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Conservation Land Steward

Posted 1 month ago

Employer: Heartwood Preserve

Location: Heartwood Preserve Conservation Cemetery, 4100 Starkey Blvd, Trinity FL

Application deadline: Not listed

To apply: send cover letter, resume and 3 references to:


The Land Steward is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall ecological health of Heartwood Preserve’s cemetery and preserve areas, working with Exec. Director to develop and implement the Conservation Management Plan. The ideal candidate is positive, friendly, hard-working, and self-motivated. This person must have considerable and demonstrable knowledge & experience in the field of natural resources & land management in Florida ecosystems.


Overall Ecological Health of Preserve & Cemetery

  • Work with Exec. Director to strategize short- and long-term planning for ecological health
  • Identify and control invasive and nuisance exotic species; supervise feral hog control efforts
  • Identify, protect, and enhance rare and endangered species
  • Work with Director & other crew on Prescribed Burn program
  • Assess & restore impacted areas (burial sites, floodplain ponds, road edges, etc.)
  • Salvage valuable plants from future impact areas (future lakes area, grave sites, etc.)

Balance of Ecological Health and Public Interaction

  • Maintain & improve trail system
  • Monitor and tend burial sites & high-use areas for weeds, invasive plants, foot traffic impacts
  • Supervise volunteer workdays
  • Work w/other staff to inform & educate community, e.g. keep information kiosk up-to-date

Other programs:

  • Memorial Program (e.g. tree plantings);
  • collection & propagation of native seeds & plants
  • Maintenance of property, equipment, facilities
  • Insure that property is well-kept (driveway edges, entrance, planted areas, walking paths, parking lot)
  • Supervise Groundskeeper for efficient maintenance of grounds
  • Keep all equipment and tools in working order
  • Keep facilities (Maintenance Barn, kiosk, signs, fences, etc.) clean, orderly, & secure

Skills needed:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Florida ecosystems, particularly Longleaf flatwoods, cypress wetlands
  • Knowledge of nuisance exotic plant species by site
  • Have or be able to obtain related licenses/certifications (e.g. herbicide application, Rx burn crew)
  • Good personality, verbal communication, and supervisory skills
  • work well independently & within a small team
  • embrace the mission of Heartwood Preserve
  • good computer skills

Minimum requirements:

  • H.S. diploma or equiv., plus 4 years of college &/or work experience in forestry, natural resource management, or related field.
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to perform all activities required of the position, including safe operation of typical land management equipment & tools.
  • Must pass criminal & employment background check, have valid DL, provide own transportation.

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