Native Stewardship Lead

Position: The Native Stewardship Lead is essential to the effective and efficient operation of the collaborative Forestry and Community Conservation program within the 24:1. Beyond Housing’s Forestry and Community Conservation program plays a pivotal role in revitalizing and sustaining urban and community forests and native landscapes within the 24:1 community area. We are seeking a dedicated Native Stewardship Lead to direct efforts in enhancing the ecological health of these areas, cultivating a diverse green workforce, and fostering community engagement in environmental stewardship.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise and mentor a team of three Native Stewardship Technicians, including involvement in their hiring and professional development.
  • Design and oversee a workforce development initiative targeting skills in native area conservation and management, in addition to providing soft skill training sessions.
  • Maintain and enhance bioretention basins and other native landscapes, including the transformation of vacant lots into vibrant native planting sites.
  • Manage relationships with municipal officials and partner organizations, fostering collaboration to support the Vacant Lot Remediation Program.
  • Engage community members through outreach, promoting active participation in environmental conservation efforts.
  • Assist in securing and managing state grants and other funding opportunities for native plant restoration and invasive species removal.
  • Coordinate with municipal entities for trash cleanup initiatives and tree planting events, ensuring effective community involvement.
  • Track project progress and engage with residents and local officials to foster support for conservation efforts.
  • Deliver training sessions for community members and municipal employees on sustainable landscape practices.
  • Participate in public relations activities, including media interviews and special event organization, to promote program visibility.
  • Assist in budget preparation and financial management to support program initiatives.
  • Other duties as required. 

Personal Qualities:

  • Collaborative — A dynamic personality that is collaboratively minded, can recognize and identify strengths, seek consensus around mutual goals, and build meaningful relationships.
  • Creative and Curious — A systems-thinker and builder, who is not afraid to be innovative in designing solutions and has skills in articulating these ideas and concepts.
  • Methodical — Strong analytical, systems, and problem solving skills to evaluate performance, prepare reports, and recommend/implement solutions using independent judgment. Ability to move from concepts to action through strong program design and evaluation.
  • Reliable — Leadership skills that reflect and value a team approach, demonstrated integrity, effectiveness, efficiency, and the ability to deliver high quality service. Highly capable of handling multiple tasks, projects and timelines. Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Trusted — Ability to work with residents, partners, and staff of diversified backgrounds with a positive, optimistic, solutions oriented attitude. Shares a deep respect for the community, its stakeholders and the residents that we serve.
  • Driven — Passion for the work and an interest in continuous learning and improvement.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minimum High School Diploma with ongoing or completed associate degree in Horticulture or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least one year of relevant experience in natural resource management or a related field.
  • Knowledgeable in native and invasive plant identification.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Familiar with landscaping tools and equipment.
  • Proficient in driving a truck and trailer in urban environments; a valid Missouri Driver’s License and reliable transportation are required. Must have an acceptable driving record.
  • Microsoft Suite proficiency.
  • Ability to work with and supervise diverse groups of individuals.
  • Capable of working outdoors, interpreting environmental data, and engaging in physical activities.
  • Public Pesticide Applicators License preferred (assistance available for certification).


  • Forestry and Community Conservation Program Director & Manager


  • Native Stewardship Technicians

Salary and Benefits:

  • Full-time salaried position as determined in current Beyond Housing Employee Handbook
  • Salary: $45,760

Application Instructions:

Please send resume and cover letter to  This job will remain posted until it is filled.  For more information on Beyond Housing, visit

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  Beyond Housing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Beyond Housing believes that each individual is unique, and we are committed to respecting the diversity of all individuals. We strive to move beyond simple tolerance, embracing and celebrating the differences contained within each of us, making us stronger as whole.

Culture Statement for Beyond Housing – Beyond Housing cultivates a climate of respect, friendliness, collaboration, and open, honest communication. Team members are empowered and trusted to work methodically and innovate together. We consistently recognize and celebrate team members’ contributions, creativity, drive, passions, and achievements.

At Beyond Housing, we are genuinely committed to our staff and to making Beyond Housing a place where our team members are happy to work. We support team members’ work-life balance and professional development; ensure that all team members feel included, valued, and appreciated; embrace flexibility in the workplace; and encourage and support team members’ involvement in the organization.

We are, likewise, committed to the communities we serve and to helping to make communities better places to live. We hold team members accountable to our mission and to the community – asking them to demonstrate this commitment by engaging the community and asking the right questions for alignment and action.

We look for team members who hold themselves accountable to the following traits:
Collaborative – Creative – Curious – Reliable – Methodical – Trusted – Driven

ADA – Beyond Housing is committed to furthering the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The company is always willing to consider reasonable accommodations, which may allow a disabled person to perform this or any other job. The Summary of Physical Requirements is a list of what we believe at this point to be necessary in order to perform the essential functions of the job.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement – At Beyond Housing, we are committed to promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity throughout our organization and culture. We strive to understand and appreciate the individuality of every employee and create a better place to work for all. We nurture a culture where everyone positively acknowledges equity through action and is aware, understanding, and appreciative of diversity.

Our vision is to go beyond simple tolerance and fully embrace the things that make each person unique. We recognize that our employees’ differences support our ability to advance equity for the communities we serve. Further, we understand that equity is critical to the fulfillment of our mission to help entire communities become better places to live.

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