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
Oct 02, 2019
Full time
Position Description The Senior Counsel provides legal advice, contract drafting and negotiation, transaction implementation and related services to the Conservation Acquisition and Working Forest Fund business units of The Conservation Fund (the Fund) in connection with real estate activities, including acquisition, preservation, ownership, and disposition of land and conservation easements through resales and gifts for conservation purposes. The position provides legal advice and contract drafting and negotiation for the Fund's Mitigation Solutions business unit, working with project developers, regulators and conservationist to create and implement plans that mitigate for impacts on natural and cultural resources. The Senior Counsel also provides general transactional and legal compliance advice to these and other business units of the Fund as needed. Primary Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of the Senior Counsel include the following: Provide advice and support to field personnel on matters related to conservation real estate, forestry and mitigation transactions, including advice on transaction structure and strategy; contract drafting and negotiation with landowners, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations; and legal compliance matters. Draft, negotiate and provide legal advice regarding a variety of legal documents, including:  contracts of sale; deeds; conservation easements; agricultural, residential and hunt leases; property management contracts; timber management agreements; loan and security agreements; escrow instructions; and other contracts and closing documents associated with the Fund's Conservation Acquisition and Working Forest Fund business units. Conduct or supervise others in the performance of necessary tasks to commence and complete real estate and forestry transactions, from negotiation through closing and post -closing disposition stages, including but not limited to: review of due diligence material, such as title work, surveys, appraisals, and environmental reports; working with other parties, local counsel and title companies to address due diligence issues; draft and negotiate or supervise preparation of closing documents, including escrow instructions and related documents for transaction closings. Review and negotiate government and foundation grant agreements to secure funds for land acquisition and general operating support. Draft and negotiate legal documents and provide legal advice associated with the Fund's Mitigation Solutions business unit, including drafting and negotiation of memoranda agreements and other arrangements with governmental agencies and other non-profit organizations, service agreements with infrastructure developers, grant and recipient agreements, and related agreements and documents. Assist with other miscellaneous legal matters involved with the operation of a non-profit organization, including the review and preparation of service contracts, office space leases and grant agreements, as well as other legal issues that arise on a day-to-day basis related to the business. Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements: The Senior Counsel position requires the following: J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the bar of at least one state. Minimum of ten years of experience practicing law in a law firm or in the legal department of a non-profit or for-profit organization. Extensive legal knowledge and experience with real estate transactions and general commercial contract drafting required; experience with forestry/natural resources/conservation/environmental matters and/or non-profit organizations a plus. Strong drafting and negotiating skills and experience. High degree of professional ethics and integrity and excellent judgement. Superior interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Commitment to the Fund's mission. Physical/Mental Requirements: Must have ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, demonstrating flexibility and teamwork within an entrepreneurial environment, and be able to function in a fast-paced and sometimes high-stress environment with competing deadlines.  Some travel required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Conservation Fund, a Non Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Conservation Fund Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Oct 02, 2019
Full time
Position Description We are seeking a Forest Operations Manager to manage day-to-day forest management operations on a growing base of timberlands and to assist with the acquisition as well as dispositions of conservation forest land and working forest conservation easements. Duties include, but are not limited to: managing a growing stable of independent forestry consultants and developing and meeting operational budgets involving timber harvests, restoration projects, recreational leases, taxes and forest certification. All activities will maintain and enhance internal customer, neighbor, partner, donor and stakeholder relationships. Incumbent will also monitor regional product pricing and market trends. This position will be located in our Chapel Hill, NC office.  PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES  The Forest Operations Manager will be responsible for directing forestry consultants on a portion of the Working Forest Fund portfolio of properties, currently involving over 25 projects and +-350,000 acres in 17 states and growing. This position will include:   • Managing the production of annual budgets, reports, management plans, silvicultural prescriptions, hunting leases, maintenance and restoration projects   • Inspecting management activities and meeting with consultants and stakeholders on a regular basis   • Ensuring projects are enrolled in applicable current use tax programs and reviewing tax bills for accuracy and approving payment   • Coordinating operations to insure conformance of enrolled projects to state BMP and forest certification standards   • Supporting land acquisition as well as fee and easement dispositions on current projects   • Updating GIS database to track management activity.   • Working with TCF Accounting staff to ensure tracking and reporting functions are optimized   • Working with the Manager of Portfolio Analysis to ensure information systems are accurate and up to date. • Working with the Director of Conservation to assist with Conservation Easement development and outsales  • Interfacing with the West Coast Forest Management team  • Working closely with Regional Conservation Acquisition staff • Assist in managing forest certification systems (SFI, FSC) for The Conservation Fund  DESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES  • Self-motivated and independent professional that works wells as an individual and as a member of a team.   • Excellent communication skills   • Proficient in basic business and forestry software (MS Word, Excel, ARC-GIS)   • A Bachelor's degree in forestry or a closely related natural resource field. 5 + years field experience and/or a Masters in Natural Resource Management or business-related field is preferred.   • Ability to interact well with diverse stakeholders, including timberland owners, public agencies, community groups, and local citizens.   • Experience with planning and evaluating forest operations: including an understanding of silvicultural regimes, forest inventory systems, roads, certification schemes and environmental regulations; preference for knowledge of ecological forestry practices.   PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:     •This position requires the incumbent to have a valid driver's license and a willingness and ability to travel frequently throughout the US to visit remote forested tracts.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Conservation Fund Shepherdstown, WV, USA
Oct 02, 2019
Full time
POSITION SUMMARY The Environmental Research Engineer will lead USDA ARS research projects focusing on converting aquaculture waste streams to usable and valuable products to support the development and sustainability of land-based, closed containment aquaculture. S/he will oversee and participate in research related to reducing the environmental impact of fish farming while assisting the aquaculture industry with developing novel revenue streams through converting waste to value. The Environmental Research Engineer will also serve The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute (TCF/FI) through conducting off-site visits and consultation, research, and report writing through technical consulting services, and will engage in technology transfer through publications, lectures at conferences and workshops, and direct interaction with stakeholders. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES • Works cooperatively with the Director of Research and other TCF/FI personnel to develop and/or investigate strategies for improving the environmental impact and economic viability of intensive land-based aquaculture production • Provides waste management and waste conversion expertise for external projects • Develops collaborative relationships and projects with government and university scientists and industry stakeholders • Oversees selected scientists and technical staff at TCF/FI • Assists industry with problems related to waste management and waste conversion, and provides industry with practical solutions to these problems • Engages in technology transfer through publication in peer-review journals and trade press, lectures at conferences and workshops, and personal interaction with stakeholders • Serves as co-investigator for USDA ARS grants, and engages in reporting for USDA ARS grants and other funding, as needed • Identifies and investigates external funding opportunities for program development DESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES • Engineering degree (with PE status preferable) • Ph.D. in discipline relevant to agricultural waste management and waste conversion with experience in biochemical conversion processes including anaerobic digestion and aerobic decomposition. • Track record of published peer-reviewed research is advantageous • Demonstrated leadership, management, and organizational abilities, a strong commitment to TCF/FI aquaculture research program and staff, solid communication and interpersonal skills, and personal integrity and reliability PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires i) sufficient fitness to engage in prolonged and physically demanding on- and off-site research tasks; ii) the ability to travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis for work; iii) the ability to spend extended periods at a computer conducting research and writing; and iv) sufficient comfort in presenting scientific material to large audiences. The Conservation Fund, a Non Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. Contact Information Qualified/interested candidates should submit the following: Cover letter CV including peer-review publication record Official transcript from Ph.D. granting university Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com