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Organization: Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas

Position: Director of Conservation & Stewardship

Location: San Antonio, TX

Classification: Regular, full-time, salaried, exempt
Schedule: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; some nights and weekends required within a flexible work schedule
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas (GSA) is a Texas not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping San Antonio and the Greater South Texas Region green. GSA approaches this mission through three principal programs: Land Conservation; 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 127,000 acres of land in and around the San Antonio region.

The Director of Conservation & Stewardship reports to the Chief Executive Officer. Key responsibilities include managing a portfolio of conservation easements and GSA-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 that maintain GSA’s accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Responsibilities

1. Land Conservation

a. Edwards Aquifer Protection Program
i. Represents GSA as a City of San Antonio Land Acquisition Team (LAT) appointee to negotiate conservation easements on target properties through the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (EAPP).
ii. Works closely with both City staff and landowners, and facilitates transaction paperwork and filing related to conservation easement negotiations.
iii. Represents GSA with all due diligence and property acquisition consultants, including appraisers, surveyors, and environmental experts.
iv. Gives presentations and represents GSA at Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) meetings and updates members on proposed conservation easement properties.

b. Joint Base San Antonio – Encroachment Management Project
i. Serves as the eligible entity in the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program.
ii. Negotiate the purchase of conservation easements or fee simple acquisition for the mitigation of encroachment on military installations within Joint Base San Antonio.
iii. Facilitates transaction paperwork and filing related to easement negotiations, representing GSA with all consultants.
iv. Works closely with the Project Manager, Technical Project Manager and staff attorneys with the military grant program.

c. GSA Easement Properties
i. Assists in meeting all contractual/legal obligations, such as ensuring annual monitoring of all held properties.
ii. Maintains contact with landowners to promote continuing good will and assist with stewardship objectives, as appropriate.
iii. Identify and pursue funding opportunities for new conservation projects through federal, state, and local sources, to include TPWD and USDA NRCS.

d. Fee Simple properties
i. Monitors all GSA fee lands, assessing each property for liabilities, changes, encroachments, and need for stewardship work, developing management plans as needed.
ii. Assists in ensuring that GSA 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 and property management, and programming at Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve.

e. 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 GSA at public speaking opportunities and through productive interaction with related organizations. Assists with writing publicity and presentations related to conservation projects.
iii. Assists with GSA special events related to land conservation activities.
iv. Recruits and organizes volunteer support as needed for special events and workdays.

f. 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 Committee Meetings and maintains agendas, minutes, notes, and related documents.
v. Makes periodic reports to Chief Executive Officer and Board.

Essential Qualifications
• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in field related to land conservation, such as natural resource management, biology, environmental science, geography, or community and regional planning
• 3-5 years professional workforce experience in related field

A demonstrated understanding of and personal dedication to the conservation goals of Green Spaces Alliance
• Familiarity with regional conservation issues
• Knowledge/understanding of basics of real estate / property transactions
• Knowledge of 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

TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter to doug@greensatx.org

 

Organization: Bayou Land Conservancy

Position: Development Coordinator

Location: Houston, TX

Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC) is a nonprofit organization that preserves land along streams for flood control, clean water, and wildlife. For 25 years BLC has been at the forefront of land conservation in the Houston region.  To learn more about BLC, please visit www.bayouland.org or find us on social media.

Compensation: $30,000-$35,000, depending on experience. The position reports to the Advancement Director (AD). It is classified as full-time, exempt.Benefit package includes paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, company sponsored health, dental & vision plans, eligibility for SIMPLE-IRA match up to 3%, flexible work schedule.

Summary:
Development Coordinator (DC) is a new full-time position at Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC). The DC will help develop and support BLC’s membership and donor programs. The DC oversees the management of BLC’s constituent and donor database (Salesforce), and its strategic use in building donor relationships, member recruiting, and other campaigns and initiatives.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
• Maintaining BLC’s donor database:
o Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of all constituent and contribution data on an ongoing basis
o Generating appropriate reports from the database for analysis to meet the needs of the development, program, and finance goals of BLC
o Assisting with system updates and set-up of new campaigns, funds, designations, and appeals
o Troubleshooting database issues with Salesforce, as necessary, and maintaining current level of Salesforce knowledge – trainings, etc.
• Recommending database, process, and technology improvements that will benefit BLC, and it’s fundraising programs
• Oversee mailing of annual membership renewals throughout the year, and follow-up with members at the time of their renewal
• Work with AD, and Executive Director (ED), on annual appeals and campaigns to acquire new members
• Create and implement an overall annual giving strategy and establish short- and long-term fundraising goals for the program in conjunction with the AD.
• Create a process and policies document that supports donor stewardship and cultivation of prospects
• Assist the AD with special events, such as Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Land Lover Gala, Stewardship Society annual luncheon, and others as directed
• Attend meetings with the AD that support the advancement of BLC, including Annual Gala committee, Community Conservation committee, and other stakeholder meetings
• At the direction of the AD, develop and create marketing and communications materials, social media posts, and other outward-facing communications that support stakeholder and donor relations
• Be the “friendly voice on the phone” for donors and constituents calling the BLC office
• Support the AD, ED, program staff, and board members in developing and maintaining successful donor relationships
• Collaborate with Advancement Director to ensure BLC’s DEI&A goals are appropriately reflected in donor programs and communications with members and the public; and support BLC’s DEI&A charter and strategies and the accompanying implementation work plan, where applicable
• Other duties as assigned

Key Qualifications:
• Be able to leverage proficiency in Salesforce or other similar customer relations management platforms to manage sophisticated donor database. Experience with Salesforce preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree desired
• Highly energetic and motivated personality with ability to identify and respond to operational issues, specifically with data entry scenarios
• Strong organizational skills, with a keen eye for detail, and quality control are imperative, as well as being able to work on multiple projects at one time
• A commitment to customer service, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel and Outlook and proficient typing skills
• Working knowledge of Adobe software desired
• Demonstrated success working in a team-oriented environment as well as ability to work independently when trained
• A passion for BLC’s mission
• An ability to relate to diverse communities, and stakeholders with different backgrounds and perspectives
• Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality. Final candidate will undergo a background check.

To apply, email resume and cover letter to mcarter@bayouland.org no later than April 15, 2021. No phone calls, please.