Associate Manager of Conservation and Stewardship

  • Location: Durham, North Carolina
  • Close Date: December 31, 2017
  • Hiring Organization: Triangle Land Conservancy
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Job Description

Triangle Land Conservancy is an accredited and well-respected land trust has protected over 18,000 acres in the rapidly-growing Triangle region of North Carolina. For over 30 years, TLC has conserved land to safeguard clean water, to support family farms and the local food economy, to protect important natural habitats, and to connect people with nature. TLC is currently headquartered in downtown Durham and is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of all kinds in the workplace. Visit www.triangleland.org for more information.

Position Summary:
The Associate Manager of Conservation and Stewardship is responsible for coordination with partners and development of farmland activities at TLC’s Walnut Hill Nature Preserve in Wake County. The position will also support farmland acquisition and stewardship activities in all of TLC service area with a focus on Wake County. Projects may include the development of conservation strategies for landowner contact, negotiating for land, structuring partnerships for funding and long-term stewardship, working with new farm partners on TLC preserves, and applying for and administering related grants. The Associate Manager of Conservation and Stewardship reports to the Associate Director of Conservation and Stewardship and collaborates with the Conservation and Stewardship Team to attain organizational strategic goals. It is a currently a three-year limited position. Opportunities exist to extend the position of future grants and additional funding resources.

Attributes and Expectations
• Passionate about land conservation;
• Experience with farming and related activities;
• Strong background and experience in land protection concepts, legal and financial issues involved in land protection, and natural resource assessment and management;
• Ability and enthusiasm to work with all types of people and for getting them involved with TLC;
• Energetic, creative, and full of initiative;
• Excellent writing, speaking and people skills;
• Good computer proficiency and office skills;
• Knowledge of ArcGIS with practical experience managing GIS(preferred);
• Conservation planning experience (preferred);
• Willingness to work in the field (often alone) but with the understanding that most of our work takes place in an office environment;
• Willingness to work a flexible schedule with evening and weekend hours to meet deadlines and accommodate landowner and volunteer schedules;
• Ability to navigate and assess large parcels for conservation potential;
• Ability to work effectively without close supervision and as part of a cohesive team;
• Good grasp of numbers to compute financial and tax strategies;
• A high level of professional conduct when faced with challenging or difficult situations with

Responsibilities

• Develop, coordinate, and nurture agricultural partnership activities at TLC’s Walnut Hill Nature Preserve.
• Serve as TLC’s main point of contact with Knightdale High School, Wake County Public Schools, Wake County, and other partners at Walnut Hill Nature Preserve.
• Manage and assist in educational activities at TLC Walnut Hill Nature Preserve.
• Work with stewardship staff to coordinate infrastructure and farm improvements at Walnut Hill
• Coordinate and support TLC’s farmland conservation and activation efforts.
• Assist the Conservation and Stewardship Staff in developing and coordinating our partners on other TLC properties.
• Assist the Associate Director of Conservation and Stewardship to develop land protection projects in Wake County including, contacting landowners, assessing landowner objectives, and developing a project budget and project summary for review by Conservation Strategies Committee and TLC’s Board of Directors.
• Assist the Associate Director of Conservation and Stewardship to follow through to completion of approved conservation projects by negotiating with landowners and by involving other partners as needed for funding and for long-term land stewardship.
• Respond to inquiries from landowners interested in conservation options, assess land according to TLC criteria, present options to the landowner, and coordinate all aspects of the donation of land and easements for approved projects.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree and background in land stewardship and management, agriculture, and/or conservation.
• Three or more years of professional land trust or sustainable agriculture-related experience, preferably with experience in a variety of farm operations or equivalent.
• Knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices, agricultural Best Management Practices for water quality, a local food system, and local agriculture-related issues.

Job Category: Full-time, three years.

Salary / Compensation

Salary range $40,000-$45,000 depending on experience, with excellent benefits.

Applications Instructions

How to Apply
Please send a single PDF with your cover letter, resume, and list of three references (who will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview). Save your application file as: LastName_FirstInitial_TLC (e.g. Carson_R_TLC.pdf).
Email your application to: HR@triangleland.org
Candidate applications will start to be reviewed beginning Friday, December 1, 2017. No phone calls please.

Triangle Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.