Creighton Conservation Specialist

The Creighton Conservation Specialist works as part of the Land Conservation team and participates in all areas of the Trustees’ land conservation work. This position is designed to both advance the strategic land conservation efforts of The Trustees while also building the successful applicant’s foundation skills in land conservation work. The Creighton Conservation Specialist both supports the work of colleagues in the Land Conservation department and directly carries out tasks relating to conservation restriction stewardship, land project sourcing and evaluation, acquisition of land and land interests, engage with property stewardship staff on specific projects, and program administration and support. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, organized and resourceful, attentive to detail, able to handle multiple responsibilities, and willing and able to work in an office and/or remote setting and outdoors in various conditions.

In this role you will be responsible for:

Intake, research, and reporting on potential land conservation projects.

Facilitate the identification of land conservation opportunities that advance priorities in The Trustees’ Five-Year Strategic Plan, the Eliot Initiative (new reservations), and the Reservation Priority Lands (reservation expansion) plans.

Manage land conservation projects from inception to completion, first in a supporting role to other staff, later in a lead role, all as assigned by the Associate Director of Land Conservation. Duties may include research on land and owners of record, conservation values, negotiating with landowners, drafting conservation agreements, securing contractors and managing due diligence related to projects, post-closing file review and archiving.

Play an appropriate role in land conservation-related fundraising efforts.

Participate in regular Land Conservation, all-staff, and other periodic meetings.

Support the tracking of compliance of the land conservation work with The Trustees’ relevant policies and procedures.

Assist the Conservation Restriction Program with conservation restriction stewardship, including completing annual monitoring visits and associated documentation and landowner follow-up.

Collaborate with colleagues in following up on CR compliance issues, other emerging issues, and CR landowner inquiries or requests.

Create GIS property maps, CR base maps, resource maps, as needed.

Support Stewardship staff on selected property care projects.

Database entry, data management and, dependent on tech skills, database system support.