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22 Sep 2021

General Counsel – Center for Natural Lands Management

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Position Summary and General Duties
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to use your legal skills to make a direct impact on perpetual conservation in the western US. As part of the CNLM senior staff, the General Counsel (GC) will be joining a team of over 50 passionate individuals working in California, Washington, and Oregon to protect and manage rare and endangered species in situ for perpetuity. Reporting to the Co-Executive Directors and liaising with the Board of Directors as needed, the General Counsel (GC) is a senior management position with (currently) one direct report (Manager of Land Acquisitions). The General Counsel is responsible for provision of legal guidance and services on a broad range of topics and legal processes across all functions of our organization. The GC works in a cross-disciplinary manner with the CoExecutive Directors, Board of Directors, Director of Administration, and stewardship staff on legal matters concerning our organization. Reviewing and revising templates for acquisition and property defense processes, providing guidance on regulatory agency authority and requirements, and helping to defend the conservation values under our perpetual care are broad characterizations of the core of this role. Given CNLM’s roles in owning and managing conservation lands and holding conservation easements, the GC’s duties are frequently related to property acquisitions and defense. As state- and federal-listed species are resident on most of CNLM’s preserves, state and federal endangered species acts are foundations for our stewardship and protection activities, and regulatory agency interactions (including US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Army Corps of Engineers) dominate our external communications.

The position is open until filled, with fullest consideration to those who apply no later than October 18, 2021.

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