Careers at Colorado Open Lands

Colorado Open Lands seeks a Landowner Liaison

Summary of Position:
Colorado Open Lands (COL) is seeking a passionate and dedicated Landowner Liaison to join our team in our Lakewood, Colorado office. The Liaison will be a key point of contact between COL and conserved property owners and will support the conservation easement stewardship and landowner assistance program functions of COL. The Liaison will work with conserved property owners across the state, develop and manage ecological restoration projects, conduct conservation easement monitoring visits, and serve as a resource for landowners regarding natural resource issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

Conservation Easement Stewardship (65%)

Annual Conservation Easement Compliance Monitoring
– Monitor 35+ conservation easements annually to ensure compliance
– Prioritize meeting with the landowners on every site visit
– Complete thorough reporting of each monitoring visit
– Collect GPS field data and create GIS maps of properties

Landowner Relationships
– Create and sustain effective personal relationships with conserved property owners
– Be the link between conserved property landowners and COL departments and programs
– Connect with each new and successor landowner

Landowner Assistance and Resource Enhancement Program (35%)

Coordinate and manage ecological restoration and agricultural efficiency projects such as stream and wetland restoration, weed removal, and irrigation improvements
– Develop project plans in coordination with partners, funders, and landowners
– Manage project budgets and scopes of work
– Pursue grants and cost-sharing opportunities
– Assist with grant communication and reporting

Be a resource for landowners, helping direct landowners to the best practices for land and resource management

Attend site visits when a resource specialist is needed

Minimum Qualifications:
– At least three years of work experience in conservation, environmental science or a related field
– Experience coordinating and managing ecological restoration projects including managing budgets, coordinating partners, and successfully implementing projects
– Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, agriculture, environmental science, land use planning, geography or a related field
– Competency with ESRI ArcGIS computer mapping software and GPS
– Proven success in grant writing and reporting
– Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team
– Excellent written and oral communication skills
– Willingness to travel across Colorado (travel comprises approximately 20% 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 above-mentioned fields
– 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

Compensation and Benefits:
– This position is a permanent, full-time (40 hours/week) position
– Start date is flexible, ideally early June 2019
– The salary range is $45,000-$50,000, 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 and cover letter to Cheryl Cufre, Director of Land Stewardship at with “Landowner Liaison” in the subject line. Applications must be received no later than midnight (MST) on Sunday, April 21, 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


Colorado Open Lands invites you to consider a career in conservation. Our staff is comprised of talented, passionate conservation professionals with a passion for helping landowners positively impact Colorado forever.

Colorado Open Lands Staff

For a list of job opportunities in the conservation field, please visit the Land Trust Alliance Careers Page or the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Careers Page.

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