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Enviro-Mich message from "Molly K. Cole" <molly.cole@wmich.edu>
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LAND PROTECTION SPECIALIST

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) is a nonprofit organization
founded in 1991.  Serving nine counties, SWMLC protects the diversity,
stability and beauty of southwest Michigan by preserving natural and
scenic
lands.  The land protection specialist explores opportunities and
completes
land protection projects.

Duties and Responsibilities
    Identify and prioritize land protection projects in coordination
with the
Land Protection Committee.
    Meet with landowners and acquaint them with SWMLC and its mission
and
point out the benefits of land and conservation easement donations.
    Evaluate, negotiate and draft documents for potential gifts,
conservation
easements, or purchases of property in service area.  Thoroughly inspect

property to determine potential for acceptance by SWMLC.
    Facilitate work of Land Protection Committee and supervise land
protection program interns.
    Maintain a database of all land protection projects. This includes
gathering data on targeted areas and natural land of the highest
regional
significance.
    Research and write grants to aid in acquisition of priority
projects.
Solicit financial contributions in connection with the acquisition of
conservation easements, gifts, and purchases of land.
    Monitor conservation easements held by SWMLC.
    Work on special projects as needed by the Executive Director.

Necessary Qualifications/Skills
Candidates should have:
    Bachelor's or graduate degree in natural sciences, natural
resources,
environmental sciences, or environmental law and/or experience in land
conservation or natural resource management.
    Understanding of land conservation methods and basic understanding
of
real estate transactions and land use planning.
    Familiarity with ecosystems, flora, and fauna of the Great Lakes
region.
    Experience with word-processing, database, and spreadsheet software.

    Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral, negotiation and
presentation
skills.
    Attention to details and accuracy, ability to bring projects to
closure.
    Enthusiasm and creativity.
    Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
    Flexible work schedule (including occasional weekends).
    Willing to live within SWMLC service area after hire.

Hours, Compensation & Application Process
Full-time position; salary commensurate with experience (upper $20s+);
health/life benefits available.
Application deadline:  Monday, April 10, 2000 at 5:00 p.m.
Send cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) references to Renee
Kivikko,
Executive Director, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, 6851 Sprinkle
Road,
Portage, MI 49002.

SWMLC is an equal opportunity employer.


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