VES Land Trust is hiring!

The Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust (VES Land Trust) seeks a part-time Stewardship Manager to implement its stewardship program on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The position will require field work, mapping using ArcGIS, digital photography, detailed note taking and reporting, interpretive skills and a good understanding of natural systems, traditional land use, agriculture, conservation and land preservation practices. The Stewardship Manager will also work with the Executive Director to strategize and implement outreach programs, assist with the annual fundraiser, and complete administrative and office duties as needed. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required and a minimum of two years working experience in a related field is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Full job description, requirements, and how to apply here. Please apply by August 24, 2018. EOE.

Leaving a better world

As you cruise down Fleming Rd. outside the town of New Church, Va., you may notice the houses and fields fade to trees as you look east. Just past the church its steeple as tall as the pines nestled around it, beautiful mature woods take over casting dappled light along the road. Roll down your windows, and you’ll hear the birds calling to one another from the branches.

The woods surround farmland that once produced strawberries and was home to cattle. The Fleming family has owned the farm for 100 years.

Playing outside fosters a love for nature

“This is the best field trip. I never want to leave!” Metompkin Elementary second graders explore nature close to home... full article

Conservation is a good investment

"The Eastern Shore is embedded in our hearts and in our souls. Fortunately, the heart and soul of our home remain remarkably intact and healthy, thanks to conservation," writes Lucius J. Kellam, III conservation easement donor and former board member in a recent op-ed for the Virginia Pilot. The op-ed also highlights a study by George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis and Urban Analytics that  found conservation has a positive economic impact on the Eastern Shore.