Land Protection Specialist
Mass Audubon has recently launched an Action Agenda that includes a goal of quadrupling the pace of our land conservation efforts. We are now looking for committed individuals to help us achieve this goal. The person in this position will be based out of our Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA and focus on projects in central and western Massachusetts.
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
- Negotiate with private landowners, public agencies, businesses, and other organizations concerning acquisition of land and rights in land
- Provide technical assistance to private landowners and conservation partners regarding conservation options and techniques
- Provide advice and assistance to Mass Audubon staff, Board, volunteers and sanctuary committees on land conservation issues
- Working in collaboration with other staff, evaluate land conservation proposals to ensure consistency with Mass Audubon policies and objectives
- Promote the financial and legal advantages of land conservation with donors and sellers, promote gifts and bargain sales of land
- Ensure the timely and accurate completion of tasks required to acquire and dispose of land or interests in land, including the preparation of administrative, financial and legal documents, and the oversight of due diligence
- Properly document projects for the permanent land files and provide project information to others as needed
- Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required
- Attend department meetings and serve on committees as requested by Director
- Provide training for Mass Audubon staff and others on land conservation issues
- Carry out all work in compliance with the Land Trust Accreditation Standards and Practices
- Seek out and promote gifts and grants to support Mass Audubon land conservation efforts
- Work with the Philanthropy department to write and prepare grant requests
- Project Budget Development and Management
- Assist in the preparation of a draft land acquisition budget with the help and input of stewardship and science staff
- Respond to public and media inquiries on land issues
- Assist in the preparation of public relations material
- Represent Mass Audubon at community meetings
- Work with other Mass Audubon staff to assess future maintenance, retained rights and/or property boundary concerns and challenges of proposed land and building acquisitions and present recommendations to Director
- Conduct initial Environmental Site Assessments on properties
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with preference for natural resource management, land use planning, biological sciences or related field
- Three years of experience in land conservation/planning, real estate, or business in related natural resource field
- Excellent writing and speaking skills
- Strong project management skills
- Solid skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook)
- Valid driver’s license, and willingness to travel frequently and extensively throughout the state
- Ability to traverse a variety of terrain (hilly, wooded, rocky, marshy) on foot
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $62,000 - $69,000; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. Includes full benefits package.
This position will remain posted until the final candidate has been hired. No phone calls please.
For more information please check out the Mass Audubon website at https://www.massaudubon.org/.
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
Please email a letter of interest (cover letter) and resume with the Subject line: Land Protection Specialist (your name) to: