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Position: Executive Director
Organizartion: Hill Country Land Trust
 
Position Location: Fredericksburg, TX

The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1999. HCLT is a volunteer-based organization, committed to conserving and protecting the agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, and watersheds in a 19-county area of the Texas Hill Country for present and future generations. HCLT is an accredited land trust, committed to compliance and operation according to the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.

The Hill Country Land Trust seeks a dynamic candidate for executive director, willing to work across all aspects of nonprofit management. The executive director handles the day-to-day operation of HCLT, and serves as the public face of the organization. In addition to ensuring HCLT's legal and ethical obligations as a charitable organization are upheld on an ongoing basis, the executive director will work with an engaged and accomplished board and passionate landowner partners to conserve the unique and beautiful landscapes of Central Texas.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The executive director works under the guidance of the board president and in consultation with the full board of directors and board committees. Primary responsibilities include fundraising, public outreach and education, event planning, management of our land conservation and stewardship programs, and financial management. The executive director will also have the responsibility to work with conservation easement donors, manage volunteers, and staff.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Operations and Nonprofit Compliance

  • Direct and conduct organizational and office management functions, including the preparation and management of financial transactions, budgets, reports, and strategic plans.
  • Ensure compliance with HCLT organizational policies
  • Perform financial and asset management duties per HCLT guidelines.
  • Hire, supervise, motivate and develop staff, in coordination with board of directors.
  • Recruit, manage and work effectively with volunteers.
  • Provide support to the board of directors, its officers and committees. With the president, compose all agendas for board and executive committee meetings.
  • Work with the president and the board to ensure implementation of LTA standards and practices, and guide the organization through successful Land Trust Accreditation Commission accreditation renewal.
  • Work with the board to recruit quality board members and committee members.

Fundraising

  • Develop and implement marketing and fundraising strategy.
  • Lead the board in fundraising activities, including seeking financial support through foundation grants, donations from individuals, corporations, and partnerships with public agencies.
  • Ensure internal fundraising databases and tracking resources are appropriate, utilized and regularly maintained and updated.

Outreach and Communications

  • Develop public communications program including publication of newsletters, news releases, web site, social media and informational materials.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with local, regional, and state conservation agencies and organizations.
  • Organize meetings, outreach events, and workshops, and give presentations about HCLT.

Land Conservation and Stewardship

  • Oversee program to conserve land in the Hill Country of Texas, primarily through the use of voluntary conservation easements, stewardship and annual monitoring of those easements.
  • Build and maintain positive personal relationships with existing and potential easement donors.
  • Build partnerships with other land trusts and organizations working in HCLT focus area to increase conservation in the Hill Country.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Undergraduate degree required, preferably in a natural resources field, business or public administration, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
• 3-5 years of relevant work experience in resource management, business, non-profit management, fundraising, land conservation and natural resource management, real estate, communications, marketing, or a related field.
• Proven development and fundraising skills, nonprofit management, and grant writing experience.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to interact well with a wide variety of people, including landowners, government officials, the press, scientists, donors, the general public, and a diverse board of directors.
• Ability to manage, motivate, and direct staff and volunteers.
• Ability to combine sound business sense and judgment with a strong commitment to the protection of the unique ecological, scenic and diminishing natural resources of the Texas Hill Country.
• Proficiency with computer applications and office systems.
• Must possess a valid driver's license and own a personal vehicle to carry out duties related to the job.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: HCLT's offices are in Fredericksburg, and the executive director will be expected to keep regular office hours. This is a full-time, exempt position. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary at times, with flexibility to balance a 40-hour work week schedule.  Travel will be required to meetings, speaking engagements, workshops, and other events. HCLT will provide reimbursement of business expenses associated with the carrying out of HCLT duties.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.  Benefits include two weeks of vacation and all major holidays will be paid time off. Amazing Hill Country experiences and the opportunity to work with a network of support in the form of HCLT board members, landowners, donors and partner organizations. HCLT does not currently offer health or retirement benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send cover letter, list of three references (including phone # and email address), and resume to Scott Gardner, HCLT President, via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 830-997-0027 for more information. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, though applicants are encouraged to apply by May 14, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

The Hill Country Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, or parental status.


