Land Conservation Specialist

Mass Audubon has recently launched an Action Agenda that includes a goal of quadrupling the pace of our land conservation efforts. We are now looking for committed individuals to help us achieve this goal. The person in this position will preferably be based out of our Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA and will focus on projects in central and western Massachusetts.

Duties & Responsibilities
Negotiate with private landowners, public agencies, businesses, and other organizations concerning acquisition of land and rights in land.
Provide technical assistance to private landowners and conservation partners regarding conservation options and techniques.
Provide advice and assistance to Mass Audubon staff, Board, volunteers, and sanctuary committees on land conservation issues.
Working in collaboration with other staff, evaluate land conservation proposals to ensure consistency with Mass Audubon policies and objectives.
Be familiar with the financial and legal advantages of land conservation with donors and sellers, promote gifts and bargain sales of land.
Ensure the timely and accurate completion of tasks required to acquire and dispose of land or interests in land, including the preparation of administrative, financial and legal documents, and the oversight of due diligence.
Properly document projects for the permanent land files and provide project information to others as needed.
Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required.
Attend department meetings and serve on committees as requested.
Provide training for Mass Audubon staff and others on land conservation issues.
Carry out all work in compliance with the Land Trust Accreditation Standards and Practices.

Seek out and promote gifts and grants to support Mass Audubon land conservation efforts.
Work with the Philanthropy department to prepare and submit grant requests.
Assist in the preparation of draft land acquisition budgets with the help and input of stewardship and science staff.
Community Relations
Respond to public and media inquiries on land issues.
Assist in the preparation of public relations material.
Represent Mass Audubon at community meetings.

Work with other Mass Audubon staff to assess future maintenance, retained rights and/or property boundary concerns and challenges of proposed land and building acquisitions and present recommendations to Director.
Conduct initial Environmental Site Assessments on properties.

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