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    Conservation Saves the World – Using Land to Unite

    “You cannot save the land apart from the people, or the people apart from the land.” –Wendell Berry

    What is the future of investing in and protecting land, and how can land be the difference-maker in our own community’s health, economic vibrancy, future prosperity, and beyond?

    Join the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and national speakers at ESLC’s 18th Annual Planning Conference on Thursday, November 9th at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club for a forward-looking conference designed to showcase how land can be one of the strongest forces for good in our communities.

    Speakers include: Collin O’Mara, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Wildlife Federation; legendary author, facilitator, and consultant, Peter Forbes; writer and author of the critically-accalimed “The Experience of Place”, Tony Hiss.

    We need land to grow food and provide access to clean water. We need land for greater physical and mental health. We need land for vibrant communities. This full-day conference will be a highly-interactive affair with forward thinking, real-life examples of how land is making a positive impact on communities, and how it can be an even bigger hero in an uninspired and divided world.

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    Outreach Coordinator

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    To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@eslc.org with “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.

    Position Overview:
    ESLC seeks a creative, energetic individual to join our team and serve as our Outreach Coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for leading all volunteer management, community outreach, and organizational event activities. The Outreach Coordinator supports the outreach needs of all ESLC programs including land protection, land use planning, education, public policy, town projects, coastal resilience, and philanthropy. The Outreach Coordinator will coordinate with ESLC staff on volunteer and outreach needs, and assist in the planning and implementation of all events.

    Responsibilities:
    • Planning and implementing outreach activities to promote goals for
    Advancement and the organizational strategic plan.
    • Lead the planning, promotion, and implementation of ESLC’s annual gala
    celebration, Party to Preserve.
    • Have ownership over the use and content of the ESLC information table.
    • Target new audiences/populations with opportunities for engagement with
    ESLC as identified in the ESLC strategic plan.
    • Collaborate with outside community programs and other non-profits to
    expand understanding and awareness of ESLC and promote membership to a
    broader base of people.
    • Regularly assess organizational needs for volunteers and evolve the program
    accordingly.
    • Provide support for existing volunteer programs, including Land Stewards,
    SEEC, and other programs as needed.
    • Work with staff members to understand their needs and opportunities for
    volunteer support and revise or develop volunteer positions to meet these
    needs.
    • Maintain accurate records of volunteer interests, training, and participation.
    Work in concert with Facilities Manager to keep record of volunteer support.
    • Provide ideas/content to Communications Manager in messaging for the
    general and specific communities.

    Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred along with 2-3 years non-profit experience.
    • Strong management and organizational skills to coordinate events with ESLC
    staff, volunteers and other organizations.
    • Event planning experience preferred.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, communicates well with diverse groups of people.
    • Interest in others and respect for different perspectives, while representing
    ESLC and its policies.
    • Able to respond to organizational change productively, maintain a positive
    attitude and take leadership position when appropriate with staff.
    • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and general computer skills, and
    database experience a plus.

    Personal Attributes:
    • A collegial and collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic,
    enthusiastic attitude, and sense of humor
    • Ability to work independently and take direction from others, solve problems
    with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    • Independent, highly organized, detail-oriented.
    • Principled individual with high ethical standards.
    • Creative problem solver.

    Based in our Easton office, this position offers great opportunity for growth and professional development. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes very competitive benefits.

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    Land Stewardship Intern

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    In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities.

    Job Duties: The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

    Training/Benefits: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $2,000 paid stipend, plus mileage.

    Qualifications & Skills Required: The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

    Location: ESLC is located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center located at 114 South Washington Street, Easton, Maryland.

    To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager by email at mdarcy@eslc.org by May 19, 2017.

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    Community Land Protection Manager

    To apply, please email cover letter and resume to: hr@eslc.org

    Position Overview:
    ESLC seeks to hire a talented, energetic professional to launch a new effort aimed at improving public access to the Chesapeake Bay, nature, and open space on Maryland’s Eastern Shore! Managing community projects with the goal of increasing the number of parks, paths, and open space within our towns and villages on the Eastern Shore, this position will focus on building partnerships and developing projects with high community benefit.

    Strategic direction and leadership will come from ESLC’s director of conservation in collaboration with other leadership team members. Candidates should have relevant conservation and real estate experience, good communication and partnering skills, a creative and entrepreneurial work style, and a commitment to rural landscapes, small towns and clean rivers.

    The position will be based in the new Eastern Shore Conservation Center in downtown Easton and requires schedule flexibility, a vehicle (expenses reimbursed) and occasional night and weekend meetings/events. It is intended as a long-term position that will grow along with regional land protection and public access initiatives.

    Desired Qualifications:
    *Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred;
    *Law Degree helpful;
    *Real estate/conservation skills in a community setting;
    *Creative and entrepreneurial approach;
    *Excellent communication skills and interpersonal savvy;
    *Comfortable working with the many types of people and communities;
    *Thrives in a dynamic, evolving, highly collaborative environment;
    *Solid computer/technology skills; and
    *Local/regional knowledge.

    Compensation:
    This full-time position includes a competitive benefits package and market-competitive salary commensurate with experience.

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    Land Protection Manager

    Land Protection Manager
    Summary
    To apply, please email cover letter and resume to: hr@eslc.org

    Position Overview:
    ESLC seeks to hire a talented, energetic professional to launch a new effort aimed at improving public access to the Chesapeake Bay, nature, and open space on Maryland’s Eastern Shore!

