Land Steward Job Opening

Land Steward Job Description

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is a local, private, non-profit land trust working to protect the land, water, wildlife, and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations. The organization strives to create a fun, inspiring, and team-oriented work environment with flexible work hours.

The Land Steward is responsible for assisting the Preserve Director in coordinating and carrying out the three Trash Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) contracts with the County of Ventura in addition to overseeing volunteer solicitation and coordination for Ventura Land Trust. The Land Steward will focus on maintaining compliance with TMDL contractual obligations and ensuring that current and potential volunteers have the resources they need to support the program. This position includes regular interaction with people experiencing homelessness, picking up trash, and working with volunteers.


  • Responsible for the Ventura River TMDL project. This includes bi-weekly trash monitoring, preparing reports, and collection per our contract with the County of Ventura. Lead volunteer crews on trash collection in the Ventura River
  • Responsible for the Malibu Creek Watershed TMDL and the Revlon Slough Beardsley Wash TMDL projects. This includes bi-monthly travel to the project sites, oversight of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) members performing the trash collection, and all project reporting
  • Responsible for the Revlon Slough Beardsley Wash TMDL project. This includes bi-monthly travel to the project sites, and oversight of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) members performing the trash collection
  • Solicit and coordinate all volunteers for all VLT programs. This includes but is not limited to returning emails, phone calls, and DM’s related to folks interested in volunteering
  • Maintain a record of volunteer activities, number of volunteers, and total volunteer hours for general volunteers and docents, alike; ensure volunteer waivers are signed and collected before participating in volunteer activity
  • Attend and manage volunteer events. Coordinate volunteers, supplies, locations
  • Coordinate corporate and group volunteer events
  • Work closely with Outreach and Development teams to coordinate volunteers for events
  • Solicit and coordinate docents for the Harmon Canyon and Big Rock Docent Programs. This includes returning emails, phone calls, and DM’s related to folks interested in becoming docents, and leading docent orientations
  • Lead the development and launch of the Mariano Rancho Preserve Docent Program
  • Manage high school and/or college interns supporting the Stewardship Department
  • Communicate the organization’s mission while respecting the perspective of the community you are engaging with
  • Work alongside the Westside Social worker and Ventura Police Department in an effort to connect homeless folks with services
  • Be present and working at most VLT events. Available some evenings and weekends.
  • Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 2+ years of experience in native habitat fieldwork, or AA/AS
  • Physically able, with or without accommodation, to work and thrive in relatively remote outdoor environments with uneven and sometimes extremely steep terrain, variable outdoor conditions including heat, cold, wind, dust, chemicals, moisture, and dryness. Position requires frequent standing/walking and lifting up to 50 pounds; often performing repetitive bending & stooping, power gripping/squeezing (hand tools, levers, etc.), repetitive or fine hand movements, occasionally working with arms above shoulder level, climbing stairs, using portable ladders, operation of and/or working in the presence of vehicles and heavy, moving, or dangerous equipment, and long-distance hiking off-trail, sometimes in pokey/brushy and steep conditions. Position will include wearing personal protective equipment, including safety glasses/goggles, gloves, safety shoes/boots, face shield
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other staff
  • Comfortable working in a continuously evolving environment

Hourly compensation range from $16-$20, commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Budgeted hours are 40 hours per week. Land Steward qualifies as a full-time hourly/non-exempt employee and is eligible for medical benefits plus vacation, holiday, sick time, and an unmatched 401(k) plan.

The application deadline for this position is January 30, 2023.

To be considered for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with "Land Steward" in the subject line.

View a PDF of the job description here.

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