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Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)3

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Telephone: (651) 647-9590


Located on the Green Line, across the street from Raymond Station

On bus routes 16, 21, 63 and 67

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Stewardship Associate

Supervisor: Conservation Stewardship Director
Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Location: St. Paul, MN
Date Posted: February 7, 2017
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017, 5 p.m.

Summary of Position:

The stewardship associate is responsible for assisting the conservation stewardship director in the implementation of stewardship activities related to Minnesota Land Trust’s growing portfolio of conservation easements. This includes the responsibility for creating and updating baseline documentation reports, maintaining appropriate records (electronic and paper) regarding all conservation easements, assisting in the annual monitoring program, assisting with violation investigation, and other duties as assigned by the conservation stewardship director. The stewardship associate works closely with landowners, volunteers, conservation partners, the conservation associate, the monitoring and land management program manager, and the conservation stewardship director.

The stewardship associate reports to the conservation stewardship director and does not supervise other staff. However, he/she may manage interns and volunteers.


  1. Provide assistance to the conservation stewardship director in researching, mapping, and communicating about issues related to conservation easement violations, approvals, and interpretations. Approximately 20% of time.
  2. Assist in the conservation easement monitoring program, including updating monitoring workbooks, managing online information, review monitoring reports, conducting annual monitoring visits, and training and coordinating volunteers. Approximately 25% of time.
  3. Prepare baseline documentation reports and updated baseline documentation reports, including fieldwork, compiling conservation data, and utilizing digital photography, GPS, and GIS technologies. Approximately 15% and 25% of time, respectively.
  4. Maintain records (electronic and paper files) of a growing portfolio of conservation easement projects and assist with data management and reporting. Approximately 10% of time.
  5. Assist the land protection, fee lands, restoration, and communication teams as assigned. Approximately 3% of time.
  6. Provide general office support as needed and perform other tasks as needed. Approximately 2% of time.

Entrance Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in conservation, wildlife biology, or related science/conservation field, or a similar combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience with and knowledge of natural systems. Ability to identify plant and animal species in Minnesota preferred.
  3. Familiarity with standard field sampling techniques and data management, including digital photography and GPS data collection and management.
  4. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to work with a wide variety of individuals, including staff, volunteers, and landowners.
  5. Well organized and self-directed.
  6. Proficiency with PCs, web-based information, databases, Windows, and Microsoft Office.
  7. Willingness to travel throughout the State.
  8. Interest in land conservation strongly desired.
  9. Physical requirements: ability to walk up to one mile over rough terrain and navigate in remote areas.


Resume and cover letter to or Sue Martinez, Minnesota Land Trust, 2356 University Ave W., #240, St. Paul, MN 55114 by 5 p.m. February 24, 2017.

Deadline to apply:

Application materials must be received by the Minnesota Land Trust by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2017.