Land Protection Coordinator

Land Conservancy of West Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan
Deadline May 31, 2019
Job Type Paid permanent

The mission of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan is to help people protect, enjoy, and care for natural land in West Michigan. A non-profit organization, the Land Conservancy is an accredited land trust dedicated to the permanent conservation of natural areas in West Michigan (including all or parts of eight counties: Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, Newaygo, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, and Lake). With 40+ years of experience keeping nature nearby, the Land Conservancy has protected more than 11,450 acres with nature preserves, conservation easements, and partnership projects with local communities.

Within the mission of the Land Conservancy, the Land Protection Coordinator works with the Land Protection Director to lead land protection efforts including acquisition of conservation easements and fee simple nature preserves, coordinate with other organization and government entities on community projects, and to work with the Conservation Easement Stewardship Specialist to manage issues related to conservation easement properties.

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Essential Functions

Land Protection

  • Work in collaboration with the Land Protection Director, Executive Director, Land Conservancy staff and Board of Directors to set land protection goals for the organization, including participation in the strategic planning of the organization
  • Develop innovative strategies to complete land protection goals of the organization
  • Collaborate with partner organizations and governmental organizations to help achieve land protection goals throughout our West Michigan service area
  • In concert with Land Protection Director, Executive Director, and development staff, write, secure and manage grants to support land protection projects
  • Assist the Land Protection Director with the management of the Land Protection Committee
  • Prepare, communicate, and present land protection projects to the Land Protection Committee and the Board of Directors
  • Learn and stay current with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, Land Trust Accreditation Commission requirements, and IRC 501(c)3 and 170(h) requirements to secure and maintain Accreditation and non-profit status of the Land Conservancy
  • Develop and complete land protection projects with a variety of partners including private landowners, governmental organizations, and partner and non-partner organizations
  • Create, maintain, and update hard copy and digital documentation for all land projects, coordinating with the Conservation Easement Stewardship Specialist, as appropriate
  • Collaborate with grantors of land protection projects including state and federal partners and partner organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund
  • Solicit contributions from individual landowners for the Conservation Easement Stewardship Fund and assist development staff in identifying and soliciting other potential project related funds or major gifts
  • Develop new programs that help achieve strategic land conservation goals of the organization
  • Maintain pool of reliable, cost-effective contractors including appraisers, surveyors, title agency representatives, foresters, and natural resource managers
  • Communicate with attorneys that assist in land protection projects, and maintain a collaborative relationship to maintain their pro-bono assistance in future projects
  • Collaborate with the Conservation Easement Stewardship Specialist to ensure annual monitoring of conservation easement properties, and maintaining solid, working relationships with land donors and successive generations of conservation easement landowners
  • Work with Stewardship Staff to evaluate and grow the nature preserve portfolio
  • Develop and maintain knowledge and expertise in real estate, tax, environmental assessment, and resource policy issues.
  • Maintain outreach to local assessors to encourage advantages for conservation easement landowners
  • With other Land Conservancy staff, serve as the face of the Land Conservancy to garner public support for public land protection projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Land Protection and Executive Director


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