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Location: Colorado Springs
Job Type: Full-time, exempt position
Salary Hiring Range: $60,000-$75,000
Reporting to the Vice President of Conservation, the Land Stewardship Director will ensure excellence within the organization’s robust land stewardship program which includes a portfolio of both public and private conserved lands across southern Colorado. Palmer Land Conservancy holds over 130 conservation easements on 137,000 acres of conserved land, in addition to 3 deed restricted properties and 2 properties owned in fee. Palmer seeks a candidate who is deeply committed to its mission of protecting land and water for the health and wellbeing of nature and people.
Primary position responsibilities for ensuring excellence of Palmer’s land stewardship program include:
Since 1977, Palmer has been committed to supporting our landowner partners long after the conservation easement is signed. Our annual monitoring and stewardship program is at the core of our work and we stand behind our lasting commitments. From forest health and wildfire mitigation to habitat and watershed restoration, Palmer works with our landowner partners to ensure the vision they have for their property is realized, forever.
Palmer’s land stewardship program includes the following key components: supporting private landowners with requisite resources or expertise for land management activities, landowner partner relationship management, conservation easement monitoring, conservation easement reserved rights response, and conservation easement violations response. The Land Stewardship Director also plays an integral role in all new conservation easement and fee title conservation acquisitions through a comprehensive stewardship review of all projects.
Palmer Land Conservancy is one of the leading nonprofit land conservation organizations in Colorado. Since its incorporation in 1977, the organization has protected more than 137,000 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 main office is located in downtown Colorado Springs and it has staff located throughout its service area. More info at palmerland.org.
Palmer offers full-time employees top tier benefits including: robust health care package which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits; retirement plan with company contribution; short-term and long-term disability; paid parental leave; paid sabbatical leave; and an innovative open paid time off policy for senior staff.
Palmer leadership values a culture of generosity, trust, and dedication to conservation. The work environment is goal-based, and work plans and performance are focused on identifying and achieving attainable, but ambitious objectives on a quarterly timeline. This is not a micro-managing environment, and instead, employees are trusted to get their work done with a high level of personal responsibility.
Palmer’s employees are hard working high performers and in exchange they are supported in pursuing work-life flexibility with policies such as open paid time off, sabbatical leave, and remote work.
The position is open until filled. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and answers to the following questions to:
[email protected] with subject line “Land Stewardship Director”
Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question: