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Stewardship Manager

Do you love the land and want to help care for it? Do you also get your energy working with people? Will you enjoy work that has you behind a computer sometimes and on the land doing physical work at other times? Do you like the challenge of keeping your cool at a public meeting where some people may challenge you? Do you want to bring what you know but also grow professionally and learn from experts in the field? Do you enjoy collecting and organizing information and documents? If so, you may be the Stewardship Manager we are looking for.


You will work with Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) staff and volunteers to prepare for land conservation projects, ensure Annual Monitoring is completed for all properties at least once per calendar year and take care of anything that needs to be done on the properties. A big part of this position involves coordinating with volunteers and working with landowners.


This position will begin as a shared position between RLT and RPA as the two organizations work toward a merger. A core job responsibility in the beginning will be to organize essential property documents including deeds, easements, title insurance and searches, survey maps, baseline documentation, etc., creating digital copies, and transposing data into our land conservation software, LandScape. This process will familiarize you with our lands, systems and processes.

The Stewardship Manager is an intermediate-level position with room for growth. It is a permanent full-time position with a starting salary of $40k to $45k*. Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time. Benefits include Health Insurance, FSA, Dental and 401k plan. Flexible work hours with time at the office, in the field, and remote. This position will occasionally require participation in prescheduled evening and weekend meetings. Some travel will be required. Attendance at the annual Land Trust Alliance Rally (4 days in the fall of each year) is strongly encouraged.

Bachelor's Degree and experience with land trusts, land stewardship, LandScape software and GIS, are all a plus. Training will be provided.

The application deadline is Friday, May 26, 2023.
Target start date for the position is July 1, 2023. 

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*Higher salaries may be considered for candidates with specific relevant land trust experience.

How to Apply
Please submit a statement of interest & resume to If you have any questions or if you are interested in learning more about the position or the application process, please reach out to Jim Bonesteel at (518) 712-9211. All qualified persons are invited and encouraged to apply.

Both the Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance are equal opportunity employers.

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