Conservation Fund

At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect favorite places before they become just a memory.  We have protected over seven million acres across America, in all 50 states.  And we’ve done that with a deep commitment to conservation that makes economic sense. Founded in 1985, we have know from day one that conservation is as much about people as it is about place. That’s why we work hard not just to be a great company, but to also be a great employer.

The Conservation Fund and its affiliated programs seek bright, motivated individuals interested in working towards positive solutions to the land use issues facing our nation. Although experience in the conservation field is not a prerequisite, we will give additional consideration to those candidates who are motivated by their desire to work in conservation.  To learn more about what it’s like to work at The Conservation Fund, including information on check out our brochure.

The Conservation Fund is an equal opportunity employer promoting diversity in the workplace and within organizational leadership, including race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual /gender identity or expression, age, national origin, military/Veteran status, or disability. 

Conservation Fund Arlington, VA, USA
Feb 11, 2018
Full time
Position summary: This is a new position at The Conservation Fund that is supported by major foundation grant awards. The position will focus on work in developing new or enhanced parks, greenways or similar multi-function conserved green infrastructure in disadvantaged neighborhoods, initially in selected cities in America’s mid-Atlantic and Southeast.   The Urban Parks with Purpose Associate will coordinate the Fund’s work with local non-profit partner organizations, community stakeholders, and other local partners; assist in developing effective community-based networks in each urban location; prepare grant and public project reports; coordinate internal and external communications; and help represent the Fund in a variety of settings. The range of projects being planned and implemented by the Fund’s Urban Parks with Purpose Program include storm water green infrastructure such as rain gardens, swales and green street features, urban parks from neighborhood to larger scales, trails and greenways, wetlands and riparian corridors, and similar projects. Each project is designed to integrate economic and social dimensions, such as workforce training, job creation, school- and non-school based education, public safety, and equitable community development.   The position will require coordinating with Fund colleagues in multiple departments and office locations.   The Urban Parks with Purpose Associate will learn the Fund’s approach to community engagement and involvement in planning, developing and programming urban parks and greenway projects.  In addition to collaborating with Fund staff, the successful candidate will meet and learn from urban water sustainability and parks experts, community organizers and other local leaders, workforce training experts, and others in the initial project cities.  The successful candidate will interact with Fund staff experts on various topics, including equity and community development, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, and strategic conservation planning.   This position is funded for an initial period of two years. Continuation is expected but will be contingent upon securing additional grant or other funding support. The incumbent will have the opportunity to develop a professional network with partners in local government, business and professional entities, philanthropic institutions, federal and state government, and other non-profit environmental and social purpose organizations and help the Fund deliver on its mission that combines environmental and economic and social outcomes. Remember to say you found this opportunity at
Conservation Fund Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Feb 11, 2018
POSITION SUMMARY   The Faith and Food Coordinator will support The Conservation Fund/ Resourceful Communities’ (TCF/ RC’s) Faith and Food initiative, which will engage rural United Methodist Churches (UMCs) in North Carolina. The Coordinator will spend the majority of his/her time developing relationships with rural UMC leaders; providing training and support to broaden UMCs food-related programming by utilizing existing church infrastructure (land, kitchens, volunteers, etc.) to support local economic development and broader community engagement. The Coordinator will provide training/ technical assistance on a range of topics, including preparation for small grant support, work planning, budget development and community engagement; and will connect program participants to additional resources.   The position is based out of The Conservation Fund’s Chapel Hill, North Carolina office. Travel is required; mileage reimbursement/ car rental for travel will be provided. This position is funded through grant support and is subject to funding availability.   PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Project-Based Technical Assistance to Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations Assess individual UMC’s technical assistance needs; develop and execute written agreements defining the scope of work, timeline, intended impacts and responsibilities for Resourceful Communities trainer and technical assistance recipients, with clear connection to RC program deliverables/ goals. Build faith organizations’ capacity in effective project planning and implementation. Strengthen faith organizations’ grant writing, evaluation and reporting capacity. Identify and share promising strategies for/ models of effective rural, community food projects. Connect UMCs to other community-based organizations or resource agencies that could strengthen their community programming. Evaluate progress on agreed upon training goals with technical assistance recipients (midway and upon completion) and provide updates to Resourceful Communities technical assistance recipients and team members on a regular basis. Build partnerships with and increase awareness among UMC clergy, resource partners and key stakeholders. Perform outreach and deliver presentations highlighting program approaches, initiative goals, etc. to increase network participation. Trainings/ Workshops Work with the Resourceful Communities team to develop content for and deliver/facilitate 6-10 trainings/ workshops each year. Training areas include, but are not limited to, community engagement, partnership building and project development. Small Grant Assistance Assist UMCs in developing food-related projects that generate social, economic and environmental benefits and deepen participation in the local food economy. Support Resourceful Communities team in small grant review, decision-making and grant administration activities. Assist UMCs, as needed, in project implementation/ management and grant reporting.   Resourceful Communities Capacity/ Administration Participate in Resourceful Communities and The Conservation Fund meetings as required. Contribute to Resourceful Communities’ Facebook page. Recommend improvements to technical assistance and training provision. Submit time sheets, trip reports, expense statements regularly.   DESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES College degree in a related field preferred. At least 3-5 years’ experience working in and/or providing training/technical assistance to nonprofit or faith-/community-based organizations on organizational/ project development topics Knowledge of capacity building topics, including fundraising; project management and evaluation; partnership building/ collaboration and more Familiarity with resources in North Carolina that support effective programming in rural communities, including funding, training, curricula Knowledge of popular education, adult learning, and experiential training techniques Ability to communicate appropriately with a wide range of stakeholders Understanding of and experience with issues affecting limited-resource and rural communities and communities of color, including economic development, social justice, limited access to resources, environmental issues and opportunities Valid driver’s license required. Outstanding oral and written communication skills   PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:   Special Considerations: Local travel by car required (average 2-3 trips per week within a 200-mile radius). Valid driver’s license and a driver’s background check required.   The Conservation Fund, as an equal opportunity employer, to promote 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at
Conservation Fund Minneapolis, MN
Jan 22, 2018
Full time
Position Description The Conservation Fund (“TCF”) is seeking a proven, dynamic leader to serve as Minnesota State Director.  As a leader in the Minnesota land conservation movement, the State Director plays a primary role in working with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials, and other key decision-makers to build partnerships and complete transactions that accelerate the pace of land and water conservation in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Director is responsible for all conservation efforts conducted by The Conservation Fund (TCF) within Minnesota.  Will provide leadership for TCF and with partners in Minnesota. Works with internal and external teams to develop and deliver a robust program of land and water conservation. Responsible for developing and implementing the TCF’s conservation and funding programs in Minnesota and ensures outcomes are achieved based on our partners’ priorities; secures public and private financial support for TCF’s operations and our conservation projects. Will serve as the primary TCF spokesperson in Minnesota to internal and external audiences (including staff, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners), and cultivates and partners with those audiences to accomplish our partner’s land conservation objectives.  The State Director is responsible for leadership and management of direct reports and for effective coordination and collaboration across TCF’s integrated efforts and teams.   PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES  Assumes responsibility for Identifying, pursuing and executing land conservation projects in Minnesota including partner outreach, negotiations, public and private funding. Develops and implements successful take-out and funding strategies for projects and operations. Supervises, develops and coordinates with Minnesota Conservation Acquisition staff. Coordinates activities and collaborates with TCF Conservation Acquisition, Development, Legal and Conservation Services staff. Creates and funds the annual budget for Minnesota projects and operations. Develops and enhances relationships and coordination with federal, tribal, state and local conservation agencies and other partners in Minnesota including public funding entities, the Legislature, other non-profits, foundations, landowners and individuals. Performs project due-diligence including coordinating appraisals, surveys and environmental audits, site evaluations, and funding contracts and coordination of same with the legal and development teams. Participates with internal teams regarding land conservation, outreach, fundraising and other matters in the Midwest and elsewhere in the Fund as requested. Other duties as assigned.  LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES   The successful candidate will possess the following leadership competencies:  Business Results - Identifies and creates business opportunities and successfully generates product, market and geographic growth opportunities, while consistently delivering positive annual business results. Communications - Fosters communication that is direct, productive and two-way. Listens effectively, considers other points of view and facilitates an open, frank and respectful exchange of ideas. Clearly articulates ideas and information in a concise, organized, interesting and persuasive fashion. Developing People - Selects, develops and inspires an excellent workforce by valuing diversity, promoting continuous learning and development of self and others to maximize potential, seeking and providing authentic feedback and leading by example. Entrepreneurship - Creates and maintains an environment that supports experimentation and calculated risk-taking, identifies and pursues new opportunities, is willing to question the status quo and seek new ways to more effectively accomplish the work of TCF. Holistic View and Thinking - Views TCF as a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Understands and values the interconnection of the various programs of the organization and creates synergy. Integrity and Honesty - Behaves in a fair, ethical, straightforward manner that instills trust among peers, employees and partners. Follows through on commitments and always acts in accordance with the principles, values and interests of TCF. Maturity and Judgment - Demonstrates resiliency and sound judgment in dealing with business and organizational challenges. Recognizes when a decision must be made and acts in a considered and timely manner. Deals effectively with uncertainty and learns from success and failure. Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization while learning from ongoing results and adapting to new information. Team Building - Fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation.  MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  Bachelor's degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or for-profit area in a related field. Graduate degree preferred. Experience in conservation real estate and finance. Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, partners, elected officials, board members, employees, or equivalent. Experience and/or a strong desire to fundraise, build partnerships and deliver results. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Vision, Strategy, Priorities     High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards. Ability to understand the priorities of partner entities and develop conservation solutions that harness the resources and skills of TCF and innovate as necessary and garner trust. Well organized and self-directed. Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a large decentralized and geographically dispersed organization. Demonstrated success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff, partners, donors and others to achieve and sustain excellence. Strong background in government relations; working with elected officials, local, state and federal agencies. A team player with the ability to successfully work with and sometimes lead internal and external teams, as well as in non-leadership team role. Ability to work independently and proactively, with minimal supervision, demonstrating flexibility, creativity, and drive for results. Communication   Ability to earn and keep trust from all audiences. Ability to cultivate and develop constructive and effective relationships inside and outside TCF, and to work effectively with a wide range of people and organizations. Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to persuasively convey the mission and conservation priorities of TCF and its partners to diverse groups including major donors, public agencies, corporate executives, board members, partners and others who are critical to the organization’s overall success. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, and outstanding skills working within a team. Ability to direct, prepare, present and/or participate in negotiations of project proposals with landowners, governmental agencies, funders and other partners. Proven experience or demonstrated desire to fundraise. Proven leadership skills and experience successfully managing relationships in a political environment. Proven successful supervisory skills. Sense of humor.  Land Conservation Proven experience in conservation real estate, finance and innovation. Solid negotiating skills and proven experience in structuring complex transactions and take-out funding. Experience working with local, state and federal conservation land acquisition and funding programs. Familiarity with real estate, public funding mechanisms, policy and the legislative process in Minnesota. Solid understanding of natural resource and land use issues in Minnesota and the region. Experience with land trusts.  OTHER REQUIREMENTS:    Attention to detail and ability to work with deadlines and under pressure; A valid driver's license is needed Ability to walk over and navigate rough terrain often in inclement weather; Willingness to travel as necessary to carry out duties, often with short notice and in inclement weather over long distances. Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. Commitment to the mission and goals of The Conservation Fund. Remember to say you found this opportunity at