Landscape Conservation Specialist – Minnesota

The Nature Conservancy of MN/ND/SD
Flexible - Northern Minnesota
Job Category
Full time Positions
$47,000 - $52,000
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Conservation Team! This position will serve as the Conservancy’s primary representative in western and northwestern Minnesota and in the Mississippi Headwaters area, coordinating with partners, helping acquire land and conservation easements, 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, collaborative, and highly rewarding. The Nature Conservancy is seeking an experienced professional to work with our Protection and Freshwater Teams to develop, manage, and advance conservation programs, plans and methods. They will help acquire land and conservation easements primarily in western and northwestern Minnesota and other locations in the three states as opportunities arise. Additionally, they will coordinate partners and build the capacity of others to achieve conservation objectives, with an emphasis in the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The Specialist will travel extensively throughout Minnesota and to selected locations in North Dakota and South Dakota. The preferred office location is one of the following: Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Park Rapids, or Brainerd, MN, though another location in MN will be considered. One of the critical objectives for this position is initiating and developing relationships with landowners and partners in our highest priority conservation landscapes in northern MN. This requires frequent travel to meet with people in these targeted places and may include off-road exploration of priority properties. Close coordination with the real estate, freshwater, grants, and legal staff in the Minneapolis office and other TNC offices is essential and requires regular trips to Minneapolis and other TNC offices in northern MN. We estimate the travel requirements of this position will be 25% to 40%. This position is partially 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 conservation measure has been funded consistently since 2009. Additional funding for the position comes from the Conservancy’s Minnesota Headwaters Fund. Current funding supports the position for the next 2 years. We will continue to seek funding and have a good track record of doing so. The range for this salaried role begins at $47,000 and is dependent on experience. Apply at: , search for Job ID #49105 in the keyword search.
Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management, real estate, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience managing staff or volunteers. • Experience building close relationships with a variety of partners (e.g., media, government officials, internal scientists). • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages. • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc. • Experience in training. • Fluency in English. • Must have a valid driver's license. Preferred Qualifications: • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. • 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, real estate, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities. • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition, with experience completing real estate fee-title and conservation easement acquisitions. • Knowledge of ecological land management principles. • Knowledge of and interest in current trends and practices in conservation, ecological land management, and natural resource preservation. • Interest in Minnesota’s native habitats, their ecology and natural history and the threats and opportunities for their 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. • Experience working constructively and collaboratively with many different types of people, including those that disagree with you or are antagonistic • Experience managing staff or volunteers. • Well-developed project management skills and experience. • Experience with interest-based negotiations. • Experience developing creative solutions to difficult and complex problems. • Attention to detail, particularly the ability to follow detailed policies and procedures, while working for broader conservation results. • Basic competency using ArcMap GIS software.
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