This is a great opportunity to build your career in land conservation! The Land Steward Individual Placement is an internship position with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) in Northern Virginia.
The Land Steward Individual Placements will serve with the VOF, other partners, and private landowners to support the open-space easement program across Northern Virginia. The position will require 40 hours per week for 50 weeks, with frequent weekly and bi-weekly travel throughout the Piedmont region. The Individual Placements will assist with open-space easement monitoring, digital file organization, database entry and other duties including:
Traveling across the Piedmont stewardship region to conduct site visits.
Visiting easement properties to document any physical changes using iPhone applications, GPS and GIS.
Creating maps and manipulating data using ArcView 10.
Contacting easement property owners and their representatives.
Reviewing and understanding complex land records for protected properties.
Maintaining accurate digital files, including database entry.
Participate in training activities, as required.
Participate in staff meetings, as required
Other potential activities include work with VOF Owned Lands for nature-based education programs and public access management, visits around Commonwealth to engage with other VOF staff and partners.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and technical skills will be necessary. The Individual Placement will be required to operate a vehicle to travel to field visits.
Housing is NOT provided for this position.
Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science, Civil, Agricultural, or Environmental Engineering, or related field, from an accredited college or university preferred/desirable, or experience that would provide the skills and abilities listed.
Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license.
Ability to work with minimum supervision.
Ability to work alone or in teams on projects, including site visits to properties in remote and rural areas.
Demonstrated experience with GIS
About Appalachian Conservation Corps
The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit whose mission is to engage motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. ACC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.