Department: Conservation Acquisitions
Title: Conservation Acquisitions Manager
Reporting to: Director of Conservation Acquisitions
FLSA Status: Exempt Full-time
North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a 501(c)3 accredited land trust founded in 1999 committed to protecting and preserving our region’s irreplaceable natural beauty. With headquarters in Jacksonville, NFLT operates primarily in twelve counties in northeast Florida and has protected over 32,000 acres of land throughout the region. NFLT works with public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, private landowners, and foundations.
The Conservation Acquisitions Manager will deliver NFLT’s mission of conserving land to enhance quality of life by utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. The conserved lands include recreation, working lands, water resource lands, open spaces that buffer military installations, and environmentally important land. The Conservation Acquisitions Manager is responsible for completing fee and conservation easement transactions from start to finish, including landowner research and outreach, negotiations, due diligence, closings, and funding source identification. This position may generate revenue for NFLT through the completion of real estate transactions, servicing client agency contracts, and landowner donations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In coordination with the Director of Conservation Acquisitions, the Conservation Acquisitions Manager:
• Assumes responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting, and closing real estate transactions in accordance with NFLT’s Strategic Plan and the Priority Preservation Areas adopted by the NFLT Board.
• Conducts due diligence for transactions, which involves researching and executing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation through coordination with attorneys and supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants.
• Develops and implements strategies to acquire, and then convey, target properties, and property interests, to public agencies or other permanent stewards.
• Explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations, and public agency officials.
• Coordinates with the Philanthropic Services staff to secure interim financing and permanent funding for land acquisitions, and operations through existing or new public and private sources.
• Maintains portfolio of potential projects; responds to inquiries by individuals, groups, etc.
• Work to develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners including other nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, universities and other entities as needed.
• Builds public awareness and understanding of NFLT through outreach events, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for NFLT in the community.
• Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization.
• Assists with the training of new coordinators and specialists.
• Assists with legislative planning and outreach for future projects.
• Other duties as assigned.
The above cited duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to the job. These are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that an incumbent may be expected or asked to perform.
• Minimum of five (5) years of experience completing real estate transactions from landowner outreach through closing and file closeout.
• Bachelor’s Degree in related field such as forestry, environmental sciences, real estate, planning, business administration, and/or biology.
• Strong knowledge of Florida’s natural and agricultural resources.
• Strong knowledge of federal, State, and major private conservation programs and funding sources and experience with identifying and writing grant proposals for both private and public funding.
• Experience with negotiating conservation easements and other less-than-fee property interests.
• Computer proficiency.
• Dedication to the mission of NFLT.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
• Ability to utilize ArcGIS to research properties and create maps.
• Open, curious attitude that welcomes life-long learning.
• Professional, flexible, and dependable.
• The ideal candidate will be meticulous, can juggle multiple priorities, and will have an affinity for organization and managing multiple timelines.
• Must be able to work well in a team as well as independently with a moderate level of supervision.
• Familiarity with land trusts, and Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and Accreditation requirements.
• Candidate must be able to traverse large parcels of land in variable weather and outdoor conditions including heat and humidity.
• This is a hybrid position. A combination of in-office time in the Jacksonville office and remote work are required. Candidate must have sufficient internet and phone service to work remotely.
• This position requires travel throughout NFLT’s service area. Weekend and evening work may be expected on occasion.
• NFLT compensates its staff with a generous combination of salary (dependent on knowledge and experience), benefits package, and paid-time-off.
Qualified candidates should email their resume and a Letter-of-Interest with desired salary to RGutierrez@NFLT.org.