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Land Conservationist

Geneseo NY

Genesee Valley Conservancy seeks an individual to serve the organization in maintaining and continuing our successful farmland protection program and proactive acquisition of conservation easements within the Genesee River watershed.

We seek an experienced professional to join our close-knit team and well-established program that has conserved over 17,800 acres of habitat, open space, and farmland in seven counties. As a nationally accredited land conservancy, continuing to meet national standards is a priority. This position requires independence and collaboration.



Acquire Conservation Easements (50%)

Work with landowners in the service area to conserve lands to further the mission of the Conservancy according to our Land Conservation Plan and Acquisition Policy. Including:

Continue existing county based farmland protection programs and seek strategic opportunities for the Conservancy to expand into additional parts of the service area (including pre-selection process, selection committee review, grant writing, budgeting) protection program

Respond to inquiries and ‘walk-in’ landowner interest for conservation options

Facilitate projects to closure with landowners and contractors

Coordinate with staff, acquisitions committee, and board of directors

Work with farmland specialist collaboratively to gain knowledge of existing programs, projects, as part of transition to leading our farmland


Facilitate Future Projects (25%)

Using the Land Conservation Plan, work to make long-term connections in target areas and position the Conservancy for future conservation projects. Including:

Conduct landowner and organization presentations to introduce Conservancy, services offered, and the benefits of private conservation

Represent and integrate the Conservancy with partner organizations (ex. Farm Bureau, Cooperative Extension)

Investigate sources of funding for conservation easements

Participating in promotional events (ex. Agripaloza in Wyoming Co., Farm Fest in Livingston Co.)


Other Duties (25%)

Including, but not limited to:

Supporting farmland protection planning at the local and regional level

Conduct the Livingston County Decision Makers Ag Tour

Attend Livingston and Wyoming County Ag/Farmland Protection Board meetings

Support municipalities with applications for farmland protection planning grants

Developing working relationships with town and county governments and organizations regarding land use and management activities

Organize the Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops

Assisting in outreach and fundraising efforts such as our:

Donor reception, annual supporters picnic, and farmland solicitations

Advocate for farmland conservation by participating in the New York Farm and Food Alliance

Assist with all aspects of the organization, as necessary


Necessary Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or higher in conservation related field

Experience in an agricultural or conservation related field (4+ years preferred)

Has relationships within agricultural and/or landowner community within Genesee River watershed

Good interpersonal skills including writing, email, phone, and in-person communication

Comfortable speaking to groups of up to 50 people

Experience in an agricultural or conservation related field (4+ years preferred)

Ability to have a flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings/weekends

Must have valid NYS driver’s license and reliable transportation to be used during work

Organized, with attention to detail


Preferred Qualifications

Basic knowledge of ArcGIS or similar mapping software

Knowledge of land trusts, non-profits, and Genesee Valley Conservancy

Lives within the Genesee Valley watershed

Other specialized skills that would benefit a small non-profit organization


Location: This position is based out of Geneseo and will require travel throughout the service area of the Genesee River watershed.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Hours: Full-time, 40hours/week

Works With: Landowners, staff, acquisitions committee, board



Salary: $35,000 to $45,000 based on qualifications/experience

Up to 3% retirement match (1-1) on hire

Health: Stipend or coverage through the Conservancy up to $3,000

Mileage reimbursed at Federal rate for all work travel

Vacation: Accrues over time to 10 days in the first year, plus 9 paid holidays annually

Webinar and conference training opportunities



This position is open until filled. Applications received by May 1 are assured full consideration.


Send cover letter and resume to:

Genesee Valley Conservancy, PO Box 73, Geneseo, NY 14454


Posted April 11, 2019

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