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

Scarborough Land Trust

Stewardship Coordinator (part-time)

Scarborough Land Trust (SLT) is seeking a part-time, 15 hour per week Stewardship Coordinator. The Stewardship Coordinator will work closely with the board Stewardship Committee, manage stewardship activities, coordinate stewardship volunteers and monitor protected lands. The first-year focus will be on the recently acquired Benjamin Farm. Strong volunteer management skills are paramount. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree, solid experience cultivating and managing volunteers, and experience managing natural resources, land stewardship or outdoor recreation areas/trails. Applicants must be organized, comfortable working with many different constituent groups, be familiar with GPS/GIS, be able to do physical work in the field, and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Occasional evening and weekend work required. This is a 2-year position which we expect to continue.

Send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references by email to: Kathy Mills, Executive Director, Scarborough Land Trust, kmills@scarboroughlandtrust.org.

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Scarborough Land Trust is a non-profit, community-based organization that has conserved over 1,300 acres to date. SLT has a very active Board of Directors, 2 staff members, and many volunteers. Scarborough is one of the largest towns in southern Maine, with exceptional natural resources, and has been one of the fastest-growing towns in the state. The land trust works with many partners to conserve and steward land.

Loon Echo Land Trust

Accreditation Manager - Request for Proposals

Loon Echo Land Trust (“LELT”) is requesting proposals from independent contractors to design and manage a process to achieve accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission by the summer of 2016.

Background. LELT, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Bridgton, Maine, protects nearly 6,000 acres of land in seven towns in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine. Its mission is to conserve the region’s land and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations. Additional information on LELT is available at www.loonecholandtrust.org.

The Land Trust Alliance (“LTA”), the parent organization of nation’s land trusts, established the Land Trust Accreditation Commission as an independent nonprofit organization in 2006 to operate a land trust accreditation program to build strong land trusts, foster public trust in private land conservation, and help ensure the long-term protection of conservation lands. There are now 280 accredited land trusts, holding more than 75% of lands and conservation easements held by land trusts. LELT’s goal is to become an accredited land trust by submitting a successful first application to LTA.

Proposal Requirements. All proposals should, at minimum, contain the following information:
• A resume generally describing the respondent’s professional and educational background and experience.
• A more specific description of the respondent’s experience relevant to this proposal. Include details of similar engagements and their outcomes.
• A separate bid for the cost of Steps 1 & 2 combined and Steps 3 & 4 combined in the accreditation process described below. Respondents may define and bid on alternative steps if they desire. Bids for the steps may be quoted at a fixed-priced, time and expenses, or undetermined until described conditions precedent are satisfied. LELT will look favorably on responses that offer more clarity toward the total cost of this RFP.
• References.
• Any other information the respondent feels would be helpful to LELT in evaluating respondent’s proposal.

Accreditation Steps. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission describes the following steps as typical of the process necessary to achieve accreditation:
• Step 1: Prepare and submit a registration for accreditation to LTA.
• Step 2: Prepare and submit an accreditation pre-application to LTA, including but not limited to updating LELT’s organizational assessment.
• Step 3: Prepare and submit an accreditation application to LTA, including but not limited to the organization and/or drafting of required policies, procedures or other documents.
• Step 4: Prepare and submit any additional information requested by LTA to support their final review toward a full Commission decision.
• For additional information on each step click to download the LTA Applicant Handbook.

Other Considerations. Respondents will be expected to:
• Work cooperatively with LELT’s Board of Directors, Executive Director, staff members, and committees in all aspects of the contractor’s work.
• Follow the requirements of the Maine Land Trust Excellence Program (MEP), including but not limited to: developing a work plan and timetable, attending meetings with MEP staff and peer land trusts, submitting status reports, and participating in a post project evaluation.

Proposals must be received by mail or e-mail by 5 p.m. on January 12, 2015 and sent to:

Carrie Walia
Executive Director
Loon Echo Land Trust
8 Depot Street, Suite 4
Bridgton, ME 04009
info@lelt.org

Loon Echo Land Trust

Trek Event Manager

Background: Loon Echo Land Trust (“LELT”), a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Bridgton, Maine, protects land in seven towns in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine. Its mission is to conserve the region’s land, natural resources and character for the benefit of current and future generations. Currently LELT permanently protects nearly 6,000 acres of land and maintains 25 miles of trails. For additional information about LELT visit www.loonecholandtrust.org.

Since 2001, the Loon Echo Trek (“Trek”) has been LELT’s signature fundraising event offering participants challenging hikes over Pleasant Mountain as well as 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile cycling routes through the mountains and countryside of western Maine. The event has been designed to be inviting, fun, safe and challenging to all levels of participants, including novice and seasoned athletes, and is intended to be a community event involving local and regional business sponsors, volunteers, and participants. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 and based at the Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Further event information is available at www.loonechotrek.org.

Contract Responsibilities Description: LELT seeks a qualified and motivated independent contractor to be responsible for the promotion, coordination and implementation of the Trek event. The contractor is expected to streamline event logistics and attract participation, volunteers and business sponsorship support for the event.

Responsibilities: The contractor is expected to manage event logistics that include but are not limited to the following:

Fundraising, Marketing and Promotion
• Oversee the business sponsorships including the development of sponsor solicitation/marketing packets and the personal outreach to recruit and cultivate such business sponsors.
• Develop messaging and marketing strategies that ensure effective communication with prospective hike and bike participants.
• Maintain and attract media coverage through a variety of media outlets including radio stations, newspapers, magazines, websites, social media and television.
• Prepare and oversee the production of event marketing materials including brochures, advertisements, press releases, radio and television content, social media posts, and website content and ensure that marketing materials are distributed to targeted outlets in a timely fashion.
• Promote the raising or donating of pledges by registered participants and provide them with messaging and tools to effectively raise funds for LELT’s mission.
• Build and sustain relationships with bicycling and hiking organizations through communication and having Trek presence at other events in the region.
• Understand the mission of LELT and the Trek and present it accurately and persuasively to the general public.

