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Legacy Land Trust Society – Land Conservation Coordinator

Are you passionate about the natural world, interested in local food production, appreciative of local history? Do you have an interest in land use, private land conservation, and working to connect people and landscapes? Are you open to learning and being part of a dedicated team?

Legacy Land Trust Society is a registered charity based in Olds, Alberta. Legacy’s goal is to build a community that shares a commitment to conservation and stewardship of the land. Ecologically sensitive land, wildlife habitat and corridors, agricultural land, and significant historical and archeological sites are all of importance to Legacy.

To achieve our goals, Legacy works with landowners to enter into stewardship and conservation agreements, works in the community to provide learning opportunities about conservation and stewardship, and collaborates with partners to support conservation activities.

Job overview

The Conservation Coordinator will be responsible for the successful implementation of the conservation objectives of Legacy.

The Conservation Coordinator will apply interpersonal skills, organizational abilities, and knowledge of rural landscapes and communities to secure agreements for the conservation and stewardship of valuable habitat, scenic, cultural, recreational, agricultural and watershed lands throughout Mountain View County and neighbouring municipalities.   

This is a full-time position on a 1-year contract basis with intent to renew, dependent on fundraising success.  Candidates with skill sets and experience varying from those outlined below, may be considered for other opportunities.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Deliver the conservation objectives of the Board as described in the Strategic Plan and Workplan
  • Respond to and meet with landowners who contact Legacy; evaluate projects brought forward
  • Identify high priority sites with the conservation committee for proactive landowner outreach
  • Execute projects and provide ongoing stewardship
  • Facilitate and document new conservation agreements 
  • Work with volunteers to ensure that volunteer time is tracked for conservation work
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with all landowners, volunteers, and supporters
  • Assist the fundraising committee to develop funding plan to support conservation objectives
  • Draft funding applications to support conservation objective and organization generally
  • Maintain an understanding of government tax incentives, public grant programs and private foundations that provide support for land conservation
  • Work with the communications committee to design and implement a communications plan to build public awareness and support for Legacy conservation programs
  • Work cooperatively with the board to cultivate relationships with potential supporters; donors of conservation interests; and funders such as philanthropic foundations, government agencies and individuals
  • Cultivate strategic and cooperative partnerships with local municipalities, educational institutions, other land trusts and conservation organizations to leverage and share resources
  • Adhere to Canadian Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and Legacy’s policies
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring of all conservation agreements and ensure that any issues arising from the inspections are resolved

Qualifications

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree/diploma in a related discipline (e.g., agriculture, ecology, conservation biology, natural resource conservation)
  • Experience/proven understanding of central Alberta species, habitats, land use and of management techniques (e.g., invasive species control, wetland restoration)
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with land owners, donors and other partners
    A demonstrated ability to write successful grant applications and funding proposals
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • Strong computer skills in MSOffice (i.e. MSWord, MSExcel, MSPowerPoint, MSAccess) and internet research
  • Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized with an ability to work in a decentralized work environment where many colleagues work at a distance and as part of a team of staff and volunteers
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors
  • Commitment to the core values and mission statement of Legacy Land Trust Society
  • Experience with GIS systems, GPS systems, and technology associated with field-based mapping an asset
  • An understanding / awareness of conservation easements and other tools associated with private land conservation is an asset
  • Experience with / understanding of non-profit organizations an asset
  • Field-based sampling, identification, measurement, assessment skills an asset

Working relationships

The Land Conservation Coordinator will report to the President of the board of directors, will support and be supported by volunteer committees, and will work directly with the Administration Coordinator.

Working environment

The Land Conservation Coordinator will work in an office environment as well as in the field. Work hours will not be exact each day.

The posting will be open until filled by an appropriate candidate, but an early hire is desirable. 

Your reply should include your expected compensation range.

Please submit your application by July 31 to: info [at] legacylandtrustsociety [dot] ca

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