JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:  Conservation Land Manager, Indian Hill Manor & Farm

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to: Jerry Paulson, President, Smeja Homestead Foundation at: info@indianhillmanor.net

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The Smeja Homestead Foundation is seeking an energetic conservation land manager who is aspiring to make their mark in natural resource management to maintain and rehabilitate the historic landscape, farm, conservation areas and archeological sites owned by the Foundation, including Indian Hill Manor and Farm, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Smeja Homestead Foundation is a private operating foundation that owns 560 acres of land located along the Kishwaukee and Rock rivers southwest of Rockford, Illinois.  It includes the 26-acre Manor grounds that were laid out in 1918-1920 by O. C. Simonds, one of the leaders of the natural landscaping movement of the early twentieth century, that are being rehabilitated to recreate the original plat and native plantings. The foundation also owns a 160-acre historic farm, 40 acres of wooded bluffs along the Kishwaukee River, 30 acres of land that is enrolled in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program, 285 acres of floodplain forest, and an 18-acre archeological site that is a designated Land & Water Reserve.

The Land Manager is responsible for implementing the rehabilitation plan for the manor grounds, developing a model sustainable farming plan for the farm, managing the natural land along the Kishwaukee and Rock rivers, including land being restored to wetland, prairie and riparian forest through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and developing management plans and policies for the archeological site in cooperation with the Ho Chunk Nation and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

The Foundation does not discriminate due to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability when making decisions regarding employment.