Employment at Colorado Open Lands
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Two opportunities with Colorado Open Lands currently available:
Land Protection Specialist
Conservation Easement Monitoring Contractor
Land Protection Specialist
Summary of Position:
Land Protection Specialists are the foundation of Colorado Open Lands’ land protection programs and are responsible for diverse tasks spanning organizational departments. The work is both challenging and rewarding. People skills, personal organization, attention to detail, quick thinking, and the ability to work independently are paramount. The position requires the ability to maintain composure and a sense of humor in sometimes unique situations.
This is an opportunity to join a growing and dynamic organization dedicated to protecting Colorado’s most significant conservation lands. The Land Protection Specialist spends much of his/her time in the field and often travels unaccompanied to remote locations throughout Colorado. At the current time, the Land Protection Specialists report to the President. Ongoing professional development opportunities include attending occasional state, regional and national conferences and training programs.
- Serve as Colorado Open Lands representative on specific conservation projects and in identified community conservation areas, and promote Colorado Open Lands’ mission, reputation and services.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with landowners, public figures, partners and stakeholders.
- Manage conservation easement, fee, and other conservation projects, including:
- Schedule and conduct property site visits with landowners and define project parameters (conservation values, boundaries, reserved rights, time frame, costs.
- Prepare and present project proposals at staff and Board project review meetings.
- Negotiate and draft conservation easements, and obtain legal review.
- Review project due diligence (title, minerals assessments, appraisals, baseline reports) and provide feedback/edits as appropriate.
- Ensure compliance with Colorado Open Lands’ project policies and guidelines.
- Prepare closing instructions and coordinate project closing with consultants, partners, title companies, and landowners.
- Coordinate, participate in, or attend public meetings, workshops, and conferences.
- Field inquiries from interested landowners and potential partners.
- Conduct site visits and write grant applications in support of conservation projects.
- Contribute to newsletter/website development, write articles as needed.
- Help plan, coordinate, and participate in special events as needed.
- Collaborate with other staff to develop Annual Plan and other strategic documents.
- Participate in regular staff, planning, and project meetings.
- A Bachelor’s degree.
- A minimum of two years’ experience and a working understanding of the mechanics of voluntary land protection techniques, including conservation easements and fee-simple acquisitions, related tax issues, availability of funding sources, and other financial considerations.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively with people, organizations, and agencies.
- Experience with common software such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Web browsers, etc.
- The ability to travel on short notice.
- A valid driver’s license.
- Previous real estate, negotiating, and land trust experience.
- Ability to work cooperatively with diverse types of people.
- Public speaking experience.
- Project fundraising skills, including grant writing.
- Demonstrated ability to produce tangible results.
- Organizational, time management and project management skills.
- Problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to work independently and handle pressure.
- Persistence, sense of humor, and entrepreneurial spirit. The ability to complete assigned projects within deadline and established budget.
- A knowledge of Colorado landscapes and the conservation community.
- Basic competencies using GIS software and Microsoft PowerPoint.
- A demonstrated commitment to the mission of Colorado Open Lands and the preservation of significant open lands.
Colorado Open Lands offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan with corporate match, health, dental & disability insurance, Health Savings Account, and a collaborative work environment.
Please email a cover letter, resume and three (3) relevant references to Jordan Vana at email@example.com no later than April 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. No phone calls, please.
Colorado Open Lands is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For information about Colorado Open Lands, please visit our website at www.coloradoopenlands.org
Conservation Easement Monitoring Contractor
Colorado Open Lands (COL), a state-wide land trust located in Lakewood, Colorado, is seeking a Conservation Easement Monitoring Contractor for Summer 2014.
Established in 1981, COL is a non-profit land trust committed to helping families achieve their dream of permanently protecting their land. Colorado Open Lands’ Stewardship Program has led the way in the development of industry best practices for conservation easement monitoring and enforcement. As a state- and nationally- recognized leader in the land conservation field, we have successfully preserved over 262,000 acres through 292 voluntary conservation easements.
The Contractor will be responsible for monitoring approximately 40 conservation easements across the Denver Metro Area and Northeast Colorado. This entails:
- Scheduling visits with landowners in advance
- Site visits to properties to ensure compliance with the conservation easement (1-3 hours each)
- Collecting appropriate GPS data and photographs
- Completing thorough documentation of the site visit
- Entering data into the database and drafting compliance letters (1-2 hours per conservation easement)
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Background in land conservation and/or natural resource management
- Organization and time management skills
- Experience using GPS and GIS
- High comfort level working outdoors and in remote locations
The contractor must have their own vehicle and insurance, preferably a truck or SUV. The contractor must be able to come to COL’s office in Lakewood to enter data and prepare reports.
This is a temporary, contract position that will conclude once all easements have been monitored and all reports have been completed. Contractors may set their own schedule, but all work should be completed between May and August. Total time spent monitoring and completing reports will equal approximately 120 hours. Compensation will be on a per easement basis.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to:
Cheryl Cufre, Director of Land Stewardship
Deadline for Applications: March 28th, 2014
Interested in a Career in Land Conservation?
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