Trail Alliance (Alliance) was founded in 1958 with the mission of caring for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (Trail), one of only 11 such trails in the country. As part of its mission, the Alliance protects and manages land for the Trail. The Alliance is a national accredited land trust that has helped protect nearly 20,000 acres for the Trail. It currently holds more than 120 real estate interests covering 3,900 acres and responsibly manages these land interests. At the Alliance there is a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievements and personal development.
Full-Time Land Steward
About the Ice Age Trail Alliance
Location: Cross Plains, WI
Supervisor: Director of Land Conservation
Duration: Full-time, salaried
Primary Program Area: Land Conservation
Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Working side-by-side with experienced Alliance staff and volunteers, successful applicants will assist with or lead the Alliance’s property monitoring and land management efforts. Specifically, the successful applicant will manage the Alliance’s LANDSCAPE land conservation software, communicate with landowners and volunteer monitors, mark property boundaries, write management plans, perform tasks within these plans, control invasive species, and assist with grant development and reporting. Successful applicants will be expected to lead youth and adult volunteer groups in stewardship activities including vegetative restoration and trail maintenance.
Location and Travel: Position is based in Cross Plains but will require travel to many areas of Wisconsin. Overnight travel and camping should be anticipated, including weekends.
Start date: June 2019
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. The Alliance offers competitive compensation, an attractive benefits package – including health and dental coverage — and a collaborative work environment.
Successful applicant must:
- Have a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, natural resources, land use management, forestry or other related field or related professional experience
- Be able to perform heavy lifting of weights up to 60 pounds
- The ability to work in extreme environmental conditions, including excessive heat and cold, biting and stinging insects, and steep terrain
- Have a current and valid driver’s license
- Be self-directed, highly motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented
- General knowledge of the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices
- Experience implementing land management and ecological restoration plans
- Strong social and interpersonal skills including the ability to resolve and mediate conflict and maintain good working relationships with coworkers, volunteers, and members of the community
- Computer proficiency, including ArcGIS software
- Ability to effectively relate to a diverse range of people, including both oral and written communication skills
- General knowledge of the flora, fauna, and landscape of Wisconsin
- Experience in conservation and recreation programs
- General knowledge of conservation issues and be committed to the mission and vision of the Alliance
- Trained in First Aid and CPR, chainsaw safety, herbicide application, crew leadership and trail construction. Equipment and appropriate training will be provided.