Job Opportunities with the Leelanau Conservancy

Director of Charitable Giving

The Leelanau Conservancy, one of the nation’s top land trusts, is seeking an organized, self-motivated individual to serve as Director of Charitable Giving. Our mission is to conserve the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County, Michigan. In our 26-year history, we have conserved over 11,300 acres, including 24 natural areas and preserves, 155 permanent conservation easements and 42 miles of streams and shoreline. The Leelanau Conservancy’s culture of philanthropy is donor-centric, valuing integrity above all else. We have a sophisticated fundraising program in place, including robust systems, an engaged Board of Directors and a dedicated fundraising staff. We concluded an enormously successful $21M capital campaign in December 2014 and are heavily emphasizing thanking our campaign donors throughout 2015.

Working closely with the Executive Director, Fund Development Committee of the Board and fundraising staff, the Director of Charitable Giving is responsible for the design and implementation of all fundraising programs including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, future capital campaigns, land acquisition and endowment campaigns. The Director of Charitable Giving is responsible for continuing to build, engage and retain a growing donor base that provides annual support to advance the organization’s efforts in land and water conservation. The successful candidate will be authentic, genuine and possess exceptionally good judgment, demonstrate outstanding interpersonal and writing skills, self-discipline and a high level of organization, an ability to manage staff, an ever-present curiosity about what motivates people, and a drive to establish strong, long-term relationships with donors, foundations and Board members. Strong computer skills, familiarity with fundraising databases and a willingness to travel are required.


  • Minimum of 5 years experience in major donor cultivation (gifts over $10,000) through direct, in-person solicitation and annual giving (conservation fundraising experience preferred)
  • Significant experience in managing fundraising staff
  • Must be able to work long hours and weekends from time-to-time, including overnight travel (approx. 25% September through May)
  • Positive attitude and strong interest in working in a team environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field  (advanced degree preferred)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interest in conservation and the land trust community

For more details see the full posting here: Director of Charitable Giving Position Description

The application deadline is April 13, 2015 at 5 pm EST.           

Please send your cover letter, resume, writing sample, three references and salary requirements via mail or email (preferred) to:

Leelanau Conservancy
Attn: Director of Charitable Giving
Thomas Nelson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1007, Leland, MI. 49654                                                   

Property Maintenance Specialist

The Property Maintenance Specialist will be responsible for implementing recreation projects, maintaining our current infrastructure, and helping to ensure our lands are healthy, welcoming, and safe for public use. This individual will be highly motivated, independent, and comfortable working primarily outdoors. Additionally, they will have excellent time and project management skills and strong problem solving abilities. Tasks will include construction and maintenance of boardwalks, kiosks, directional signage, small decks, railings, and other trail or parking lot infrastructure as directed by the Natural Areas Manager. This is a seasonally recurring hourly position extending from mid-April to mid-October. Our ideal candidate will be able to return to this position each spring.

For more details see the full posting here: Property Maintenance Position Description

The application deadline is March 16, 2015 at 5 pm EST                                                               

Please send your materials via mail or email (preferred) to:
Leelanau Conservancy
Attn: Property Maintenance Specialist
Thomas Nelson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1007, Leland, MI. 49654