Land Protection Specialist – Minnesota

The Nature Conservancy of MN/ND/SD
Minneapolis, MN
Job Category
Full time Positions
$50,000 - $56,000
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Habitat Protection Team! This position will help acquire land and conservation easements on native prairie primarily in western and central Minnesota, and will work with landowners, Conservancy staff, citizens, and federal, state, and local agency professionals to promote habitat protection programs on public and private land. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic, results-oriented team focused on conserving some of the best natural areas in MN, ND, and SD. The work is fast-paced, challenging, and highly rewarding. We are seeking an experienced professional to join the team responsible for the Conservancy’s land protection program in MN, ND, and SD. The Land Protection Specialist (LPS) plays a critical role in negotiating, acquiring land and conservation easements, cooperative acquisitions with government partners, developing and implementing landscape level land protection plans, and, where appropriate, transferring land interests to partner agencies. You would join a team of eight other real estate professionals who protect high quality natural areas in the third largest geography of TNC’s US state-based programs. We work closely with partners and field staff to implement a wide variety of conservation programs throughout our three states’ grasslands, forests, and freshwater systems. Our real estate team is annually deploying approximately $3m - $5m in transactional work, higher in some years. We are a recognized leader in The Nature Conservancy’s habitat protection work in the United States. The LPS will travel extensively throughout Minnesota and to selected locations in North Dakota and/or South Dakota. One of the critical objectives for this position is initiating and developing relationships with landowners and partners in our highest priority conservation landscapes. This requires frequent travel to meet with people in these targeted places, and will often include off-road exploration of priority properties. Close coordination with real estate, grants, and legal staff is also essential. We estimate the travel requirements of this position will be 25% to 35%. This position is funded with grants from the State of Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment and is contingent on continued receipt of adequate funding. This remains the largest fully-funded state level conservation measure in US history, with consistent funding for conservation programs since 2009. Currently, funding from grants in hand should support the position for the next 2 years and is expected to extend longer, with additional grant requests submitted to the State.
Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., landowners, Conservancy staff, federal, state, and local agency partners and government officials. • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English. • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Office, web browsers, etc. Preferred Qualifications: • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated • 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Knowledge of and interest in current trends and practices in conservation, ecological land management, and natural resource preservation. • Interest in Minnesota’s native prairies, their ecology and natural history, and the threats and opportunities for their future conservation. • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition, with experience completing real estate fee title and conservation easement acquisitions. • Experience coordinating with a team to initiate and execute large and complicated transactions or projects. • Demonstrated ability to perform well, and even thrive, under pressure. • Proven ability to work well with many different types of people, including those that disagree with you or are antagonistic. • Well-developed project management skills and experience. • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to juggle multiple projects, set priorities, and organize time effectively. • Attention to detail, particularly the ability to follow detailed policies and procedures, while working for broader conservation results. • Experience with interest-based negotiations. • Experience developing creative solutions to difficult problems. • Basic competency using ArcMap GIS software. To apply for this position, go to job number 47902 on, and submit resume and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact
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