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Land Projects Manager

Winnakee Land Trust

Rhinebeck ,  New York

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About Winnakee Land Trust

Winnakee Land Trust (WLT) is a private, not-for-profit organization with a deep regard for the history and natural beauty of northern Dutchess County, NY. Incorporated in 1989, Winnakee serves to protect and preserve the natural, agricultural, recreational, architectural, cultural, scenic, historical, and open sources resources of Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Red Hook, Milan, Stanford, North East, Amenia, and Clinton.

As an accredited land trust, Winnakee not only protects farmland and natural habitats from development, but provides public recreational opportunities through its two parks—Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park. We also have established miles of public access trails and are continually working to add to those.

Land Projects Manager

Winnakee Land Trust is hiring a Land Projects Manager (LPM) that will be responsible for easement evaluation and stewardship and works closely with the Executive Director and Easement Committee on easement projects. Easement projects include conservation, agricultural, subdivision, and trail easements. The LPM oversees the management of the WLT’s fee-owned lands according to a five-year management plan in collaboration with the Burger Hill Committee and Hyde Park Trails Committee. This full-time, permanent position is located in Rhinebeck, NY.

Easement Development

The LPM conducts preliminary site visits to prospective easement properties and creates initial maps to evaluate the conservation values of the property. The LPM reports on the natural resources of prospective easements and assists with the easement evaluation process to determine acceptance of new easements. The LPM conducts the necessary field and office work to complete thorough baseline documentation of all new easements per WLT’s baseline procedures, reviews draft easement documents, and provides necessary easement exhibits. The LPM provides required copies of baseline documentation for easement closings.

Amendments and Waivers for Existing Easements

The LPM coordinates with easement landowners and conducts site visits to easement properties for on-the-ground evaluation of amendment/waiver requests. Reviews natural resource and baseline maps to assess potential changes to conservation values. Reports findings to Easement Committee.

Easement Stewardship

The LPM conducts annual monitoring of all WLT easements per WLT’s Monitoring Procedures. The LPM reports to the Easement Committee any violation of easement terms found during monitoring visits. Drafts all monitoring reports for review of the Executive Director and mails monitoring reports to easement landowners. The LPM serves as point of contact for easement landowners on environmental concerns and land stewardship.

Park and Trail Management

The LPM is responsible for all Park and Preserve management per the five-year management plans. Collaborates with Burger Hill Committee and Hyde Park Trails Committee to ensure that annual and long term management goals are met. Oversee construction and maintenance of trail easements. Organize volunteer work days for trail work, infrastructure maintenance, and habitat management.

Outreach and Education

Create plan and draft content of annual Well Grounded newsletter. Plan, organize, and execute annual events such as Big Night amphibian migration program, No Child Left Inside event, and BioBlitz. Promote use of Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill and Winnakee Nature Preserve and arboretum through guided hikes and other events. Develop articles and other educational materials for social media and Winnakee’s website. Draft articles for Winnakee’s general newsletter.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, conservation biology, natural resources or related field and at least 2 years of experience in land conservation.
  • Proficiency with computer software, specifically ESRI ArcGIS and Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to use handheld GPS equipment and compass, as well as read maps, interpret aerial photos, and navigate in the field;
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in all weather and seasons and hike several miles over rough terrain;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience including landowners, resource professionals, government officials, community organizations, media representatives, attorneys, and real estate professionals;
  • Knowledge of natural resource and land management issues;
  • Have a positive attitude, sense of humor, and be energetic, creative, and focused;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in environmental studies, conservation biology, natural resources, or related field;
  • Experience with Trimble GPS units, Windows Mobile Center, TerraSync, and Pathfinder Office Software;
  • Experience compiling baseline documentation, conducting site evaluation, and monitoring;
  • Understanding of legal, financial, regulatory, and real estate issues involved in land conservation and wetlands protection;
  • Experience researching, drafting, and reviewing conservation easements; agreements, and other real estate documents; conservation easements and fee-owned lands;


Winnakee Land Trust offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To Apply

The position will be filled as soon as practical with a goal of February 1, 2017. Please send cover letter, resume, and three references electronically or by mail at the earliest convenience to:

Gregg Swanzey, Executive Director
Winnakee Land Trust
P.O. Box 610
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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