Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) is a conservation organization in Bluff, Utah founded in 2010. FCM envisions a future where the public lands in San Juan County – with all their natural, cultural and recreational values – are protected and respected. To achieve this goal, we work to educate visitors about respectful recreation, monitor cultural sites, effect change through research and service projects, improve land management policies, and engage citizens in advocacy. In 2016, FCM entered into a 5-year Financial Assistance Agreement with the Utah Bureau of Land Management to develop and expand a statewide site steward program to increase the number of citizen stewards who are regularly volunteering in cultural resource monitoring activities throughout Utah. FCM recently concluded the “Information Gathering and Analysis” stage of the program.
About the Position
Friends of Cedar Mesa is looking for a three-quarter to full-time Utah Site Steward Coordinator who will have the overall responsibility of developing a modernized and standardized statewide site steward program for cultural sites on BLM-managed lands in Utah. The three-quarter time position would spend their time developing manuals, training programs and an electronic monitoring app for site stewards, and then sharing these tools with different Utah BLM field offices. The full-time position would have the additional responsibility of developing and expanding cultural site monitoring programs and trainings with the USFS, NPS and SITLA in San Juan County.
The Coordinator will spend up to 10% of his/her time traveling to relevant meetings and trainings in the Four Corners. This is a four-year position to carry out of the goals of the Assistance Agreement. S/he will report to the Assistant Director.
- Develop standardized site steward manuals for three types of site steward programs that will be implemented in BLM Field Offices across the state of Utah.
- Begin the training planning process which includes developing a training program and a training manual for site steward coordinators.
- Work with FCM staff to fundraise for, plan and develop an electronic monitoring app.
- Organize training and implementation of online monitoring form and electronic monitoring app.
- Conduct annual evaluation of statewide program and solicit feedback from partner agencies.
- Work with BLM Program Officer to facilitate dialogue between BLM Field Office archaeologists, regional site steward coordinators and Utah Site Steward Coordinator.
- Expand monitoring efforts to partners including other land management agencies, youth groups, academic institutions and other organizations.
- Help field offices grow number of statewide site steward volunteers annually.
- Building partnerships with the BLM, Forest Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS) and Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) to advance volunteer & monitoring opportunities in San Juan County (Full-time position only)
- Travel to site steward trainings and events.
- Work with Visit with Respect Program Manager on overlapping programming
- Help with administrative tasks as needed.
The Utah Site Steward Coordinator will be thoroughly committed to BLM’s and FCM’s mission and her/his professional development. All candidates should have proven program development experience and strong writing skills. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, natural resource management or related degree and experience working with diverse groups of volunteers.
Strong verbal and written communication experience, especially with curriculum or manual development, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
Heightened awareness and cultural sensitivity regarding Native American connections to cultural resources.
A self-motivated work ethic that is adaptive, innovative, and quick to find solutions; the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people is essential. Candidate must be highly organized with the ability to plan for the bigger, long-term picture.
5 or more years of professional experience in archaeological programming, volunteer programming, or site steward programming, a track record of effectively developing training; experience working with or for government land management agencies is a plus.
Preference will be given to candidates willing to live or relocate to within 45 minutes of Bluff, UT, a tiny town with limited amenities and the best backyard in the world.
A high level of competency in Microsoft Office; knowledge of the Adobe Cloud Suite a plus.
$30,000 to $40,000 plus basic health care insurance depending on experience and whether the candidate is full-time.
Please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to Amanda@cedarmesafriends.org. In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are interested in the three-quarter time or full-time position.