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Land Management Outreach Associate

The Clifton Institute seeks a Land Management Outreach Associate to educate landowners on best practices for natural habitat management in northern Virginia, to liaise with partner organizations to improve management of native grasslands, and to restore and maintain the Clifton Institute property for the benefit of declining native species. The Clifton Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located north of Warrenton, in the northern Piedmont of Virginia. Our 900-acre field station, which includes grasslands, shrublands, forests, and wetlands, is permanently protected under a conservation easement, and is home to 1,800+ species of plants, animals, and fungi. We use organic and conventional methods as well as prescribed fire, mowing, and grazing to manage the 300 acres of early successional habitat on the property. The Clifton Institute is a small but dynamic organization and the successful applicant will play an important role in the growth of the organization.

Duties for this position include:

  • Visiting private properties to advise landowners on the management of grasslands, shrublands, forests, and landscaping to benefit native biodiversity and achieve landowners’ goals. This will include conducting rapid baseline plant surveys to guide management plans and providing advice on:
    • Organic and / or conventional management of invasive exotic plants
    • Establishment of wildflower meadows
    • Shrubland management to provide habitat for priority species
    • Management of grazing land to benefit native biodiversity (e.g. rotational grazing, native forage, fescue stockpiling)
    • Sustainable forestry
  • Liaising with partners (e.g. power and gas companies, the Virginia Department of Transportation, managers of public lands, state biologists, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, land management companies, and non-profit organizations) to improve grassland management at a large scale. This will include educating partners on native biodiversity found in utility corridors and along roadsides, and communicating with partners to improve management.
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director and groundskeeping staff to manage grasslands, shrublands, cattle pastures, and forests at the Clifton Institute for the benefit of declining biodiversity and to ensure the Clifton Institute property serves as an example of best practices.
  • Generating interest in the Clifton Institute’s restoration and education programs and cultivating potential donors.
  • Collaborating with volunteers on native plant propagation projects. This will include overseeing and executing seed collection, sowing, and care of seedlings.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A personal passion for natural history, conservation, and land management.
  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna of grasslands, shrublands, and forests of eastern North America. Ability to identify grassland plants and birds in the mid-Atlantic or ability to translate knowledge of species of another region to Virginia species.
  • Experience with grassland restoration and/or wildflower meadow establishment, such as seed mix design, seed drilling, prescribed fire, herbicide application, mowing, discing, cover crops, and sustainable grazing.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, natural resources, or related field. A graduate degree in environmental sciences a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required. Fundraising experience a plus.
  • Excellent writing skills required.
  • Plant propagation experience a plus.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary will be $40,000 per year.
  • Full-time employees receive 15 paid days off during their first year of employment. In addition, we observe 10 public holidays.
  • The employee will enjoy a flexible work schedule and a compensatory time policy.
  • We have competitive health, dental, and retirement benefits as well as life insurance.
  • In addition, employees of the Clifton Institute spend a significant amount of time outside on our beautiful 900-acre property.

COVID-19 Information:

We are taking the pandemic seriously and we are doing everything we can to keep staff and program participants safe, while still working to accomplish our education, restoration, and research mission. The Land Management Outreach Associate will be based full-time in our office in Warrenton, VA. Social distancing is required in our office building, and masks are required whenever people are in closer contact (e.g. during meetings). The successful candidate will have his/her own separate, well-ventilated office space.

How to apply:

Please send applications to bharris@cliftoninstitute.org. Please include a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in working at the Clifton Institute. Please also provide the names and email addresses of at least three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we will contact you if we would like to schedule an interview.

Communications Assistant

The Clifton Institute seeks a Communications Assistant to communicate with the public about our education, restoration, and research programs. The Clifton Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located four miles north of Warrenton, in the northern Piedmont of Virginia. Our mission is to inspire future generations of environmental stewards, to learn about the ecology of the northern Virginia Piedmont, and to conserve native biodiversity. The Clifton Institute is a small but dynamic organization and the successful applicant will play an important role in our growth by helping spread the word about our work.

Duties for this position include:

  • Keeping our website calendar and Facebook events up to date with upcoming education programs
  • Helping to prepare our monthly e-newsletters
  • Helping to prepare our quarterly print newsletters
  • Writing thank you letters to donors
  • Writing Facebook posts about our education, restoration, and research projects
  • Writing articles for local newspapers about our education, restoration, and research projects
  • Communicating with program participants
  • Helping to prepare grant applications to foundations
  • Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills and social media skills required.
  • Digital design skills a plus.
  • A personal interest in nature, education, and / or conservation.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Knowledge of animals and plants of Virginia a plus.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US and able to work at our office in Warrenton, VA.

Wages and Benefits

  • This position will pay $17 an hour and will be a maximum of 2 days a week.
  • The employee will enjoy a flexible work schedule.
  • In addition, employees of the Clifton Institute get to enjoy being outside on our beautiful 900-acre property.

COVID-19 Information

We are taking the pandemic seriously and we are doing everything we can to keep staff and program participants safe, while still working to accomplish our education, restoration, and research mission. The Communications Assistant will be based in our office in Warrenton, VA. Social distancing and mask wearing are required in our office building. The successful candidate will have his/her own separate, well-ventilated office space.

How to Apply:
Please send applications to eharris@cliftoninstitute.org. Please include a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in working at the Clifton Institute. Please send a writing sample if you have one. Please also provide the names and email addresses of at least three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

In the administration of its employment policies and practices, The Clifton Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, matriculation, political affiliation or genetic information.