The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Environmental Trust is hiring an Easement Stewardship Specialist to (1) engage in the stewardship of MET portfolio of conservation easements; (2) negotiate, draft and complete conservation easement amendments; (3) work with local land trust staff and other conservation partners to further MET priorities; (4) provide stewardship services to landowners in the assigned region; (5) monitor conservation easements in the assigned region for compliance of the terms of the easement; (6) represent MET regionally and statewide through presentations at conferences, seminars and meetings; and (7) join with the Department of Natural Resources and other State land conservation and planning agencies in achieving Maryland’s land conservation goals (ie/BayStat, Managing for Results).

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Three years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.

Selective Qualifitications: One year of experience in managing natural resource projects, land conservation/preservation projects, resolving land use or natural resource management issues.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Employment that involved interacting with the public (especially landowners) and legal, real estate(including appraisers and surveyors) and or planning professionals.
  • Experience negotiating, drafting and/or processing permanent land conservation agreements(easements or amendments) or land acquisitions.
  • Experience in performing conservation easement monitoring or other compliance inspections, documenting, and reporting findings.
  • Knowledge of county, state and/or federal land preservation programs.
  • Experience with Geographic Information System mapping tools such as, ESRI ArcGIS or ESRI ArcPro, spreadsheet creation and use, data entry and database management.
  • Proficiency using SDAT Real Property Search, MDLANDREC and PLATS.NET for document research, management, and presentation.

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

The Specialist may be assigned to work in multiple regions of the State.

This position requires field work which could include navigating challenging terrain and result in exposure to hot and humid as well as cold and inclement weather, wildlife, biting insects, and noxious plants.