Registration and Event Management
• Maintain Trek registration at 300 participants or greater to ensure event targets and budgets are satisfied.
• Research methods for improving the participant registration systems and implement any necessary changes.
• Oversee the management of the participant registration and confirmation systems.
• Prepare the informational packet of materials to provide to registered participants so they are prepared for the event day.
• Organize and oversee the setting up of the bicycling and hiking routes, including signing, marking, mapping, gaining permission for the rest stop locations, ordering of supplies including port-potties, food, beverages, and other.
• Organize the activities at the event facility, including the reservation of the site, menu, parking, registration/check-in area, start/finish line, prize distribution, music, massage, photography, announcements, beer tent, and other.
• Ensure that the police, ambulance, radio communication and route safety wagons are reserved and provided with information to be able to perform their duties.
• Prepare post-event communication, including thank you letters, e-mails, press releases and other media announcements.
• Organize, file and deliver all final documents and spreadsheets to LELT.

Volunteers and Collaboration
• Identify, recruit, place and instruct volunteers to assist with event activities.
• Work cooperatively with LELT staff members to ensure good communication and collaboration.
• Coordinate necessary planning meetings with staff and volunteers and provide follow up between meetings.

Qualifications and Experience Required:
• Professional, organized, self-directed and motivated.
• Proven event planning and event management experience.
• Demonstrated marketing, promotion, fundraising, and public relation skills.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office software, the internet, website management tools (Word Press), social media marketing (Facebook), and e-mail marketing (Mailchimp). Experience in graphic design (Adobe InDesign) is a plus.
• An avid interest in cycling, hiking or land conservation preferred.

Contract: A stipend of $5,000 is offered, with payments to be made at the end of each month of the contract period. An additional travel stipend of $500 is offered, to be made at the end of each month of the contract period.

The contract period is February 1 through October 31, 2015. It is estimated that the contract responsibilities may take approximately 300 hours total, with a heavier work load during the six weeks prior to the Trek event.

Hiring: Mail or e-mail by January 5, 2015:
• A cover letter describing relevant past experience and their outcomes.
• A resume detailing relevant professional and educational background and experience.
• References.
• A minimum of two samples of past professional work demonstrating marketing, fundraising, writing and/or graphic design skills.

Send to Carrie Walia, Executive Director, Loon Echo Land Trust, 8 Depot Street, Suite 4, Bridgton ME 04009, INFO@LELT.ORG .

Lakes Region Conservation Trust

Development Director

The Development Director of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is responsible for the organization and implementation of the LRCT’s annual, capital, and endowment fund development efforts. The Development Director works under the direction and supervision of the President and with members of the Board of Trustees, staff members, and volunteers. Duties include organization and execution of fund development activities, supervision of the management of fund development data, supervision of staff and volunteers involved in fund development activities, and contact with donors. This is a full-time position and requires an individual who is committed to the mission of the LRCT, is oriented to the best practices of the non-profit sector, and enjoys motivating people and achieving defined goals.

A complete position description is located here: http://lrct.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/LRCT-Development-Director.pdf

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (not exceeding 1,000 words), and three professional references by mail to Don Berry, President, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226 or by email to dberry@lrct.org by January 16, 2015 (postmark or email date). Questions will be accepted by email.

York Land Trust, Inc.

Development Assistant

York Land Trust seeks a full-time, detail-oriented Development Assistant. Responsibilities include donor database management, gift processing, acknowledgement and reporting, coordination of mailings, preparation of meeting minutes, filing, electronic communications and assistance with special events. Excellent communications and donor database management skills required. Work experience in land conservation organizations is a plus. York Land Trust offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send cover letter and resume by December 12, 2014 to: info@yorklandtrust.org No phone calls please.

The York Land Trust was founded in 1986, has over 750 members and donors, 17 Board members and three staff persons.

York Land Trust is experienced and successful in conservation in southern Maine, closing 29 land projects over the past 10 years. The Trust has over 2,200 acres in its conservation holdings and has helped preserve an additional 1,200 acres that are held by state and local agencies.

York Land Trust is a partner in a ten-member coalition that is carrying out the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative, an effort that has led to the protection of 13,250 acres in a six-town region of southern Maine and created new Preserves that are accessible and enjoyed by the public.

York Land Trust, Inc.

Development Director

York Land Trust seeks a full-time, experienced, effective, fundraising professional. This individual will help raise funding for operations, priority land conservation projects and endowments. The position, based in York, Maine, reports to the Executive Director and supervises a Development Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or advanced degree, impeccable written and oral communications and supervisory skills, and 5-7 years of successful fundraising experience, including work on major capital campaigns and special events. Work experience in land conservation organizations is a plus. York Land Trust offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send cover letter and resume by December 12, 2014 to: info@yorklandtrust.org No phone calls please.

The York Land Trust was founded in 1986, has over 750 members and donors, 17 Board members and three staff persons.

York Land Trust is experienced and successful in conservation in southern Maine, closing 29 land projects over the past 10 years. The Trust has over 2,200 acres in its conservation holdings and has helped preserve an additional 1,200 acres that are held by state and local agencies.

York Land Trust is a partner in a ten-member coalition that is carrying out the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative, an effort that has led to the protection of 13,250 acres in a six-town region of southern Maine and created new Preserves that are accessible and enjoyed by the public.