Land Trusts are Hiring!

As of June 14, 2017, here are announcements for open positions with land trusts. Check them out below!

Foothills Conservancy Executive Director

Position Summary: FCNC seeks to fill the position of Executive Director, a full-time position that provides strategic leadership for this well-respected organization. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the success of the conservancy’s work by ensuring that its land and water conservation programs and operations run smoothly and effectively, and that the conservancy adheres to the standards and practices required to maintain national accreditation. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to strategically guide the organization, maintain a sound financial base to sustain the organization, and develop and sustain major relationships with key conservation partners, landowners, and donors. The Executive Director directly supervises the Associate Director, Land Protection Director, and Development Director, and is the organization’s primary spokesperson, as well as having primary responsibility for securing support and funding for the organization.  He/she is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports directly to the Chairman of the Board.

The ideal candidate will be a conservation-minded strategic visionary with a strong passion for, dedication to, and experience with land conservation.  He/she will:

  • exhibit high ethical standards as a servant leader who focuses on building and growing positive relationships with communities, funders, landowners, and others involved with our cause;
  • be a collaborative teambuilder who empowers and encourages staff to be creative and innovative, and will delegate and engage staff in meaningful ways;
  • understand and appreciate the unique nature of the area—its biodiversity, conservation resources, and value of not being over-developed;
  • have a genuine interest and belief in the Foothills region and the work of FCNC;
  • have the capacity and willingness to affect meaningful change;
  • be as relatable to the corporate CEO as he/she is to the local landowner; and
  • play a proactive role in fundraising and development with enthusiasm and dedication, while building, stewarding, and maintaining relationships.

To apply: Foothills Conservancy has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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Triangle Land Conservancy Development and Administrative Associate


Position Summary: The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for implementation of best practices for the management of TLC’s Raiser’s Edge donor and volunteer database including the assurance of data integrity, execution, and analysis, and for report customization. They have primary responsibility for maintaining TLC’s database to ensure accurate, appropriate, and timely gift processing, acknowledgement, reporting and reconciliation, and relevant donor and donor prospect tracking.

The Development Associate plays a key strategic role in TLC’s development and communications team which includes the Communications Manager and Membership and Community Outreach Coordinator, to maximize financial support, communications, and volunteer engagement by identifying and monitoring donor groups, providing accurate information, creating lists for mailings, contributing to event organization and management, and running accurate and timely fundraising and financial reports.

This position works closely with the Finance Department to ensure timely and accurate recording and reconciliation of all gifts and supports the Conservation and Stewardship Department to ensure landowner and other relevant information is current and tracked in the database.

To Apply: Please send a single PDF with your cover letter, resume, and list of three references (who will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview). Save your application file as: LastName_FirstInitial_TLC (e.g. Carson_R_TLC.pdf).

Email your application to Candidate applications will start to be reviewed beginning Monday, June 19, 2017. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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Eno River Association Conservation Director

Position Summary: The Eno River Association is seeking an energetic, outgoing, organized, and highly motivated professional to initiate and manage landowner outreach and conservation acquisitions in the Eno River basin, and lead land stewardship activities on Association lands and conservation easements. The person in this position works closely with the Executive Director and the Association’s conservation partners to develop and implement strategies for land acquisition. Responsibilities include managing a growing portfolio of conservation easement and Association-owned fee lands while also assisting with the management of conservation partner protected lands. Management of other Association staff and volunteers supporting this work will be part of the position’s responsibilities.

Land Protection

  • Initiate and sustain outreach with individual landowners and other strategic partners to identify and develop new land conservation projects.
  • Respond to inquiries from landowners interested in conservation options.
  • Evaluate new projects based on strategic land conservation goals and project selection criteria.
  • Work with willing landowners to develop conservation strategies for their property.
  • Negotiate with landowners for the purchase or donation of land or conservation easements.
  • Work with Executive Director and other legal counsel to draft conservation easements and land purchase contracts, and review draft documents prepared by others.
  • Work with the Development Director and Executive Director to identify and pursue funding sources for the land protection and stewardship programs, including acquisition funds, and provide grant administration for grants received.
  • Work with the Executive Director to prepare budgets for land and stewardship projects.


  • Ensure the monitoring of all Association fee lands, assessing each property for liabilities, changes, encroachments, and need for stewardship work.
  • Ensure the monitoring of all Association-held conservation easements, coordinating with landowners on site visits and assessing compliance with the terms of the easement.
  • Identify and document issues, encroachments, and/or easement violations, and work with the Executive Director and legal counsel as needed to remediate problems.
  • Create, update, and implement management plans and baseline documentation reports for Association fee lands and conservation easements as needed.
  • Solicit bids and oversee contracted work on certain Association properties as needed.

Volunteer Coordination

  • Oversee recruitment, training, and management of land stewardship volunteers, including the Eno River Trail Stewards program and Volunteer Land Stewards programs.
  • Oversee organization and implementation of 20-30 volunteer workday events annually on Association or partner-owned lands, including assisting with volunteer recruitment; planning and securing materials for events; demonstrating safe and correct use of tools; overseeing volunteer work; and coordinating with the Director of Education to facilitate youth engagement events.


  • Provide a monthly written report of land protection and stewardship activities to the Association’s Board of Directors.
  • Maintain a complete and current database, files and reports on all Association land protection projects and holdings, in accordance with the Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices.
  • Use a GIS database and ArcGIS software to create maps for acquisition, stewardship, and outreach projects.
  • Assist the Association in maintaining its accredited status with Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
  • Provide staff support to the Association’s Land & Stewardship Committee.
  • Work collaboratively with other Association staff to plan and implement Eno events, including the Festival for the Eno.
  • Represent the Association at Association and community events, as needed.
  • Work with other Association staff as part of a team to accomplish the goals and mission of the Association.

To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Please include “Conservation Director” in the subject line.

View the full job description here.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Southeast Regional Director

Position Summary: This Polk County-based position ensures a coordinated fundraising strategy with the Hendersonville office and leads community engagement efforts in the southeast service region.

In close coordination with the Executive Director and other staff, responsibilities include:

  • Advance the mission of the conservancy in its southeast region
  • Initiate and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, and partnering organizations
  • Serve as conservancy liaison with community leaders, local media, elected officials, and agency staff
  • Build financial support from Polk and neighboring counties through individual and business memberships, major gifts and planned gifts
  • Identify and pursue grant opportunities including research, proposal writing, administration and reporting
  • Refine conservation priorities in the region and assist in acquisition of new land and conservation easements
  • Build on the strong foundation of existing southeast region volunteer programs and further grow the base of volunteer support
  • Develop and coordinate the conservancy’s southeast region advisory council
  • Advance the conservancy’s community engagement goals by reaching out to diverse constituencies and finding opportunities to change lives through conservation
  • Supervise Tryon office administration staff and volunteers

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and references by email to:, Human Resources, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, 847 Case Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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CTNC provides these listings as a service to North Carolina’s local land trusts. Please use the contact information provided with each entry to get more information about the opening.