Land Stewardship Director - Palmer Land Trust - Colorado Springs, CO

Land Stewardship Director
Posted Date: 2/20/2018
Position Closing Date: 3/16/2018
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Position Summary:

Palmer Land Trust seeks a Land Stewardship Director to advance the organization’s robust land stewardship program which includes a portfolio of both public and private conserved lands throughout southern Colorado. With over 120 conservation easements on 106,000 acres of conserved land, as well as fee ownership of two properties, Palmer Land Trust is one of the leading nonprofit land conservation organizations in Colorado.

The Land Stewardship Director will partner with private landowners, public agencies, and the public to advance land conservation goals. At the core of Palmer’s stewardship program is managing a wide-ranging portfolio of conservation easements that includes urban public open space properties, largescale working cattle ranches, irrigated production farmland, critical wildlife habitat, and iconic scenic vistas.

The Director is responsible for landowner partner relationship management; conservation easement monitoring, reserved rights review, easement interpretation, and violations response; and evolving our stewardship practices to ensure compliance, efficiency, and innovation in the face of increasing conservation challenges.

Palmer Land Trust is committed to organizational excellence and innovation, and is seeking exceptional candidates who thrive in a collaborative, high-performance environment. This is a permanent, full-time position with generous time off and a comprehensive benefits package.

Essential Functions:
• Manage all aspects of conservation easement and fee title compliance monitoring
• Respond to conservation easement violations, reserved rights requests, and other inquiries from landowner partners
• Build and strengthen land partnerships and collaborations that advance land management best practices and community engagement in land conservation
• Enhance relationships with public agency partners and participate in public open space planning processes
• Play an integral role in all new conservation acquisitions through a comprehensive stewardship review of all projects
• In partnership with the Executive Director and other conservation staff, participate in the creation and implementation of new conservation tools and processes that further conservation goals

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental law, natural sciences, planning, forestry, ecology, geography, real estate, or other relevant field
• Minimum 5+ years successful related work experience
• Familiarity and comfort working with legal documents and operating in a legal setting
• Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail
• Excellent interpersonal skills and strong team ethic, combined with the ability to work autonomously in a self-directed environment
• Strong writing and organizational skills
• Passion for natural resource conservation and a commitment to developing strong working relationships with landowners and partners
• Ability to perform physical activity in rough terrain

Desired Qualifications:
• Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate and three years of experience in conservation leadership. Legal background strongly preferred.
• Extensive experience developing and interpreting complex legal documents, and experience with conflict resolution and/or guiding difficult situations toward positive outcomes.
• Extensive project management experience including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage individuals and stakeholder groups. Proven experience producing results and meeting program goals.
• Proven technical skills, analytical ability, and sound judgment
• Basic GIS skills

Salary & Benefits:
DOE. Palmer Land Trust salaries typically meet or exceed average land trust salaries in the southwestern United States according to Land Trust Alliance salary surveys. Palmer offers a generous benefits and paid personal leave package. The position is based out of Palmer’s Colorado Springs office located in beautiful downtown, and in close proximity to ample recreation and open space opportunities.

How to Apply:
Application must be received by March 16, 2018. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and answers to the following questions to: with subject line “Land Stewardship Director”
Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question:
1. Why does conserving land and water in southern Colorado matter to you?
2. What experience do you have managing a complex and highly technical program?
3. What experience do you have managing other people (employees, contractors, etc.) and what is your general approach to working with other staff members?
4. What do you consider your most important knowledge and skills that qualify you to assume the responsibilities of this position, and how did you acquire them?

About Palmer Land Trust:
Palmer Land Trust's mission is to protect southern Colorado’s lands for present and future generations. Since its incorporation in 1977, the organization has protected 106,000 acres of working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, scenic corridors, and public recreation open spaces. Palmer is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage holdings (there are approximately 1,700 land trusts in the United States), and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts. It has offices in Colorado Spring and Rocky Ford. More info

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