Job Announcement – Land Conservation Specialist

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Position Title:            Land Conservation Specialist

Starting Salary:         $45,000 to $52,000

Job Classification:     Full-time, permanent and exempt

Location:                    121 N. Main Street, Louisburg, NC 27549

Date Posted:               April 8, 2022

About Tar River Land Conservancy

Tar River Land Conservancy (TRLC) is a nationally accredited land trust headquartered in Louisburg, North Carolina. TRLC’s mission is to protect natural resources by working in partnership with private landowners, governmental partners, and supporters to acquire conservation easements and properties in fee simple. Since 2000, TRLC has protected over 22,600 acres of land across an eight-county region of North Carolina between the Raleigh-Durham suburbs and the Virginia state line. TRLC is actively working to acquire many more conservation easements and properties to protect water quality and stream buffers, working farms and forest, wildlife habitat and natural areas, and recreational open space. To learn more, please visit www.tarriver.org.

Position Summary

The Land Conservation Specialist will work closely with other TRLC staff members to cultivate, track, manage, and complete land protection projects, including conservation easements and fee simple acquisitions. The Land Conservation Specialist will also serve as the lead in writing, editing, and updating land management plans for properties owned in fee simple by TRLC. The Land Conservation Specialist will be supervised by the Executive Director, but will work closely and collaborate with the Associate Director/General Counsel, Land Stewardship Director, interns, government agency partners, volunteers, members of the TRLC Board and its committees, and contractors to complete core duties and projects. The Land Conservation Specialist will be based at TRLC’s office in Louisburg, but will travel across TRLC’s eight-county region throughout the year to visit conservation properties and for meetings. The individual will spend approximately seven to ten days per month in the field, often working alone in rugged conditions.

Primary Duties

  • Complete desktop evaluations of properties using ArcGIS software and other tools.
  • Assess properties in the field to document conservation values and potential liabilities.
  • Prepare property site assessments and land protection proposals for properties targeted for conservation easement and fee simple acquisitions.
  • Conduct outreach to and meet with owners of properties targeted for protection.
  • Coordinate and meet with project funders and governmental agency partners.
  • Track and manage conservation easement and fee simple acquisition projects.
  • Facilitate the completion of due diligence activities by outside contractors, including appraisals, boundary surveys, and Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Assist with preparations for conservation easement and fee simple real estate closings.
  • Prepare Baseline Documentation Reports for conservation easement properties.
  • Work closely with TRLC staff and committee members to set land management goals and objectives for conservation properties owned in fee simple by TRLC.
  • Draft, edit, finalize, land management plans for conservation properties owned by TRLC using template formats used by TRLC.
  • Maintain and archive conservation easement and fee simple project records in accordance with TRLC policies and national land trust accreditation standards.

Other Duties

  • Assist in preparing grant applications for conservation easement and fee simple acquisition projects and assist in administering grants awarded to TRLC for such projects.
  • Work with and supervise volunteers who assist with tasks related to TRLC’s acquisition of conservation easements and fee simple properties.
  • Participate in and help organize TRLC events, presentations, and outings held for donors, volunteers, project partners, government officials, business leaders, and the community at-large. Such events are occasionally held on weekday evenings and on weekends.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Expectations

  • Commitment to the mission of the TRLC to protect private lands and significant natural resources using conservation easements, fee simple acquisitions, and other tools.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resources management, forestry, conservation biology, wildlife management or a related discipline.
  • Three or more years of professional experience working for a land trust, other nonprofit conservation organization, governmental agency, environmental restoration or consulting firm, or similar employer.
  • Ability to work independently outdoors year-round using compass, maps, GPS equipment and to carrying field equipment, often in rugged field conditions.
  • Ability to function productively both independently and as a member of a project team.
  • Ability to work efficiently to meet deadlines.
  • Strong people skills with an ability to establish rapport and common ground with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and life experiences.
  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for learning on the job.
  • Exceptional writing and record keeping skills.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.

Desired Qualifications, Skills, and Expectations

  • Proficiency using ESRI ArcGIS software and MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience interpreting aerial photos.
  • Familiarity with the plants and wildlife of the Piedmont of North Carolina.
  • Experience driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle off of paved roads.
  • Experience preparing grant applications.
  • Experience organizing and supervising volunteers.
  • Experience overseeing work completed by contractors.
  • Experience overcoming adversity to complete projects. 

Compensation and Benefits

This position is full-time with starting salary of $45,000 to $52,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, life, and disability insurance, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with employer matching contributions, and paid vacation and medical leave.

To Apply

This position is open until filled. Send a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and list of three references by email to Amy Edge, Associate Director/General Counsel, at aedge@tarriver.org. Please include “TRLC Land Conservation Specialist” in the subject line. Tar River Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.