Careers at Colorado Open Lands

Colorado Open Lands is hiring the following positions:

Conservation Project Associate
Stewardship Specialist
COL/Sprout Foundation Internship

 

Conservation Project Associate

Location: Lakewood, Colorado
Preferred Start Date: October 2019

Colorado Open Lands (COL) is a dynamic statewide land trust that has worked to conserve over half a million acres of critical land and water resources across Colorado.  We focus our work in priority landscapes and take pride in our community-based approach.  We are large enough to be a highly professional team with incredible support and resources, but small enough to be flexible and efficient. COL seeks a motivated Conservation Project Associate to support our conservation project managers in working with landowners and public entities to achieve our goal of protecting 800,000 acres by 2025.

Position Summary: As a member of the acquisition team, the Conservation Project Associate will report to the Director of Conservation and will work closely with the team’s four project managers to support conservation easement projects throughout Colorado. Primary responsibilities include drafting conservation easements, performing project due diligence, complying with record-keeping standards, and managing other tasks essential to complete conservation easement transactions. Each project manager will be responsible for landowner outreach and initial project development, while this position will be responsible for supporting the project manager and transitioning the landowner relationship to manage project implementation. The position is based in our Lakewood, Colorado office and will involve occasional statewide travel and regular communication with landowners and team members in rural areas.  If you are passionate about private land/water conservation, can communicate with a variety of people, have an eye for detail, possess the fortitude for project management, and can tolerate a supervisor with a penchant for puns, this is the job for you.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

– Manage specific aspects of conservation easement projects assigned by project managers (which may be jointly or independently managed, depending on the need). Activities include evaluating water rights and reviewing appraisals, baseline reports, title exceptions, legal descriptions, and other documents as needed.
– Coordinate correspondence between COL and project partners/contractors including appraisers, baseline preparers, attorneys, tax credit brokers, and funders.
– Prepare and negotiate conservation documents (e.g., purchase/option agreements, agricultural conservation easements, subordination agreements, title documents, closing instructions, invoices, etc.) in close collaboration with the Director of Conservation, project managers, and outside legal counsel.
– Maintain consistent record-keeping and archiving for assigned projects.
– As a member of the conservation team, contribute to ensuring that policies and practices meet current professional standards.
– Assist with preparation of acquisition team strategic plans, annual work plans, and budgets.
– Participate in organizational decision-making, communications, fundraising, and outreach efforts. – Build cooperative, effective working relationships with partner agencies, landowners, funding agencies and foundations, local government, conservationists, policy makers, and planners.

Qualifications/Skills:

Required:
– A minimum of two years’ demonstrated experience in project management and/or conservation real estate transactions or water projects.
– Demonstrated knowledge of real estate transactions, including appraisals, title work, due diligence, escrow instructions, closing principles.
– Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to exercise initiative, good judgment and tact.
– Ability to work independently and as a team and manage multiple concurrent complex projects.
– Competency with Microsoft Office Suite.
– A four-year degree in natural resources management, law, or a related field strongly preferred.

Preferred:
– Experience with ESRI ArcGIS computer mapping software and GPS
– Knowledge of Colorado communities.
– A basic understanding of Colorado water law.
– Experience working with agricultural producers or rural communities.
– Experience with securing and/or managing grant funding and with contract management.
– Experience in developing and fostering relationships with diverse communities and organizations that support the development and advancement of equity and inclusion.
– Collaborative experience with non-profit organizations, community groups and government agencies.
– Understanding of emerging public policy issues affecting land use and land preservation, including habitat protection, water quality and quantity, sustainable agricultural, and forest land management and climate change

Schedule, Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time permanent position with salary range of $40,000-48,000 commensurate with skills and experience. Colorado Open Lands offers a competitive compensation package including 401k plan with match, health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and HSA), life and disability insurance, paid time off (sick leave, vacation, and holidays) and a collaborative, flexible work environment. Work schedule will include very occasional evenings and weekends and limited statewide travel.

To Apply:
Please send a résumé, cover letter, and three relevant references to jobs@coloradoopenlands.org. Applications must be received no later than midnight (MDT) on Sunday, September 1, 2019.  The anticipated interview schedule includes phone interviews conducted 9/9-9/12 and in-person or video call interviews conducted the weeks of 9/16 and 9/23.

Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or other protected status. For information about Colorado Open Lands, please visit our website at www.coloradoopenlands.org.

 

Stewardship Specialist

Summary of Position:
Colorado Open Lands (COL) is seeking a passionate and dedicated land conservation Stewardship Specialist to join our team in our Lakewood, Colorado office. The Stewardship Specialist supports the conservation easement stewardship functions of COL. The Specialist is responsible for conducting conservation easement monitoring visits and preparing detailed reports. The Specialist will work with conserved property landowners across the state to address conservation easement issues including reserved rights requests, violations, and amendments. The Specialist will also serve as a program technician for COL’s GIS program and will support other GIS users across the organization by preparing maps, performing geospatial analysis, updating GIS data, and providing technical support. The Specialist will also be responsible for administering and improving the inter-departmental Salesforce LOCATE Database.

