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Land Protection Attorney

Location To Be Determined in GA or AL

Job Summary:

An in-house (staff) attorney with at least five years of experience in real estate law with a strong understanding of title standards and deed drafting. Familiarity with working forest and farmland, land conservation, conservation easements, and charitable giving is highly preferred.

The Land Protection Attorney works with potential donors (landowners) to protect land utilizing conservation easements and also manages projects from initial donor contact through closing. Associated activities include: meeting with potential donors for initial discussions regarding the conservation easement process; visiting properties to identify conservation values; negotiating conservation easement terms (restrictions and reserved rights) consistent with each property’s conservation values and land management strategy; communicating with other staff attorneys; reviewing title, as well as identifying and clearing exceptions and encumbrances as appropriate; reviewing conservation easements prepared by other attorneys; preparing project proposals and related project documents; and engaging in ongoing project management and follow up. The Land Protection Attorney also coordinates with donor’s attorneys, appraisers, surveyors, and other representatives to complete protection projects consistent with the Land Trust’s Protection Standard Operating Procedure (PSOP).

Salary commensurate with experience and skill set.


Qualifications and Experience:

5 + years’ experience practicing property/real estate law.

Active law license, preferably in Georgia and/or Alabama.

Strong understanding of real estate law, including applicable title standards.

Strong understanding of conservation easements (negotiation of restrictions and reserved rights, as well as drafting) highly preferred.

Familiarity with land management practices for working lands, non-profit operations, and charitable gift law highly preferred.

The ability to manage multiple land protection projects on a day-to-day basis.

The ability to operate as a team member in a networked satellite office, including being responsive to remote supervision. (Could be based in Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, Savannah, Georgia, or other approved location within Georgia or Alabama).

Self-motivated, energetic individual.

Outstanding judgment and an ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals.

Strong interpersonal skills (ability to get along with others while getting the job done!)

Excellent oral and written communication, legal writing/drafting, and time management skills.

A passion for land conservation.

A degree or substantial experience related to land management, natural resources, ecology, biology, and/or environmental law or policy highly preferred.


About the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc.:

The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc. serves to protect land and water for present and future generations through conservation easement and ownership of land. This provides a wide variety of benefits to society, including wildlife, native species and natural communities, watershed function, forestry and agriculture, historic and cultural values and recreational opportunities.

Established in 1994, the Land Trust is an accredited public 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, consisting of professional staff, overseen by a board of directors. The Land Trust secured its first conservation easement in 1996 and currently protects 370,000 acres within the southeast (mainly in Georgia and Alabama) through 980 conservation easements and a number of owned properties.


Travel / Work Locations:

This position requires the employee to either work primarily from: (a) the employee’s residence in the greater Birmingham or Atlanta metropolitan areas, or at another approved location; and/or (b) from GALT’s Piedmont, Alabama office or Savannah, Georgia office. Periodic out-of-the-area and overnight travel can be expected in order to attend meetings, close transactions, record documents, and attend other events. A valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required.


Strong Employee Benefits:

Competitive salary.

403(b) retirement plan with employer match (i.e., a 401(k) for tax exempt organizations).

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance, with strong employer share of cost.

Dental Insurance coverage available.

Vacation begins accruing immediately upon hire.


To Apply:

If you have a passion for land protection and experience in real estate law, please submit your letter of interest and resume to jobs@galandtrust.org. Email inquiries only, please. We look forward to reviewing your qualifications!

Please mention how you learned of this opening.

Posted March 13, 2018

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