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Careers in Land Conservation
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The Land Trust Alliance strengthens land conservation throughout America by connecting land trusts, leading political advocacy and providing training and resources. Our staff works out of our headquarters in Washington D.C., as well as offices throughout the country.
This job board also features listings from conservation-related nonprofits, government agencies and businesses nationwide — making it a go-to source for career opportunities in land conservation.
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The Alaska Farmland Trust Corporation (AFTC) is a land trust that was created in 2005 to address the state’s rapidly disappearing farmland. Since its founding, the Alaska Farmland Trust has protected nearly 160 acres through Agricultural Conservation Easements. In addition to its conservation program, AFTC also hosts workshops, conducts outreach and education, advocates for favorable food and farm policy and started Alaska FarmLink, which links farmers looking for land with landowners with land to lease or sell.
The Catalina Island Conservancy seeks a new Chief Executive Officer. Operating as an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Conservancy has over 70 full-time staff, a $10 million annual operating budget and a $50 million endowment. Reporting to the board of directors and responsible for six direct reports, the CEO implements the conservancy’s strategic vision and annual operating goals.
Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) is looking for a highly productive, efficient, and enthusiastic professional to join our team. The right candidate has strong writing, website and production skills; knows how to manage multiple priorities while still addressing long-term tasks; and is a creative and accomplished communicator. The Communications Manager is a critical member of PFT’s constituency building team, and will be responsible for all internal and external communications, including publications, media campaigns, website, social media, and presentations.
The Development Associate at Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is responsibile for the following:Maintaining membership database, ETapestry (supported by Blackbaud); generating membership reports for use in correspondence and for recognition events; processing donor correspondence; generating the annual year-end and other direct mail solicitations with guidance from the development director (annual year-end includes letter, response devices and targeted mailing list for solicitations); evaluating results of direct mail solicitations for future use; assisting with special events; assi
Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) is looking for a highly productive, efficient, and enthusiastic can-do admin professional to join our team. The right candidate has strong attention to detail, knows how to manage multiple priorities while still addressing long-term tasks, and is comfortable wearing many hats. The Executive Coordinator (EC) is responsible for the day-to-day administrative support to the President and Co-CEOs of the Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) including regular interaction with the Board of Directors, major donors and partners. (posted 5/26)
The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is one of the nation’s most successful local land trusts. Since its founding in 1977, POST has protected 75,000 acres of open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Reporting to the Director of Planned Giving, the Individual Giving Officer manages a portfolio of donors with a focus on mid-level annual donors, planned giving donors and long-term donors. The Officer works directly with other portfolio managers to engage, cultivate and steward existing supporters via individual contact and events.
The Office Manager and Bookkeeper is responsible for managing accounting practices and providing administrative assistance. The Office Manager assists the Executive Director and the Operations Director in administering the organization's programs and operations. Responsibilities include bookkeeping and accounting, billing, file and record keeping, payroll and database management. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of accounting experience. (posted 7/14)
The Operations Director is responsible for managing internal operations. Responsibilities include supervising and decision making regarding the financial administration of the organization, oversight of staff, oversights of the organization’s records, working with the Executive Director to keep the organization compliant with all relevant laws, best practices and agreements. The Operations Director works with the Executve Director to ensure the sustainable success of Sierra Foothill Conservancy.
Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit land trust with a long and successful track record of protecting the magnificent redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains and creating opportunities for the public to enjoy them, is seeking a real estate professional with extensive land acquisition and development experience to join our team as Real Estate Director.
Aspen Valley Land Trust is seeking a dynamic leader to work with a variety of individuals and organizations to conserve land in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. (posted 6/22)
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American Farmland Trust (AFT) was founded in 1980 by a group of farmers and conservationists, including Peggy Rockefeller, the late wife of David Rockefeller and a person devoted to cattle ranching, agricultural issues and the environment. AFT’s mission is to protect farmland and ranchland, promoting sound farming practices and enabling farmers to remain on their land. Over the past 35 years, AFT has helped to protect over five million acres of farmland and ranchland.
Growing, accredited land trust seeks staff leader. The ideal candidate has a conservation/natural resource background and is an excellent fundraiser and manager with strong skills in communication, collaboration, strategic planning and financial management. The Executive Director is responsible for administering and coordinating projects, identifying, researching and developing new projects, hiring and managing staff and budget and working with the Board to raise money.
