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Listed below are current positions available at land trusts and associated entities.

Georges River Land Trust

Development Officer

We are in search of a professional, outgoing, positive, energetic, and people-oriented individual to fill the Development Officer position on our conservation team. This position is offered for part or full time, health and retirement benefits, and the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the St. George River watershed.

The Development Officer will will lead fundraising efforts in partnership with the Board, Executive Director, Development Committee and Staff. Key work areas include: organize mailed appeals; major gift research, cultivation, and support; support for fundraising events; membership management; and development of new initiatives. For a full job description, please visit http://www.georgesriver.org/about/employment/.

Prior nonprofit fundraising experience, database management, word processing, and spreadsheet expertise are required, and specific experience with FileMaker Pro or other membership database software is a plus. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills, as well as a high level of computer literacy to facilitate learning new software, are critical for success in this role. Candidates must be willing to support the Georges River Land Trust mission. The position includes some limited evening and weekend work.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and a list of references to gail@grlt.org.

Deadline: September 7, 2014.

Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

Development Associate

The Development Associate will be a key member of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, playing a critical role in day-to-day fundraising, membership and business partnership development, outreach, and communications activities. This part-time, non-exempt position has the potential to become full-time in the future.

Key responsibilities include:
· Coordinates and executes membership campaigns, business partnership development, annual fund initiatives, and special events.
· Maintains donor databases and reports on development activities.
· Develops and executes membership incentive program and grows the Land Trust’s membership annually
· Reaches out to current and prospective donors and members through cultivation events, publications, and social networks.
· Increases Land Trust visibility in surrounding community through outreach and events.

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust works to preserve land for community benefit along the Saco River in northeastern New Hampshire and Western Maine. Please visit our website at www.usvlt.org.

For a full job description, see http://www.usvlt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Development-Assc.pdf

To apply, send resume, cover letter and a list of references to info@usvlt.org or PO Box 424, North Conway, NH 03860

Deadline: September 5, 2014.

Forest Society of Maine

Conservation Specialist

The Forest Society of Maine (FSM) is a statewide land trust working with private landowners and rural communities to conserve and maintain the many values of forestlands in Maine. A nonprofit organization with a special focus on Maine’s North Woods, FSM seeks to maintain traditional forest uses: preserving ecological, recreational, cultural, and historic values while sustaining the economic contributions of Maine’s working forests. FSM has helped pioneer the use of large conservation easements in working forest landscapes and is breaking new ground in developing a state-of-the-art easement stewardship program. Our needs are growing as new easements are developed and acquired, and we wish to add a skilled and energetic person to our staff.

Description
This position reports directly to FSM’s Forestland Stewardship Manager, and provides a wide range of services in support of the Forest Society of Maine's land conservation and conservation easement oversight programs. This position will work with other FSM staff members, landowners, partner organizations, and community and state agency representatives to accomplish FSM's conservation and stewardship goals. This person will assist on projects in all regions of Maine’s North Woods of strategic importance to FSM, but will have a strong focus on FSM’s many easements and land conservation projects in the Moosehead Lake area. The successful candidate will serve as an important FSM liaison to people and communities in the Moosehead Lake area, and will work from both FSM’s Greenville and Bangor offices.

