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Land Protection Specialist

Lincoln MA

Experienced individual sought to work collaboratively with an inspired team in Mass Audubon’s Land Conservation Department to identify, evaluate and complete compelling land protection projects located throughout the commonwealth. Based at Mass Audubon Headquarters in Lincoln, MA, this position will involve planning, due diligence, and negotiation relative to the acquisition of land and rights in land to respond to climate change, provide opportunities to connect people with nature, and enhance Mass Audubon’s nearly 31,000+ acre statewide sanctuary system.



Negotiate with private landowners, public agencies, businesses, and other organizations concerning land acquisitions, transfers and sales

Provide technical assistance to private landowners and conservation partners regarding conservation options and techniques

Assist with development of baseline information, monitoring and record keeping relative to Conservation Restrictions (CR’s) held by Mass Audubon

Provide advice and assistance to Mass Audubon staff, Board, volunteers and sanctuary committees on land protection issues

Evaluate land protection proposals to ensure consistency with Mass Audubon policies and objectives

Assist with duties relative to system for tracking existing Mass Audubon land holdings and conservation restrictions

Promote the financial and legal advantages of land conservation with donors and sellers, promote gifts and bargain sales of land

Ensure the timely and accurate completion of tasks required to acquire and dispose of land or interests in land, including the preparation of administrative, financial and legal documents

Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required

Attend department meetings and serve on committees as requested by Director

Provide training for Mass Audubon staff on land protection issues



Seek out and promote gifts and grants to support Mass Audubon land protection efforts


Budget Development and Management:

Assist in the preparation and implementation of an operating budget for land protection, and make recommendations on capital budget allocations for land


Community Relations:

Respond to public and media inquiries on land issues. Assist in the preparation of public relations material



Help assess the maintenance and security aspects of proposed land and building acquisitions and present recommendations to Director. Conduct initial Environmental Site Assessments on properties



Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural resource management, land use planning, business, biological sciences or related field

Three years experience in land conservation/planning, real estate, or business in a related natural resource field

Excellent writing and speaking skills

Solid skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook)

Valid driver’s license, and willingness to travel frequently and extensively throughout the state

Ability to traverse a variety of terrain (hilly, wooded, rocky, marshy) on foot

Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's)


Compensation and Benefits

Competitive salary and full benefits package.


How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to:

Elaine Kile


Job# 2616

Posted November 22, 2017

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