Land Protection Associate

  • Full-Time
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Application deadline: 2021-09-06

Minnesota Land Trust

The Land Protection Associate provides administrative, communications, and technical support and services to the Land Protection program of the Minnesota Land Trust. The primary responsibility of the Associate is to support the Land Protection Program in the Twin Cities Metro Area by assisting with the identification and completion of conservation easement projects, management of data and information related to these projects and associated grants, and communication with diverse communities and landowners of conservation properties. In addition, the Land Protection Associate assists the Associate Director of Land Protection by creating maps, maintaining GIS files, producing outreach materials, and developing project documents for use within the Land Trust’s Twin Cities Metro Program Area.

The Land Protection Associate reports to the Associate Director of Land Protection and works closely with the Land Protection, Restoration, Engagement, Stewardship, Development & Communications departments, as well as other office staff, conservation partners, and landowners.


  • Provide overall support and assistance to the Associate Director of Land Protection to ensure that the Land Trust’s work within the Twin Cities Metro Program Area is undertaken with integrity, accuracy, and timeliness (80% total). This includes: a) Responding to, documenting, and tracking inquiries from prospective landowners in a timely and accurate manner. b) Identifying conservation priorities through GIS analysis, reaching out to potential landowners, and selecting high-quality conservation projects, including conservation easement and ecological restoration projects. c) Drafting contracts for services including landowner outreach, habitat management plans, environmental site assessments, surveys, and habitat management plans. d) Working with other Land Protection, Stewardship, and Restoration staff to coordinate projects and complete project documents, including baseline documentation reports, conservation easement documents, GIS data and maps, and other associated activities as assigned. e) Completing documentation and project filing according to the Land Trust’s and grant funders’ policies and procedures.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Land Protection program (10%). a) Update programmatic manuals & templates, manage contractor lists, support training and education efforts, and other tasks as assigned. b) Provide general office support as assigned.
  • Working with the Associate Director of Land Protection, Director of Engagement, and Director of Communications & Development, engage the public in conservation efforts and outdoor activities (10%). a) Assist with Land Trust-organized community listening sessions and other conservation and outdoor engagement efforts. b) Attend and contribute to selected community- and partner-led events and meetings to build strong and meaningful long-term relationships between the Land Trust and diverse communities, partners, landowners, and land users.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • The ability to work effectively with diverse communities, partners, landowners/users, and Land Trust staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, land use planning, real estate, or similar field or four years of relevant work experience.
  • Well organized, self-directed, attentive to details, and responsive to deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and demonstrated expertise in data management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with developing mapping information and creating descriptive and informative maps in ArcGIS.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Project management work experience. In particular, demonstrated experience with coordinating between multiple internal and external colleagues, partners, contractors, and private citizens to produce an end product.
  • Ecological or natural resource experience and/or training that supports the ability to evaluate natural ecosystems and native plant communities in the field. Plant identification skills and/or an understanding of how to use resources appropriately to identify unfamiliar plants, animals, and other ecological characteristics.
  • Familiarity with real estate transactions and/or real estate law.

Classification: Full time, Exempt

Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000 annually

Location: St. Paul, MN

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume saved as a single PDF to by September 6, 2021.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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