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Land Conservation Manager

Portsmouth VA

The Elizabeth River Project seeks a Land Conservation Manager to lead local land conservation efforts within the Elizabeth River watershed. This position will support the Living River Restoration Trust, a sister organization of the Elizabeth River Project. Open space is rare within the Elizabeth River watershed; as a result, urban parcels of high ecosystem value are our greatest priority.

The Land Conservation Manager will coordinate easement acquisitions, land donations, and spearhead long-term land conservation efforts such as: identification of funding sources, property research, due diligence, document preparation, site evaluations, and project stakeholder engagement. The Land Conservation Manager will work with the Living River Restoration Trust board for the strategic growth of the land conservation program, including maximizing high priority acres and enhancing program funding. The Land Conservation Manager will also promote the land conservation program through marketing and outreach.


Key Responsibilities:

Work with municipalities, scientists, real estate experts, and other stakeholders to develop and evaluate conservation opportunities in the Elizabeth River watershed

Negotiate land transactions that will protect priority lands in perpetuity

Support communication amongst all parties throughout land negotiations

Coordinate transactional due diligence and record keeping

Ensure transactions comply with established practices and policies

Maintain accurate documentation in paper and digital formats

Sustain positive relationships with property owners and their representatives

Visit conserved lands to ensure easement provisions are being upheld

Utilize remote methods to monitor easements in an effort to augment site visits

Assist with development of a sustainable easement acquisition plan

Represent land trust initiatives at conferences, meetings, workshops, and in the community at-large

Support logistical needs during board meetings

Maintain an electronic presence through habitual social media posts, website updates, and e-newsletter releases

Lead marketing efforts on behalf of the land conservation initiative

Assist with development of educational and outreach materials

Generate grant proposals for land conservation projects and related capacity building efforts

Contribute to special projects on an as-needed basis



Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with background in environmental planning, land conservation, land use planning, law and/or real estate

Self-starter able to work independently; energized and motivated by opportunity to pioneer a new program

Working knowledge of land conservation principles and familiarity with federal and state land conservation rules

Strong written and verbal communications skills and ability to negotiate

Familiarity with social media formats and on-line marketing and outreach

Experience with conservation due diligence and stewardship including: survey management, appraisals and environmental assessments, baseline documentation reporting, and development of conservation and related land management plans

Ability to conduct field assessments

Research facility with GPS, ArcGIS, Google Earth, soil surveys, public land records, and maps

Proficiency with Microsoft Office and web manager

A valid driver’s license

A criminal background check will be conducted

A positive, can-do attitude


Send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:

Marjorie Mayfield Jackson,


Elizabeth River Project

475 Water Street Suite C103A

Portsmouth, Virginia 23704


No phone calls please. Email submissions are accepted, but please also provide hard copies.

Please mention how you learned of this opening.  


Salary and Benefits:

Join a professional team of more than twenty individuals who work to restore the environmental health of an urban river. A competitive, full-time professional salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Generous benefits include eleven paid holidays, two to four weeks of paid vacations depending on seniority, paid life and disability insurance, cost-share of medical insurance, and a flexible work schedule.

Posted January 2, 2019

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