Open Position: Conservation Projects Manager

Job Opening: Conservation Projects Manager
Location: Monterey Office
Job Status: Full time and Exempt
Department: Conservation
Reports to: Director of Conservation

Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT) is seeking a Conservation Projects Manager to support the work of BSLT’s Conservation Department, which includes an array of projects that benefit nature and people such as land acquisition, land use planning, parks and trail development, and habitat restoration. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and motivated individual who shares a passion for the Land Trust’s expansive mission and vision; has excellent communication, organizational and people skills; works well independently and as part of a team; and relishes a diverse mix of assignments. This position will play a key role in managing BSLT’s conservation projects.

Organization Overview:
BSLT is a non-profit organization and nationally accredited land trust with a mission to inspire love of land across generations, conservation of our unique Monterey County landscapes, and access to outdoor experiences for all. We see a future where natural landscapes, working lands, urban open spaces and healthy communities are cared for by people who share a love of nature and a deep appreciation for the richness of their diverse cultures.

Since its founding in 1978, BSLT has worked with private landowners, public agencies, community organizations and other conservation partners to conserve more than 40,000 acres of diverse habitats in Monterey County. Our work promotes:

 o  Healthy Lands: Conserving and caring for the magnificent natural landscapes, habitats and waterways of our region to ensure a sustainable future.
o  Healthy People: Providing opportunities for all who live in and visit Monterey County to experience the healthful benefits associated with access to parks and open spaces, fresh food, clean air and water, and a deep connection to nature.
o  Healthy Communities: Engaging in partnerships where conservation and civic participation increase community vitality, economic prosperity and social equity.

General Description:
The Conservation Projects Manager is responsible for assisting with the planning, coordination and implementation of BSLT conservation projects and land transactions. Duties include preparing project scopes of work, budgets and schedules; selection and oversight of consultants and contracts; preparing grant applications for public funding and grant management; communicating project information to partners and stakeholders; community engagement and outreach; data management; and supporting related land acquisition and stewardship activities.

Specific Duties:
• Plans, manages, reviews, and evaluates conservation projects in concert with Conservation and Stewardship Department colleagues. Develops project scopes of work, budgets, reports and schedules. Provides contract review and consultant oversight;
• Ensures compliance with regional, state and federal regulations and standards, including CEQA/NEPA environmental review, permit requirements, and regulatory compliance reports. Maintains agency coordination and oversight of project implementation to ensure mitigation measures and permit requirements are being met;
• Coordinates relevant studies and investigations as needed to plan and implement projects;
• Prepares grant proposals, planning documents and reports for conservation projects. Prepares grant reimbursement requests and ensures grant contract scope, schedule and budget requirements are being met;
• Coordinates with public agency partners, stakeholder groups, and other state and regional environmental agencies; coordinates meetings with multiple stakeholders and facilitates constructive dialogue;
• Prepares project information for periodic team meetings, annual planning and budgeting;
• Supports and participates in the Conservation Department’s community engagement activities related to meetings, workshops, and site tours; and represents BSLT at community meetings, festivals, and events;
• Maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and BSLT information; and performs other duties as required or assigned.

Accountabilities:
The Conservation Projects Manager is accountable for delivering the following results:
1) Provide effective management of Conservation Department projects and leadership in meeting organizational, strategic plan, and annual workplan goals.
2) Perform as a core, contributing member of the Conservation Department and overall Land Trust team.
3) Establish and maintain positive relationships with BSLT staff and Trustees, partners, agency staff, community members, and donors.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science or Studies, Biology, Regional or Urban Planning, or related field; AND three to five (3-5) years of experience with conservation, land, or water resource programs; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Master’s Degree preferred.
• Knowledge of/familiarity with local, state (CA), and federal laws related to conservation and environmental projects. Interpreting and applying relevant State and Federal statutes, codes, rules, and regulations; knowledge of and experience with permit processes and requirements, including but not limited to local, state and federal permits.
• Knowledge of/familiarity with real estate principles and practices related to land conservation.
• Knowledge of/familiarity with principles and practices for management of projects, contracts, grants, and technical records.
• Ability to analyze technical issues, evaluate alternatives and make recommendations based on findings.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials, and representatives from local, State, and Federal agencies.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Great people/ “customer service” skills; ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of people and entities – diverse community members, nonprofit and governmental partners.
• Knowledge of/familiarity with land conservation topics and issues.
• Organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, dependable, detail oriented.
• Proficiency in all standard office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or similar email application) and internet research.
• Proficiency in Google Earth or GIS programs and applications.
• Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds (heavy boxes); occasionally drive on backcountry roads; hiking and walking.
• Valid driver’s license, reliable motor vehicle and proof of valid auto insurance to facilitate travel to offsite meetings.
• Ability to receive and implement feedback.
• Sensitivity to handling confidential information.
• Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
• Bilingual (Spanish), desirable.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Big Sur Land Trust offers a competitive benefits package including an extensive health
plan, which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and life insurance; contributions to a
403(b) retirement plan; and paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave.

Big Sur Land Trust is committed to building a diverse workforce. Big Sur Land Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

How to Apply: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume. Please also include contact information for at least three professional references. Please E-mail complete application to rsaunders@bigsurlandtrust.org. Applications should be received by E-mail no later than COB December 14, 2018.

No phone calls, please; qualified applicants will be contacted.

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