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Planning Fellowship

 

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s Fellowship Program offers graduate students the opportunity to work with our staff for one-year as they are immersed in the field of conservation planning and land preservation. Applications are being accepted now for positions to start June 1, 2023.

 

Candidates will apply their technical skills and educational experience to learn the following:

 

  • Planning for preservation – Creative analysis based upon scientific methods for identifying land suitable for preservation with an emphasis on local and regional priorities for conservation.

  • Mapping and design – Utilization of digital mapping software including ArcGIS, Google maps, Canva, and Adobe InDesign to visualize connections between landscapes, conservation and development.

  • Public outreach – Development of presentations and outreach materials using Canva and related tools to share information in a format that is understandable and relatable to local residents.

  • Types of projects – Flood risk analysis, planning for open space, trend analysis, business of agriculture and eligibility of farmland for preservation, watershed studies for open space preservation, completion of environmental inventories. GIS modeling for conservation priorities, inclusion of environmental justice and overburdened communities data for identification of project need, analysis of Census tract data.

  • Field work – For those candidates who live within driving distance of the office, opportunity to visit project sites, meet with local officials, and represent The Land Conservancy when touring municipalities.

 

Details:

  • One year position (2 positions are available for 2023)

  • Recent college graduates, master's degree preferred

  • Salary: $16 per hour in 2023, up to 40 hours per week, quarterly incentives of $500 ($1500 total)

  • Up to 5 days vacation (40 hours), up to 5 days sick/personal time (40 hours), 6 holidays (8 hours each): New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Application requirements: Submit your resume, a writing sample, samples of work done in Canva and/or InDesign, and 2 letters of recommendation to hr@tlc-nj.org.

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Land Steward Interns

The Land Steward Intern(s) will assist and be supervised by the Stewardship Manager of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.  All work activities will take place outdoors.  The majority of the work will take place at South Branch Preserve in Mount Olive Township. Other field work will be needed on various preserves scattered throughout northern New Jersey from Blairstown in Warren County to Mahwah in Bergen County. Work activities will consist of performing control of invasive species, fence repair, trail maintenance, property inspections, baseline inspections, debris removal, community garden maintenance, preserve boundary posting, mowing and weed trimming, as well as other various tasks needed in the upkeep of our preserves.  

Seeking candidates available from approximately 4/03/23 through 8/31/23. Additional work available if desired, from September through mid-November (approximately 9/1/23 to 11/25/23). Housing is not provided. Personal transportation required.


Duties:

  • Perform invasive species control activities on emerging and widespread species that pose severe threats to our preserves. Control activities will include mechanical removal and spot-spray application of herbicides (training will be provided).

  • Maintain forest and meadow restoration projects, Community Garden, trails and parking area at South Branch Preserve.

  • Limited work at West Brook Preserve, West Milford Township.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Stewardship Manager, including assist with base-line inventories, site inspections, and special projects.

Ideal Candidate Requirements:

  • Enrollment in or completion of Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related fields is preferred, but not required.

  • Knowledge of invasive species identification and management is preferred, but not required.

  • Knowledge of flora and fauna of New Jersey is preferred, but not required.

  •  Knowledge of GPS/GIS is preferred, but not required.

  • Knowledge of the use of small power equipment (ex. Mowers and weed trimmers).

  •  Ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain and varied weather conditions is required.

Salary and Hours:

The salary for the internship is $14.13 per hour. Some flexibility in scheduling is available. Seeking availability to perform a 35 – 40-hour work week (between Monday and Friday). Approximately 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

 

To apply, please send the following materials to Dennis Briede at dbriede@tlc-nj.org by Friday, March 4:

  • Your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number

  • A resume (maximum of two pages)

  • A cover letter addressing how your education/experience qualifies you to accomplish the job duties listed above. Please indicate your interest in the positions and time and date availability.

  • The names and email addresses or phone numbers of two references.

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The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is proud to be an organization of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the communities in which we operate. The Land Conservancy actively promotes inclusivity to enable every individual to reach their full potential. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role. We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions.

 

Our strength is in our diversity, and you will join a team that thrives on openness, respect and collaboration. Your expertise will be recognized, your opinion valued, and your passions supported. You will be challenged, and you will also be enabled to deliver your best, boldest and most creative work.

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