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23 Mar 2022

Land Conservation Program Director – Eastern Sierra Land Trust

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Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is seeking a Land Conservation Program Director to join our nationally accredited land trust. This is a full-time position based out of Bishop, California with hybrid (in-office and remote) work options, and fieldwork throughout the Eastern Sierra region of Inyo, Mono, and Alpine Counties in California, and western Nevada.

POSITION SUMMARY: ESLT’s Land Conservation Program Director is responsible for the land protection program of ESLT. The position coordinates and implements a comprehensive program to protect natural areas and wildlife habitat, agricultural properties, and other priority lands using the full range of protection tools, including gift, conservation easement, purchase, bargain sale, collaborations, and cooperative projects with federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations and other partners. The position is responsible for implementing and achieving ESLT’s strategic priorities through representing ESLT in relationships and negotiations with private landowners, community leaders, funders, and cooperating agencies/organizations to implement and finance protection of priority conservation areas. The position provides supervision of the Stewardship program and is responsible for maintaining ESLT’s accredited status as it relates to land protection and stewardship. The position will be expected to attend Lands Committee meetings, some Board meetings, some regional meetings, and various trainings. The position ensures that all land transaction, stewardship, grant reporting, and recordkeeping tasks are fulfilled according to ESLT’s policies and procedures and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

Reporting to the Executive Director/CEO, the position supervises the Land Stewardship Manager and may supervise seasonal staff, volunteers, and contractors. Working in a collaborative team environment, the position will be expected to perform other duties as requested.

The position requires a mix of office and administrative work, as well as occasional fieldwork. Flexible schedule required, as weekend and evening events are occasionally necessary. ESLT offers a hybrid workplace and dog-friendly office to those who are interested and eligible. The position requires time in the field and at the office and is somewhat seasonal as it relates to field versus office duties. In the past five years, ESLT has completed six land protection projects totaling over 9,000 acres.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé, and three references to info@eslt.org with the subject line: Land Conservation Program Director Position. No phone calls or drop-ins, please. Application review will begin April 28, 2022, with an anticipated start date of June/July. Applications submitted after April 28, 2022 will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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