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Current Job Openings with Texas Land Trusts

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Organization: Texas Land Conservancy

Position: East Texas Program Director

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 130 properties throughout Texas totaling over 112,000 acres. This position reports to the Executive Director, is part of a four-person
conservation and stewardship department, and is responsible for TLC work in East Texas.

Specific responsibilities will include:
Responsibilities:
1) Stewardship
a) Monitor TLC’s conservation easement and fee simple properties including GPSand photo documentation of each visit
b) Coordinate site visits with landowners
c) Create a written summary report of each visit
2) Preserve Management
a) Develop management plans for TLC preserves in the region
b) Implement appropriate management on TLC preserves
c) Coordinate/lead volunteer workdays; Requires weekend work; average of one weekend/month
d) Coordinate with contractors as appropriate
3) Outreach
a) Build relationships with donors, businesses, volunteers, and area naturalist groups
b) Create/manage regular TLC events, including public access to preserves, happy hours, tabling, etc.; Expectation of quarterly events on preserves
4) Project Evaluation and Recommendations
a) Evaluate new projects including site visits and documentation of each visit
b) Respond to inquiries from private landowners regarding conservation easements
5) Baseline Reports
a) Write baseline reports for new acquisitions properties
b) Includes extensive GIS mapping
c) Flora/Fauna inventories

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 with emphasis on Pineywoods region
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 East Texas is required.
9) Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Compensation:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and background plus benefits. TLC provides medical insurance.

Application procedure:
Email cover letter, resume, and three references to Mark Steinbach, Executive Director, Texas Land Conservancy (mark@texaslandconservancy.org). Applications will be
accepted through February 5, 2021.

 

Organization: Guadalupe Blanco River Trust

Position: Conservation & Stewardship Manager

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBRT) is a Texas not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Guadalupe River watershed. GBRT’s mission is to preserve the unique natural heritage of the Guadalupe River watershed for future generations, by protecting open landscapes, working farms and ranches, and wildlife habitat through conservation easements, education, and outreach that connects people to the water and land. GBRT has assisted in protecting over 14,000 acres of land in 12 counties.

Summary

The Conservation & Stewardship Manager reports to the Executive Director. Key responsibilities include managing a portfolio of conservation easement and GBRT-owned properties, spearheading land stewardship activities, working to develop new conservation project opportunities, managing strong landowner relationships, developing and promoting events related to land conservation, identifying and pursuing funding opportunities for conservation projects, and ensuring adherence to standards of accreditation set by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Responsibilities

1. Land Conservation

a. GBRT Easement Properties

i. Assists in meeting all contractual/legal obligations, such as ensuring annual monitoring of all properties.

ii. Maintains contact with landowners to promote continuing good will and assist with stewardship objectives, as appropriate.

b. Fee Simple properties

i. Monitors all GBRT fee lands, assessing each property for liabilities, changes, encroachments, need for stewardship work, and developing management plans as needed.

ii. Assists in ensuring that GBRT meets all contractual/legal obligations, such as payment of property taxes. Seeks tax reductions through appropriate abatement and exemptions.

iii. Engages community partners and ensures proper stewardship of all owned properties including development of opportunities and facilities to promote objectives for land use.

iv. Oversees the facilities management and programming at the Plum Creek Wetlands Preserve.

c. Land Stewardship activities, events and landowner outreach

i. Identifies and pursues funding to promote implementable programming and/or habitat restoration initiatives on fee simple properties.

ii. Represents GBRT at public speaking opportunities and through productive interaction with related organizations. Assists with writing publicity and presentations related to conservation projects.

iii. Assists with GBRT special events related to land conservation activities.

iv. Recruits and organizes volunteer support as needed for special events and workdays.

v. Marketing and fundraising for conservation specific projects.

d. Record Keeping and Administration

i. Organizes and maintains secure records of all Land Conservation documents, photos, and correspondence in keeping with standards of the Land Trust Alliance and Accreditation Commission.

ii. Produces and updates maps for potential acquisition, stewardship, and outreach projects.

iii. Assists with document preparation for annual audit of records.

iv. Assists in the planning and execution of Land and Water Conservation Committee Meetings and maintains agendas, minutes, notes, and related documents.

v. Makes periodic reports to Executive Director and Board.

Essential Qualifications

• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in field related to land conservation such as natural resource management, biology, environmental science, geography, community and regional planning

• 3-5 years professional workforce experience in related fields

A demonstrated understanding of and personal dedication to the conservation goals of Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust

• Familiarity with regional conservation issues

· Knowledge/understanding of basics of real estate / property transactions

· Know how to interpret maps and surveys

• Skills in establishing, managing, and maintaining collaborative working relationships

• Excellent interpersonal communication, persuasive writing, and critical thinking skills; experience with public speaking is preferred.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software

• Ability to work occasional nights and weekends

• Valid Class “C” driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

· Skilled in ArcGIS software, GPS and map-making

· Professional experience or advanced degree in natural resource management, environmental science, geography, planning, ecology, and/or real estate

· Professional experience working for a conservation organization or land trust

· Physical ability and willingness to work outdoors

How to Apply To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://gbrtx.org/jobs Email résumé and cover letter to info@gbrtx.org

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.