We're Hiring! - The Leelanau Conservancy

We’re Hiring!

Land Protection Specialist

Location: Leland, MI

Reporting to: Executive Director Tom Nelson

Apply by: JAN 15 2023

Help us conserve land by responding to inquiries from landowners to determine conservation options, drafting legal documents and working / developing relationships with landowners and grant funding sources to protect land. If interested, please send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to [email protected] The salary range is $45,000 to $55,000. The LC fills positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

The Land Protection Specialist is responsible for developing and carrying out land protection programs and strategic initiatives in land protection. He/she works directly for the Executive Director and may be assigned natural or farmland projects. He/she has collateral responsibilities in public relations, fundraising, and educational programs.


  • Reports to the Executive Director.
  • Works on projects autonomously and in collaboration/coordination with the Farmland Programs Director and Natural Land Programs Director.
  • Works with various local agencies and organizations to develop and implement strategic conservation initiatives and collaborations.


  • Responds to inquiries from interested landowners to determine conservation options (conservation easements, fee simple acquisition) and develops projects that meet the Conservancy’s land protection criteria.
  • Contacts priority landowners and develops land protection projects in target areas identified in the Strategic Land Conservation Plan.
  • Negotiates all conservation easement terms and drafts conservation easements for projects he/she is responsible for.
  • Participates in meetings of the Land Protection Team and Farmland and Land Protection Committees.
  • Creates basic maps for negotiations and development of land protection projects.
  • Coordinates the completion of baseline documentation and assists with drafting to ensure it is done prior to closing on conservation easements.
  • Identifies, applies for, and manages Federal, State and private foundation grant funding opportunities for land protection projects.
  • With the Executive Director and land protection staff, develops and implements strategic initiatives and collaborations for natural and farmland preservation.
  • Assists Fund Development staff to implement project fundraising strategies directly related to land and easement acquisitions, and to improvements to conservancy properties.
  • Responsible for compliance with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices for land acquisition including the completion or review of environmental assessments, property tax roll removal requests in association with the acquisition of new properties, and compliance with applicable state and federal law.


  • Delivers presentations, seminars and educational programs on land conservation efforts, opportunities and initiatives to interested groups.
  • Writes newsletter articles, press releases and performs interviews with local media on completed projects and programmatic initiatives.


  • Become familiar with all aspects of Leelanau Conservancy programs, representing Conservancy programs to the public.
  • Such other responsibilities as the Executive Director may assign from time to time.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2 to 5 years of related experience