Sycamore Land Trust seeks a full-time Development Director responsible for coordinating all fundraising activities supporting Sycamore’s mission, with the goal of increasing overall annual contributions and grant funding to meet or exceed the annual budget and strategic objectives. This is a full-time position with benefits, including health, dental and retirement. Salary is commensurate with experience. (posted 7/17)
The Communications Associate translates New England Forestry Foundation's mission and accomplishments into relatable and relevant content via social media, earned media and traditional communications (newsletters, advertising etc), so as to increase the organization's exposure and reach. The position will also implement development of a Strategic Marketing and Communications plan to align the communications of the entire organization.
The Finance Manager is responsible for managing the accounting and financial operations of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, including financial reporting, fund accounting, budgeting, general ledger and IRS 990 reporting, all in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and internal policies and procedures. The position is responsible for maintaining an adequate system of accounting records and works closely with the Executive Director and administrative and program staff in building, streamlining and managing effective financial reporting systems.
Greenbelt seeks to hire a full time Land Conservation Project Associate. The Associate will assist with project research tasks, landowner cultivation and follow up, coordinating acquisition due diligence, drafting and submitting conservation land tax credit applications, grant-writing, and CR baseline documentation reports. (posted 7/6)
The Trustees of Reservations is seeking a Land Conservation Specialist to manage a portfolio of land acquisition projects with a focus on strategic reservation acquisitions, maintain and expand strong partnerships with local conservation organizations appropriate to this work, build broader support for conservation, and work with other regional staff and volunteers to implement the organization’s strategic plan. (posted 7/9)
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps is a collaborative effort of regional conservation groups. Our members build organizational capacity to meet critical community needs for land protection, stewardship of protected lands, conservation outreach and education and service learning that engages young people in conservation. MassLIFT members serve in one of four positions: land stewardship coordinator, regional conservation coordinator, service learning coordinator or community engagement coordinator.
Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is seeking a full-time Development Director to coordinate major gifts and strategic partnerships. The position reports to the Executive Director. The principal responsibility of the position is to provide strategic direction and leadership for development to support the conservation mission of the DSF and its 2015–2020 Strategic Plan.
The Development Officeris a two-year contract with potential for renewal. This position would preferably be based in the Atlantic Salmon Federation Brunswick, Maine office. This role includes regular travel to major donor markets in Boston, New York, Chicago and others. Reporting to the Executive Director, Development and working closely with the Vice President, U.S. Programs in Maine, the primary responsibilities of this person is to raise significant new funds over the two-year contract to support Atlantic Salmon Federation work in the U.S.
The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) is seeking a dynamic leader to work with a broad spectrum of people and organizations to conserve land in the Androscoggin River watershed across the 19 communities it serves. The Executive Director will work to implement the mission, strategic plan, policies, budgets, goals and objectives of ALT, while keeping abreast of developments, issues and opportunities that relate to land trusts and land conservation.
Legacy Land Conservancy, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan is seeking a full-time Land Protection Coordinator to implement the land protection program in targeted watersheds in Southeast Michigan. Duties include community engagement; developing outreach materials; ongoing communication with targeted landowners; coordinating with partners at the local, state and federal levels; developing easement language and working closely with landowners to close deals. This in a full time, entry level professional position. (posted 6/29)
Legacy Land Conservancy, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan is seeking a Land Steward to be responsible for the care and management of six publicly accessible preserves, and assisting with easement stewardship and monitoring as needed on Legacy’s 71 easement properties. Responsibilities include invasive species control, trail maintenance, native plant and seed collection, supervising summer stewardship crew, recruiting and engaging volunteers for workdays, and applying for grant funding to support stewardship activities.
The Trails Project Manager will manage community trail projects under the supervision of Gallatin Valley Land Trust's (GVLT) Associate Director. The Project Manager will plan and attain permits and permissions, conduct layout and design, oversee construction, coordinate fundraising, and implement new community trail projects aligned with GVLT’s strategic plan, in collaboration with community partners. Additional duties include negotiating and conducting due diligence for trail-related acquisitions, including trail easements, licenses for land use and fee acquisitions.
The Burn Crew Member participates in wildland fire operations on Nature Conservancy or partner managed lands including ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring and other tasks as assigned in the Southern Blue Ridge. This will be on a strictly as needed basis from October 16, 2015 through April 15, 2016. Must be qualified (and have proper documentation) as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2). Salary is $13.80/hour. Compensation will include travel time from a meet up location to the burn unit. If overnight travel is required, compensation will occur during actual work hours.
