The Four Corners Conservation Fellow is a two-year opportunity with The Trust for Public Land’s Colorado/Southwest conservation team. The right candidate will be a catalyst for greater efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of our mission and conservation strategies across the region. S/he/they will work to acquire and conserve priority lands, advocate for pro-conservation public policies, and support efforts for dedicated conservation funding. Through this work s/he/they will expand and enhance access to the region’s network of public lands; ensure local residents have close-to-home parks, trails, and open space; and help communities fulfill their visions for their surrounding landscapes.
About the Program/Opportunity:
Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico feature some of the nation’s fastest growing communities and most iconic and ecologically important lands and waters. Over the past 35 years, The Trust for Public Land has conserved approximately 700,000 acres across the region, ranging from neighborhood parks to national parks. By employing a creative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial approach, we have developed a reputation as an organization that gets things done, and we do so in partnership with local communities and partner organizations.
The Four Corners Conservation Fellow must have a passion for conservation and protecting the lands and waters of the West. This position is designed to foster the development of a future conservationist and is thus open to those changing or in the early phase of their careers. The position is partially funded by the Wyss Foundation and the successful applicant will be able to take part in additional learning opportunities as part of the larger Wyss Fellow network. This is a two-year term.
• Assist land protection staff in all phases of land acquisition projects and programmatic initiatives, including project research; landowner outreach; collaboration with local governments, agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups; and coordination of due diligence and closing tasks.
• Support legal staff on land protection projects including tracking critical project dates, due diligence review, and preparation for real estate closings.
• Assist philanthropy staff on fundraising and help research and prepare public and private grant applications in support of conservation projects.
• Work with the Washington, D.C.-based Federal Affairs team to advocate for federal funding for active projects, and support outreach to advance other priority federal policy matters.
• Assist Conservation Finance team—from feasibility research to meeting with elected officials and community leaders—with technical assistance activities to create public funding at the ballot or legislatively.
• Prepare graphic and written materials for presentations and other project-related needs.
• Complete various administrative tasks including invoice submission and grant reporting.
• Bachelor's degree required
• Experience with land protection projects, community outreach, and advocacy a plus
• This position could require moderate to heavy travel, including evenings and weekends depending on restrictions relating to Covid 19
• Superior written and oral communication skills
• Proficient in computer applications, including standard Microsoft and Google business applications, and social media platforms
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a regular, full time position within The Trust for Public Land. We provide a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range is $40,000-50,000.