LSLT Seeks Land programs manager!
LSLT seeks a Land Programs Manager to identify and carry out new conservation easement projects on the Lower Shore and ensure existing conservation easements are monitored annually. This position carries out all phases of land acquisition projects from landowner negotiation, easement drafting, funding procurement, due diligence, supervision of contracts (appraisers, surveyors, attorneys), through developing baseline reports and management plans and easement settlement. The Land Programs Manager will identify conservation, restoration and enhancement projects that deliver water quality and wildlife habitat improvements, and engage new partnerships in conservation planning. This data will also help LSLT to create a business plan that will delineate protection goals for the next 2, 5 and 10 years given varying levels of fiscal resources.
LSLT currently holds conservation easements on 20,000 plus acres granted by more than 115 different landowners. Stewardship (monitoring the conservation easements for compliance) is an integral part of the work of LSLT. In addition to ensuring compliance with the easements, stewardship provides important landowner outreach and communication about additional conservation tools and opportunities. LSLT currently engages a part-time stewardship coordinator and uses a core group of volunteers to assist with the effort and to engage in the mission of land protection.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Coordinate with the Executive Director and the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative and other the prioritization of conservation projects throughout the lower shore using GIS mapping tools
- Lead the identification, project development, negotiation and closing of conservation easement transactions
- Obtain and review appraisals, environmental assessments, surveys, and manage contractors providing such services
- With legal support, negotiate, draft, and review conservation easements, purchase and sale agreements, title reports and closing documents
- Prepare baseline documentation reports
- Assist the Executive Director with developing a strategic land conservation plan for the Lower Eastern Shore
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with a broad array of stakeholders, including conservation organizations, funding partners, landowners, government agencies, community groups, local businesses and private partners in order to identify and implement shared conservation priorities
- May involve supervision/training of staff and volunteers
- Oversee the monitoring of conservation easements on the Lower Shore, including both direct monitoring and coordinating the work of volunteers.
- Respond to landowner requests for approval of homesites, subdivision, etc and review potential violations of easements.
- Assist with outreach work, events and fundraising.
- Identify additional grant funding opportunities for land preservation and conservation and assist the Executive Director in preparing grant applications. Other related duties as assigned.
The position is full-time. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.
The position is grant funded and is for 2 years with the potential to be extended. The position is based in Snow Hill, MD.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences or biology, and five years of program management or program implementation experience.
- Certificate in Geographic Information Science Fundamentals or a minimum of working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and preparing mapping projects using ArcGIS.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Prior experience with land transactions and conservation easement projects
- Working knowledge of the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices
- Strong verbal and written skills in order to communicate project goals effectively and convincingly to diverse audiences through direct community outreach, written newsletters and social media.
- The ability to manage staff and volunteer crews effectively, respectfully and appreciatively
- Strong organizational skills for tracking multiple projects and reporting on project status
- Flexibility and the ability to work independently
- Valid driver’s license with good driving record and own transportation and clean background check
- Week day, weekend and evening availability required
Benefits package: We offer a benefits package that includes paid time off (vacation, sick and holiday) and health care.
Please submit resume and cover letter with at least 3 references to Kate Patton, Executive Director for Lower Shore Land Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 23, 2017. First review of resumes begins on October 25th; position open until filled.
Lower Shore Land Trust Interpretive Design Plan
The Lower Shore Land Trust has recently purchased a 1800 sq ft building in Snow Hill and plan to dedicate a portion of the interior as an visitor center, perhaps more if it seems appropriate, and incorporate outdoor areas for demonstration gardens. The property is adjacent to a town-owned park, and we will be working with the Town on a master plan recently funded for their park.
LSLT is currently working with Melanie Pierson of Conservation by Design on the interpretive on a collaborative and inclusive process with regional stakeholders to develop the foundations for interpretation at the site, including a thematic messaging structure, goals for interpretation, and the target audiences for the site. The Interpretive Concept Plan will then provide a detailed set of recommendations to actualize the optimal visitor experience throughout the site, including interpretive programming, exhibits, and other methods of interpretive message delivery. Conceptual sketches, space planning, and a prioritized implementation timetable and budget will be included.
A short survey will provide us with critical information as we determine interests from the community. Thank you!
This Project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the Project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council.