The Conservation Easement Section Manager is responsible for providing leadership and vision to the Conservation Easement Section to protect, enhance and restore the state’s soil and water resources with emphasis directed to private land. This position is responsible for the acquisition of easements and other protective measures as provided in state law. Key to achieving these agency goals are assuring that local government natural resources efforts with private landowners are successfully integrated with state, federal, and private organization initiatives to attain an effective and efficient natural resource conservation delivery system.
As a senior leader, this position involves significant discretion and substantial involvement in the development, interpretation and implementation of agency-wide policies and is responsible for representing the agency and generating interest and excitement in land conservation.
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
◾Develop and maintain relationships to ensure ongoing cooperation in the protection, enhancement and restoration of the state’s soil and water resources.
◾Provide direction and leadership to the Conservation Easement Section to ensure that agency and Section responsibilities are efficiently met.
◾Lead efforts to develop initiatives and policies to advance the protection, enhancement and restoration of the state’s soil and water resources.
◾Direct the development and implementation of the agency and Conservation Easement Section annual and biennial OHF, CWF, LCCMR, capital and federal budgets.
◾Manage and direct public relations and marketing efforts to ensure that local governments and landowners have the knowledge and interest in protecting, enhancing or restoring the state’s soil and water resources.
Go to the BWSR website for a full position description at http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/careers/index.html
•Bachelor's degree in Hydrology, Biology, Geology, Natural Resources, Water and Land Management, Soil Science, Environmental Science, Civil/Agricultural/Environmental Engineering, Planning, or a closely-related or relevant field such as Public Administration
•At least five years of professional experience in water, soil or related natural resources management, or land conservation
•Knowledge of soil and water conservation science, agronomy, plant biology, wildlife habitat, wetland and hydrology and related principals to guide policy and program development and to evaluate and plan technical work
•Advanced knowledge of state and federal soil and water resource protection and management programs and funding
•Proven advanced experience in program management and leadership
•Communications skills sufficient to convey complex conservation and programmatic topics to varied audiences in an interesting, informative and persuasive manner
•Managerial skills to develop and manage staff and budgets for a small to mid-sized organization
•Valid driver's license
•Demonstrated experience in effectively working with funders of soil and water resource protection and management such as the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources, and the USDA Farm Services Agency
•Advanced knowledge of easement and other means to secure protection of soil and water resources