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06 Apr 2022

Conservation Project Manager – Mendocino Land Trust

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JOB SUMMARY The Mendocino Land Trust (MLT) is looking for a Conservation Project Manager who is passionate about land conservation and is interested in growing with our organization. This position will be primarily focused on working with willing 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. 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 Conservation Project Director as part of the Conservation Team.

Job duties include intake of acquisition and bequest projects, speaking directly with landowners and key constituents, completing drafts of agreements, purchase contracts and conservation easements, as well as participating in organizational fundraising and outreach activities. Must have complete proficiency with office suite software such as G Suite or Microsoft Office. Experience with GIS software is helpful. Experience with real estate transactions is a high priority.

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. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills are key. The position requires a driver’s license and may require hiking in rugged outdoor terrain. The position may require occasional travel as projects may spread throughout Northern California.

ABOUT MENDOCINO LAND TRUST
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

ABOUT THE POSITION
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.

Due to the recent success of our organization, this position will be evolving. We anticipate that at least 70% of the position will be remote office-based work.

The position reports to the Conservation Project Director to support the conservation and acquisition teams. The Mendocino Land Trust actively pursues acquisition and conservation of properties through both conservation easements and fee title acquisitions; this position will play an active role in gathering key information, completing research, due diligence and assisting with finalization of projects.

TO APPLY:
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 is from $27-$30/hr. contingent on experience and qualifications.

Download job description here.

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