Responsibilities include:
• Monitor FSM easements and fulfill contractual monitoring obligations
• Assist with new land conservation projects including GIS analysis, field-based property and boundary assessments, and natural resource inventories
• Serve as FSM's primary staff person in our Greenville office and as a key representative and point of contact with FSM friends, supporters, and others in the Moosehead Lake region
• Build and maintain positive relationships with landowners, project partners, and FSM supporters and potential supporters
• Maintain easement and property monitoring records
• Provide GIS and cartographic assistance for stewardship, emerging projects, and grant applications
• Develop baseline documentation reports and/or management plans and other materials for new FSM stewardship responsibilities
• Provide outreach services and respond to inquiries in areas of stewardship and project development
• Assist in drafting easements with other stewardship and conservation staff members
• Contribute to outreach efforts and the production of informational materials in support of FSM projects, fundraising efforts, inquiries from members, and requests from the public
• Assist in providing staff support to the board's stewardship and land conservation committees
• Assist in all other aspects of FSM stewardship and conservation programs and other aspects of FSM's operations, as appropriate
Skills and Experience Sought
• Understanding of the ecological, recreational, and economic values and conservation needs of Maine’s North Woods
• Experience with forestry and working forests
• Proficiency with ArcGIS or similar GIS software and familiarity with GPS units and concepts
• Basic knowledge of working forest conservation easements
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to define and achieve goals and meet deadlines
• Strength in working with a diverse array of people
• Enthusiasm for the mission of the Forest Society of Maine
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
• Ability to perform field work, occasionally in remote forested areas under a variety of conditions
• Ability to represent FSM professionally and effectively as a key, on-the-ground staff member in Moosehead Lake communities
• Minimum of a B.S. in ecology, forestry, or closely related field, and with field work experience

Terms
This is a full-time position, starting as soon as possible. This person will work from both the Greenville and Bangor FSM offices, recognizing the strong focus of this position on the Moosehead region. It will also require periodic work and travel throughout the state, including driving, walking, flying, or water-based travel, frequently in forested and remote project locations to accomplish job responsibilities.

Compensation
Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. Benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, paid sick leave, holidays, and vacation time.

To Apply
Mail cover letter and resume to:
Forest Society of Maine – Search Committee
115 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
Bangor, ME 04401

Deadline to Receive Applications
August 26, 2014

Kennebec Land Trust

Stewardship Coordinator

The Kennebec Land Trust is seeking a full-time, 40 hour a week Stewardship Coordinator. Candidates should have excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills, be outgoing, and have a demonstrated background in land stewardship.

KLT’s Stewardship Coordinator responsibilities include: management activities on protected properties, leading volunteer efforts to build trails and care for preserved lands; coordination of accreditation tasks, grant writing, and membership development.

Candidates should be capable of multitasking, able to perform physically demanding outdoor work, and have a high proficiency with GIS and developing property management plans. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in natural resource management, land stewardship, and trails management. Prior responsibility for work associated with LTA's accreditation program and carpentry skills are a plus.

The Stewardship Coordinator will work closely with and report to KLT’s Executive Director.

Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience. Benefits: Two weeks paid vacation time; seven days paid sick time; twelve paid holidays, three paid personal days, health care stipend.

Applications due: August 18, 2014
Interviews will be held the week of August 18, 2014.

Please send your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to:

Theresa Kerchner, Executive Director (tkerchner@tklt.org)
Kennebec Land Trust, P.O. Box 261, Winthrop ME 04364

About the Kennebec Land Trust: www.tklt.org

The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) based in Winthrop, Maine, works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. KLT protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming.

Established by citizens in 1988, KLT now has over 910 household members. Over the past 25 years, we have partnered with private landowners and communities in 21 towns to conserve more than 4,800 acres on 59 properties through donations, purchases, and conservation easements. We have constructed 30 miles of trails on KLT lands and organize hikes, paddles, bird walks, and outdoor photography and painting workshops that encourage residents and visitors to learn about and enjoy Kennebec County’s natural landscape.

In 2010 KLT and the Maine Forest Service co-founded the Kennebec Woodland Partnership (KWP), a forestland conservation initiative. In 2013 KLT and five conservation partners developed a Local Wood Works initiative. KLT’s Local Wood Works partners share a commitment to sustainable forestry, land stewardship, conservation of both working woodlands and ecological reserves, strong and resilient local economies, energy conservation, and providing support to landowners, loggers, processors, manufactures, and consumers.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) in Hancock, Maine is seeking an Executive Director to lead and manage the organization and to grow its conservation efforts.

Founded in 1987, Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a Land Trust Alliance (LTA) - accredited not-for-profit land trust organization which serves nine communities in Hancock County. FBC currently holds 31 easements and 20 preserves that protect a total of 6,320 acres of land.

