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Land Conservation Manager

Georges River Land Trust

Opening posted: 05/17/2024 | Expires: 06/15/2024

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The Land Conservation Manager is a critical contributor to the goals of our organization. It is a full-time, permanent position with tremendous potential for growth and career development into leadership, given the significant contribution land conservation can make to the mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change. 

 In this position, you will be responsible for Georges River Land Trust’s strategic goal of preserving 10,000 acres by 2030 in the watershed.  

The Georges River Land Trust was founded in 1987 to conserve the ecosystems of the Georges River watershed region. To date, we have protected more than 5,000 acres of forestland, fields, farms, and waterways and maintain 60+ miles of trails. We aspire to be a guiding resource for the residents of the 19 communities who want to protect the natural resources in the Georges River watershed. GRLT’s land protection is focused on identified priority parcels. Land conservation candidates include fee-simple and donated conservation easements, as approved by the GRLT Board. 

Our tightly-knit team respects the individual strengths of its members and shares accountability in an open, friendly culture. We leverage our constraints positively and work together to transform challenges into advantages. The Land Conservation Manager reports directly to the leadership of GRLT. 

Position Summary 

The Land Conservation Manager is responsible for leading the effort to prospect, negotiate, and secure land acquisitions for our land trust. 

 In this capacity, you must be comfortable with building relationships with private landowners. You must also be well-versed in the details of funding for conservation acquisitions through partnership organizations, communities, and public agencies. 

 The position demands knowledge and experience in the benefits of permanent conservation and promoting the conservation of land. You will develop landowner prospects, qualify leads, negotiate with interested landowners, and manage real estate transactions.   

Land Conservation Responsibilities 

The Land Conservation Manager is responsible for conserving new lands in priority focus areas in the Georges River watershed. This includes initiating and managing fee title acquisitions (donations and purchases) including P&S agreements, correspondence, baselines, filings, funding, legal services, etc.). Responsibilities also include establishing and managing conservation easements, both donations and purchases (including easement drafting, correspondence, filings, funding, legal services, etc.). 

The position requires respect for and compliance in all land transactions with the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices, including participation in site assessments, preparing conservation documentation, conducting due diligence investigations, drafting reports, and any other evaluations for current and potential prospects.

Maintaining a comprehensive file of accurate and updated documents for each potential, active, and inactive land conservation project, including documentation of contact by letter, electronic mail, call, or text message. 

 As a consultant to landowners, you will need to feel comfortable interesting them and their family members or advisors in the benefits and available options for land conservation, including the financial implications. You will manage sensitive and personal information regarding GRLT’s land conservation projects with the highest standards of confidentiality. 

Administration & Policy 

The Land Conservation Manager will lead in the creation of land protection strategies, multi-year plans, policies, and procedures, in compliance with the Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices. This will include developing, monitoring, and updating an annual work plan and budget. 

You will also lead and engage the support necessary for the implementation of plans including GRLT’s Lands Committee, legal counsel involved in the creation and evaluation of conservation easements, landowners, and GRLT’s Stewardship Manager in the interpretation and resolution of violations to conservation easements. You will develop and support relationships with conservation funders, and prepare, manage, and apply for state and federal grants.  

Partnerships & Education 

 While meeting land conservation needs for local communities, you will serve as a consultant to other organizations and towns regarding conservation options and tools. You will periodically need to provide photographs and prepare text and maps concerning land conservation projects for GRLT publications, public information meetings, or grant applications. 

Essential Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills 

  • Professional, outgoing, positive, energetic, and people-oriented approach, including the ability to inspire and motivate landowners to conserve their land rather than develop or sell it.
  • Advanced degree or at least 3 years of work experience with the needs of the position in land conservation.
  • Familiarity with national conservation and stewardship issues, trends, and policies, including the Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices 
  • Awareness and familiarity with the local geography and culture of Mid-Coast Maine 
  • Knowledge of general land conservation strategies and familiarity with the legal, financial, and scientific considerations involved in land conservation.
  • Knowledge of real estate transactions, due diligence investigations, tax implications, and real estate closing procedures. 
  • Physical fitness appropriate for extensive examinations of land and excellent fieldwork skills including use of maps and GPS.
  • An ability to anticipate challenges and hindrances in the conservation process and the ability to proactively manage around them. 
  • A well-organized work style capable of managing a dynamic project portfolio.
  • An ability to keep accurate, detailed, and confidential records.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in writing grants
  • Familiarity with donor and project management databases (LGL and Landscape)
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people, including GRLT board members and staff, contractors, landowners, volunteers, the public, donors, and other prospects
  • Emotionally mature, motivated, collaborative, problem-solver
  • Ability to complete projects, meet deadlines, and work within established budgets.Strong technical proficiencies with computer software necessary to conduct the duties of the position, including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, GAIA, ArcGIS, and ChatGPT  
  • Ownership of a smartphone and a car (with a valid driver’s license and evidence of insurance)
  • Weekend and night work may be necessary.

Compensation 

Salary will be commensurate with experience, ranging from $50,000 to $60,000. Benefits package includes health insurance, vacation, sick time, paid holidays, and a retirement package. 

To Apply  

Send a cover letter and resume to with “Land Conservation Manager” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is May 15th. 

Inclusion 

Georges River Land Trust is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value staff who can work for the benefit of the communities we serve and who can effectively collaborate to achieve their goals as well as those of the organization.