Conservation Project Manager

Southern Conservation Trust Peachtree City, Georgia
Deadline May 15, 2019
Job Type Paid permanent


The Conservation Project Manager preserves critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. This position generates revenue for the Southern Conservation Trust through donations and through successful completion of real estate transactions.

The Southern Conservation Trust seeks a detail-oriented, collaborative, outdoor professional who has a leadership background as well as the passion for the outdoors to manage the acquisition of a portfolio of new conservation easements. The Conservation Project Manager will work hand in hand with SCT’s Executive Director and will lead and facilitate a set portfolio of conservation easement projects from inception to closing throughout the Southeast.

The Conservation Project Manager performs a variety of complex duties to support the management and acquisition of conservation easements. This position's primary focus is building a new portfolio of conservation easement properties. Applicant must have strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, sound judgment, and an ability to read, understand and draft real estate legal documents. The Conservation Project Manager works closely with the Executive Director, Director of Conservation, Conservation Biologist, and outside legal counsel and is supervised by the Executive Director. This position offers a tremendous career opportunity for energetic and accomplished conservation professional to lead the next generation of the Southern Conservation Trust’s conservation initiatives.


  • Negotiate, and manage a portfolio of SCT’s conservation easement acquisitions. This includes: meeting with landowners, site visits, drafting and quality assurance of conservation plans or assessments for a property; supervising property due diligence, including title investigation with legal counsel; negotiation and drafting of conservation easement deeds.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance partners.
  • Explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials.
  • Develops and implements strategies for the acquisition of key conservation easements.
  • Manages transactions, which involves researching and completing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation, and other consultants, to the ultimate conveyance of conservation easement.
  • Identifies areas in which SCT's is needed for the preservation of open space lands of critical local or regional importance; develops and maintains a portfolio of potential projects; responds to inquiries by individuals, groups, etc.
  • Generates revenues for SCT through easement transaction.
  • Captures contacts for SCT database and maintains landowner relationships for development purposes.


The position is a contract and has no direct reports.   The position will have regular interaction with landowners, and contractors.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers to type, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus during significant computer-related work.   May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances and may require long hours in isolated settings.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit fundraising or project management experience required.

Special Knowledge and Skills:

  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient in computer applications. MS Office and Google.
  • A dedicated team player with a sense of humor and a commitment to protecting the natural environment who also works well independently.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact and communicate with a variety of public and private interests, partners, and constituents.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekend volunteer workdays.
  • A valid driver’s license, excellent driving record, and willingness to use a personal vehicle when necessary (with mileage reimbursement for out of county travel).
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and walk on uneven terrain.
  • Significant knowledge of conservation easements.
  • Experience building long-term partnerships with stakeholders to develop successful conservation projects.
  • The desire to make an enduring contribution to the field of conservation and environmental education.


Please email resume and cover letter to with "Conservation Manager" in subject line.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
Join our team in the field!. Uploaded by Southern Conservation Trust
Join our team in the field!. Uploaded by Southern Conservation Trust