Land Conservation Paralegal and Contracts Specialist

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

Mass Audubon recently launched an Action Agenda that includes a goal of quadrupling the pace of our land conservation efforts. We are looking for committed individuals to help us achieve this goal. The person in this position will be based out of our headquarters in Lincoln, MA and, as part of our Land Protection team, will provide or procure paralegal, due diligence, and other services in support of our land conservation efforts. The ideal candidate is someone with strong organizational skills, who pays close attention to detail, enjoys working both independently and as part of a team, and understands real estate conveyancing practices.

Mass Audubon protects more than 40,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and nature centers. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state.

Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Basic business and legal research
  • Preparation of purchase and sale and option to purchase contracts and other legal documents
  • Assisting with preparation and ordering of due diligence, including but not limited to ordering and reviewing municipal lien certificates, title examinations and title insurance commitments, environmental site assessments, appraisals, and surveys
  • Drafting closing instructions and documents
  • Obtaining mortgage discharges
  • Preparing financial forms to ensure accurate accounting and distribution of funds at closing
  • Obtaining legal documents after closing and ensuring compliance with closing instructions
  • Maintaining effective organizational and tracking systems for all projects
  • Providing guidance and training to others as needed
  • Work closely with Project Managers and outside counsel as required
  • Carry out all work in compliance with the Land Trust Accreditation Standards and Practices

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in paralegal or legal assistant studies plus four (4) years of combined legal and administrative experience OR equivalent qualifications acquired through coursework and/or related job experience that demonstrates assumption of significant responsibilities for supporting and coordinating legal work related to conveyance of interests in land.
  • Knowledge of title examinations, title review, title certification, document filings, survey plans, appraisal requirements. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a busy, high paced environment

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range is $62,000 - $69,000, commensurate with experience and includes a full benefit package.

Additional Comments

Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. In addition, a successful completion of a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

How to Apply

This position will remain posted until the final candidate has been hired. No phone calls please.

Please email a letter of interest (cover letter) and resume with the Subject line: Land Protection Paralegal (your name) to:

Nancy Cowan, Land Conservation Program Administrator
Job# 3513

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.