Summer Stewardship Intern (scroll down for information)
The Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT) seeks a mission-focused and entrepreneurial leader with demonstrated experience executing on vision and strategy. Working closely with the Board of Directors (Board) and the staff, the successful candidate will provide organizational leadership to grow programs, accomplish strategic priorities and goals, and passionately communicate its mission and accomplishments to internal and external stakeholders. The Executive Director (ED) will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for TRLT, lead staff in managing all programmatic and administrative activities, ensure that the organization’s funding sources match its achievements and ambitions, and develop opportunities for collaborative partnerships in pursuit of TRLT’s vision. The ED should be a collaborative leader, an accomplished fundraiser, and an excellent manager. This is an exciting opportunity for a charismatic individual to lead a well-established organization into its next chapter of growth and stability.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership, Vision & Strategy
Work with the Board to develop clear and achievable strategic priorities to accomplish TRLT’s mission and vision
with consideration and understanding of the current economic, social, and conservation priorities of multiple
Identify where TRLT can have the greatest impacts moving forward and determine how it will track, measure,
and communicate progress and success.
Partnerships & Strategic Alliances
Support and grow TRLT’s effective collaborations with public agencies, local governments, and other
organizations to connect the public and relevant decision makers to our land conservation efforts as well as
stewardship and restoration initiatives.
Leverage TRLT’s work through effective strategic alliances.
Identify and cultivate new partnership opportunities.
Champion, communicate, and advocate for TRLT’s vision, values, history, achievements, and goals to broad and diverse audiences both locally and beyond.
Through enhanced outreach and marketing, create and promote a strong organizational identity that conveys the vision, mission, and strategic priorities of TRLT to inspire and galvanize internal and external stakeholder support.
Lead fundraising through personal efforts, as well as guide Board engagement and a strong and talented development team.
In partnership with the Board, help develop an active, diverse, and inclusive Board that is willing to secure support for the organization.
Develop strategies and opportunities to continue to grow TRLT’s stewardship endowment.
Work to increase the number of TRLT’s donors and members.
Build TRLT’s planned giving program to ensure long term stability of the organization.
Board Management and Development
Continue to engage a broad and diverse base of Board and advisory council volunteers to work with professional staff.
Clarify the roles of TRLT’s Board and advisory council so that participants feel well supported and integrated and so they can represent the organization effectively.
Work closely and effectively with the Board, keeping them well-informed and involving them appropriately in strategy, policy, fundraising, and fiduciary oversight.
Management & Operations
Ensure that the organization is well managed fiscally, administratively, and structurally.
Lead and empower a cohesive staff team, providing them with appropriate direction, authority, support, and accountability to be most effective.
Serve as a unifying, accessible, and decisive staff leader with the ability to make tough, timely decisions.
Drive continued high standards of excellence that have been the hallmark of TRLT over its history including the exemplary stewardship of its natural resources.
Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred.
10+ years of relevant work experience, with 5+ years in a managerial role; prior nonprofit experience preferred.
Demonstrated success in securing funding for and growing an organization or a business/program function.
Significant board development, fundraising, and fiscal management experience.
Demonstrated ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytical and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
Record of sound financial management in developing and executing the annual budget.
Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; ability to persuasively negotiate consensus amongst differing opinions.
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to attract funders and partners by communicating a compelling and inspired sense of purpose.
Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.
Compensation and Location
Salary range $80,000 – $120,000 annually depending on experience.
Benefits include health insurance, vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, and retirement.
Date Range: Early to mid-June through early to mid-August (Start and end dates are flexible)
Hours: Average of 35 hours per week for 8 weeks (280 hours total)
Location: Driggs, Idaho
Application Deadline: May 5, 2021
One Stewardship Intern is needed to assist Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT) with Stewardship Program tasks including assisting with:
1) land management including invasive weed treatments, irrigation, and fencing,
2) stewardship of conservation easement properties,
3) baseline studies and documentation to identify conservation values for potential conservation easements or property acquisitions,
4) volunteer coordination,
5) wildlife monitoring and data collection,
6) vehicle maintenance and office-related tasks,
7) fundraising and outreach if needed
The Stewardship Intern position is made possible by a generous gift from the Wray Landon Legacy Fund. The objective of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a high school graduate or college student to work in the field of conservation. The intern will be under the direct supervision of experienced TRLT staff, with the goal to provide an inspiring and meaningful experience working on conservation projects in the region.
Work will be primarily outside, with a limited number of oﬃce-related duties.
Land Management: Manage TRLT-owned properties including: weed management, clean up, fence maintenance, fence removal and construction, and other management duties. The intern will spend a large portion of the time on noxious weed management. A UTV equipped with a boom sprayer and hand wand and backpack sprayers will be used to apply unrestricted herbicides to target plant species. In some cases, hand-pulling or mowing may be required. Interns will keep detailed records of treatment efforts including herbicides used, target plants, herbicide amount applied, weather, and other details. The intern will also assist in the management of Six Springs Ranch with the support of the Stewardship staff and grazing lessee. Responsibilities on the ranch include minor fence repair, minor weed management, irrigation, and monitoring grazing management.
Conservation Easements: Assist Stewardship staff in completing annual monitoring visits and reports, maintaining landowner relations, and following up on potential easement issues. Due to COVID-19, this may be limited.
Baselines: Assist Stewardship staff with the preparation of high-quality baseline documentation including conducting field assessments and gathering land use and resource information.
Volunteer Coordination: Assist in coordinating volunteers and work with volunteers to accomplish projects.
Wildlife Monitoring and Data Collection: Maintain game cameras, complete Trumpeter Swan surveys, collect data and photos using mobile technology and digital cameras, and maintain data in associated files and databases.
Vehicle Maintenance and Office-related Tasks: Office-related tasks include data entry, reviewing game camera pictures, filing, scanning, and timesheet completion. These tasks may be completed at home or in the office (depending on COVID-19 restrictions).
Fundraising and Outreach: Assist in outreach events and fundraising activities including set-up and clean up before and after events, if needed. Due to COVID-19, outreach events will be limited.
Training will include: operation and maintenance of UTV, use of mobile technology for data collection, proper handling, application, and storage of herbicides and basic weed treatment equipment maintenance. All personal protective equipment will be provided by Teton Regional Land Trust.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Working towards or completed an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in area of ecology, wildlife or fisheries, agriculture, conservation, environmental sciences, range management, or other natural resources or agriculture-related field.
Flexible schedule: duties may require long hours in the field and work during the early morning, evenings, and on weekends. Evening and weekend work will be limited.
Applicants must be willing to work in variable weather conditions, including hot temperatures.
The intern may also work in remote locations (with cell reception) and under physically demanding circumstances.
It is necessary that applicants have excellent observation skills, be detail-oriented, and show patience because weed treatment, monitoring, and mapping can be repetitive.
Ability and willingness to apply unrestricted herbicides for weed management.
The intern will follow all TRLT safety measures, including those for COVID-19.
After the initial job orientation, the intern may be expected to work independently with little to no supervision, or with a TRLT staff member.
Applicants with knowledge or experience in western invasive plants are preferred, but not required.
Housing is not provided and housing opportunities are limited in the valley.
To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line titled, “Stewardship Intern.”
No phone calls please as we are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.