Land Management Strategic Director: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Mississippi Valley Conservancy
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Job Category
Full time Positions
DOE $55,000 to $70,000
Last Date to Apply
Mississippi Valley Conservancy is seeking a highly experienced, self-motivated individual to bring the direction of Conservancy’s land management work to a new level. We are looking for a diverse perspective and strong problem-solving skills for the role of Land Management Strategic Director. The lead of land management strategy will become the driving force behind growing the capacity of the Conservancy’s land conservation work. A key lead will ensure collaborative interaction with public user groups, hunters, private landowners, lessee graziers and farmers, grant funders, volunteers, and regulatory agencies. This position will require a proven track record of project coordination with multiple stakeholders and the ability to integrate science into long-term, strategic conservation planning for habitat management activities at Conservancy-owned nature preserves. This will be achieved through innovative thinking for restoration techniques, including transitional agricultural and grazing strategies. We are looking for a professional with vision, drive, and strong strategic and interpersonal skills. • Develop, evaluate and share methods and practices for advancing ecological restoration on nature preserves and guiding and directing staff, contractors, intern crews, and volunteers on other habitat restoration projects • Provide leadership and facilitation in directing an effective land management team, working collaboratively on the planning, coordination, identification, prioritization, and implementation of land conservation projects • Ensure documentation for preserves and projects is up to date and in accordance with Land Trust Alliance standards and practices, grant funder requirements, and the Conservancy’s record-keeping policy • Develop, research, coordinate, and implement multiple aspects of project development, including habitat management plans, partner agreements, budgeting, agricultural activities, negotiating rental agreements, grazing plans, fuels management, responding to weather events, etc. • Facilitate engagement with landowners, consultants, partners, agency officials • Conduct property site visits to evaluate and document natural resources, conservation values, species inventories, land use practices, property boundaries, and boundary encroachments • Navigate challenging aspects of land ownership, including addressing third party trespass, boundary encroachments, and other issues • Build successful partnerships with state, federal, and private agencies and organizations to identify pursue and manage project funding sources, including grant applications, proposals, budgets and reports • Ecological restoration and management of Conservancy lands including: planning and leading prescribed burns, species inventory, timber stand improvement, invasive species control, fencing, trailhead construction, boundary posting and other management activities
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resources, planning or related field • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in directing land management activities • In depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, habitat types, landscape, economy, and people of southwestern Wisconsin. • Ability to manage/navigate/direct complex individuals and group dynamics • Ability to analyze complex research to inform land management practices and land use policy • Professional interests that align strongly with the Conservancy’s vision, values, and conservation goals • The successful candidate will be self-directed, highly motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented. • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills • Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill • Able and willing to travel frequently among the nine counties in our service area and occasionally beyond the service area (organizational vehicle available) • Ability to pass work capacity pack test for wildland firefighters (walk 3 miles in fewer than 45 minutes carrying a 45-pound pack) • High proficiency in all aspects of Microsoft Office and ArcMap 10.8.1 and handheld Garmin usage
Contact Person
Carol Abrahamzon, Executive Director
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