Job Opportunities with MALT

Land and Water Conservation Director

The Mountain Area Land Trust announces a job opening for a Land and Water Conservation Director. Position is part-time, 24 hours per week.

Job Requirements:

  • 4-year related degree in Natural Resources or related field.
  • 3-5+ years of Natural Resource Management or land and water conservation experience.
  • Knowledge and experience negotiating, writing and closing conservation easements or purchasing properties.
  • Familiarity of local communities within Clear Creek, Park, Teller, Gilpin Counties, and the mountainous areas of Jefferson and Boulder Counties.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Computer, GPS and photography skills necessary. GIS skills desirable.
  • Able to safely travel across rough mountainous terrain by foot and/or four-wheel drive vehicles.

Work Schedule and Location

  • Work 24 hours per week.
  • Work schedule flexible to accommodate projects.
  • Work primarily at MALT office.
  • Work in field as required.

Position open until filled. Send cover letter and resume to Jeanne at [email protected] 


This position reports to the Executive Director.

The Land and Water Conservation Director works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, staff and the Land and Water Committee to develop and implement the Land and Water conservation program consistent with the organization’s mission, strategic plan and Land and Water Conservation Plan.

Hours:

This is a part-time salaried position, currently budgeted for 24 hours per week.


Primary Duties:

Strategic Planning:

  • Assists expanding conservation initiatives through new program development and strategic partnerships.
  • Ensures that the Land and Water Conservation Plan, which identifies and prioritizes areas where land and water conservation efforts should be focused is updated and maintained.

Land and Water Conservation:

  • Actively pursues and directs new opportunities in priority areas as defined in the Land and Water Conservation Plan.
  • Assigns with Executive Director’s input, Conservation Easement projects and oversees all aspects of land and water conservation program. 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 and Water 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 and water 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.
    • Responsible for the maintenance of Conservation Easement files both electronic and hard files.

Conservation Easement Monitoring:

  • Directs and supervises all aspects of Conservation Easement monitoring.

Supervises and trains the Seasonal Land Steward.

  • Works directly with the Executive Director and landowners to resolve any violations.

Outreach and Education: Attends Board of Directors meetings and fundraising events.

  • Helps with supervision and training of 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 and water 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 within Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek, Boulder, Gilpin and Teller 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.

Mapping

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

Other

  • Performs other duties as requested by the Executive Director.

Education, Technology Skills and Physical Abilities

  • Biological or Natural Science degree necessary.
  • Knowledge of GPS and Google Earth.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite necessary.
  • Knowledge of Adobe products, including Acrobat and Photoshop, 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.