Natural Lands – Lands Protection Project Manager

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Position Summary

The LPPM will join the Natural Lands’ Land Protection team of the Conservation Services Department engaged primarily in land and conservation easement acquisitions. The LPPM will work with senior land protection staff and will complete all, or portions of, each land protection project as assigned. Additional duties include grant and report writing and compilation, GPS data collection, plant identification, and meeting logistics.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for land and conservation easement acquisition project requirements:
    • Drafting proposals
    • Reviewing and negotiating sales contracts with landowners and legal counsel
    • Oversight and review of due diligence:
      • Title insurance
      • Survey
      • Environmental assessment
      • Appraisal
    • Reviewing and negotiating conservation easements with landowners and legal counsel
    • Drafting conservation easement baseline documentation reports
    • Grant composition and administration
    • Client communications, including attendance at project and public meetings;
  • Assist other program managers as time and necessity warrants;
  • Administrative and clerical functions; and
  • Special projects as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in ecology/biology, planning/landscape architecture, or a related field, with five to seven years’ work experience in land conservation and/or planning, or a Master’s Degree with three years’ work experience;
  • Knowledge of land transactions;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs; and
  • Working knowledge of common mid-Atlantic plant assemblages.
  • Additional skills desired, but not required:
    • Experience using ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online
    • Field experience with GPS equipment.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Willingness and ability to assist and work with a wide variety of people;
  • Self-starter capable of working independently with a minimum of supervision;
  • A demonstrated enthusiastic and positive attitude;
  • A passion for land conservation and providing quality service;

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

This is mostly an office-based position, requiring frequent sitting for long periods, with occasional periods of walking, standing, bending and reaching. The position requires use of the computer and the telephone and handling large printed materials. The position requires work at outdoor sites, including driving and walking and standing on uneven terrain.

To apply for this job please visit apps.natlands.org.

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