Conservation Specialist

New Mexico Land Conservancy

Silver City, New Mexico

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $40,000-$45,000 DOE
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

CONSERVATION SPECIALIST

Posted December 21, 2020 - position will remain open until January 31, 2021

Join Our Team

The New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is a non-profit land trust organization dedicated to preserving New Mexico’s unique natural, cultural and agricultural heritage by helping people conserve the lands they love.  NMLC is one of the leaders in land conservation in the Southwest and, since 2002, has protected over 300,000 acres of high conservation value land throughout New Mexico and Arizona.  NMLC’s long-term goal is to protect, directly or in partnership with others, one million acres of high conservation-value lands throughout New Mexico, with a specific emphasis on significant wildlife habitat, productive agricultural lands, water and other natural resources, cultural and historic sites, scenic open space and recreational lands at community, watershed and landscape scales.

NMLC is dedicated to the highest quality work and operates as a learning organization with a work culture based on consensus, collaboration and teamwork.  NMLC offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, a flexible work environment and professional development opportunities.   

Position Summary

NMLC seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated Conservation Specialist to assist with its land and water protection efforts across southern New Mexico. Primary work duties shall include project due diligence and management, baseline documentation, GIS and mapping, grant writing and reporting, conservation easement monitoring and stewardship, project-related communications and general administration in support of the organization’s mission and in accordance with its established policies, plans and strategies.  This position will report to the Southern New Mexico Program Manager and work with the entire staff.  The position will be based in Silver City with travel around southern New Mexico.

Position Scope and Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Conservation Specialist include:

Land Conservation & Stewardship

  • Work closely with the Southern New Mexico Program Manager and NMLC conservation staff to assist with project management (related budgets, timelines and document/file management) and coordinating with outside consultants/contractors on the completion of required due diligence associated with conservation easement, fee title and other land conservation transactions (including but not limited to title review; environmental, mineral and water rights assessments baseline documentation; legal review and appraisals).
  • Provide GIS and mapping support for conservation projects and planning.
  • Assist with preparation of state tax credit applications and baseline documentation.
  • Ensure NMLC’s land conservation transactions comply with federal and state statutes, as well as internal guidelines, policies and Land Trust Alliance accreditation standards.
  • Coordinate the project evaluation, prioritization and selection process with Southern New Mexico Program Manager and NMLC staff.
  • Assist Stewardship Coordinator, as needed, with annual conservation easement stewardship, monitoring and legal defense in southern New Mexico.

Outreach & Communications

  • Respond to land conservation/stewardship inquiries from private landowners, community groups, public agencies and the general public.
  • Support Southern New Mexico Program Manager with outreach to and meetings with private landowners, community groups, public agencies and other conservation organizations.
  • Contribute project articles and updates to newsletters, electronic bulletins, website content and annual reports and other communications materials.
  • Maintain regular communication with the Southern New Mexico Program Manager and, as requested, provide summaries and updates to the NMLC staff and Board.

Organizational Development

  • Assist with development of project-related applications, grant proposals and reports; and, as needed, assist Southern New Mexico Program Manager and NMLC staff with other fundraising activities.
  • Provide general administrative support to Southern New Mexico Program Manager
  • Provide support for Conservation Committee and Board meetings as requested by the Southern New Mexico Program Manager and NMLC staff.

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in relevant field (natural resource planning/management, biological sciences, geography, etc.).
  • At least two years of prior experience with conservation easements, fee acquisitions and/or other conservation real estate transactions preferred, including conducting or coordinating associated due diligence.
  • Must have excellent computer skills – Word, Excel, including experience and demonstrated proficiency with GPS and GIS (ArcGIS, etc.)
  • Previous experience with foundation and government grant writing and reporting preferred.
  • Familiarity with New Mexico and/or western landscapes and communities is preferred, particularly an ability to work with urban as well as rural, agricultural landowners.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be willing to work some overtime, evenings and weekends.
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally and use personal vehicle, as necessary, in the performance of work-related activities – travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Must be willing and physically able to work in the field.
  • Must be a self-starter, well-organized and able to make decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment to meet established goals and deadlines.
  • Must be committed to the organization’s conservation mission and be able to maintain strong, positive, collegial working relationships with staff and Board, as well as outside partners, professional advisors and consultants.
  • Must be willing to contribute to maintaining a collegial, efficient and ethical working environment with staff, Board and others. A sense of humor is appreciated even if it is not that good.

Benefits of the Position

  • This is a full-time position with potential for advancement.
  • Starting salary range $40,000 to $45,000 - starting salary commensurate with experience.

Annual salary increases are based on performance and available funding.

  • Three weeks paid personal leave (vacation and sick leave combined).
  • Full health insurance coverage through NMLC’s group plan.
  • Enrollment in NMLC’s retirement plan after one year of employment.
  • Training and professional development opportunities available as annual budgets permit.

NMLC is an equal opportunity employer and provides a smoke-free, drug-free workplace. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter, resume and three references in a single PDF document labeled with your name and the job title, by email, by January 31, 2021 to: mkeller@nmlandconservancy.org.  Failure to follow these instructions may result in disqualification.

No phone calls will be taken regarding this job announcement.  Candidates will be notified regarding the status of their applications.  For further information about the organization, please visit NMLC’s website: www.nmlandconservancy.org

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