Positions: Development Manager, Admin. Asst., Urban Land and Water Intern
Organization: Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017; Click the links below to go to the FULL job descriptions:
  1. Development Manager, part time 20-30 hours/week
  2. Administrative Assistant, part time 10-20 hours/week
  3. Urban Land & Water summer intern, part time 20 hours/week
Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas (GSA) is a Texas not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping South Texas green. GSA approaches this mission through three principal programs: Land Conservation, Urban Land & Water with community gardens, and "Picture Your World," a nature photography program for children 8 to 18 years of age, as well as related public education efforts. GSA is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and has assisted in protecting over 155,000 acres of land in and around the San Antonio region.

Summary
The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director. Part-time position, 20-30 hours per week. Key responsibilities comprise spearheading development including major gifts, donor cultivation, special events planning, and grant writing. The individual must have a proven track record of raising significant dollars for a nonprofit organization or private institution. This person is also responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals. This includes compiling, writing and editing grant applications, as well as developing templates to streamline the grant proposal process. Compensation is competitive for nonprofit organizations engaging in land conservation and stewardship and the protection of the environment. Compensation is commensurate upon experience.
 
The Administrative Assistant reports to the Executive Director. Part-time position, 10-20 hours per week. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following list directly below. Other duties may be assigned. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
The Summer Intern will organize and conduct weekly presentations and workshops on related to water conservation. In addition, the intern will assist with the organization and facilitation of a one week pilot urban farm camp for youth ages 7-13.
 
Submit Application, Resume & Three References to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or mail to:
Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas
PO Box 6250
San Antonio, TX 78209
 

Position: Land Stewardship Director
Organization: Texas Land Conservancy

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017
Location: Austin, Texas
Website: http://www.texaslandconservancy.org
Contact: Mark Steinbach
Phone: 512-301-6363
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The Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) land trust formed in 1982 dedicated to conserving land in Texas to benefit wildlife and to protect examples of our natural and cultural heritage. TLC works with private landowners to conserve properties that contain wildlife habitat, with unique ecological characteristics, or represent undisturbed eco-types.
 
TLC currently monitors over 100 properties throughout Texas totaling over 90,000 acres. This position is one of two Stewardship Directors, with responsibilities split with the existing Stewardship Director. Specific responsibilities will include:
Responsibilities:
1) Conservation Property Monitoring
a) Yearly visits to properties
b) GPS and photopoint documentation
c) Written summary report of each monitoring visit
2) Landowner and Volunteer Outreach
a) Coordinate site visits with landowners
b) Offer land management assistance if needed
c) Coordinate volunteers for work/field days
3) Baseline Reports
a) Write baseline reports for new acquisitions properties
b) Includes extensive GIS mapping
c) Flora/Fauna inventories
4) Project Evaluation and Recommendations
a) Assist the Executive Director in evaluating new projects
b) Recommendation on land management on properties
 
Qualifications:
1) A BS degree and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience in land conservation or natural resources field. Advanced degree preferred.
2) Ability to maintain strong working relationships with landowners
3) MUST be proficient in ArcGIS software, map creation, and GPS use.
4) MUST know Texas Flora and Fauna
5) Knowledge of prescribed burning, land management, and wildlife census techniques preferred.
6) Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
7) Applicants must have strong people skills and the ability to occasionally work in sensitive situations.
8) EXTENSIVE travel with frequent overnight trips throughout Texas is required.
9) Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
 
Compensation:
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and background plus benefits.
Application procedure:
Email cover letter, resume and three references to Mark Steinbach, Executive Director, Texas Land Conservancy ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2017.
 
 

Position Title: Stewardship Director
Organization: Katy Prairie Conservancy

Organization Background
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) is a nationally accredited, regional land trust based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to protect a sustainable part of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife, stakeholders, and the Houston community at large. The Katy Prairie Conservancy is one of the largest land trusts in the Houston-Galveston region and has protected through acquisition or easement over 20,000 acres of the historic Katy Prairie. KPC's programs of conservation, education and outreach, preserve management and restoration, public policy, and research strive to ensure that the coastal prairies of Texas remain ecologically viable and productive places for generations to come. KPC serves as a dependable resource for farmers, ranchers, and landowners who are interested in protecting and conserving their property as well as helping ensure the continued well-being and viability of the prairie. The quality and accuracy of information presented in all communications; the professionalism and expertise of the staff and Board; and the ethical and transparent functioning of the organization all contribute to the success of the Conservancy and its programs.

