Conservation Manager

Position: Conservation Manager
Reports to: Conservation Director
Position Type: Full-time salaried
Location: Montpelier, VT – an office/work-from-home hybrid system

Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) conserves forever-wild landscapes for nature and people. NEWT safeguards more than 58,000 acres across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. We are the only regional land trust focused exclusively on wilderness conservation. The successful applicant will join a growing team of wilderness advocates, play a central role in conserving nature for nature’s sake, and will have opportunities for advancement and professional development.

Duties of the Conservation Manager

The Conservation Manager will work closely with the Conservation Director and other staff on conservation transactions. The Manager will map new land protection projects using GIS and assist in site visits and applying NEWT’s project selection rubric to determine project feasibility. The successful applicant will also support NEWT’s response to landowners and be proactive in seeking out conservation opportunities across our six-state service area. The Conservation Manager will also participate in organizational outreach, development, and stewardship efforts as needed.

Responsibilities:

Land Protection
• Work with the Conservation Team on new projects including GIS analysis; screening conservation prospects with NEWT’s project selection rubric; development of Project Strategy Forms; site visits; landowner and partner communications; and assistance with project due diligence.
• Manage the Wildlands Partnership Program, which seeks to add forever-wild conservation easements to land trust-owned land.
• Assist in the development of “Old Growth for All: Wildlands Access Initiative” and other initiatives as needed.
• Proactively seek new conservation opportunities, especially inholdings and adjacent properties to existing NEWT lands.
• Support the development and execution of NEWT’s Strategic Conservation Plan.
• Create maps for project outreach and management, and funding applications.
• Coordinate with Stewardship staff on scheduling and preparation of Baseline Documentation Reports.
• Manage all land protection activities in a centralized database in coordination with the land protection and stewardship protocols.

Outreach, Development, and Miscellaneous
• Support NEWT staff in communicating its mission and sharing its accomplishments with the public through social and print media according to outreach calendar.
• Assist with grant proposals and other fundraising, particularly in support of conservation projects.
• Represent NEWT at local and national land trust conferences.
• Participate in NEWT’s Land Stewardship Committee meetings.
• Other responsibilities as needed.

Requirements:
• At least five to seven years of land trust experience, including conservation transactional experience.
• Demonstrated understanding of and passion for wilderness and wildlands conservation.
• Proficiency in GIS, with the capacity to provide strong support in site assessment of prospective conservation opportunities throughout NEWT’s region.
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and team-oriented work environment.
• Exceptional organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and be self-starting.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Ability to understand laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions.
• Ability and willingness to travel as needed across the region and carry a valid driver’s license.
• Willingness to work outside of position’s prime focus and collaborate with other NEWTs on other organizational priorities.

Salary Range: $55,000-58,000 DOE.

Benefits:
Northeast Wilderness Trust offers a very competitive benefits package including: health, dental, vision and life insurance; 401k plan; 21 days of PTO; a hybrid work from home/office schedule; short-term leave; professional development opportunities; sabbatical leave; and relocation stipend.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references as a single combined PDF to jobs@newildernesstrust.org with the subject “Conservation Manager.” Application deadline is February 20, 2022 with review and interviews happening on a rolling basis.

Northeast Wilderness Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a supportive work environment through a culture of inclusion, integrity and accountability. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds including people of color, indigenous, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities to apply.