The Director of Operations and Communications works closely with the Executive Director, Development Director, Finance and Development Committees to ensure the ethical and efficient operation of the office. More specifically the Director of Operations and Communications works with our off-site accounting firm to provide them information needed for accounting services and helps maintain office filing and tracking systems.
The Stewardship Director’s primary responsibility will be the implementation of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina'S easement and preserve monitoring program. Annual monitoring visits are required to maintain accreditation as awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is seeking an experienced professional to help lead us into the next stage of our growth and development as a land trust. We are looking for an Executive Director who can build on the success of our first 15 years to fulfill our potential for conservation and environmental education within a seven-town region in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. This is an opportunity to lead and be the public face of an organization positioned to protect significant land and natural resources in an area of our state that faces ongoing development pressure.
The Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC), a Nevada-based nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time Conservation and Stewardship Assistant Director, reporting to the Conservation and Stewardship Director. This position is located in Yerington, Nevada. The primary role of the Conservation and Stewardship Assistant Director is to provide on-the-ground and administrative support to the Conservation and Stewardship Director with regard to all aspects of land management for existing and future properties managed by the WBC. (posted 7/2)
The Walker Basin Conservancy, a Nevada-based nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time Finance and Operations Director, reporting to the Executive Director and supervising the Office Manager. The position is located in Yerington, Nevada. The Finance and Operations Director will be responsible for effective and efficient completion of organizational processes including: developing and tracking grants and contracts, developing an accounts payable system, managing payroll, managing the organization’s human resource section and developing organizational budgets. (posted 7/2)
The Walker Basin Conservancy, a Nevada-based nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time Regional Property Manager, reporting to the Conservation and Stewardship Director and supervising the Vegetation Management Supervisor and Property Supervisors. This position is located in Yerington, Nevada. The Regional Property Manager will be responsible for overseeing an array of land and resource management activities on properties that are managed under the authority of the Walker Basin Restoration Program. (posted 7/2)
The Nature Conservancy seeks an experienced Associate Director of Philanthropy, Westchester & Hudson Valley to build support for the Conservancy’s conservation priorities locally and globally. Reporting to Deputy Director of Philanthropy and working closely with a development team in the Manhattan office, Associate Director plans and implements a comprehensive philanthropy program that secures significant financial resources from individuals, foundations, and corporations in the lower Hudson Valley and Westchester market.
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area seeks a bookkeeper with thorough knowledge of and experience with QuickBooks/Quickbooks for nonprofits to review and update current accounting system. Will train in-house personnel in managing financials and producing reports. Must have nonprofit experience! We envision this as a three-six month contract. Mail resume and cover letter to: Director, Friends of the IBA, PO Box 82, Fort Edward, NY 12828. (posted 7/20)
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area seeks a flexible, enthusiastic individual to develop and implement communications and marketing strategies. Successful candidate will possess excellent writing and social skills; knowledge of web and social media essential. This is a part-time contractual position for three-six months. Mail resume, cover letter and two writing samples to: Director, Friends of the IBA, PO Box 82, Fort Edward, NY 12828. (posted 7/20)
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area seeks a flexible, enthusiastic individual to work with us on development and outreach to donors. Previous experience in fundraising for nonprofits critical. Successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing capital campaign and new fundraising strategies. This is a part-time contractual position; limit three-six months. Potential for future staff position possible. Mail resume and cover letter to: Director, Friends of the IBA, PO Box 82, Fort Edward, NY 12828. (posted 7/20)
The Watershed Agricultural Council, a nonprofit organization working to protect the New York City Watershed while supporting working farm and forest landscapes, is seeking an Easement Program Stewardship Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the management of the Stewardship Program. Qualifications include: A Bachelor’s Degree in supporting field or equivalent experience; extensive knowledge and at least three years of experience with working lands conservation easements; experience in personnel management; as well as additional requirements in the complete position description.
The Battenkill Conservancy of New York (BkC) is seeking a part-time Executive Director (20 hours per week). BkC seeks a skilled, dynamic and effective leader to direct the organization in its transition from an all volunteer board managed nonprofit organization to a professionally staffed, effective and impactful community land conservation trust. The ideal candidate should be an experienced, well-rounded individual capable of working independently while initiating creative projects and driving the organization forward under the guidance of the board.