The new Executive Director would be a leader, fundraiser, and a program manager with extensive experience conducting land conservation transactions.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resumé and three references by August 10, 2014 via email to fbc.executivedirector@gmail.com. In-person interviews for finalists will be scheduled for mid-August and early September with an anticipated start date of December 1, 2014.

General Position Description:

The Executive Director represents Frenchman Bay Conservancy throughout the region. As Chief Executive Officer of the Conservancy he or she reports to the Board of Directors and its committees. The Executive Director also hires and leads staff, contract employees and volunteers and works closely with Board committees and retained outside professionals retained, including legal counsel and accountants.

Key Responsibilities:

- Manage the daily operations of the organization. Effectively supervise staff and volunteers and manage financial matters to assure efficiency and excellence in meeting the goals of FBC.
- Work with the Board of Directors to ensure that FBC is compliant with relevant not-for-profit Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, for accreditation renewal.
- Provide active support to Board of Directors, preparing and presenting information, financial reports and recommendations as required.
- Work with Board committees to determine and implement conservation projects, stewardship programs, fundraising plans, outreach activities, financial plans and Board development initiatives.
- Cultivate and foster strong relationships with donors, land owners, local and state government officials, board members and the general public.
- Develop strategic partnerships with other conservations organizations, local communities, state agencies, educational institutions and others as appropriate.

Qualifications:

- Sincere interest and passion for land conservation.
- Strong leadership skills and ability to effectively work with people both one-on-one and in groups to build consensus.
- Extensive and relevant experience with a land trust or similar conservation organization.
- Thorough understanding of Land Trust Alliance accreditation protocols.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings, weekends, and scheduling vacation time with the best interest of FBC in mind.
- In good physical condition; willing and able to hike over rough terrain while performing and supervising field work.

FBC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

A complete Executive Director Job Description is available at www.frenchmanbay.org

Southeast Land Trust

Land Protection Specialist

The Land Protection Specialist plays an important role within the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire as a staff member responsible for completing land protection projects, including projects in a new service area created through the merger underway with Strafford Rivers Conservancy. Cultivates and develops effective working relationships and conservation projects with private landowners, partner organizations, and government agencies/towns. Proactively contacts landowners in the Land Trust’s priority conservation areas, builds and maintains relationships with community partners, responds to land protection inquiries, and prepares state and federal grants and foundation proposals. Negotiates land acquisition and conservation easement projects using a full range of conservation tools, and coordinates the due diligence and closing of these projects.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, experience in and a passion for land conservation, a demonstrated ability to manage projects over an extended period of time, a commitment to developing practical solutions to conservation challenges, the ability to work with effectively with partners and the desire to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with limited supervision. The Land Protection Specialist will occupy a full-time position and will report to the Land Protection Director.

Responsibilities
- Develops effective working relationships with private landowners and negotiates gifts or purchases of land and conservation easements from private landowners. Manage existing and new land conservation transactions from start to finish, including field evaluations, project assessments, landowner negotiations, developing and managing project budgets, drafting easement terms, Committee and Board review, grant writing, and interactions with and management of contracts with other professionals such as surveyors, appraisers, lawyers, governmental officials.
- Responds to and conducts preliminary evaluations of land protection inquiries.
- Contact and cultivate targeted landowners within priority focus areas through mailings, phone calls, programs, and other means.
- Tracks projects and regularly communicates status with Land Protection Director and staff as appropriate. Ensures that project files are well organized and completed to Accreditation Standards. Manages the preparation of project approval packages for the Land Trust’s internal review process.
- Develops and maintains strong working relationships with local communities, and with agency and conservation organization partners. Represents the Land Trust at public meetings, conferences, and workshops. Periodically makes public presentations and leads field trips.

For more information, visit http://seltnh.org/index.php/news-and-events/job-announcements.

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references by August 8, 2014 to: Land Protection Specialist, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, PO Box 675, Exeter, NH 03833 or e-mail to: jobs@seltnh.org Please, no phone calls.