Conservation Director

Capitol Land Trust

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $68,000 – $83,000
Required Experience 7+ years

Capitol Land Trust (CLT) is seeking a full-time Conservation Director to join our team and lead CLT’s Conservation and Stewardship Programs.


This position sets Capitol Land Trust’s strategic conservation goals in partnership with the Executive Director and the Lands Committee. The Conservation Director supervises a team of 3-4 full-time staff, plus volunteers, contractors, vendors, and community partners and reports directly to the Executive Director. The successful candidate must be collaborative by nature, relationship oriented, a strategic thinker, and able to effectively motivate and manage teams of diverse people. The current work environment includes a hybrid work model of working from home and working from the office while also accommodating a flexible schedule. The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to the greater Olympia area to work in person at least one day a week with other staff members.



  • Lead the identification, planning, funding, negotiating, and closing of fee title and conservation easement transactions to further CLT’s Strategic Plan.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with a broad array of stakeholders, including tribal representatives, conservation organizations, funding partners, landowners, governmental agencies, community groups, local businesses, and private partners, to identify and implement shared conservation priorities.
  •  Manage the day-to-day Conservation Program activities and foster a work environment characterized by excellence, teamwork, creativity, and professionalism.
  • Support CLT’s Board of Directors and Lands Committee to ensure a thorough
    understanding of new and on-going conservation projects.
  • Supervise, train and mentor conservation, stewardship, and restoration staff to ensure:
    • land trust and grant policies, procedures, recordkeeping and timelines are followed;
    •  all conserved properties are monitored on a regular basis (at least annually) and
      stewarded to maintain or enhance each property’s conservation values;
    • all potential easement violations or property management issues are addressed
      promptly, in accordance with CLT’s policies and procedures;
    • funding is available for ongoing conservation, restoration, and stewardship work through grant writing and strategic project selection
  • Set land acquisition goals and engage in larger-scale campaigns or programs.
  • Participate in strategic planning and budgeting.
  • With legal support, negotiate, draft, and review conservation easements, option agreements, purchase and sale agreements, title reports and closing documents; negotiate easement amendments and review easement reserved rights requests.
  • Obtain and review appraisals, environmental assessments, surveys, and manage
    contractors providing such services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

View full job description and application instructions: https://capitollandtrust.org/careers

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Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Land Trust