INHF is seeking candidates to fill two new Land Stewardship Director positions. The Loess Hills Land Stewardship Director position will be based in western Iowa and will focus on the projects in the Loess Hills, especially in the Monona County area. The Eastern Iowa Land Stewardship Director will focus on projects in East Central Iowa especially in the Iowa City area.
Both positions are full-time, exempt positions that report directly to the Senior Land Stewardship Director (SLSD). Each position leads the stewardship and conservation of special lands through direct land restoration planning and management activities. Land Stewardship Directors are also expected to help with education and outreach efforts and work collaboratively with other INHF staff, conservation partners and public agency staff to accomplish land protection and conservation goals.
Stewardship activities include restoration of diverse natural resource types including native prairie, oak savanna, woodland, wetland, fragile natural areas and agricultural land. Land protection activities include working with private landowners, NGO’s and public agencies to permanently protect important conservation lands through a variety of voluntary land protection methods.
Successful candidates will be expected to reflect INHF values and will serve on a variety of INHF staff teams dealing with land stewardship, volunteers, interns, program planning, fundraising, community outreach and other relevant organizational needs.
Candidates must have strong ecosystem management and natural areas restoration knowledge, including understanding and experience with the use of prescribed fire, invasive species control, and regenerative/sustainable agricultural practices. Further understanding of current issues, such as local-origin native seed, climate change, habitat fragmentation, declining species conservation and current agricultural policy, is helpful.
These positions require the ability to organize information and effectively collaborate and communicate with staff, partners, donors, landowners, interns and volunteers. Strong community outreach skills, including presentation skills, judgment, and an attitude of respect and partnership is essential.
These positions require a minimum of five years of previous relevant experience along with the requisite education requirements, including a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree in natural resource management, environment resources, landscape architecture, or related fields. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ArcView GIS are necessary.