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21 Jun 2022

Director of Land Protection – The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

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The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (Land Trust) is a vibrant and well-respected conservation organization serving Santa Cruz County and beyond. Since its inception in 1978, the Land Trust has protected more than 14,000 acres across 50 properties. The Land Trust stewards fee properties totaling 2,300 acres, 42 conservation easements totaling 3,200 acres, and manages nearly 9,000 acres of lands owned by partners.

The Land Trust has strong momentum and, in 2022, will complete several miles of public trails, see the completion of the wildlife tunnel under Highway 17, and protect an additional 2,500+ acres of habitat, ag lands, and open spaces. This is all possible because of our innovative staff, collaborative work environment, and successful private and public fundraising.

The Land Trust seeks an experienced land protection and acquisition professional to ensure the completion of numerous transactions currently underway; to develop landscape-level land protection strategies; to cultivate partnerships and policies in support of the organization’s objectives; to identify and complete new land protection transactions; and to position the Land Trust as highly effective, innovative, and reliable within the greater conservation community including with landowners, funders, donors, and complementary organizations.

The ideal candidate brings significant conservation experience, approaches work with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, sets and attains far-reaching goals, and develops excellent rapport with a variety of people. This position may have the opportunity to grow into a broader leadership role as the organization evolves.

The Director is a member of the Leadership Team and works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and coworkers to advance the Land Trust’s mission and vision. The Director supervises a Land Protection Manager and collaborates with a team of conservation professionals to achieve the organization’s goals.

This job is a full-time position with excellent benefits, generous paid time off, flexible working conditions, and a positive work culture. The Land Trust pays competitive wages, using comparative data and cost of living factors to develop its pay rates. Pay will be based on experience and qualifications, ranging from $100,000 to $150,000.

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