Connecting People with that land that sustains us




We are seeking a Land Protection Project Manager to join our dynamic team!

Please download the job description here and email cover letter, resume and references to our executive director, Patricia Szarpa at Deadline is June 16, 2017. 


Marcie Foster
Stewardship Manager

Marcie grew up in Cooperstown and early on in her childhood developed a love of being outside enjoying the natural world. A recipient of a Clark Foundation Scholarship, Marcie graduated from State University of New York–New Paltz with a BA in geography in 2008. Before coming to Otsego Land Trust, Marcie worked for the Student Conservation Association in Arizona, where she conducted archaeological surveys and traveled around the Southwest camping, backpacking, and visiting archaeological sites. She also served as the Peterson Conservation Fellow, a seasonal position developed in 2008 to honor the conservation legacy of Otsego Land Trust's past president Dr. Earle Peterson. In 2011, Marcie began as OLT's as Outreach Coordinator, while training for stewardship duties.  In October 2013, Marcie became OLT's Stewardship Manager.  She directs and manages the annual monitoring of OLT's easements and Blueway public access sites.  Marcie enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, identifying plants, and walking her dogs in the Red Creek watershed, where she currently lives. 

From Marcie:  "The Upper Susquehanna River-Basin is not only very beautiful, but ecologically rich with diverse habitats and working farms and forests. How we - people - live here affects so much of the land in small ways and on a large landscape scale. The water that flows through our watershed flows through southern New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay. How we treat the land that filters our water matters to us and everyone downstream.  Here at the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, I want to be part of leading by example. Working for OLT, I can contribute directly to conservation practices that will protect our lands and waters now and for future generations."


Sara Scheeren
Development and Finance Manager

Sara grew up in agriculturally rich southern Washington County, NY.  She interned for a local land trust throughout high school and at an early age became familiar with the importance of conserving healthy land and water.  Following her passion for conservation and the outdoors, Sara attended State University of New York at Cobleskill and, in May 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Plant Science with a concentration in Ornamental Horticulture. Sara also holds an Associates Degree in Floriculture Production and a certificate in Floral Design. Sara joined the OLT team in the spring of 2013 employing her vast gardening skills as the Brookwood Garden summer intern. Her work ethic and desire to commit to OLT's mission of land and water protection led to her current position as OLT’s Outreach Coordinator, where she is responsible for organizing events, educational programs, and community communications. Sara is a member of the North Eastern New York Orchid Society and of the Cobleskill Alumni Foundation Board.  Sara, who with her fiance Josh, had their first child, Harper Sophia in May 2014, enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, cooking and reading.

From Sara:  "I grew up in a small rural farming community, so I intimately understand the concept of working with the land.  Growing up, I was taught that what you love in life always means a give and take relationship - I love having high quality drinking water straight from the ground my house sits on. I love having healthy land right outside my door, land that I can play on, eat and grow from, learn from, and lands to which I  can help to connect others. The healthy land and water takes care of me, my family, my community, so I need to do my part in being responsible in return."

Averie Saughnessy-Comfort
Office Volunteer Extraordinaire

Averie grew up about 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, PA. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Saint Vincent College located in Latrobe, PA at the foothills of the Laurel Highlands.   Upon her graduation, she moved to Bangor, Maine with her husband where they developed a great love for hiking, kayaking, and living more sustainably. Recently, Averie and her husband moved to Central New York so that she could attend the Cooperstown Graduate Program offered through SUNY Oneonta. Averie is pursuing a Masters in Science Museum Studies and is passionate about using interdisciplinary methods to teach public health, sustainability, and the importance of taking care of the Earth.

From Averie-“ When I moved to Maine, I really felt the initiative to change my lifestyle to better the environment. This Earth is the only place we have to call home, and by taking care of our home, we take care of ourselves. I learn more every day about conservation, and I am very excited to be a part of this organization.”