Conary Point Project

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Lily Pond Dam Report 2022

Outreach Manager – Position Description

IHT’s Outreach Manager is a full-time, year-round, salaried position. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation time, personal days as well as a health stipend. Compensation is roughly $35-37K annually, to start, depending on experience.



The Outreach Manager’s primary focus is the planning and implementation of recruitment, engagement, and communications activities.  Additionally, the Outreach Manager will perform general office clerical work, provide support for staff, and oversee inventory, sales, and staffing of the Nature Shop. The Outreach manager works closely with all staff and volunteers and reports to the Executive Director.



The Outreach Manager should convey an enthusiastic interest in land conservation and in the Deer Isle-Stonington community through strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, problem solving, and computer skills (Microsoft Office, Adobe products, Google Drive, MailChimp, Facebook, Instagram, Little Green Light CRM [Constituent Relationship Management], etc.)



  • Coordinate IHT’s Volunteer Program including recruitment, scheduling, training, recognition;
  • Produce regular outreach communications (Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp e-blasts, etc.) and assist with special mailings;
  • Work closely with IHT’s Program Committee to ensure that programs support the mission and core values of IHT and provide opportunities for attracting new stakeholders; coordinate scheduling to produce year-round programming;
  • Collaborate with Development Associate on database management and assist with moves management activities for volunteers and members;
  • Oversee and manage IHT’s Nature Shop, including engaging customers, scheduling and training volunteer staff, and maintaining inventory;
  • Develop and strengthen community engagement and collaboration with neighboring land trusts to promote conservation and implement programing;
  • Answer and screen telephone calls and greet guests in a professional and courteous manner and manage IHT general email and inquiries. Provide administrative support for the ED and other staff members as required and manage general office needs (supplies, filing, photocopying, and scanning) and upkeep of organizational records and help to ensure positive work culture for staff and volunteers, (including committee members);
  • Assist in other related aspects of IHT’s operations as needed.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information in one document (PDF) for immediate consideration.

Applications can be submitted by email, or by mail to contact information below. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. For questions, or more information contact:

Julia Zell, Executive Director

Island Heritage Trust
PO Box 42, Deer Isle, ME 04627       207.348.2455

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Our office will be closed November 26th & 27th

Our office will be closed today and tomorrow in observation of Native American Heritage Day and Thanksgiving.
November is Native American Heritage Month. This month was established to honor and recognize Native Americans as the first people of this nation and to celebrate both their cultural heritage and integral importance to our past, our present, and our future.
We have so much to be thankful for at IHT!
We wish you all health and wellness this holiday season.

We are hiring! – Development Associate



This year-round position will be 3/4 or full time, depending on the chosen candidate’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation time, and personal days; as well as a health stipend. Salary commensurate with experience.

Location: The position is based in Deer Isle, Maine. This is a small, rural, island community (winter pop. 3,000) with a traditional natural resource-based economy focused on recreational tourism and the fishing industry.


The Island Heritage Trust (IHT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust dedicated to conservation that protects significant open space, scenic areas, wildlife habitats, natural resources, and historic and cultural features that offer public and economic benefit and are essential to the character of the Deer Isle area. IHT is a membership-based organization, with an engaged donor base of more than 700 supporters and strong relationships with numerous grantmaking organizations. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about land conservation and who is experienced with cultivating donor relations. Working with and under the supervision of the Executive Director (ED), and collaborating closely with IHT’s committees, staff, trustees and volunteers the Development Associate (DA) helps develop and manage IHT’s fundraising activities, cultivates donors, and co-manages IHT’s outreach communications. This position which will require some work on weekends, holidays, and during non-traditional hours. The DA is expected to reside within commuting distance of Deer Isle, Maine.


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or higher and substantial fundraising experience, preferably for a land trust or conservation organization, including grants, general fund appeals, and high-capacity donor cultivation.  The candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication and the ability to both collaborate with others and work independently. Familiarity with Microsoft Office & Little Green Light or similar CRM as well as

proficiency with Adobe products such as Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and other specialized land trust software is also desired. The candidate should also have access to reliable internet speed for remote work as needed.

DUTIES – Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Develops and implements multi-year fundraising strategies, budgets, and reporting mechanisms for general fund appeals, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, monthly giving, and planned giving.
  • Works with the ED and Development Committee to implement capital campaigns.
  • Researches donors, foundations, and grant programs, and develops donor relations in support of overall fundraising objectives and to encourage increased giving.
  • Develops, strengthens, and maintains relationships with donors and grant makers.
  • Identifies, applies for, and secures grant funding from foundations and other entities as agreed upon with ED. Follow through with grant reports and communication with grantors.

Database Management:

  • Manages gift entry, acknowledgement correspondence, donor record updates in Little Green Light (CRM).
  • Ensures all donor acknowledgments are prompt, thoughtful, and meet all IRS and Accreditation requirements.
  • Maintains database to ensure integrity and accuracy of constituent records, and manages and generates reports and analysis.

Outreach and Public Relations:

  • Writes and develops print, online, and social media outreach materials, donor communications, and media relations in collaboration with fellow staff.
  • Prepares material in a timely fashion allowing for considered review and timely publishing.
  • Plans and coordinates outreach and special events, and provides information on and promotes IHT programs, plans, and policies to the IHT community, other organizations, and the media in collaboration with fellow staff.

