Ethan Rubenstein has been hired as land protection project manager for Otsego Land Trust, according to a media release.
Rubenstein, a graduate of Ithaca College, had been working in AmeriCorps as the land stewardship coordinator for Buzzards Bay Coalition in Massachusetts. He has also worked with the New England Forestry Foundation and the Alberta (Canada) Sustainable Resource Development.
The OLT position was announced this summer, funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. Matching funds were provided by the Scriven Foundation.
“Ethan brings a wealth of enthusiasm and knowledge to this important position,” OLT Executive Director Virginia Kennedy said in the media release. “OLT is currently working on almost 1,000 acres in farm and forestland protection right now, and we anticipate crossing the 10,000 acre total by early 2015.
“We have a great staff, but we really needed the additional manpower to help us with the number of projects coming through the door. Someone as talented as Ethan will allow us to even more dramatically increase our land protection success,” she continued.
“I am excited to be back in the New York state region where I grew up and went to school,” Rubenstein said in the media release. “I feel fortunate to contribute to the conservation record of working lands, farms and forests and clean water that make our region so special.
“I admire the success that OLT has had, and I’m looking forward to being part of enhancing the organization’s land-protection capacity,” he continued.