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14 Mar 2021

Full-Time Land Manager

LauraSmith122078 – Posted by LauraSmith122078 Durham, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

Job Title: Land Manager
Salary Range: $50,000 – $56,000
Location: Downtown Durham
Reports to: Director of Land Protection West
Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

About TLC:

Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) is an accredited and well-respected land trust, having protected 21,000 acres in the rapidly growing Triangle region of North Carolina. Since 1983, TLC has conserved land to safeguard drinking water, to support family farms and the local food economy, to protect important natural habitat, and to connect people with nature. TLC is currently headquartered in vibrant downtown Durham, although most staff are still working from home. This is an exciting time to work at TLC as we have recently completed a strategic action plan that will guide us as we double the pace of conservation in the Triangle in the next seven years.

TLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. TLC seeks to attract the candidates who support the mission of TLC and who respect and promote excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The Land Manager is primarily responsible for supervising and implementing a land management program that cares for the over 6,000 acres of land and nine (9) nature preserves owned by TLC, eight (8) of which are open to the public.  The Land Manager collaborates with the Conservation and Stewardship Team to set management and monitoring priorities and implements stewardship practices to attain strategic planning and management goals.  The position falls under the direct supervision of the Director of Land Protection and Steward West but will work closely with the Director of Land Protection and Stewardship East and the Associate Director of Stewardship.  The Land Manager supervises Triangle Land Conservancy’s land management program employees and volunteers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare and implement annual work plans for the Land Management Program including owned lands and nature preserves
  • Provide stewardship of TLC’s owned properties and nature preserves including maintaining and installing trail systems, managing invasive species, conducting prescribed burns, maintaining roads and paths, coordinate mowing and bush-hogging where appropriate, manage construction projects, and manage ecological restoration projects.
  • Supervise Land Steward Associate and collaborate with other staff to ensure all strategic stewardship goals are being met.
  • Assist in preparation of baseline documentation reports
  • Ensure monitoring of all TLC’s owned properties.
  • Develop preserve management plans – alone or using consultants – to plan for the use of nature preserves.
  • Implement management plans on TLC’s owned lands
  • Consult with the Directors of Land Protection and Stewardship on all land management and stewardship problems.
  • Manage stewardship staff and resources. Strategically plan for future stewardship needs, including grant preparation, in-kind and pro bono solicitation.
  • Manage a network of volunteers and members to help manage TLC’s owned lands, including school groups, corporate volunteers, and public workdays.
  • Hunting lease administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other Land Protection and Stewardship Responsibilities:

  • Assist with grant proposals and other philanthropy work as needed.
  • Contribute to outreach and communications work (e.g. write newsletter articles, lead hikes) as needed.
  • Support coordination of conferences, symposiums, member events, donor events, volunteer workdays and public meetings as needed.
  • Work together with Conservation team to set, prioritize and achieve strategic goals.
  • Work with the Advancement team to provide photographs of and stories about our owned and eased properties.

Required Attributes, Expectations, Technical Skills and Competencies

  • Background in land stewardship, land management, or conservation related field.
  • 7+ years’ experience in directing a land trust stewardship program or its equivalent such as park or preserve management.
  • Aptitude in developing work plans and as well as individual project budgets.
  • Experience in managing staff constructively and collaboratively.
  • Able to navigate to remote locations.
  • Able to complete physically strenuous tasks in isolated field locations.
  • Basic carpentry/construction experience and ability to operate and drive heavy equipment such as tractors, chain saws, mowers, and large work trucks.
  • Enthusiastic, creative, self-motivated individual able to work with and motivate volunteers, coworkers, and supervisees.
  • Willingness to travel, work in the field (often alone), as well as work evenings and weekends when necessary to meet deadlines and accommodate volunteer schedules.
  • Good writing, computer, and overall communication skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite as well as other commonly used organizational and communication software.
  • North Carolina driver’s license, with a clean driving record.

Desired Attributes, Expectations, Technical Skills and Competencies

  • A background in natural sciences (botany, ecology, conservation biology) with particular knowledge of North Carolina native plants and wildlife.
  • Ability to develop resource inventories and to assess the condition of the land.
  • GIS and GPS experience.
  • Knowledge of forestry practices, including prescribed burn experience.
  • Experience managing contractors.
  • Experience managing volunteers.
  • Experience in grant writing and management.
  • Experience in trail design and/or construction.
  • Rough carpentry/construction experience, pesticide or biocide application.
  • Experience with land conservation, land trusts, or similar conservation organizations or equivalent.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work outside throughout the year in all types of weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and deadlines as well as the ability to be flexible.
  • Show initiative and strategic thinking.
  • Successful management of projects from start to finish and ability to evaluate and improve along the way.
  • Maintain a high level of professional conduct when faced with challenging or difficult situations with both partners and colleagues.
  • Contribute to a supportive and collegial work environment and maintain a good sense of humor.
  • Work both independently and as part of a team.

Benefits:  This is a full-time permanent and exempt position with excellent benefits; including employer paid health, dental and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability with generous paid time off and holiday observances.

How to Apply

How to apply:  Applicants should submit 1) cover letter including where you saw the posting, 2) maximum 2-page resume, and 3) three references as a single pdf by e-mail to:  Please note that TLC does not have an Applicant Tracking System and therefore applications are processed manually.  All applicants shall receive a confirmation email and if you are selected for a first interview HR will contact you.  References will not be contacted without notifying you first. Please no phone calls, drop-ins, paper submissions or status updates. Triangle Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, color, creed, marital status, national origin or veteran status. TLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse workforce. TLC seeks to attract the candidates who support the mission of TLC and who respect and promote excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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