Project Description
The Katy Prairie Conservancy seeks a Stewardship Manager to assist with monitoring andmanagement of KPC's conservation easement and preserve portfolio. KPC seeks an individual withknowledge of tallgrass prairie/wetland ecology as well as the natural/agricultural workinglandscape. Monitoring activities may include the preparation of monitoring reports, maps, and background information for new properties for acquisition and protection, as well as identification of property management and maintenance issues to be addressed. This individual will also create GIS maps and maintain the organization's GIS database on conservation properties. KPC seeks someone who is familiar with the local prairie wetland system and knowledgeable about the restoration practices of the region, local invasive plant species, and methods for controlling them. This individual will also oversee and organize volunteer programs that help maintain and improve KPC's lands. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Conservation Director.


Additional tasks related to this position include:
1) Conservation Property Monitoring
a) Help manage and maintain the property owned by KPC, including assisting with the identification of and budgeting for property management, maintenance, and monitoring
activities.
b) Assist with the development and updating of short- and long-term property management plans and their implementation.
c) GPS and photopoint documentation.
d) Documentation of damage or violations.
e) Written summary report of each monitoring visit.
f) Maintain tools, equipment, and land.
2) Prairie and Wetland Restoration
a) Learn and implement practices for restoration of native tallgrass prairie and wetlands.
b) Maintain and operate various equipment and machinery for prairie restoration and maintenance activities.
c) Remove exotic species and complete species monitoring, including the application of herbicides for invasive species control and prescribed burns for natural resource
management.
3) Landowner and Volunteer Outreach
a) Coordinate site visits with landowners.
b) Offer land management assistance if needed.
c) Coordinate volunteers for work/field days.
d) Assist with the management of hunting and agricultural activities.
4) Baseline Reports
a) Write baseline reports for new acquisitions properties.
b) Includes extensive GIS mapping.
c) Flora/Fauna inventories.
d) Photo documentation.
5) Project Evaluation and Recommendations
a) Assist the Executive Director in evaluating new projects.
b) Recommendation on land management on properties.
Other Duties as assigned

Qualifications
• College or advanced degree and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience in natural resources management, biological sciences, or land management.
• Must be proficient in ArcGIS software, map creation, and GPS use, as well as ability to utilize Google Drive, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
• Understanding of agricultural operations including rice farming, livestock grazing, and federal farm programs preferred, but not required.
• Working knowledge of ecological principles and their application to land management, specifically as relating to Texas coastal tallgrass prairie wetland systems.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
• Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, four-wheel drive vehicle, tractor, two-way radio, engine pumps, etc.).
• Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
• Excellent oral and written communication skill; strong organizational skills and great attention to detail.
• Ability to coordinate, lead, and work with volunteers and landowners on management, maintenance, and monitoring projects.
• Must possess a valid driver's license and be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application).
• Willing to use personal vehicle for employment activities.
• Work outdoors, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long hours in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain, under no supervision or infrequent
supervision, and under physically demanding circumstances that require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.

Salary and Benefits
Salary for the Stewardship Manager will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and holiday time, and employer contribution to a qualified retirement plan.

Application Process
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, salary, and benefits requirements to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A hard copy may be mailed to:
Stewardship Manager Job Position
Katy Prairie Conservancy
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 867
Houston, Texas 77005-2458

No phone inquiries please.

Position posted February 7, 2017; projected start date March 15, 2017; however, the position will remain open until successfully filled. Nothing in the job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment. A background check is required.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer; KPC expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.


 Position Title: Assistant Director

Organization: Katy Prairie Conservancy

Organization Background
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) is a nationally accredited, regional land trust based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to protect a sustainable part of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife, stakeholders, and the Houston community at large. The Katy Prairie Conservancy is one of the largest land trusts in the Houston-Galveston region and has protected through acquisition or easement over 20,000 acres of the historic Katy Prairie. KPC's programs of conservation, education and outreach, preserve management and restoration, public policy, and research strive to ensure that the coastal prairies of Texas remain ecologically viable and productive places for generations to come. KPC serves as a dependable resource for farmers, ranchers, and landowners who are interested in protecting and conserving their property as well as helping ensure the continued well-being and viability of the prairie. The quality and accuracy of information presented in all communications; the professionalism and expertise of the staff and Board; and the ethical and transparent functioning of the organization all contribute to the success of the Conservancy and its programs.

