Acquisitions Specialist

  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • Apr 04, 2019
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

APOSD Acquisitions Specialist

$6,442 - $7,828/Month

Join one of the nation's leading land conservation organizations!

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) seeks skilled candidates for two Acquisitions Specialist positions. Acquisition Specialists work directly with landowners, partner organizations, and agencies to protect lands through conservation easements and outright fee purchase.

Under general supervision, Acquisitions Specialists act as a project managers for conservation easement and land acquisition, matching grants, land disposition, and related initiatives in support of the Ag + Open Space's land conservation programs, goals, and objectives. These positions work with landowners and partners to structure land protection strategies which meet the needs of Ag + Open Space and all stakeholders.  The ideal candidates 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



About Ag + Open Space   Our mission is to permanently preserve the diverse agricultural, natural resource and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. Created in 1990 by Sonoma County voters, Ag + Open Space has protected over 114,000 acres of land to date through conservation easements and outright purchase. Ag + Open Space is a county-wide dependent special district funded by a voter-approved quarter cent sales tax, with the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors serving as the District's ex officio Board of Directors. In 2006, voters reauthorized the sales tax for another 20 years, through 2031. Please visit the Ag + Open Space website for more information.


For more information & to apply online, visit or call 707-565-2331. EOE Apply by 5/2/19

Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$6,442 - $7,828/Month