New name. Same mission.
Palmer Land Trust is now Palmer Land Conservancy.
Posted Date: December 22, 2020
Position Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Pueblo, Colorado, but due to COVID-19, this is temporarily a remote position
Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reporting to the Conservation Director, the Pueblo-based Community Conservation Manager (CCM) will advance agricultural and community-building conservation projects that are of local, state, and national importance. The ideal candidate will bring deep conservation experience and expertise to the Palmer’s agricultural land conservation projects in Pueblo County, as well as throughout the Colorado’s Lower Arkansas Valley.
The position builds on Palmer’s multi-year efforts around conserving a critical mass of irrigated farmland in specific farming communities in the Lower Arkansas Valley, which include Pueblo, St. Charles Mesa, Vineland, and Avondale. In the wake of the municipal acquisition of one-third of the water on the Bessemer Ditch, the Bessemer Farmland Conservation Project seeks to maintain a critical mass of productive agricultural lands while simultaneously providing for Pueblo’s municipal water needs. Palmer’s approach is a multi-faceted, community-based solution reliant upon voluntary methods of water and land conservation. Conservation easements, water exchanges, farmland acquisitions, and other land protection methods will be utilized to continue to conserve critical irrigated farmland in the region.
The CCM will serve as the face of Palmer Land Conservancy in the Pueblo community and will be the first employee based in the organization’s soon-to-be-opened Pueblo office. The position will support the Conservation Director in advancing all aspects the Bessemer Project, while also proactively building Palmer’s local presence in Pueblo County.
The CCM serves as a representative to conservation stakeholders in Palmer’s service territory of Pueblo County and the Lower Arkansas Valley. At its core, the CCM is responsible for managing relationships with a wide array of landowners, conservation partners, and community stakeholders, while simultaneously advancing more technical, real estate-focused conservation projects. The position will be responsible for managing multiple outreach and project development aspects of the Bessemer Farmland Conservation Project and expanding and deepening Palmer’s presence in the community of Pueblo.
Based out of the Pueblo office, the CCM’s primary responsibilities will include: growing community partnerships; conducting outreach with local leaders; increasing awareness through media coverage and storytelling of local food; being a local point of contact for farmers; and providing support for aspects of the project including due diligence, conservation easement transactions, farmland acquisitions, and water exchanges.
Community Development (45%)
Conservation Project Development (45%)
Administrative & Other (10%)
Salary & Benefits
Salary range is $50,000 – 58,000 DOE. Palmer offers full time employees excellent benefits including: employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and generous paid time off and holiday observances. The position is based out of Palmer’s soon-to-be-opened Pueblo office, which will be located in the historic downtown area of Pueblo, Colorado.
How to Apply: The position is open until filled. Early applications are strongly recommended. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, 3) list of three references, and 4) answers to the questions below (all as a single pdf) by e-mail to: [email protected] with the subject line: Community Conservation Manager. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for a final interview.
Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question:
If selected for an interview, there will be a 3-step interview process held remotely by Zoom (with the potential for a socially-distanced, in-person meeting following the Zoom interviews). It may include:
About Palmer Land Conservancy: Palmer Land Conservancy's mission is to protect southern Colorado’s lands for present and future generations. Since its incorporation in 1977, the organization has protected nearly 136,000 acres including 20 public parks and open spaces, working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, and scenic views. Palmer is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage holdings (there are approximately 1,700 land trusts in the United States), and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts. Its office is located in downtown Colorado Springs and has staff located throughout its service area. More info at palmerland.org.
The Pueblo-based Community Conservation Manager will advance conservation, agricultural, and community-building projects that are of local, state, and national importance. The position is the result of a multi-year effort to conserve a critical mass of farmland in Colorado's lower Arkansas Valley following the municipal acquisition while still providing for municipal water needs. The CCM’s primary responsibilities will include: growing community partnerships; conducting outreach with local leaders; increasing awareness through media coverage and storytelling of local food; being a local point of contact for farmers; and providing support for aspects of the project including due diligence, conservation easement transactions, water exchanges, and farmland acquisition.
Since its incorporation in 1977, Palmer Land Conservancy has protected nearly 136,000 acres including 20 public parks and open spaces, working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, and scenic views. Palmer is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage holdings, and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts.
Position open until filled.