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Land Steward, Black Swamp Conservancy

Reporting to the Conservation Manager and in collaboration with the entire Conservancy team and its community partners, the Land Steward (Steward) leads Black Swamp Conservancy’s preserve management activities.

The Steward is a field-based position responsible for invasive species control, caring for the ecological health of our nature preserves, and leading property maintenance work, including for public use infrastructure. The Steward will both work independently and oversee a small, seasonally contracted, field crew. This person will also assist with the development of property management plans, conservation easement monitoring and oversight of ecological restoration projects.


Oversee and carry out stewardship activities on Conservancy-owned and managed lands, including non-native species control, habitat restoration efforts, fence building and repair, management of facilities and other infrastructure, equipment and vehicle maintenance, sign and trail maintenance, and other management activities. Create and implement and/or update stewardship and land management plans for select properties or landscapes.

Complete annual compliance monitoring for the Conservancy’s fee title ownership properties and assist with monitoring of conservation easements.

Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

This position requires frequent travel within northwest Ohio and may require working evening and weekend hours.

Operate outdoor tools and equipment. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.

May require long hours in isolated settings under infrequent supervision.

May interact with the public at preserves and restoration sites.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 10/24/2022
  • Organization: Black Swamp Conservancy
  • Qualifications: At least two years of field work experience, preferably with a land trust, park district or similar conservation organization. Experience assessing and managing natural habitats, in northwest Ohio or the Great Lakes Region including knowledge of northwest Ohio flora and fauna. Experience navigating outdoors with maps and GPS. Ability to take direction, problem solve, and report back to direct supervisor. Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g., Commercial Pesticide Applicator License). Available to work before and after normal business hours and on the weekends, as necessary. This position generally works four 10-hour days during the field season. Must have valid driver’s license. Must have or obtain CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • How to apply: Send application to
  • Location: Perrysburg, OH
  • Web address:

Contact Information:
Melanie Coulter