Full Time Land Projects Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 12:00am

Organization: 

Address:

bedford hills, NY
United States

Job Category:

Other

Job Type:

Full-time

Overview:

Background & Overview:

Located in the lower Hudson Valley of New York State, the non-profit Westchester Land Trust (WLT) is the leading land conservation organization prioritizing the entirety of Westchester County and eastern Putnam County. Since our founding in 1988, WLT has protected 8,500 acres across 260 conservation easements, preserves, and other lands. We have a professional staff of 10, and all work together as a team to achieve WLT’s mission to protect and steward our region’s priority conservation lands. WLT was one of the first land trusts in the nation to be accredited through the independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Position Description:

The Land Projects Coordinator is primarily responsible for assisting with the identification and management of new land acquisition and conservation easement projects. This position plays a major role in coordinating projects from initial inquiry, to project management, due diligence, identification of funding sources, Board review, and completion. As a member of WLT’s Stewardship team, the position is secondarily responsible for supporting the conservation easement monitoring and preserve management functions. This is an exciting opportunity for the person who is passionate about “preserving the land where the people are”. This position does not oversee staff but is public facing and must be able to work collaboratively within the conservation community and within a small organization to be successful. The position reports to WLT’s Director of Stewardship and also works very closely with the President who leads the land conservation function for WLT. Approximately 70% office-based / 30% field-based.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Conservation Land Project Management

  • Respond to landowner inquiries to discuss conservation options relevant to their land, and determine appropriate course of action;
  • Participate in the organization’s update and implementation of its Strategic Conservation Plan, including defining appropriate methodologies, cartography, data collection and tracking, and reporting;
  • Coordinate and conduct prospect property site visits; assess and report on property conservation values; determine fit with WLT’s conservation priorities, funding opportunities and organizational capacity;
  • Prepare all necessary GIS maps;
  • Assess and report on all aspects of project costs, including acquisition costs, transaction costs and stewardship endowment requirements. Assist in identifying funding sources to support such costs;
  • Attend all meetings of the Land Preservation Committee of the WLT Board of Directors. Assist senior staff in producing/presenting all necessary documentation for project review and approval by Board;
  • Perform/secure necessary project due diligence. Hire and work with outside professionals necessary for timely completion of transactions (e.g. attorney, appraiser, surveyor, environmental consultants, title company);
  • Assist in the production of baseline reports for conservation easements, and management summaries for land acquisitions;
  • Maintain highly detailed and accurate recordkeeping for all land transactions.

 

Landowner Engagement and Community Outreach

  • Develop and foster relationships with prospective land and easement donors, to guide them on how to achieve their goals;
  • Expand outreach to municipal agencies (e.g. Planning Boards, CAC’s) on the land preservation tools available to them and WLT’s role as a partner;
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with partner organizations, with the goal of completing multi-parcel, multi-landowner cross-boundary projects;

 

Conservation Easement Monitoring and Preserve Management

  • Contribute to the WLT stewardship team’s monitoring and documentation of WLT’s 209 (and growing) conservation easements to ensure compliance and adherence to Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices;
  • Support WLT preserve stewardship including ecosystem management and trail work.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist WLT staff with conservation programs including volunteer days, field walks, fundraisers, and other special events;
  • Contribute content to WLT communications efforts including social media, newsletter articles, and other outreach material.

Qualifications

Required

  • ·Minimum BA/BS in natural resources management, conservation, law or related fields;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in land conservation, land use planning or related fields;
  • Thorough proficiency with use of, and interconnection between GIS, field apps, and GPS;
  • Experience identifying natural resources and assessing them in the field;
  • Knowledge of current tax and conservation regulations relating to land preservation, or facility to quickly master;
  • Excellent written communications skills; engaging and impactful oral communication skills;
  • Superior project management skills with experience developing and adhering to project deadlines and budgets; managing multiple unrelated projects at once; exceptionally detail oriented;
  • Proven aptitude for interpreting and producing accurate, highly-detailed, and legally technical documents;
  • Enthusiasm for conserving land in an ecologically and demographically diverse service region that includes large rural parcels, suburban properties, and urban projects;
  • Frequent travel within WLT mission area; personal vehicle, and valid driver’s license required (mileage reimbursement provided);
  • Ability to walk several miles over uneven, wooded, wet terrain in poor weather, sometimes with heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs);
  • ·Availability to work some evening and weekend hours;
  • ·Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe.

 

Start Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Westchester Land Trust offers a collegial and supportive work environment, with a competitive benefits package, including merit bonuses, health insurance, retirement plan with employer match, generous PTO. Westchester Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and acts in accordance with applicable law in all of our hiring and employment practices.

 

Job Duration:

Permanent

How to Apply:

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to info@westchesterlandtrust.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls please. 

Westchester Land Trust offers a collegial and supportive work environment, with a competitive benefits package, including merit bonuses, health insurance, retirement plan with employer match, generous PTO. Westchester Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and acts in accordance with applicable law in all of our hiring and employment practices.

 

Job Compensation:

Salary

Compensation Information:

Compensation

$52,000-$55,000, plus eligibility for annual merit bonus.

Contact Email:

info@westchesterlandtrust.org