Position Description
The Katy Prairie Conservancy seeks a dedicated, organized, and hard-working team player to become its first Assistant Director, a full-time position. The Assistant Director should be a person deeply committed to preserving the natural heritage of the extensive and historic Katy Prairie, as well as other regional tallgrass prairies in the Lower Galveston Bay watershed and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast of Texas. This person should also be eager to learn and to engage in all leadership functions of the organization.
The Assistant Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for overseeing administration, programs, and the strategic plan of the organization and for generally handling internal affairs of the Katy Prairie Conservancy while the Executive Director focuses externally on development, government affairs, community relations, and project development.

Specific Tasks Related to the Position

Transactional Work
• Review contracts and prepare suggestions for KPC's Outside Legal Counsel where appropriate.
• Provide research, drafting, and other assistance on legal matters, as needed.
• Work with the Executive Director to develop materials for acquisition, mitigation, and other activities related to the land trust.
• Establish and manage landowner workshops with education and conservation staff.
• Develop protocols to ensure that KPC follows land acquisition due diligence requirements.
• Document and help close all conservation easement transactions according to policies and procedures.
• Ensure legal compliance by Katy Prairie Conservancy in easement transactions, using outside counsel as necessary or advisable.


Advocacy and Government Affairs
• Monitor federal and state legislation that could affect KPC's work and mission.
• Work with the Executive Director to establish and maintain productive relations with federal, state, and local elected officials.
• Serve as staff liaison with Public Affairs Committee.
• Establish a "quick response team" for various legislative issues on the federal, state, and local level.
• Work with Executive Director and Board members to identify threats to conservation lands and implement action plans to ensure that threats do not degrade conservation values of protected lands.

Fundraising and Grants Management
• Work with the Advancement Director to conduct prospect research and application development for governmental grant opportunities.
• Work with Advancement Director and financial staff to develop grant reporting protocols and reporting schedules in line with a coordinated fundraising strategy.
• Prepare quarterly, annual, and other required reports for governmental or other grants, as required.
• Develop monthly reports with financial staff on various budget metrics and goals for the organization.

Administration
• Assist with the development of annual work plans.
• On an annual basis evaluate insurance needs and secure appropriate levels of coverage.
• Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of KPC.
• Oversee development of the annual budget with the financial and program staff and the Executive Director.
• Manage accreditation requirements, including renewal process.
Other Duties as assigned

Desired Attributes
• A strong commitment and enthusiasm for land conservation, specifically, the mission, goals, and values of conserving prairie lands.
• Tact, good judgment, professionalism, and a healthy sense of humor when working with a diverse array of donors, members, volunteers, and colleagues.
• Appreciation of diverse land issues and landowner views.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Self-starter who is able to work independently or as part of a team.
• Strategic planning skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software as well as Apple products, including KeyNote.
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced office environment.

Qualifications
• Candidates with a background in either the nonprofit or business sector may apply.
• Candidates with a background in the nonprofit sector should have experience in management, strategic and business planning, fundraising (donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, data management) and budgeting/ financial management.
• Candidates from the business sector should have experience in public relations and government affairs, customer service, human resources, or related fields, and a willingness to engage in appropriate professional development/coaching to rapidly acquire expertise in nonprofit sustainability and donor relationship management.
• Five to ten years of progressively responsible professional experience.
• Bachelor's degree with an advanced degree preferred in a related field; MBA or J.D. preferred but not required.

Salary and Benefits
Salary for the Assistant Director will be commensurate with qualification and experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and holiday time, and employer contribution to a qualified retirement plan.

To Apply
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary and benefits requirements to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A hard copy may be mailed to:
Assistant Director Position
Katy Prairie Conservancy
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 867
Houston, Texas 77005-2458

No phone inquiries please.

Position will remain open until successfully filled. Nothing in the job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment. A background check is required.

The Katy Prairie Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer; KPC expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.


  

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