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06 Apr 2022

Conservation Project Director – Mendocino Land Trust

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The Mendocino Land Trust (MLT) is looking for a Conservation Project Director who is passionate about land conservation and is interested in growing with our organization. This position will be primarily focused on building relationships with and assisting landowners of working lands in Mendocino County with an emphasis on inland properties such as farms, ranches, vineyards, and working forests, to voluntarily conserve their lands with conservation easements. However, the position will also be responsible for the conservation of coastal properties through its supervision of a Conservation Project Manager with a coastal focus. The position is a combination of fostering connections in the inland community and completing transactional work involved with completing conservation easements and other conservation projects.

This position involves working with team members on conservation projects, land acquisition and land bequests and will report to the Executive Director as part of the Conservation Team.

Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team in a variety of settings including outdoors, shared office space and remotely. The position may require occasional travel as projects may spread throughout Northern California.

This is a flexible half-time to full-time position – we are seeking the right candidate and will consider schedules with a minimum of 20 hours per week. While our main office is based in Fort Bragg, California, the ideal candidate will be focused on working remotely, ideally, from Inland Mendocino County, with weekly trips to the Fort Bragg office. The ideal candidate will have deep connections in Inland Mendocino County and within the working lands community. This position involves having the ability to visit property owners in the Inland area frequently.

MLT is a nonprofit conservation land trust operating throughout Mendocino County and beyond, which includes all areas of Mendocino County plus work in the Eel River watershed in Lake County. The mission of the Mendocino Land Trust is to conserve important natural resources of Mendocino County including working farmlands and forests, wildlife habitat, open space, scenic vistas, watersheds, and to facilitate public access.

We work diligently to:
● Preserve our land for its scenic and recreational values
● Build trails so that people can have a direct connection to beautiful landscapes
● Protect and restore waterways and forests which provide critical wildlife habitat
● Preserve family farms and ranchlands for generations to come
● Care for the lands we have protected, in perpetuity

Summary of Position:
The Conservation Project Director is the senior staff position responsible for directing Mendocino Land Trust’s acquisition program and projects. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Conservation Project Director will be responsible for oversight and general management of Mendocino Land Trust acquisitions including land bequests, fee lands, managed forests, public access easements and conservation easements. Primary responsibilities will include evaluation of potential projects to meet conservation criteria; working with landowners and legal counsel to draft contracts, purchase agreements and conservation easements; conducting due diligence and risk assessment for all transactions; writing grants to fund acquisitions; and following land trust national standards and practices to complete the closing of projects. The Conservation Project Director supervises one or two Conservation Project Managers.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to: ckramer@mendocinolandtrust.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please. This position is open until filled.

Mendocino Land Trust offers competitive benefits dependent on the percentage of full-time hours assigned. The salary for this position starts at $34/hr. contingent on experience and qualifications.

Download job description here.