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Stewardship Coordinator Position open at NMLC

Date:  November 28, 2017

The New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is a non-profit, regional land trust based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dedicated to preserving New Mexico’s land heritage by helping people conserve the places they love.  Since 2004, NMLC has protected over 160,000 acres of land throughout New Mexico and southeast Arizona. NMLC’s long-term goal is to conserve, directly or in partnership with others, one million acres of high conservation-value lands throughout the Southwest, with particular emphasis on lands that facilitate the protection of significant wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, water and other natural resources, scenic open space, cultural and historic sites, and recreational lands at community, watershed and landscape scales.

NMLC achieves its conservation goals by: 1) using conservation easements, fee acquisition and other voluntary land protection methods that respect both land and private property rights; 2) ensuring excellent stewardship of its easement portfolio through annual monitoring and long-term legal defense; 3) educating landowners, other organizations, public policy makers and the general public about land conservation; and 4) promoting policy and legislation to further voluntary land conservation and enhance related benefits for private landowners. 

NMLC is dedicated to the highest quality work, and operates as a learning organization with a work culture based on consensus, collaboration and teamwork.  NMLC offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, a flexible work environment and professional development opportunities.  NMLC is currently staffed by an Executive Director, a Southern New Mexico Project Manager, a Conservation Project Manager, a Communications & Marketing Manager, and an Office Manager; and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Scope of the Position

NMLC seeks a qualified and motivated individual to coordinate its conservation easement stewardship, monitoring and legal defense activities; and to provide technical support as needed for conservation projects in accordance with the organization’s mission and its established policies, plans and strategies.  This position reports to the Conservation Project Manager; works closely with other staff, interns and volunteers, but supervises no staff. 

The primary responsibilities of the Stewardship Coordinator include the following:

Land Conservation and Stewardship:
• Conduct and/or coordinate annual conservation easement monitoring and associated reporting for a portfolio of 80+ easements spread out across New Mexico and southeastern Arizona, working with interns and volunteers as needed.
• Support ongoing process of developing conservation easement monitoring and stewardship criteria, procedures and systems.
• Assist in the development of a conservation easement/project database.
• Support development and completion of land conservation projects, including easement/project design, baseline documentation, mineral and environmental assessment, title review and other project-related due diligence, funding and state tax credit applications, etc.
• Support ongoing process of developing land conservation project evaluation, selection and tracking criteria, procedures and systems.
• Support review and development of conservation assessments and plans, and management and restoration plans.

• Actively expand relationships with external constituents including landowners, other conservation organizations, community groups and government entities.  Partner with other public and private entities, as appropriate, for mutual benefit to accomplish NMLC’s mission and leverage resources.
• Support development, enhancement and periodic updating of communications materials and website using digital photography, maps, spatial information and mapping software.
• Support meetings, workshops and special events.

Organizational Development & Fundraising:
• Support the organization’s efforts to ensure renewal of its professional accreditation through the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC), particularly those aspects related to conservation and stewardship.
• Support relevant fundraising activities, particularly the development of fundraising proposals related to conservation projects and stewardship activities.
• Participate in training opportunities and attend relevant workshops/conference as time and funding permits.

General Administration
• Maintain vehicles and equipment used in conducting conservation and stewardship activities.

Requirements of the Position:

• Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) in related field (natural resource management, land use planning, geography, biological/environmental sciences, etc.) and at least two years of relevant experience (land trust/conservation real estate, natural resource management, land use planning, environmental sciences, etc.). 
• Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office and the Adobe Suite of products. Demonstrated experience and proficiency with GPS, ArcView and other GIS mapping software required.
• Familiarity with New Mexican and/or western landscapes and communities is preferred, particularly an ability to work with urban as well as rural agricultural landowners.
• Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Must be willing to work some overtime, evenings and weekends.
• Must be willing to travel frequently and potentially use personal vehicle as necessary in the performance of work-related activities – travel and mileage expenses will be reimbursed.
• Must be willing and physically able to work in the field.
• Must be a self-starter and well-organized.
• Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment to meet established goals and deadlines.
• Must be committed to the organization’s conservation mission and be able to maintain strong, positive, collegial working relationships with staff, Board, and outside consultants and professional service providers.
• Must be willing to contribute to maintaining an ethical, smooth and efficient working environment with staff, Board and others.  A sense of humor is appreciated even if it is not that good.

Benefits of the Position:

• This is a full-time position with potential for advancement.
• Starting annual salary range: $45,000 - $50,000.  Starting salary commensurate with experience.  Annual salary increases are based on performance and as annual budgets permit.
• Two weeks paid vacation to start and participation in a group health insurance plan.
• Training and career development opportunities available as annual budgets permit.
• Eligibility for enrollment in NMLC’s retirement plan after one year of employment.
• Being part of a young, dynamic and growing conservation organization.
• Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico – a culturally diverse city of 75,000 residents with excellent outdoor, recreational, arts, entertainment, cultural, educational, culinary and sustainable living opportunities.

NMLC is an equal opportunity employer and provides a smoke-free, drug-free work place. 

Please email letter of interest, current resume, three map samples and three references by December 31, 2017 to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with Stewardship Coordinator Recruitment in the subject line.

Please note - no phone calls will be taken regarding this job announcement.  Candidates will be notified regarding the status of their applications.  For further information about the organization, please visit NMLC’s website:

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