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Land Conservation Project Manager

Westchester Land Trust

Bedford Hills ,  New York
Land Trust

Background & Overview: The Westchester Land Trust (WLT), founded in 1988, is the leading land conservation organization prioritizing the entirety of Westchester County and eastern Putnam County, NY and was one of the first land trusts in the nation to be accredited through the independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission. As a regional land trust, WLT promotes cross-boundary collaboration with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity, and to protect and enhance the natural resources in our region. In its 28 years, Westchester Land Trust has preserved nearly 8,000 acres, including 198 conservation easements totaling 5,300 acres, 29 publicly accessible nature preserves totaling 720 acres, and almost 2,000 acres of assisted transactions with municipalities to create town parks.

Position Description:

The Land Conservation Projects Manager is responsible for identifying, managing and completing land acquisition projects, including conservation easements, fee simple acquisitions, and assisted transactions with partner organizations. (S)he will lead all projects from initial inquiry, to project file creation, due diligence, identification of funding sources, Board review, and completion. This is an exciting opportunity for the person who is passionate about “saving land where the people are”. This position does not oversee staff, but must work collaboratively across a ten-person organization to be successful. The position reports directly to WLT’s President.

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.
  • Lead prospect property site visits; assess and report on property conservation values; determine fit with WLT’s conservation priorities, funding opportunities and schedule.
  • Assess and report on all aspects of project costs, including acquisition costs, transaction costs and stewardship endowment requirements. Identify funding sources to support such costs.
  • Perform/secure all necessary project due diligence. Hire and liaise with outside professionals necessary for timely completion of transactions (e.g. attorney, appraiser, surveyor, environmental consultants, title company). Prepare all necessary GIS maps.
  • Produce baseline reports for conservation easements, and management summaries for fee simple acquisitions.

Landowner Engagement and Community Outreach

  • Develop and foster relationships with landowners, to guide them on how to achieve their goals.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with partner organizations and municipalities, with the goal of completing multi-parcel, multi-landowner cross-boundary projects.
  • Present at local, regional and national conferences on conservation.

Qualifications

Required

  • Minimum BA/BS in natural resources management, conservation, law or related fields
  • Minimum 7 years experience in land conservation, real estate project management or related field
  • Experience identifying natural resources and assessing them in the field
  • Knowledge of current tax and conservation regulations relating to land preservation
  • Excellent written communications skills; engaging and impactful public speaking skills
  • Exceptional project management skills with experience developing and adhering to project timelines and budgets; facility with project accounting
  • 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.
  • Ability to walk long distances over uneven, wooded, wet terrain
  • Availability to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe, GIS software, GPS hardware

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to info@westchesterlandtrust.org. 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, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. Westchester Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and acts in accordance with applicable law in all of our hiring and employment practices.



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