Current Positions Available

Posted: August, 2018, apply by September 9, 2018

Position: Conservation Project Manager Starting salary range: $41,000 – $43,000

The Orange County Land Trust is seeking a self-motivated and detail-oriented person to join our team as a full-time Conservation Project Manager. The position will report to our Director of Conservation and Stewardship and ultimately our Executive Director. This position is exempt and full time.

Position Summary:

The focus of the Conservation Project Manager position is to complete land protection projects by working with willing landowners to acquire conservation easements and fee interests. S/he will also assist with the management of land restoration projects, stewardship of OCLT protected properties and represent the organization in conservation partnerships.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Land Projects

Assist with all phases of land acquisition projects (fee simple, conservation easement and agency assists) including: project evaluation; landowner outreach; cultivation and negotiation; coordination with conservation partners; coordination with legal counsel and OCLT staff; presenting to OCLT board and committees.

Ecological Restoration and Land Management In conjunction with other OCLT staff, manage floodplain forest and wetland restoration projects on OCLT preserves and other properties and assist with the drafting of management plans for OCLT preserves as well as advise landowners on same.

• Represent OCLT in conservation partnerships and public Attend meetings and participate in conservation partnerships and external committees. Work collaboratively with partner conservation organizations and municipalities to help develop and maintain cooperative and constructive relationships with landowners, colleagues, and members of the public.

Required qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or higher degree in environmental studies/sciences, natural resources, forestry, or related field with minimum 1-2 years of experience in land transactions and show a demonstrated ability to successfully complete land protection projects

• Demonstrated knowledge of Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices

• Knowledge of natural history, ecology, and/or biology and familiarity with the principals of ecological restoration

• Strong interpersonal skills, ability to cultivate relationships, diplomacy, and oral and written communication skills

• Attention to detail and familiarity with legal documents (conservation easements, option agreements, deeds, etc.)

• Ability to navigate in the forest with map, GPS and/or compass, occasionally alone in remote locations

• Ability to work as part of a team and also independently with minimal supervision

• Functional knowledge of GIS mapping and GPS data collection, and standard office software.

• Valid driver’s license

Additional desired skills:

• Direct experience in designing and implementing ecological restoration projects, especially floodplain forest and wetland restoration

• Knowledge of surface and ground water hydrology, and the protection of water resources

• Experience monitoring conservation easement and protected land

Benefits Package:

The Orange County Land Trust offers a generous benefits package including the following:

• 15 days paid vacation starting the first year

• 11 holiday days per year

• 10 days of sick leave and 2 personal days per year

• Employees may enroll in the health plan after ninety (90) days of employment, the Land Trust pays 100% of the single premium coverage of full-time employees; dental coverage is offered, single premium coverage is paid by employees

• Eligible for enrollment in a retirement plan after one full year of employment

• Training and professional development is encouraged

The Orange County Land Trust, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of board members, other volunteers, contractors and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board members, other volunteers, contractors, and vendors.

Application Instructions: Please email cover letter and resume as a single PDF to with “LAST NAME-Conservation Project Manager” in the subject line by September 9th, 2018.