Project Coordinator – Restoration

Minnesota Land Trust

Summary of Position:

The Minnesota Land Trust’s mission is the preservation and restoration of Minnesota’s natural heritage for future generations. The Land Trust’s Restoration Program works with private landowners and agency partners to restore and manage ecological restoration projects in many regions of the State. The Project Coordinator assists Restoration Program Managers to complete projects. The Project Coordinator collects field data, prepares scopes of work, completes vendor contracts and other procurement agreements and inspects key activities including work done by subcontractors. The Coordinator plays a key role in project tracking and reporting. The Coordinator interacts directly with the Land Trust’s partners including local units of government, tribal natural resource managers, state and federal agencies and other Land Trust staff.

The Land Trust and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Partners for Wildlife are restoring prairie and wetlands in the west central and southwest regions of Minnesota. A significant portion of the Coordinator’s work is assigned to assist USFWS design, bid, and complete these restoration projects. Extensive travel, including extended overnight, to Fergus Falls, Morris, and other areas in Minnesota required. The selected applicant will be expected to complete USFWS training modules as a part of their duties. Alternative office arrangements may be available at USFWS facilities at Fergus Falls or Morris, MN.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)

All employees of the Minnesota Land Trust are expected to embrace the ideals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and incorporate DEIJ principles throughout their work. All employees are required to be familiar with the Land Trust’s current DEIJ plan.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assist restoration program managers with prairie and wetland restoration (80%)

  • Support survey and design for activities such as grading and earthwork, seeding, mowing, tree removal, and prescribed burning.
  • Prepare appropriate maps and GIS data.
  • Prepare scope of work, bid packages and vendor contracts.
  • Operate equipment and assist with field work such as seeding, mowing and erosion control.
  • Coordinate with landowners and contractors.
  • Handle invoices and other paperwork following procedure in a timely manner.
  • Ensure quality assurance and quality compliance for restoration projects including on-site inspections for contract compliance, documentation and project performance.

2. Support Restoration Program administration (10%).

  • Maintain organizational record-keeping and project database.
  • Participate in DEIJ planning and initiatives.
  • Assist with grant applications and reporting.

3. Participate in external communications. (10%)

  • Communicate the Land Trust’s work in this area with staff, board, partners, volunteers, and landowners.
  • Contribute to external outreach and communication efforts related to fundraising or marketing program areas.

Position Requirements:

  1. Three years experience in natural resource management or habitat restoration OR a bachelor’s degree in biological or environmental science.
  2. Experience, or willingness to undergo training to work unsupervised outdoors operating power equipment.
  3. Ability to understand and navigate using maps, and other spatial data.
  4. Experience in project management, record-keeping, and data collection.
  5. Well organized and self-directed, with attention to detail and follow-through.
  6. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Willingness to work with a wide variety of individuals, including landowners, agency partners, contractors, and volunteers.
  8. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; ESRI GIS programs desired.
  9. A valid MN driver’s license, or ability to obtain one.

Physical Demands:

This position is physically demanding and the following activities are necessary to fulfill the position.

  1. Ability to navigate in remote settings and traverse up to 3 miles over uneven terrain at all times of the year.
  2. Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
  3. Willingness to operate with training ATV, UTV, and other power equipment in off-road conditions.
  4. Ability to travel throughout Minnesota with a focus on western and southwestern regions. Overnight stays occasionally required.
  5. Office duties to be performed at a desk and at a computer.

Location:

Duluth or west-central MN. Hybrid remote work schedules may be considered.

Salary range:

$55,000 to $65,000 annually

Application:

Please provide a cover letter and resume saved as a single PDF to Sue Martinez at smartinez@mnland.org by October 13, 2022.

Minnesota Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Company will not discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, genetic information, sex, disability, age, or any other status protected by state or local law, for employees who fall within the jurisdiction of such law.

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