Primary Responsibilities:
Note that the estimated time spent on the following primary responsibilities represents a year-round average.  Exact amount of time spent on each category of responsibilities will vary seasonally, with an emphasis on monitoring in the summer.  Enthusiasm for all aspects of the job is a must!

Conservation Easement Stewardship (70%)

Annual Conservation Easement Compliance Monitoring
– Schedule on-site monitoring visits with landowners
– Monitor 40+ conservation easements annually to ensure compliance
– Complete thorough documentation of monitoring visits
– Prepare monitoring reports,  maps and compliance letters
– Collect GPS field data for the GIS database
– Organize and maintain electronic and hard files used in easement monitoring

Conservation Easement Stewardship
Assist in the review and drafting of conservation easement reserved rights requests, amendments and violations or other enforcement issues
– Assist landowners needing land and resource management information or resources
– Work with farmers, ranchers, and other landowners to prepare property management plans

Geographic Information Systems (15%)
Program Technician
– Update hardware/software when needed, provide technical support to GIS users, and assist in maintaining the GIS database
– Prepare maps for all departments as needed, including board meetings, promotional materials, project reviews, and grant proposals
– Perform conservation planning and geospatial analysis as needed

Database Administrator (15%)
Database Administrator
– Manage, improve and ensure integrity of the Salesforce Locate Database
– Train staff on database procedures and protocols
– During the initial few months of the position, database administration may comprise up to 50% of the position’s primary responsibilities as the Specialist learns about LOCATE’s structure and function

 Minimum Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental science, land use planning, natural resource management, geography, law, computer science, information systems, database management, or a related field
– One to three years of work experience in conservation or a related field
– Experience with or willingness to learn to administer COL’s Salesforce LOCATE Database
– Experience with ESRI ArcGIS computer mapping software and GPS
– Competency with the Microsoft Office Suite
– Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills
– Ability to complete tasks with a high level of accuracy and consistency
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team
– Excellent written and oral communication skills
– Willingness to travel across Colorado (travel comprises approximately 10% of time)
– Ability to work in occasionally challenging field conditions
– A valid driver’s license and good driving record (vehicle provided)
– A positive attitude and sense of humor
– A commitment to land conservation

 Preferred Qualifications:
– Master’s or other advanced degree in one of the aforementioned fields
– Intermediate to Advanced skills with ESRI ArcGIS computer mapping software
– Familiarity with the Salesforce platform, LOCATE, and/or managing databases
– Experience working with agricultural producers and an understanding of the agricultural industry in Colorado or the western United States
– Experience working with a land trust or similar land conservation organization
– Experience reviewing and drafting legal documents

Compensation and Benefits:
This position is a permanent, full-time (40 hours/week) position
– The salary range is $38,000-$45,000 commensurate with skills and experience
– Colorado Open Lands offers a competitive compensation package including 401k plan with match, health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and HSA), life and disability insurance, paid time off (sick leave, vacation, and holidays) and a collaborative, flexible work environment

Application Instructions:
Please send a résumé, cover letter, and three relevant references to Cheryl Cufre, Director of Land Stewardship at jobs@coloradoopenlands.org. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than midnight (MST) on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

 EEO Statement:
Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or other protected status. For information about Colorado Open Lands, please visit our website at coloradoopenlands.org.

 

COL/Sprout Foundation Internship

Colorado Open Lands (COL) is pleased to announce the launch of our COL/Sprout Foundation Internship Program for Fall 2019. This is a paid internship in our Lakewood, Colorado office and can be a 10-12-week full-time position or a semester-long part-time position, depending on availability. The Intern will engage in and learn about aspects of land and water conservation, specifically through private land conservation. This position will provide support to all departments for a broad-spectrum experience. The COL/Sprout Foundation Internship Program is designed to provide the Intern with a combination of mentored educational opportunities, field work, outreach, and administrative duties that support a well-rounded and solid foundation in the conservation industry in support of the Intern’s academic and professional goals.

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
– Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
– A positive attitude, a sense of humor, and a strong interest in land conservation.

COMPENSATION, START DATE & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
– $14/hour, 15-40 hours per week, flexible around school schedule.
– Not eligible for health insurances but employer will cover Social Security, Medicare, worker’s comp and life & disability insurances.
– Start date is flexible between August 26 and September 23, 2019.
– Please send a résumé and cover letter to jobs@coloradoopenlands.org and note COL/Sprout Foundation Internship in the subject line.
– Applications must be received by midnight, Monday, September 2nd.

EEO Statement:
Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or other protected status.

 

 

 

Colorado Open Lands Staff

For a list of job opportunities in the conservation field, please visit the Land Trust Alliance Careers Page or the Keep it Colorado Jobs Board.

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