Preserve Steward II

Preserve Steward II

Preserve Steward II

Laurels Preserve Director

Reports to the Laurels Preserve Director. Works primarily with the Preserve Steward and occasionally with other staff and consultants.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                                  

  1. Maintains trails, conducts invasive removal, tree work, and other activities to ensure that the Laurels constituents have safe access to the Preserve.
  2. Acts as the ambassador to the Laurels Preserve while ensuring compliance with access policies and procedures.
  3. Under the direction of the Laurels Preserve Director, plans and coordinates property stewardship and ecological restoration projects.
  4. Ensures that stewardship equipment, including truck and tractor, are in good working order.
  5. Trains volunteers and leads regular volunteer workdays.
  6. In conjunction with the Laurels Preserve Director, manages a deer hunting program at the Preserve.
  7. Coordinates visits to the Preserve by private groups upon request and as necessary.
  8. In conjunction with the Laurels Preserve Director, supervises outside contractors performing maintenance.
  9. Maintains contact with Laurels Preserve neighbors and assists Laurels Preserve Director in resolving boundary disputes, fencing issues, encroachments, and agricultural issues.
  10. Educates visitors to the Laurels Preserve about the Conservancy’s management philosophy, policies, and procedures.
  11. Leads occasional interpretive walks at the Preserve for Conservancy members or private groups.
  12. Contributes content to Conservancy publications and social media upon request. 
  13. Works with staff to implement the Miller Farm Management Plan and performs general property stewardship and routine maintenance.


  1. Minimum of two years’ professional experience in land management, trail maintenance, agriculture, or landscaping.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, ecology, forestry, or related field; or compelling evidence of commensurate experience.
  3. Ability to identify regional flora and fauna; or commitment to learn about flora and fauna, and other natural resource topics.
  4. Experience with invasive removal and herbicide use.
  5. Demonstrated ability to operate land management equipment in a safe and proper manner, to include, but not be limited to, truck with trailer, tractor with front-end loader, mowers, chainsaws, and weed eaters.
  6. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive relationships with co-workers, preserve visitors, and neighbors, and to handle enforcement of regulations with diplomacy and tact.
  7. Personal initiative and the ability to prioritize and carry out tasks in the absence of direct supervision.
  8. Ability to work equally well independently and as part of a team.
  9. Ability to work outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions and to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  10. Experience and physical strength to use power and hand tools, tractors, mowers, ATVs, and chainsaws.
  11. Availability to work a regular Tuesday through Saturday work schedule, and occasional evenings or Sundays as needed.
  12. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook, and familiarity with handheld GPS devices.
  13. Have and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  14. Passionate commitment to the environment and to the mission of the Brandywine Conservancy. 

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.