Land Protection Specialist

The Nature Conservancy MN, ND, and SD

POSITION TITLE

Land Protection Specialist MN, ND, SD

JOB TITLE

Conservation Practitioner IV

JOB FAMILY

Conservation

JOB NUMBER

450004

SALARY GRADE

5

STATUS

Salaried

LOCATION

Glyndon, MN strongly preferred

SUPERVISOR

Land Acquisitions Director

DATE

October 2021

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Land Protection Specialist will work as part of a team of real estate professionals to protect high quality natural areas in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The focus of this position will be acquiring fee-title properties and conservation easements primarily in western and northwestern Minnesota, with occasional projects located throughout the Chapter’s three states’ grasslands, forests, and freshwater systems.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Nature Conservancy is seeking an experienced professional to join the team responsible for the Conservancy’s land protection program in MN, ND, and SD. The Land Protection Specialist (LPS) plays a critical role in negotiating and acquiring land through fee-title and conservation easement transactions, implementing cooperative projects with government partners, developing and implementing landscape level land protection plans, and transferring land interests to partner agencies.  The LPS will work with landowners, Conservancy staff, citizens, and federal, state, and local agency professionals.

The LPS will travel extensively throughout Minnesota and occasionally to locations in North Dakota and South Dakota. One of the critical objectives for this position is initiating and developing relationships with landowners and partners in our highest priority conservation landscapes, primarily in northwestern MN. This requires frequent travel to meet with people in these targeted places. Close coordination with the real estate, grants, and legal staff in the Minneapolis office is essential and requires regular trips to Minneapolis. We estimate the travel requirements of this position will be 25% to 40%. The preferred office location is the TNC landscape office located in Glyndon, MN, though another location in Minnesota may be considered. The salary range for this position is $48,000-$54,000 annually in addition to a robust benefits package. This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.  Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic, results-oriented team focused on conserving some of the best natural areas in MN, ND, and SD.  The work is fast paced, challenging, collaborative, and highly rewarding.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Complete fee-title and conservation easement transactions to protect significant natural areas in Minnesota, and occasionally in North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • Work with field staff and federal, state, and local government officials to identify top-priority landowners in priority conservation areas, protect natural lands for public and private conservation ownership, and identify key influencers in the community.
  • Maintain knowledge of partners’ priorities and programs.
  • Perform tasks with minimal supervision and make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS    

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management, real estate, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience building close relationships with a variety of partners, i.e., landowners, Conservancy staff, federal, state and local agency partners, and government officials.
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Office, web browsers, etc.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, real estate or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of and interest in current trends and practices in conservation, ecological land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition, with experience completing real estate fee-title and conservation easement acquisitions.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Experience working constructively with many different types of people.
  • Well-developed project management and organizational skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, particularly the ability to follow detailed policies and procedures.
  • Experience with interest-based negotiations.
  • Basic competency using ArcMap GIS software.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES

Builds Relationships

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.

Develops

Others

Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.

Drives for

Results

Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.

Leverages Difference

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.

Systems

Leadership

Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

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