Scenic Hudson seeks a seasoned professional to initiate and manage the successful completion of land conservation transactions. Minimum of three years of professional experience and bachelor’s in related field required, land conservation background preferred. Ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of completing complex real estate transactions, applying innovative conservation finance and land use planning principles. Strong entrepreneurial, communication skills, flexibility, attention to detail and ability to work as part of a team required, GIS skills desirable.
The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Development Director to design and implement strategies to engage and solicit support from donors at all levels. Candidates should have a Masters degree or higher in a field applicable to the duties of the position and a minimum of five years of fundraising experience with a nonprofit organization or educational institution or a comparable level of work experience and education.
The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Operations Director to design, implement and oversee systems to ensure efficient financial, human resource, and office management; regulatory compliance and organizational sustainability. A Bachelors degree or higher in public sector/nonprofit finance, nonprofit or public administration or related field and a minimum of five years of related operations and accounting experience with a nonprofit organization or educational institution is required.
The Brandywine Conservancy is seeking an experienced natural resource professional for a full-time position with its Land Stewardship team. The Conservancy is a nationally accredited land trust that preserves the natural and cultural resources of the Brandywine watershed. Over its nearly 50-year history, the Conservancy has permanently protected more than 62,000 acres of land in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The Conservancy is seeking a Preserve Manager to lead the stewardship of a 770-acre private nature preserve in Chester County, PA.
The Director of Forest and Conservation Programs will drive the development and implementation of Audubon Pennsylvania’s conservation objectives with a focus on priority forest habitat, ensuring alignment with the goals and objectives of the National Audubon Society, Atlantic Flyway Eastern Forests Priority Project and other strategic priority programs/projects.
Natural Lands Trust, Inc.’s mission is to protect the forests, fields, wetlands and streams that are essential to the sustainability and quality of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. The Events Manager will create meaningful and inspiring opportunities for individuals and organizations to engage with Natural Lands Trust and with nature.
The Brandywine Conservancy seeks an experienced GIS professional with Bachelors degree in geography, environmental science, geology, ecology, planning or related disciplines and two-plus years of experience. The Conservancy is a nationally accredited land trust that preserves the natural and cultural resources of the Brandywine watershed. Over its nearly 50-year history, the Conservancy has permanently protected more than 62,000 acres of land in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The Conservancy also provides municipal assistance and planning services to municipalities.
The Land Stewardship Intern will assist the easement management team with monitoring, administering and enforcing the 458 conservation easements held by the Brandywine Conservancy, as well as related projects. Applicants should have an academic background in environmental science, ecology, land management, land planning or a related field. They should be organized, self-motivated and able to work independently with little supervision, and should have a positive, energetic attitude.
Along with a great team of professionals, the Conservation Lands Coordinator will steward and deliver land protection projects in the five-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida with a principal focus in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The position will work with landowners on donated/bargain sale easements and fee-title acquisitions while growing opportunities in mitigation, revolving lands and land donations. A minimum of five years of experience with a B.S. degree in natural resource conservation or related field is required.
The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) is a statewide 501(c)(3) conservation organization dedicated to preserving Tennessee’s natural treasures by creating green corridors, linking existing public lands using conservation easements and through outright purchase. TennGreen has saved 61 amazing treasures across Tennessee, from the mighty Mississippi to the mountains of East Tennessee. We are seeking a passionate full-time senior level Executive Director based in Nashville. Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple projects with a eight staff required.
The Development Manager is responsible for implementing a variety of fundraising approaches that catalyze contributed-income for the conservation science operations of Audubon Texas and the Central Flyway. The Development Manager represents Audubon and Audubon Texas throughout the region, collaborates with other like-minded organizations and interacts with a broad array of members, donors, prospective donors, Audubon staff, local Audubon chapters and volunteers. This is a remote position and desired candidate will be located in Houston/Galveston area. (posted 7/8)
The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is a self-motivated and mission-driven professional whose primary responsibility will be to work with Forterra and its partners to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects for gifts in support of place based projects and programs. S/he will be responsible for assisting in the planning, strategy setting and execution all of activities necessary to successfully secure gifts to meet specific place-based campaigns. (posted 6/24)
Sand County Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, is seeking candidates for the National Director of our Leopold Conservation Award® (LCA) Program. The National Director leads Sand County Foundation’s most publicly visible initiative and is an ambassador for other Foundation initiatives and the organization as a whole. The National Director is responsible for all aspects of the LCA including fundraising, strategic expansion to new states and representation of Sand County Foundation to donors, partners, agricultural landowners and other stakeholders.