Land Protection Manager – South Atlantic

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Hanahan, SC
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Full time Positions
Commensurate with education & experience.
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Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), the world’s leading waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization, and its supporting organization, Wetlands America Trust (WAT), one of the nation’s largest accredited land trusts, are seeking qualified candidates for a Land Protection Manager to join a dynamic team of professionals and lead our land conservation program in the five-state South Atlantic region of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Do you have a passion for land protection and want to leave a lasting mark on conservation? If so, this is an exciting opportunity to lead a team of professionals working to protect lands across the Southeastern United States. You’ll have an opportunity to grow this program and make the world a better, more sustainable place for future generations. Our South Atlantic team is a great example of DU excellence in action with a bright future and experienced, diverse, dedicated, and passionate staff. We are seeking an experienced, forward-thinking individual to join this team and to grow and manage our diverse land protection program in the South Atlantic region where we have an easement portfolio in excess of 180,000 acres. This candidate will have the opportunity to lead a team of land protection staff working in collaboration with landowners and conservation partners on donated / bargain sale conservation easements and fee-title acquisitions throughout the region, and to develop and implement additional land protection strategies and opportunities, such as revolving lands, mitigation, eco-assets and land donations. The successful candidate will serve as the primary contact for collaboration with state, federal, private and non-profit conservation partners on matters relating to land conservation. The Manager will provide for training and day to day guidance to lands program staff relative to land protection procedures and project delivery within the five state South Atlantic region. In addition, the successful candidate will serve an important role in a diverse field office team that develops and manages a comprehensive conservation program to maximize benefits for wetlands, wildlife and people. The position will cooperate and work closely with a diverse group of partners as well as DU conservation delivery and planning staff, fundraising and other regional and national lands program staff on a routine basis. This position provides a great opportunity to work with many private and public partners on diverse and complex land protection issues at a regional landscape scale and affords growth and success in leadership and career development. This position will be located at the South Atlantic Field Office in Hanahan, South Carolina and will report to the Director of Conservation Programs.
Responsibilities include: • Providing forward thinking and vision toward growing a diverse lands program to fulfill DU’s conservation mission to “conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people”. • Growing and managing a comprehensive land protection program through developing and negotiating donated / bargain sale conservation easements, facilitated acquisitions, mitigation, revolving lands, land donations, and eco-asset land protection opportunities. • Serving as the primary contact in the building of relationships and development of new conservation easements, acquisitions and land protection projects with private landowners and partners. Helping landowners and conservation partners make informed decisions relative to land protection opportunities. • Seeking new grants and creative funding opportunities to finance conservation projects from programs such as North American Wetlands Conservation Act, National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, South Carolina Conservation Bank, North Carolina Land and Water Fund, Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, and mitigation opportunities. • Functioning as the primary contact for land protection activities including title searches, Baseline Documentation Reports, appraisals, and easement negotiation and recording activities. • Coordinating and/or conducting preliminary property inspections, due diligence and annual monitoring of conservation easements. Maintaining all files and records relative to land protection activities. • Serving as the primary contact with legal and environmental consultants, foresters and appraisers and others to assure compliance with DU procedures. • Engaging with other conservation interests including participating with and providing strong leadership on conservation committees/partnership meetings. • Working and stewarding landowners with whom we hold conservation easements to ensure compliance with easement terms and that the wetlands and waterfowl conservation values of the properties are maintained. • Working with Development (fundraising) staff to obtain easement endowment contributions. Assisting Development staff, as needed, in identifying and stewarding potential major donors from existing and new easement landowners. As well as coordinating and assisting with development of funding proposals. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree (advanced degrees such as MS or J.D. preferred, but not required) in applicable field and a minimum of three years of professional experience related to land use planning, and/or conservation lands transactions (both conservation easements and fee acquisitions); more experience strongly preferred. Must have the ability to work with diverse public and private interests. Background or competent knowledge in land use planning, real estate and conservation easement transactions, conservation finance, natural science, land management and forestry desired. Qualified candidates must have excellent communication and relationship building skills and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse conservation team. To apply: Please see our website at to submit an application, resume with 3 references along with a cover letter indicating your qualifications and why you are interested in the position. The position will be open until filled. For additional information, please contact Emily Purcell, Director of Conservation Programs, at or (843) 745-9110. DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age, or genetic information except where age or gender is a bona fide occupational qualification as allowed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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