• Land Conservation Steward

    Job Locations
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Facilities/Property Maintenance
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    We are seeking a Land Conservation Steward to assist with the implementation of bird-friendly farming practices on our 120-acre farm.  The Land Conservation Steward will assist with the conversion of crop fields to enhance habitat for upland birds and support habitat for the reintroduction of quail.  S/He will also support the conversion of pastureland to conifer groves and convert pastures to alternating fields of warm season and cool season grasses.



    Essential Functions

    • Implement land management objectives at Aullwood Farm, including planting and maintaining trees, woody plants, lawns, trails, fields, and other grounds
    • Lead the conversion of pastureland/crop fields to more bird-friendly habitat
    • Monitor the diverse natural systems on Aullwood Farm, to include: controlling invasive plant populations; monitoring the Center’s wildlife populations; removing hazardous trees near structures and trails; cultivating, planting, pruning, and watering of Native Species; applying herbicides as needed
    • Oversee the removal of a wide variety of invasive species by traditional and nontraditional methods (e.g. through the use of goats and/or other farm animals)
    • Maintain trails, road and grounds by use of mowers, chainsaw, brush cutter, or other power equipment; post boundaries and ensure professional appearance and safety of grounds for staff, program participants and visitors
    • Maintain grounds including mowing/edging lawns and raking, mulching, and composting leaves
    • Conduct EPA water tests as needed
    • Prepare chemicals for work application
    • Research and stay abreast of land restoration best practices
    • Maintain a restoration log updating regularly and ensuring integrity of data collected
    • Perform regular maintenance on and/or repair tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, or benches, using hand or power tools
    • In collaboration with the Volunteer Manager and Maintenance Manager, supervise and train volunteer and interns
    • Lead stewardship workdays engaging members from the public in Aullwood's mission
    • Provide proper upkeep of walking trails, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, planters, or other grounds features
    • Install equipment to protect or support trees
    • Shovel snow from walks, driveways, or parking lots and spread salt in those areas
    • Serve as a representative of Aullwood and a liaison with farm visitors, volunteers and staff
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications and Experience

    • High school diploma or equivalent required; associate degree or higher in a related field preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.  Arboriculture education or training required.  
    • 1-3 years' experience in landscape or habitat management; experience working at a public park, historical site or property management firm a plus. 
    • Extensive knowledge of Ohio native and non-native plant and animal species.
    • Independent decision-making and judgment in troubleshooting any issues that may arise in the operations of the farm.
    • Willingness and ability to be a key team member or excel independently
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon to the public.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective organizational and time management skills.
    • Ability to operate vehicles or powered equipment including but not limited to mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chippers, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.
    • Knowledge of the appropriate tools and equipment needed to perform a task, including but not limited to chainsaws, chipper, dump truck, winch, bucket truck, skid steer loader, tractors, blowers, drills, basic hand tools, and pesticide sprayer.
    • Experience handling pesticides and herbicides; knowledge of how to mix and apply in a safe manner.
    • Excellent judgment and a strong concern for safety of interns, volunteers, and the public.
    • Comfort leading groups of volunteers and teaching others how to perform simple tasks.  Comfort interacting with the public.
    • Requires strenuous physical work: frequent standing, bending, twisting, and hiking. Must be able to lift, push, or pull objects over 50 pounds with or without accommodation. Candidate must be willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
    • Ability to operate standard computer software, specifically Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, as the job demands.  
    • Valid driver's license in good standing and reliable transportation required.



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