The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is seeking a full-time Land Conservation Assistant to assist with the implementation of the VOF land conservation program in the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Piedmont Virginia region. The position is located in the Staunton office, part-time telecommuting may be available. Salary range is $45,000-$50,000 depending on qualifications, with benefits including health, vision, dental, 401k, STD/LTD, FSA, life insurance, and a generous PTO plan. Approximately 25% statewide travel will be required. EEO/AA. The position closes November 15, 2019.
- Working with Easement Program Manager, develop land conservation projects, including open space easements and amendments to existing easements.
- With Easement Program Manager, provide information to interested landowners about VOF program requirements, grant funds, and tax incentives for land conservation.
- Conduct property research through Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other information sources to support project development and documentation.
- Develop documents and maps for project review by VOF staff and Board of Trustees, including but not limited to project summaries, draft deeds and baseline documentation reports.
- Perform fieldwork using GPS to provide maps and photo documentation of conservation attributes for project development; use ESRI ArcMap and ArcCatalog (GIS).
- Effectively communicate with VOF staff, Trustees, local and state government officials, private land trust colleagues, property owners and their advisors.
- Analyze land use documents such as county Comprehensive Plans, zoning ordinances, deed records, and survey plats.
- Conduct research and participate in training activities; regular staff planning and project meetings.
- Assemble land conservation project records with attention to detail.
- Assist with stewardship of land conservation projects, as assigned, including monitoring and other tasks.
- Report to Easement Project Manager.
- Degree in Land Use Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science, Civil, Agricultural, or Environmental Engineering, or related field, from an accredited college or university preferred/desirable, or other training that would provide the skills and abilities listed. Master’s Degree strongly preferred.
- Willingness to travel regularly throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Piedmont of Virginia, and also between VOF offices in Staunton, Warrenton, and Charlottesville. Part-time telecommuting may be available.
- Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in related field, preferably with a land conservation organization or environmental agency.
- Knowledge of land conservation, ecology, and environmental programs and regulations.
- Demonstrated experience in using topography maps, aerial imagery, compass and GPS units for monitoring and navigating properties.
- Demonstrated computer skills using Microsoft Office and similar software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation applications.
- Demonstrated experience with ESRI GIS, various GPS units, aerial photography, and similar applications.
- Confirmed understanding of conservation easement process.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret surveys, property legal descriptions, and other related materials.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- Strong communication skills, verbally and in writing.
Reasonable Accommodation: During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation.
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.
Questions or requests related to the position can be emailed to the Human Resources Manager, Sara Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position closes November 15, 2019.