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Glen Helen Association

Position (2 positions sought)
Land Steward

Job Description
Glen Helen plays a unique role in Yellow Springs. The Glen is the reason our forbearers situated the town where they did, and the Glen’s iron-rich spring is the source of the town’s name. Glen Helen provides a thousand-acre greenbelt on our eastern edge, and ensures unparalleled access to nature for our residents.

Glen Helen has a long history of hiring, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating student workers. In 1929, Glen Helen became part of Antioch College, and thus began a 90-year relationship of work and academic opportunities in the Glen. Students built and managed Trailside Museum. They created the Outdoor Education Center and served as its naturalists. They constructed sections of trail and worked to maintain them. Importantly, they engaged in these efforts not just out of academic requirement or intellectual pursuit, but also with a purpose of service to the broader community.

This position provides students with the opportunity for meaningful learning about the work of operating a nonprofit nature preserve, while addressing programmatic needs in Glen Helen and forwarding our environmental mission.

Our land stewardship strategy is to identify, enlarge, and connect the areas that have the highest biodiversity. The Land Steward works alongside staff to manage our trail system, remove invasive plants, and restore native species. The position reports to our director of land management.

      • Educate visitors on the ecology, geology, botany, wildlife, history, and rules of the preserve
      • Remove invasive plants
      • Operate land management equipment, including chipper, chainsaw, and other power tools
      • Assist in coordination of land management group activities with staff and volunteers
      • Trail maintenance, including bridge and walkway construction, trail construction and closures
      • Propagate and restore native fauna through plantings
      • Teach volunteers and the public how to identify and safely remove invasive plants
      • Work alongside other Glen Helen staff and volunteers

    Nick Boutis

    Student Miller Fellowships are paid positions with local nonprofit organizations that are awarded grants to employ Miller Fellows.

    Student Miller Fellows will need to attend the first available Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) at some point during their employment with the nonprofit. The NLI provides information on philanthropy and of nonprofits, and provides grounding and framework for learning from their experiences as a Miller Fellow. Students learn how nonprofits operate, how successful nonprofits function, and the important role students play in the community, representing their schools and the YSCF. They meet nonprofit leaders in the community and gain experience through hands-on work sessions.

    Miller Fellowships are offered to the following individuals:


        • A full-time, degree-seeking student in good standing at a Greene County college or university with a preference towards an Antioch College student
        • A high school student who is a resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township or an attendee at Yellow Springs High School; high school Miller Fellows must be 16 years old or older.
        • A resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township under the age of 25 in a gap year before or during college or home for a vacation period
        • Students must have completed the YSCF’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) or apply and complete the next available NLI during their employment.
        • The identified Miller Fellow can be a current employee of the nonprofit if they meet the requirements above.

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