The Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC) is seeking to fill a unique position within the Texas land conservation community working in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to advance land conservation projects under the USDA Farm Bill conservation programs, specifically the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This position will serve to enhance the capacity for Texas land trusts to better utilize ACEP, working to advance and expand opportunities for land trusts to apply for grants to purchase conservation easements on important agricultural and natural resource lands in Texas. The position will also provide technical expertise, as well as application and implementation support for approved ACEP projects, working in partnership with TLTC and with our colleagues at the NRCS office in Temple, Texas.
• A strong personal or professional interest in land and water conservation, natural resource issues, etc.
• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, biology, wildlife, agriculture, business, public administration, planning, or any related field.
• Experience in the fields of land conservation, agriculture, natural resource management, grant or contract administration, non-profit or government operations.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and demonstrate initiative and innovation.
• Ability to think strategically and creatively within regulatory processes, and to adapt to new approaches in response to changing circumstances.
• Experience and proven ability to encourage and nurture collaboration among diverse project and program partners.
• Ability to adapt and thrive in a team environment and work in partnership with a variety of diverse people and organizations.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability and personality to foster collaborative problem-solving.
• Proven organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
• Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks.
• Ability to work independently and fulfill tasks with minimal oversight.
• Ability to travel, occasionally and as needed, to fulfill position roles and responsibilities.
Job duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
1. Support development and submission of complete and accurate ALE applications.
2. Ensure efficient program delivery by staying on top of timelines, monitoring compliance with required procedures, communicating changes to partners, etc.
3. Support NRCS project review and closing procedures.
4. Recommend and assist NRCS with setting application deadlines, ranking criteria development, state funding requests and allocations, and other ALE program details.
5. Answer day-to-day questions regarding ACEP and ALE Program policy, rules, and procedures, including researching and answering ALE partner questions through a solid understanding of ALE Program rules, deadlines, and decision-making authority.
6. Provide program outreach and guidance to priority NRCS field offices and present information at meetings, as requested by TLTC or NRCS.
7. Coordinate and perform site visits to various project locations across the state.
8. Maintain and modify, as needed, an accurate tracking tool for individual project and overall program activity and deadlines; gather and analyze program activity data; recommend follow-up as necessary to ensure that the various phases of planning, application, and contracting will be accomplished timely and efficiently.
9. Work closely with Texas NRCS staff and leadership, national NRCS ALE Program staff, and TLTC Executive Director and TLTC member project leaders to ensure efficient program delivery.
10. Produce and maintain a summary reporting of completed projects.
11. Participate in State Technical Advisory Committee meetings and other meetings as necessary critical to completing assigned duties.
12. Communicate timely and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with program applicants and project managers, funding partners, NRCS staff, TLTC Executive Director, and other partners to enhance ALE Program implementation.
13. Act as a liaison between TLTC and NRCS. Organize, facilitate, and lead conference calls, meetings, and workshops between NRCS, TLTC land trust members, and other partners.
14. Establish and maintain good working relationships with all partners.
Position will remain open until filled. Initial applicant review will begin October 26, 2020. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with education and experience. This position will be a full-time, exempt employee of the Texas Land Trust Council and will report to the Executive Director. Benefits include employer provided health care stipend, retirement allowance, sick leave, holidays, and paid time off.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, list of three professional references (name, position, email, phone), and cover letter stating their relevant background and interest in the position to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include the words “ACEP Coordinator Application” in the subject line. Interested applicants may call the TLTC office at 512-994-8582 with any questions.