Director of Conservation and Land Stewardship

(Full Time)

We are currently looking for a dynamic, passionate, and experienced conservationist and land manager to join our leadership team. Reporting to the organization’s Executive Director, the Director of Conservation will oversee and provide day-to-day management for the Nature Center’s 47-acre preserve, and strategically direct all aspects of land protection, eco-science, and community conservation relations for our organization. She/He serves as the principal contact between FRNC and local government agencies, other conservation organizations, science foundations, and the academic community.  In collaboration with the Director of Education, the Director of Conservation assists in the development of educational programs which aim to further the community’s understanding of conservation and land stewardship. He/She will teach various programs and classes for all ages and organize, train, and oversee FRNC’s conservation staff and volunteers. The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree in forestry, botany, and/or the equivalent with extensive experience assessing, designing, and implementing land management plans and working with a team. The person must be an excellent communicator who seeks to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards. This is a year-round, full-time position with medical, dental, and retirement benefits. We encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply.

Conservation and Land Stewardship Operations and Management (65%)

  • Identifies and assesses environmental issues facing the Rye Nature Center.

  • Uses innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural eco-system and habitat needs of all 47-acres.

  • Defines conservation priorities for the organization; strategically plans and implements priorities.

  • Manages, develops, and implements all special/new land and forest conservation operations and projects.

  • Establishes the FRNC as a conservation partner with local civic groups in the Sound Shore area and throughout Westchester County.

  • Leads and manages volunteers and/or seasonal staff to support and improve conservation efforts on the site. Works with the Board of Directors’ Grounds and Conservation Committee.

  • Develops key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve conservation issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices.

  • Acquires proposals and participates in the selection and management of third-party contractors as needed.

 Education and Programs (25%)

  • Teaches indoor and outdoor conservation, forest ecology and garden classes on-site, at schools, and at other locations.

  • Participates in and leads activities during special events.

  • Set-ups and prepares conservation activities/projects and organizes program supplies and equipment as necessary.

  • Lectures to civic groups and the community on a variety of nature and science topics.

  • Manages all citizen science programs at the Nature Center.

  • Supports all FRNC’s programs, classes, camps as necessary.

Fundraising (10%)

  • Collaborates with the Executive Director on grants related to the grounds, facilities, and conservation projects.

  • Supports all aspects of the FRNC’s fundraising activities including meeting donors/corporate sponsors, attending special events.

  • Oversees the development and delivery of the FRNC’s quarterly donor newsletter, the Early Bird.

  • Attends board meetings as necessary.

  • Prepares the site for fundraisers occurring at the facility.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Forestry, or related area preferred. Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, forestry, ecology required.

  • Minimum 5 to 10 years of successful professional experience working in a nature center, park, or similar setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach children and adults.

  • Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.

  • Proven ability to work with and supervise others.

  • Strong project and time management skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an attention to details.

  • High energy, physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds.

  • Commitment to conservation and the FRNC’s mission.

  • Valid driver’s license.

Please send cover letter, resume/CV, and three references to Christine Siller, Executive Director, at christinesiller@ryenaturecenter.org.

No phone calls please.