    Strategic direction and leadership will come from ESLC’s director of conservation in collaboration with other leadership team members. Candidates should have relevant conservation and real estate experience, good communication and partnering skills, a creative and entrepreneurial work style, and a commitment to rural landscapes, small towns and clean rivers.

    The position will be based in the new Eastern Shore Conservation Center in downtown Easton and requires schedule flexibility, a vehicle (expenses reimbursed) and occasional night and weekend meetings/events. It is intended as a long-term position that will grow along with regional land protection and public access initiatives.

    Responsibilities:
    The land protection manager will be responsible for increasing parks, paths and open space within our towns and villages on the Eastern Shore, focusing on building partnerships and managing projects with high community benefit.

    Desired Qualifications:
    *Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred;
    *Law Degree helpful;
    *Real estate/conservation skills in a community setting;
    *Creative and entrepreneurial approach;
    *Excellent communication skills and interpersonal savvy;
    *Comfortable working with the many types of people and communities;
    *Thrives in a dynamic, evolving, highly collaborative environment;
    *Solid computer/technology skills; and
    *Local/regional knowledge.

    Compensation:
    This full-time position includes a competitive benefits package and market-competitive salary commensurate with experience.

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    Land Stewardship Intern

    ESLC Summer Stewardship Intern
    Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is offering a unique opportunity this summer for an individual to gain experience in the land conservation field. The Stewardship Intern will support the Stewardship program staff with managing our extensive easement portfolio. The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Land Steward Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

    The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required. $2,000 paid stipend, plus mileage. The intern will be working from ESLC’s main office located at 114 South Washington Street in downtown Easton, MD. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager at mdarcy@eslc.org by May 12, 2017.

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    17th Annual Planning Conference: “Food Fight! Healthy? Sustainable? Realistic?”

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    This conference will take a fresh look at one of the most basic human needs – food!

    National and regional speakers will engage attendees in highly interactive sessions to evaluate how we are planning for a better, more equitable food system built upon Eastern Shore agriculture. Who benefits from the current food system? Can Shore agricultural or behavioral shifts improve human, societal, and environmental health? What changes to our food system are realistic?

    Come help plan for a better system and learn the realities of how food affects our region. Come hungry and join us November 10th, in Kent Island, MD, for a provocative day of evaluating what it is to have a truly healthy, sustainable, and realistic food system!

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    Party to Preserve

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    Join ESLC for an idyllic Eastern Shore evening where history and preservation meet beautifully at the Hermitage. Set along the Chester River in Queen Anne’s County, it is the centerpiece of nearly 1,000 acres of preserved lands where farming and family have been the way of life for more than 350 years. Sip a cocktail on the porch, dine on the freshest local foods farm-to-table style, and stroll the grounds rich with history while reminiscing with friends as we Party to Preserve!

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    Land Preservation 101: Conservation Easements Simplified

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    Land Stewardship Intern

    Purpose: In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities. For more information about the Conservancy, please refer to our website at http://www.eslc.org.

    Job Duties: The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

    Training/Benefits: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $1,500 paid stipend, plus mileage.

    Qualifications & Skills Required:

    The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

    Location: The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center located at 114 South Washington Street, Easton, Maryland.

    Time Commitment: Fulltime: 40 hours/week for time agreed upon.

    To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 South Washington Street, Easton MD 21601 or by email at mdarcy@eslc.org.

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    Land Stewardship Intern

    Purpose: In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities. For more information about the Conservancy, please refer to our website at http://www.eslc.org.

    Job Duties: The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

    Training/Benefits: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $1,500 paid stipend, plus mileage.

    Qualifications & Skills Required:

    The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

    Location: The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center located at 114 South Washington Street, Easton, Maryland.

    Time Commitment: Fulltime: 40 hours/week for time agreed upon.

    To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 South Washington Street, Easton MD 21601 or by email at mdarcy@eslc.org.

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    ESLC Summer Stewardship Intern

    Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is offering a unique opportunity this summer for an individual to gain experience in the land conservation field. The Stewardship Intern will support the Stewardship program staff with managing our extensive easement portfolio. The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring our conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Land Steward Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required. $1,500 paid stipend, plus mileage.

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    Conservation Easements 101

    Have you thought about preserving your land but aren’t quite sure what that entails? Learn about the basics of conservation easements and what this opportunity can do for you.  Experts will provide information, options and answer your questions. Jared Parks, ESLC, Ann Carlson, MET and Martin Sokolich MALPH. Sponsored by Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (eslc.org)

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    Converting Your Lawn to Woods/Natural Areas

    Craig Highfield, from Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, will present information to convert your lawn to natural areas and woods.

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    Book Signing & Lecture by Author Lucy Maddox: “The Parker Sisters – A Border Kidnapping”

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    Bird Walk Through Woods and Restored Natural Habitat

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    Join Jared Parks, ESLC Land Protection Specialist and lifelong birder, for a walk through woods and restored native habitat.  The walk will take place outside Queenstown. All levels of birders are welcome!  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars.  Cost $10/person. Register online.

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    Hot Topics for 2016-Big Data, Drones and much more

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    Sarah Everhart with the Ag Law & Education Initiative will discuss hot topics in the farming community from who owns the data on your farms, drones and their place in farming, to the Food Safety Modernization Act. More at umaglaw.org. Sponsored by Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC)

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