Senior Land Acquisition Specialist

  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • Nov 28, 2018
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

Under general direction, the Senior Land Acquisition Specialist acts as a project manager leading a team of professional, technical, and administrative staff to work on the most complex land conservation projects. This position identifies, develops, and implements new land protection strategies and tools. Specific duties include negotiating terms and drafting conservation easement language to protect identified conservation values, commissioning and overseeing the preparation and approval of independent appraisals, and presenting reports to boards and committees in public meetings. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A passion for conserving natural and agricultural land for the benefit of future generations 
  • Experience working with public agencies and non-profit organizations in land conservation and/or real property acquisition, land use planning, and natural resource conservation
  • An understanding of emerging policy issues affecting land conservation, including land use, habitat protection, water quality and quantity, sustainable agricultural and forest land management, and climate change
  • Familiarity with real estate transactions including appraisals, title work, due diligence, escrow, and closing
  • Experience with grant funding programs and/or contract management
  • A proven ability to make presentations before boards, committees and citizen's groups
  • The ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders across all levels
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to exercise initiative, tact, and good judgment
  • Effective written and verbal communication and negotiation skills

Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$89,641.81 - $108,989.41 Annually