Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a regional land trust west of Boston, Massachusetts, seeks an experienced land conservation professional to engage and support a diversity of partners so as to accelerate the pace of land protection in SVT’s 36-community region. Housed in the Land Protection Department, the Community Conservation Specialist also works closely with SVT’s Development, Communications, and Stewardship staffs.
The Community Conservation Specialist helps to build community support for conservation by liaising with municipal boards and committees and representing SVT on certain conservation issues. The position will involve community outreach and engagement, and may result in generating land protection transactions.
This is a part-time (20 hours/week) position that reports to the Director of Land Protection.
1) Through outreach and trainings, share knowledge and best practices that will help SVT’s allies to protect land locally.
2) Help SVT better understand our communities’ open space needs and priorities; organize community and stakeholder meetings.
3) Represent and convey SVT’s mission, goals, and land conservation tools in a variety of forums and with a variety of stakeholders; engage in public speaking opportunities, where appropriate, such as regional, statewide and national workshops and occasional communications with the media.
4) Assist partners in coordinated planning in areas of shared focus; work with landowners, municipal officials, other land trust board members and volunteers, and other conservation partners to identify potential land conservation projects and to provide technical support.
5) Assist with Community Preservation Act (CPA) passage or other local fundraising mechanism in select communities.
6) Work closely with SVT’s staff and board to periodically review and improve policies and practices related to land conservation and advocacy at SVT.
7) Seek grants and otherwise raise funds as needed for projects.
• Part-time (20 hours/week) position without benefits (except earned sick time).
• Schedule varies from week to week; position requires attendance at evening meetings (on average 1/week) and occasional weekend commitments.
• The candidate should have the ability to travel throughout the region using her/his own transportation (mileage reimbursement provided).
• A Bachelor’s degree and three years experience in land conservation, planning, or community organizing; a graduate degree in natural resource management, planning, or a related field may be substituted for two years experience.
• Demonstrated commitment to and passion for land conservation.
• Experience in community organizing and outreach.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to convey complex concepts to a lay audience.
• Understanding of Massachusetts land conservation methods planning tools.
• Working knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
• Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative approach to solving problems.
• Ability to multi-task in a busy, open office setting.
• Ability to establish effective, close working relationships with a wide range of people and organizations.
Please email resume, cover letter, and three references to email@example.com. Emailed submissions should include the subject line: “CCS Search_[last name].”
Application Deadline: July 15, 2018
No phone calls, please.