Land Conservation Manager

Job Information

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Close Date: 07/31/2024
  • Hiring Organization: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
  • Contact Name: Nicole Llinas
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The Land Conservation Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of habitat restoration projects that ensure the sustainable management of all ECWA-owned lands and nature preserves. The Land Conservation Manager supervises the work of the Preserve Stewards Program, comprised of volunteers and any other staff hired to help with conservation and stewardship activities. ECWA’s land holdings include almost 500 acres in and around downtown Durham, NC, including five publicly accessible nature preserves, 4 properties not open to the public, one conservation easement, and any other lands acquired or put under conservation easement by ECWA. The Land Conservation Manager will use the full range of conservation tools, including scientific and engineering practices, advancement of known and new techniques, project management, grant and budget management, and cooperative partnerships to oversee conservation activities at ECWA.


  • Plan and direct all aspects of preserve conservation activities including feasibility, project scope, proposals, contracting, design, implementation, management plans, monitoring, maintenance, stewardship, and oversight of internal and external entity collaboration.
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements, including BMPs and LTA standards.
  • Ensure conservation practices & strategies are aligned with ECWA’s internal conservation priorities for wetland restoration and preserve stewardship. General preserve and infrastructure maintenance including trails and informational signage (alongside ECWA staff)
  • Maintaining inventory and functionality of all ECWA Land Conservation equipment, tools, and supplies
  • Data and reporting responsibilities include: production and submission of baseline documentation reports for new properties and annual monitoring reports for ECWA preserves, data management and grants reporting, GIS mapping, and visual data preparation


  • Wetland restoration and land conservation skills and experience, including knowledge of wetland science and ecology, and restoration & conservation standards & practices.
  • Ability to explain conservation and restoration practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key ecological processes influencing urban ecosystems in North Carolina, including vegetation ecology, wetlands hydrology, and forest management.
  • Relevant certifications, courses, or trainings in any of the above fields.
  • Experience managing grant budgets and fulfilling contract requirements.
  • Ability to develop, direct, and manage multiple conservation projects; flexibility and responsiveness to unforeseen project demands.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and visual means, including developing and sharing technical reports.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize a variety of data, including aerial photography, soil surveys, topographic maps, and GIS & GPS data.
  • Multilingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience using applications such as GIS, Landscape, Google Workspace


Salary: $60,000

Competitive benefits package includes: 100% employer-covered health insurance, 401(k) plan, parental leave, accrued paid time off, hybrid work schedule, and other life and work well-being benefits. We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health and well-being of the people we employ.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

About ECWA

ECWA’s vision is a living creek connecting human and natural communities in Durham. Through land acquisition, collaboration with the city, and public education, we hope to create a Durham where residents can bike or walk across the watershed and stop at local businesses and nature preserves along the way.

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