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Conservation Projects Manager

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Capitol Land Trust
209 4th Ave. E, Suite 205
Olympia, WA 98501
United States
Phone: 360-943-3012

October 14, 2010

Capitol Land Trust seeks a Conservation Projects Manager to implement and coordinate land conservation projects for a growing nonprofit organization. The successful applicant will identify, negotiate, and complete complex real estate transactions using a variety of techniques including donation and purchase of conservation easements as well as outright acquisition of land.

The Conservation Projects Manager will work directly with the current staff members to protect and steward important natural areas in southwest Washington. The individual will carry out all phases of land acquisition projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation, grant applications and management, supervision of attorneys, appraisers and other consultants, through monitoring and stewardship of protected properties. The successful applicant will be a key contact with acquisition and funding partners.

The Conservation Projects Manager will use the Trust’s strategic conservation goals and input from the Lands Committee in defining what to conserve, whom to partner with and which projects to target. The individual will perform a variety of functions related to the analysis, prioritization, mapping and implementation of the conservation program.

The individual also initiates fundraising efforts associated with land conservation. The Projects Manager is expected to maintain and enhance the organization’s presence as an effective land conservation organization and will have a role in generating revenues for ongoing work through securing grants and strategic project selection.

The Conservation Projects Manager will work with staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteers to ensure the Trust’s stewardship, baseline documentation and easement monitoring activities are carried out in a timely manner. The Conservation Projects Manager will participate in frequent meetings with the Lands Committee, Stewardship Committee, and Board of Directors as well as with nonprofit conservation groups, governmental agencies, community groups, and private partners.


- Demonstrated commitment to land conservation.
- Excellent communication, organizational and negotiation skills and great attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team to implement strategic program goals under pressure and time constraints.
- Understanding of conservation planning, protection techniques, grant writing, real estate transactions and land use principles.
- Willingness to accept diverse interests and political beliefs while implementing a non-confrontational approach to conservation.
- Successful experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects that may include complex financing arrangements.
- Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with landowners, government agencies, community groups, and conservation partners to achieve objectives.
- Some knowledge of ecological restoration techniques.


- Bachelor or graduate degree in conservation, law, biology, ecology, natural resource management, or related field.
- Strong computer competency including GIS, GPS, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet/email and data management.
- Valid WA driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
- Physically able to conduct outdoor field work in all weather conditions and traverse through rough and steep terrain.
- Knowledge of southwest Washington flora, fauna and geography a plus.

SALARY/BENEFITS: $40,000 - $47,000. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should e-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to [email protected]. Review of candidates will begin November 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Capitol Land Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to further collaborative and strategic conservation of southwest Washington’s essential natural areas and working lands.


Capitol Land Trust
209 4th Ave. E, Suite 205
Olympia, WA 98501
United States
Phone: 360-943-3012