Conservation Director – Anderson Valley Land Trust

Anderson Valley Land Trust (AVLT) seeks a dynamic and experienced Conservation Director to move the organization to a new and more proactive conservation phase. This individual will be responsible for the core work of conservation and community engagement with a focus on conservation easement management, development and acquisition; will be the lead in grant writing to seek conservation easement funding; and will support the organization’s fundraising and donor development efforts. The Conservation Director will be the ambassador of the organization and must enjoy being part of the community and working directly with local and regional partner organizations. Initially this position will be half-time with potential to expand to full-time.

AVLT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has offered a number of conservation programs including: acquiring conservation easements from private property owners; securing resource-based grants from other organizations for studies and programs; and offering community outreach field walks, lectures, and events focusing on resource conservation. To date AVLT has been an all-volunteer operation with a part-time paid office staff person, a part-time volunteer Conservation Director, and an active board of directors to carry out the work of the organization. AVLT is truly community-based and focused.

The Conservation Director reports monthly to the Board of Directors and specifically to the Board President. This position will be responsible for the conservation programs of the organization including conservation easement stewardship and monitoring; development and acquisition of new easements; community engagement and outreach; identifying and responding to grant funding opportunities; and supporting the fundraising work of AVLT.

The Conservation Director will provide leadership to increase AVLT’s visibility in our region, be an excellent communicator, an effective speaker, and a motivator and team builder. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, the individual will articulate and convey a vision for the future of AVLT and translate strategic goals into achievable objectives.

The ideal candidate has knowledge of land trust principles, functions and systems including conservation easement development and management, as well as ingenuity and leadership skills.

You can find more specific information about the job opportunity and our organization at If interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to [email protected]. Please let us know how you heard about this opportunity. Application deadline is November 17.

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