Land Protection Specialist

Location: Easthampton, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

 

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 preferably be based out of our Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA and will 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 the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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. 
  • Be familiar with 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.
  • 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.

Fundraising

  • Seek out and promote gifts and grants to support Mass Audubon land conservation efforts.
  • Work with the Philanthropy department to prepare and submit grant requests.
  • Assist in the preparation of draft land acquisition budgets with the help and input of stewardship and science staff.

Community Relations

  • Respond to public and media inquiries on land issues.
  • Assist in the preparation of public relations material.
  • Represent Mass Audubon at community meetings.

Property

  • 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.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves:

  • 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, law, 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) and experience with ESRI GIS products.
  • 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 & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $60,000 - $67,010; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.  

Benefits and Perks

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

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

This is a full time position.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

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.

How To Apply

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

Nancy Cowan, Associate Director of Land Conservation
Job# 3865