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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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