Job Opportunities with MALT

Land Conservation Specialist – Full Time


Primary Duties:

Strategic Planning:

  • Assists in the development and implementation of land conservation programs consistent with organizational mission and strategic plan, with direction from the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Assists expanding conservation initiatives through new programs and strategic partnerships.
  • Assists in maintaining a Land Conservation Plan, which identifies and prioritizes areas where land conservation efforts should be focused.

Land and Water Conservation:

  • Actively pursues new land conservation project opportunities in priority areas as defined in the Conservation Plan.
  • Serves as a Project Manager for assigned Conservation Easement projects, facilitates all aspects of land conservation activities. Typical work will include but, is not limited to:

    • Conducts preliminary site visits with Executive Director on viable properties with prospective landowners.
    • Explains the process and benefits and answers detailed landowner questions.
    • Makes a preliminary recommendation as to the viability of the project.
    • Obtains sufficient photographs and information to prepare a Project Evaluation Packet for the project selection process.
    • Prepares and presents the Project Evaluation Packet to the Land Committee.
    • Prepares Initial, Interim and Final Decision documents.
    • Prepares Site Plans.
    • Facilitates and negotiates the development of a Conservation Easement from start to finish consistent with established Protocols.
    • Coordinates the development/delivery of Baselines, Appraisals, Title Commitments and Title Policies, Tax Forms and other critical documents.
    • Keeps Executive Director, Staff and Board up-to-date on status of land conservation activities.
    • Obtains legal review and approval of the Conservation Easement prior to closing.
    • Facilitates the signing and recording of Conservation Easement and other appropriate/required documents.
    • Prepares a monitoring plan unique to the Conservation Easement per the Conservation Easement Monitoring Protocol.
  • Ensures that all land and water conservation activities are in compliance with established policies and protocols and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
  • Assists in the maintenance of Conservation Easement files.

Conservation Easement Monitoring:

  • Monitors assigned Conservation Easements. Typical work includes, but is not limited to:

    • Plans, coordinates and conducts all aspects, which may include training and leading a team of volunteers, on each monitoring visit.
    • Develops monitoring reports.
    • Communicates with landowners on all aspects of Conservation Easement monitoring.
    • Works directly with landowners to resolve minor violations.
  • Assists in the maintenance of Conservation Easement monitoring files.

Outreach and Education:

  • Supervises and helps train Seasonal Interns.
  • Participates in the organization’s outreach and education with landowners, with emphasis placed on the priority properties.
  • Works in cooperation with the staff and Executive Director to examine priorities, partnerships and programs.
  • Pursues opportunities to educate the general public about the organization’s land conservation programs.
  • Develops strong working relationships with the conservation community. Participates in Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) conferences as the budget allows.
  • Develops strong working relationships with Jefferson, Park, Teller, Gilpin, Boulder and Clear Creek Counties. Pursues opportunities to partner with the Counties to implement high profile conservation projects.

Administration:

  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of Land Team documents, forms, letters and protocols.
  • Oversees and maintains Land aspects of Salesforce database.
  • Responsible for providing office coverage on days that part-time staff do not work.

Mapping

  • Prepares Vicinity Maps and Site Plans for Conservation Easement projects.
  • Prepares Photo Point Maps for monitoring reports.
  • Prepares the above and other maps as required using basic desktop publishing software.
  • Assists with maintaining all map and GPS files.

Other

  • Performs other duties as requested by the Executive Director.

Education, Technology Skills and Physical Abilities

  • Biological, Natural Resources or related degree necessary.
  • Knowledge of GPS and GIS necessary.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite necessary.
  • Knowledge of Adobe products, including Acrobat and Photoshop, desirable.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, desirable.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with digital photography necessary.
  • Able to travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or by operating 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicles.

  • Job Requirements:

    • 4-year degree in Biological, Natural Resources or related field.
    • 3-5+ years of Natural Resource Management or land conservation experience.
    • Knowledge of local communities within Clear Creek, Jefferson, Park, Gilpin, Teller and Boulder Counties.
    • Excellent negotiation, communication and writing skills.
    • Computer, GPS, GIS and photography skills necessary.
    • Able to travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or by operating 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicles.

    Work Schedule and Location:

    • 40 hours per week.
    • Works at MALT office in Evergreen.
    • Field work as required.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    • Salary dependent on qualifications.
    • Vacation – 1st year: 10 days; 2nd-4th years: 15 days; 5th year and onward: 20 days.
    • Health Reimbursement Arrangement: $400 per month.
    • Sick days – 10 per year.
    • Holidays – 10 days per year.
    • Conferences and training, subject to budget and Executive Director approval.

    Position open until filled. Send cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to Jeanne@savetheland.org.