Conservation Project Manager

  • Jackson Hole Land Trust
  • May 13, 2022
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Employment Opportunity: Conservation Project Manager

Location: Jackson, Wyoming with possibility for some remote work

Supervisor: Vice President

Work Schedule: 30-32 hours/week

Salary: Dependent on experience

Benefits: JHLT offers an excellent benefits package including health care, retirement, and housing stipend of $400/month.

Mission: To protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming.

Position Description: The Jackson Hole Land Trust has an opening for a salaried position as a Conservation Project Manager.  This role assists the Vice President in the administration of the Land Protection Program. He or she will work closely with the Vice President and assist in the completion of conservation easement transactions as well as assist with stewardship, fundraising, and communications, as needed.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate must have extensive experience with land conservation transactions. They should have managed projects from the development stage through closing, having negotiated conservation easement transactions, managed landowner relationships, conducted due diligence, grant written to fund projects, drafted conservation easements, and managed grants and funder relationships. They have exceptional interpersonal and written communications skills, high attention to detail, and are extremely organized. The successful candidate has a passion for conservation in northwest Wyoming and will thrive in a fast-paced environment working closely with the Vice President, current Conservation Project Manager, and the JHLT team.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conservation Easement Transaction Management: 70%
    • Provide recommendations to the Vice President regarding potential conservation easement projects and available funding
    • With the assistance of the Vice President, negotiate with landowners for conservation easement acquisition and determine most beneficial structure for all parties
    • Coordinate with Vice President and external legal team to draft contracts
    • Develop and propose transactional budget
    • Present conservation easement proposals to the Vice President and the Board of Director
  • Identify and submit grant proposals for conservation easement funding
  • Conduct due diligence for transactions
  • Draft conservation easement document in coordination with Vice President,

Stewardship Manager and legal

  • Work with Stewardship staff to schedule and complete baseline inventories
  • Close conservation easement transactions
  • Program development/outreach: 10%
    • Promote JHLT within northwest Wyoming
    • Assist Vice President and protection staff with regional conservation planning process and priority project identification
    • Make recommendations to, and provide support for, the Vice President regarding conservation planning and new conservation easement
    • Represent JHLT Protection program at regional meetings and conferences with funding partners and stakeholders
  • Stewardship: 5%
    • Accompany Stewardship Staff on annual conservation easement monitoring visits, as needed
  • Administrative: 10%
    • Keep minutes for Protection Committee of the Board of Directors
    • Create electronic and physical project files according to JHLT recordkeeping policies
    • Respond to general inquiries from conservation buyers, realtors, members of the public and other land trusts
    • Update external communication templates and ensure consistent protection and stewardship messaging across regional program areas
    • Coordinate and track board approvals of land protection projects in accordance with JHLT policies and bylaws
    • Coordinate and track amendment requests in accordance with JHLT policies and bylaws
    • Draft or proofread memos, correspondence, and other documents
    • Continue to implement new project management and tracking technology and train new protection/stewardship staff on such platforms
    • Coordinate the execution and recording of legal documents
    • Assist Vice President in project development, as needed
  • Fundraising and Communication support, as needed: 5%
    • Provide Development department with information on and maps of conservation projects for solicitations, grant proposals and other materials
    • Represent the JHLT and its conservation program to donors and other members of the public at fundraising events and other activities

JHLT is committed to enhancing diversity in our organization and in land conservation. Multiple perspectives help strengthen our work as an organization and enhance engagement with and empowerment of communities currently underrepresented in the conservation sector.

Candidates for employment shall be considered without regard to race, creed, color, gender, age, marital status, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, or political affiliation.

Ability to perform tasks requiring moderate physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions may be an essentially related job function and a workplace condition. Acknowledging the benefits of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, the JHLT utilizes hiring practices that promote and ensure access to a broad range of candidates.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] by May 27. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No calls please.

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