We are seeking an Associate to serve as the Fund’s program representative for MI, OH and IN to help offer the full array of the Fund’s programs and services to its conservation partners. The primary role is managing the successful Ann Arbor Greenbelt and Parks Program to implement farmland and open space conservation and key park additions. Will work directly with the Fund’s Midwest Team and City of Ann Arbor staff and require a broad variety of interactions with landowners, government officials, funders, partner organizations and Ann Arbor residents.
Develop and foster relationships needed to facilitate acquisition of key properties, particularly with City of Ann Arbor staff, citizen advisory commissions, County, Township, and land trust, agency, and community partners.
Prepare program funding proposals and manage grants, including reporting, invoicing, ensuring compliance with grant terms, monitoring and evaluating grants, particularly for the Greenbelt and Parks Program in Ann Arbor, but not exclusively.
Serve as project lead for a USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Project deploying federal dollars towards permanent land protection through agricultural land easements.
Represent the Fund in identifying and developing new projects and activities, including land acquisition and financing strategies.
Coordinate appraisals, surveys, environmental assessments, site visits, landowner contracts, negotiations, and preparation of legal documents.
Maintain and update records of transactions and monitor protected properties yearly.
Work with Fund and City of Ann Arbor staff to coordinate press events, social media, public tours, and Congressional tours, attend community events as needed.
Monitor and stay abreast of technology, legal, and operational changes that affect the activities and work of the Fund. Make recommendations for and carry out approved program changes.
Other duties as assigned.
The job involves indoor and outdoor related work. The office-related tasks will require good personal and telephone communication and computer skills. The position includes hiking over rough terrain to view field sites and meet with landowners in the field. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for travel to reach various field sites is required. A driver’s background check will be conducted.
DESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
Undergraduate degree in a related field is required.
Experience with a land conservation organization is preferred.
Strong negotiation skills, experience with land conservation and property acquisition.
Attention to detail and the ability to work with deadlines and under pressure.
Must be willing to work with a minimum of supervision, demonstrating flexibility and teamwork, and have the ability and willingness to work cooperatively with a wide range of people and organizations.
GIS skills to create maps and analyze parcels.
Excellent oral, written, and project management skills.
Entrepreneurial outlook and ability to source and develop new opportunities for the Fund.
Expertise in Midwest species biology and habitat restoration is a plus.
We offer an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, 403(b), vacation, sick and parental leave and paid holidays. For additional information, please visit our website at www.conservationfund.org. Interested/qualified candidates should send their resume with cover letter to email@example.com.
The Conservation Fund, is an equal opportunity employer, promotes diversity in the workplace and within organizational leadership, including race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual or gender identity or expression, age, national origin, military/Veteran status, or disability.
Internal Number: Ann Arbor
About The Conservation Fund
At the Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect over 8 million acres of land since 1985.
CONSERVATION THAT WORKS FOR AMERICA
We practice conservation to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. Our trusted and get-it-done staff throughout the country create and implement innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Americans from every walk of life.
At the Fund, we believe that conservation is an "all-hands on deck" proposition, in the words of a former Board Chair. Conservation takes many forms, and The Fund's programs interpret and practice conservation in a mutually-reinforcing way—working in concert to make sure the value of natural resources in America remain essential to our prosperity.
WHAT SETS US APART
Our focus is on conservation and communities—creating as many pathways possible for people and organizations to protect their natural resources and save the places t...hat matter most—properties with ecological, historic and/or cultural significance. We deliver conservation and economic vitality through strong partnerships with government, business and colleague organizations.
We are willing to take risks. We are creative, entrepreneurial and have devoted three decades to re-defining conservation—inviting more Americans to participate in, and benefit from the multiple advantages offered by our solutions. Traditional methods of conservation are not keeping pace with ever-increasing demand for the benefits supplied to us by nature. Today we face climate change, inefficient systems for water and land use, damaging agricultural practices, as well as resistance to acknowledge the real value of the natural world on which we so heavily rely. Our programs re-imagine our short-term human systems to better align them with the longer-term cycles of nature.
We are independent and do not have a membership, and thus appreciate the dedicated support of a nationwide community of individuals and organizations who agree with our vision and approach. Working efficiently and effectively, the Fund devotes 96% of its annual budget directly to conservation programs and just 1% to fundraising.
With thirty consecutive years of growth, our record demonstrates that new ideas can work, especially when created and implemented with trusted, credible partners. The Conservation Fund has proven again and again that it can address the big challenges and achieve enduring change through purposeful conservation.