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E-M:/ Land Protection Specialist Position Available



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

C Identify and prioritize land protection projects in coordination with the Land Protection Committee.

C Meet with landowners and acquaint them with SWMLC and its mission and point out the benefits of land and conservation easement donations.

C 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.

C Facilitate work of Land Protection Committee and supervise land protection program interns.

C Maintain a database of all land protection projects. This includes gathering data on targeted areas and natural land of the highest regional significance.

C 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.

C Monitor conservation easements held by SWMLC.

C Work on special projects as needed by the Executive Director.

Necessary Qualifications/Skills

Candidates should have:

C 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.

C Understanding of land conservation methods and basic understanding of real estate transactions and land use planning.

C Familiarity with ecosystems, flora, and fauna of the Great Lakes region.

C Experience with word-processing, database, and spreadsheet software.

C Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral, negotiation and presentation skills.

C Attention to details and accuracy, ability to bring projects to closure.

C Enthusiasm and creativity.

C Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

C Flexible work schedule to include frequent weekends and evenings.

C Willing to live within SWMLC service area after hire.

Hours, Compensation & Application Process

Full-time position; salary commensurate with experience; health/life benefits available.

Application deadline: Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Send cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) references to Donna Southwell, Executive Director, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, 6851 Sprinkle Road, Portage, MI 49002.

For a full position description, visit our website at http://members.aol.com/SWMLC.

SWMLC is an equal opportunity employer.