MORE INFO

Current Job Openings with Texas Land Trusts

Related land trust job announcements will be posted on this page for up to 3 months from date of posting.  If interested in applying for a position, please contact the appropriate person or email address listed in the job posting below. Contact info@texaslandtrustcouncil.org to inquire about adding a job posting to this site.

 

Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas

San Antonio, TX

Position: Director of Conservation & Stewardship

The Director of Conservation & Stewardship key responsibilities include managing a portfolio of conservation easement 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: Represents GSA as a City of San Antonio Land Acquisition Team (LAT) appointee to
negotiate and oversee conservation easements on target properties. through the Edwards Aquifer
Protection Program (EAPP)
b. Joint Base San Antonio – Encroachment Management Project:  Negotiate the purchase of conservation easements or fee simple acquisition for the protection of encroachment on military installations within Joint Base San Antonio.
c. GSA Easement Properties: Assists in meeting all contractual/legal obligations, such as ensuring annual monitoring
of all properties and working with landowners to promote continuing good will and assist with stewardship objectives, as appropriate.
d. Fee Simple properties: Monitors all GSA fee lands, assessing each property for liabilities, changes, encroachments, and need for stewardship work, developing management plans as needed.
e. Land Stewardship activities, events and landowner outreach
f. 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.

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

For the complete job announcement and list of duties and desired qualifications, visit: https://greensatx.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Director-of-Conservation-and-Stewardship.pdf?09ce1d&09ce1d 

Please submit cover letter and resume to info@greensatx.org 

 

Texas Ag Land Trust

San Antonio, TX

Position: Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) announces an exciting opportunity to join TALT as its new Chief Executive Officer and lead the organization into its next phase of growth and development. TALT is a non-profit organization (501c3) whose mission is to conserve the open space, wildlife habitats, and natural resources of the agricultural lands of Texas. Founded in 2007 by leaders from three statewide agricultural and wildlife/hunting organizations, TALT holds conservation easements on 227,000 acres, making it the largest Texas-based land trust and among the top 15 non-national land trusts in the country. Based in San Antonio, TALT works statewide with a staff of 8 and is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors.

We are looking for a proven leader who shares our mission and passion for conserving and stewarding the working lands of Texas.
This will be only the second person to hold this position in our 12-year history, succeeding our founding CEO, Blair Calvert Fitzsimons, who will be stepping aside to an advisory role.

To fulfill its mission, TALT:
• educates landowners about using conservation easements as a tool to conserve their working lands by perpetually prohibiting non-agricultural development;
• assists them in the complex process of structuring and conveying conservation easements;
• maintains relationships with the landowners while providing stewardship for those easements;
• works to expand public awareness of the benefits of conserving Texas’ working lands that provide food and fiber, water, wildlife habitat, scenic views, open space, flood mitigation, recreational opportunities, and other critical natural resources; and
• works with families to help them transfer their cherished lands to future generations and to address succession planning issues.
The Texas Agricultural Land Trust Foundation (the Foundation) is a separate 501c3 created in 2013 to provide oversight and management of TALT’s endowments, and to help fundraise for the endowments.

For more information visit: www.txaglandtrust.org 

Position summary
The Chief Executive Officer provides leadership, management and supervision to the staff and support to the Board while articulating the organizational vision and building momentum for driving outstanding results in fulfilling TALT’s mission. The CEO will represent TALT in the agricultural, wildlife management, landowner and conservation communities, and serving as a respected authority on land conservation issues.
Relationships The Chief Executive Officer will report to the Board of Directors through its chairman, Charles
Davidson. The Chief Executive Officer will manage the office and staff. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer are:
• Director of Finance and Operations
• Director of Philanthropy and Communications
• Director of Land Conservation
Additional TALT staff include:
• Reporting to Director of Land Conservation: Land Transaction Manager, Stewardship
Manager, Regional Stewards (contract, part-time)
• Reporting to Director of Philanthropy and Communications: Philanthropy Manager,
Communications Manager (position open)
• Reporting to Director of Finance and Operations: Executive Assistant and Office Manager;
contract CPA
The Chief Executive Officer also works with TALT Board members, TALT Board members, landowners, donors, foundations, conservation and land trust organizations, and other partners.

Position priorities (to be addressed during the first six months)
• Review the strategic plan and identify the resources needed, both financial and human, for successful progress toward the Board’s goals.
• Work with the outgoing CEO to transition key relationships with donors, foundations, landowners, policymakers, and others as identified.
• Work with the Board to identify a strategic advisory role for the outgoing CEO, if needed, to help ensure a smooth transition.

Primary responsibilities
• Serve as TALT’s primary leader, setting strategic direction and execution and managing staff and operations.
• Work closely with the Board of Directors and ensure that their leadership and participation is effectively employed and supported.
• Work with state and federal legislators and agency representatives, and other policymakers, and on developing appropriate public policy initiatives for the Board’s approval.
• Represent the organization and leverage its profile in its constituent communities and with the public.
• Drive TALT’s progress toward its land conservation goals by developing and maintaining relationships with landowners and their professional advisors; managing the project pipeline; developing appropriate funding strategies; and coordinating interactions with organizational
partners.
• Ensure that appropriate risk management and analysis procedures are in place to protect TALT’s long-term easement stewardship responsibilities.
• Lead the development and execution of an effective financial strategy and oversee resource deployment in support of TALT’s strategic priorities.
• Build strategic relationships with private and public funding sources and lead donor identification and stewardship initiatives.
• Recruit, manage, and mentor top-quality staff members who are committed to the TALT mission.

Ideal experience
• Education: This job requires at least the organizational, analytical, and communications skills normally acquired through the completion of a bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree or professional certification in a relevant field would be a valuable addition.
• Work experience: At least eight years in a comparable position, including proven ability to lead a small staff and fully support executive management and/or board members.
Experience with a non-profit organization, particularly in conservation or a related field, would be a plus but is not required.
• Knowledge of the state of Texas and its private working land heritage, and an appreciation of its open spaces and the challenge of urbanization, would be ideal; knowledge of the culture and economics of ranching, wildlife management, hunting, and agriculture, with an
understanding of the concerns of legacy landowners, is preferred.
• Proven expertise in developing financial strategies, including a successful track record in fundraising with individual donors, foundations, and corporations, is essential.
• Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communications skills, with an evident passion for working lands conservation and the ability to communicate TALT’s vision and mission as well as complex concepts and strategies are required.
• Proven relationship/interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop meaningful working relationships across a range of audiences from board members and staff to landowners, donors, and policymakers.

For a full position description, and information on how to apply, visit: www.txaglandtrust.org