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Lands & Stewardship Director

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Opening posted: 01/04/2023 | Expires: 01/30/2023

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The Lands & Stewardship Director is responsible for management of HHLT’s land conservation and stewardship activities. This position requires the employee to perform tasks independently, to communicate consistently, to pay close attention to detail, and to excel at developing positive working relationships with landowners, staff, donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

Duties include:

  1. New land conservation projects – Carrying conservation projects from start to finish, including proactively reaching out to owners of high priority lands, meeting with landowners to discuss conservation options, drafting project selection checklists for the Lands Committee, developing conservation easement plans, negotiating terms of easements and fee purchases, drafting easements, preparing baseline documents, completing all due diligence, and bringing projects to fruition.
  2. Existing easements – Organizing and overseeing easement monitoring. Reviewing annual monitoring reports to ensure adequacy and consistency of information and checking that provisions of easements are being respected. Maintaining positive relationships with owners of conservation easements. Negotiating and preparing easement amendments. Overseeing easement interpretations and drafting interpretation letters and compliance letters. Following up with landowners in the case of easement violations.
  3. Committees and Board of Trustees – Ensuring that the Lands Committee, the Stewardship Committee, and the Board of Trustees have the information needed to make sound, well-informed decisions about conservation projects and stewardship activities.
  4. Representing HHLT in the community – Representing HHLT in the community in an accurate and friendly way. Seeking out and participating in collaborative partnerships.
  5. Land trust accreditation standards and compliance – Ensuring that Land Trust Standards & Practices for evaluating and selecting conservation projects, ensuring sound transactions, tax benefits and appraisals, and conservation easement stewardship are met and documented. Filing required government and grant reports in the areas of lands and stewardship.
  6. Record-keeping – Ensuring impeccable record-keeping through all stages of the land conservation and stewardship process. Creating and maintaining checklists to guide HHLT’s conservation and stewardship efforts. Creating and managing permanent project files for all easement and fee land acquisitions. Preparing management plans for fee land acquisitions.
  7. Grant applications – In collaboration with other staff, preparing grant applications for land acquisition and stewardship projects.
  8. Staff liaison to committees – Serving as the staff liaison to the Lands and Stewardship Committees.
  9. Professional development – Pursuing opportunities to improve, grow, and learn about trends and best practices in the land trust world.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES

  • Education and/or experience in land conservation, natural resource management, real estate transactions, land stewardship, or similar fields.
  • Self-motivated professional with demonstrated skill in managing multiple projects and consistently meeting deadlines. Practical problem-solving and organizational skills with attention to detail and record-keeping.
  • Strong speaking, writing, and listening skills.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn about land conservation transactions.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn about conservation values and natural communities.
  • Comfort working in outdoor settings with the ability to hike on rough terrain.
  • Competency with standard computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace. Experience with mapping and simple spatial analysis preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License in good standing and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.

LOCATION AND WORKING CONDITIONS

The HHLT office is located at 153 Harpswell Neck Road in Harpswell, Maine. The Lands & Stewardship Director will work primarily in the office, though there will be required fieldwork in Harpswell and remote work is possible with computer equipment provided.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time position with benefits including a health stipend, a retirement savings plan, paid time off (vacation, sick, and holiday), mileage reimbursement at the current IRS rate, a flexible work schedule, and a great work environment. Salary is commensurate with experience, $47,000 – $55,000 annually.