Stewardship Program Manager

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Wake County, NC, US

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. 

The Division of Land and Water Stewardship is a non-regulatory division within DNCR that provides information and assistance to support effective conservation.  The office is an integral part of the State’s conservation efforts, and seeks to maintain a positive relationship with communities through partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, industries, organizations and private citizens. 

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) provides grant assistance to non-profits, local governments and state agencies for the protection of natural resources in North Carolina. CWMTF funds projects that (1) enhance or restore degraded waters, (2) protect unpolluted waters, and/or (3) contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits, (4) provide buffers around military bases to protect the military mission, (5) acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina, and (6) acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties.

Description of Work:
The Stewardship Program Manager must possess a broad understanding of natural resource management and specific knowledge about current policies and programs related to land conservation, natural area management, conservation funding, and stewardship issues in North Carolina.  This position requires considerable experience interacting tactfully and effectively with staff, diverse grant recipients, the general public and Trustees as well as the ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with public officials, field professionals, coworkers, supervisor, and the general public.  Attention to detail and accurate record keeping is required.  Must have proven ability to handle situations with tact, consistency and sound judgment during the diversity of public contacts required with land owners.

The Stewardship Program Manager must also possess the ability to communicate effectively and to present complex information in a concise and articulate manner in both written and oral form; and the ability to manage changing work tasks in a dynamic team work environment; ability to plan, organize and direct work operations; and prepare and administer a budget.

The Stewardship Program Manager will be responsible for:
  • Review of draft baseline documentation reports and conservation easements to ensure that reserved rights and prohibited activities are consistent with the expectations of the program
  • Review of annual grant applications to ensure that stewardship strategies are consistent with policy
  • Establishment of annual monitoring contracts
  • Review and payment of monitoring invoices
  • Review and resolution of easement issues, including amendment requests, encroachments, and violations
  • Oversight and management of the NC Conservation Easement Endowment Fund and corresponding operational fund
  • Leading review and improvement of policies and procedures that guide the program
  • Maintaining all deed and GIS data associated with the conservation agreements
  • Assisting with other CWMTF program responsibilities as needed
Management Preferences:
Applicants with experience resolving difficult stewardship issues with land conservation organizations and conservation land owners while maintaining a strong track record of positive working relationships.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

  1. Extensive knowledge and working experience in the field of land conservation.
  2. Experience reviewing and administering conservation agreements, such as conservation easements or dedications under the Nature Preserves Act.
  3. Proficiency with ArcGIS or similar mapping software.
  4. Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office Products including Word, Excel, Outlook and Access or similar programs.
  5. Demonstrated experience managing budgets and preparing or reviewing invoices.
  6. Demonstrated experience managing and organizing large amounts of files/data.
  7. Must have a valid Driver’s License.
  8. Must be able to traverse rough and uneven terrain and endure unfavorable work environments (e.g., dust, insects, noise, inclement weather, etc.).
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted. 
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance. Please refrain from submitting multiple applications, however; If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-807-7373