Board & Committee Support:

  • Coordinates Staff and Board relationships with donors to ensure communications and interactions move forward with a singular, coordinated purpose.
  • Prepares documents and reports for the committees and board as requested.
  • Participates in Development Committee meetings, and others as needed.
  • Ensures development and implementation of fundraising policies and procedures to qualify IHT for LTA accreditation.

Submit a cover letter (including salary requirement), resume, and three references with contact information in one document (PDF) for immediate consideration.

Applications can be submitted by email, or by mail to contact information below. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. For questions, or more information contact:

Julia Zell, Executive Director

Island Heritage Trust
PO Box 42, Deer Isle, ME 04627       207.348.2455

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

We are hiring! – Full Job Description

Executive Director

Island Heritage Trust (IHT) seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead a growing non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of Deer Isle and surrounding islands.

The ideal candidate should have strong leadership and strategic planning skills, a passion for land conservation, and the ability to work effectively with the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers and to serve as the public face of IHT with landowners, donors, local citizens and the broader land trust community.

Founded in 1987, Island Heritage Trust’s mission is to contribute to the well-being of the Island community by conserving its distinctive landscapes and natural resources, by maintaining public access to valued trails, shoreline and islands and by providing educational programming for all ages.  IHT owns 25 properties (totaling over 600 acres), holds conservation easements on 37 properties (covering more than 850 acres), and co-manages with The Nature Conservancy and the State of Maine three conservation properties totaling nearly 300 acres.

The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of IHT under the supervision of the Board of Trustees and is an ex officio member of the Board.  The organization is currently staffed by a Development Director, a Land Steward, an Environmental Educator, a Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager, a Bookkeeper and a Seasonal Stewardship Assistant. Major organizational functions are overseen by volunteer committees, including a Stewardship Committee, Land Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee and Program Committee.  Dozens of other volunteers help maintain trails, run our Nature Shop, help out in the office and participate in our other programs.  IHT is a membership nonprofit with more than 700 Members.

The Executive Director’s responsibilities encompass the following:


Leadership and Strategy

  • Work with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement strategies to carry out IHT’s mission
  • Lead program development and execution
  • Guide satisfaction of LTA accreditation requirements and compliance with LTA standards
  • Help devise strategies to improve IHT’s financial position
  • Recruit, train, supervise, evaluate and inspire staff
  • Promote active participation by volunteers in IHT’s programs and activities
  • Expand IHT’s community outreach
  • Represent IHT in its work with the public, donors and the land trust community


Land Conservation

  • Oversee the implementation of IHT’s land conservation programs
  • Evaluate and negotiate conservation easements and fee property acquisitions
  • Supervise the work of the Land Steward and oversee stewardship of conservation properties
  • Interact with property owners
  • Recommend responses to easement amendments and violations
  • Remain up-to-date on issues and trends in the land trust community


Community Relations

  • Develop and oversee public relations activities and relations with landowners, members, community leaders and other organizations
  • Disseminate information to the public on land conservation and on IHT, its programs and its projects
  • Oversee the work of the Environmental Educator in developing and implementing educational programs for the schools and public
  • Oversee the maintenance and updating of the IHT website, its Facebook page and its other social media feeds



  • Oversee the development and implementation of land program, operating and capital campaign fundraising activities
  • Supervise the work of the Development Director
  • Identify and pursue grants and other funding sources
  • Promote an active membership recruitment program


Budgeting and Accounting

  • Work with the Treasurer, the Finance Committee and other committees to prepare the annual budget
  • Manage expenditures in compliance with the annual budget
  • Ensure that restricted funds are expended solely in accordance with the donor’s instructions
  • Work with IHT’s accountant to prepare its Form 990 and annual financial statements
  • Oversee the work of the Bookkeeper in all of the Bookkeeper’s functions, including ensuring that IHT bills are paid in a timely fashion and that appropriate filings are made with respect to donations
  • Ensure that all insurance policies, documentation relating to IHT’s charitable status, IHT’s annual reports, tax filings and PILOT contributions are up-to-date and made in a timely fashion



  • Communicate regularly with the Board of Trustees and committees to maintain a consistent flow of information both inside and outside the organization
  • Prepare and circulate to Trustees documentation for each Board meeting
  • Attend Board meetings and Committee meetings as required
  • Maintain Board records and files of all Board minutes, agendas, and related documentation
  • Help prepare and organize materials and training for new and existing Board members
  • Supervise the work of the Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager and other staff
  • Plan for, and allocate resources to meet, organizational and transactional deadlines
  • Keep current with relevant employment and tax laws and practices
  • Review and recommend to the Board appropriate changes to organizational structure and personnel policies
  • Manage IHT facilities
  • Maintain and secure membership lists, donation records and other IHT records in an orderly and accessible manner


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Undergraduate degree or equivalent
Experience: At least three years of relevant experience. Land conservation, supervisory, budgeting, nonprofit restricted funds management, fundraising and management experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, Attributes: Budgeting, facility with basic accounting matters, time management, delegation, excellent written and oral communication skills, relationship building, teamwork, excellent organizational skills, safety consciousness, high energy level, enthusiasm, action oriented personality, willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends and familiarity with, and a commitment to, the Deer Isle area.


To apply for this position: Send cover letter and résumé to Chair, or to Island Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 42, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Deadline for application: September 1, 2020.