Position Summary: Palmer Land Trust seeks a qualified and motivated individual to join our team to assist in developing strategic, innovative, and lasting conservation projects throughout the region. The Conservation and Recreation Program Manager (CRPM) will serve as the internal transaction lead for complex real estate transactions, supporting the Land Team on acquisition projects as needed. The CRPM will also be responsible for developing and implementing Palmer’s newly created Trail Program, designed to assist community efforts around finalizing two trails in the Pikes Peak Region, the Front Range Trail and the Ring the Peak Trail. Additionally, the CRPM will take the technical lead on acquisition projects to increase local public lands. The CRPM reports to the Conservation and Stewardship Director (CSD) and works as a part of a team to ensure Palmer’s mission is fulfilled to the highest standards.
Overview: Palmer’s region spans multiple ecosystems, through urban and rural areas, and requires a thoughtful and solutions-oriented approach combined with a deep passion for land conservation. Our preferred candidate is both a self-starter and highly collaborative; someone who inspired confidence and trust. They are tenacious, willing and able to respond creatively to challenges and who can see a path forward when a project becomes stuck. The CRPM must be politically savvy and have experience navigating a complex political and cultural landscape. We are searching for a committed and passionate employee who truly enjoys working with people and who has the ability to attract support, build relationships, facilitate difficult discussions, and develop strategic partnerships.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (land conservation, natural resource management, environmental law, real estate, etc).
• Minimum 3 years’ demonstrated experience working on complex projects, program development and successful implementation, conservation real estate transactions, or other relevant work experience.
• Must be a self-starter who is well-organized and able to make decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment and have the follow-through necessary for conservation real estate transactions.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to convey complex concepts to a lay audience.
• An ability to establish effective, close working relationships with a wide range of people and organizations reflecting a spectrum of political perspectives including landowners, government agencies, community groups, and conservation organizations.
• Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment to meet established goals and deadlines while juggling multiple and competing projects and priorities.
• Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative approach to solving problems.
• Ability to work independently, self-motivate, as well as manage time, work hours, expenses, mileage driven, and coordinate multiple activities while delivering quality results
• Willingness to work a flexible schedule with some evening and weekend hours to meet deadlines and accommodate landowner schedules
• Experience in record keeping and data management with the ability to use and manage databases and other industry-specific computer software (Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe, CiviCRM)
• Ability to use and manage GIS software and datasets (ArcGIS)
• Must be willing to travel frequently and use personal vehicle, as necessary, in the performance of work-related activities - travel expenses will be reimbursed.
• Ability to hike, perform physical activities, and work independently outdoors in varied weather conditions and in remote and rugged landscapes.
• Must be committed to the organization’s conservation mission and be willing to contribute to maintaining a collegial, efficient, and ethical working environment with staff, Board, and others. Being a good fit for the culture at Palmer is important for the team.
Position is open until filled. Please see our website for information on how apply for this position - https://www.palmerlandtrust.org/conservation-recreation-program-manager