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Conservation Project Coordinator 

Here’s the short story…

The California Farmland Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to protecting the farms that feed your family.  Our mission is to help farmers protect the best farmland in the world.  If that sounds like a mission you’d like to support, we may have the position for you.

We are looking to add a new Conservation Project Coordinator to our small team.  This person will be responsible for day-to-day coordination of conservation easement projects, and annual easement monitoring once the projects are complete. A few of the key duties include:

  • Manage easement projects, including timeline and budget development, project coordination, deadline management, and communications
  • Review or draft various conservation easement related documents
  • Organize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, and track and follow-up on tasks assigned to other members of the project team
  • Build and maintain lasting, positive professional working relationships with landowners, public agency staff, and other members of the project team

As a member of a small team, the CPC will also help with various other activities as needed.  Some of the skills you’ll need to be successful in this position are:

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, and track and follow-up on tasks assigned to other members of the project team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to learn and explain complex processes and concepts
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to quickly learn and implement additional software as needed
  • Strong attention to detail

Compensation for this position will be hourly, depending on experience, between $24-$27 per hour. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k), plus holiday, vacation, and sick time.  This position requires the ability to travel throughout Central California.  A Bachelor’s Degree is required; experience or education in agriculture is highly desired. For more details and the full job description, see below.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to careers@cafarmtrust.org.  In your cover letter, tell us why you believe in our mission.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  We will be reviewing submissions and interviewing strong candidates on a rolling basis. CFT is an equal opportunity employer.

And here’s the full job description…

The Conservation Project Coordinator (CPC) is responsible for administration and stewardship of farmland conservation easements aimed at protecting agricultural land.  Primary duties include: coordinating with staff, consultants, title companies and others to conduct due diligence; monitoring and ensuring compliance with project deadlines; assisting with preparing grant applications, baseline documentation, and other technical documents; reviewing land transaction documents; and filing and recording documents in accordance with internal policies and accreditation standards.  This person will also be responsible for coordinating annual monitoring for easement compliance and providing administrative support to the  committee responsible for reviewing transactions. As a member of a small team, this position will also be called on to assist with other activities, such as events, general administration, and communications efforts as needed.

Primary Areas of Responsibility:

Oversee administrative aspects of the conservation program, including:

  • Coordinate several member project team and ensure all tasks move forward in a timely manner
  • Coordinate/conduct easement project due diligence tasks including title review, environmental site assessments, and soils reports
  • Review and edit land transaction documents (purchase and sale agreements, conservation easements, appraisal, title documents, escrow instructions)
  • Draft land transaction documents (baseline documentation reports, correspondence, notices, grant applications)
  • Coordinate process of project grant application and grant reporting to public agency funders
  • Develop project timelines in compliance with grant and other requirements
  • Develop and monitor compliance with project budgets, prepare reports and invoices
  • Coordinate staff and volunteers to conduct annual easement monitoring and reporting in compliance with deadlines
  • Build and maintain lasting, positive professional working relationships with landowners, public agency staff, and other members of the project team
  • Maintain digital and physical files, in accordance with policies and accreditation standards

Required skills and education:

  • Self-starter who works well in a collaborative/team setting
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, and track and follow-up on tasks assigned to other members of the project team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to learn and explain complex processes and concepts
  • High degree of personal integrity to maintain confidentiality
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to quickly learn and implement additional software as needed
  • Valid CA Driver’s License, reliable automobile, and insurance – and ability to travel throughout Central California
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field

Additional desirable skills and education:

  • Working knowledge of production agriculture
  • Basic familiarity with land protection tools; deeds of conservation easement and legal, financial, and real estate activities involved in land protection (title reports, surveys, legal descriptions, appraisals)
  • Experience with project accounting, including tracking and reporting project costs, and invoices
  • Experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies and private organizations involved in land conservation
  • Experience working for or with nonprofit organizations and familiarity with land trust operations
  • Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness or other agriculture-related degree
  • Project Management Professional certification