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Employment Opportunity: Land Protection Specialist

The Finger Lakes Land Trust, a regional non-profit land conservation organization, is seeking a full-time land protection specialist to work from its Ithaca, New York office.  The Land Trust works cooperatively with landowners and local communities to conserve those lands that define the character of the Finger Lakes Region.

Since it was founded in 1989, the organization has conserved over 20,000 acres through the use of conservation easements, the establishment of nature preserves, acquisition of real property with state and federal agencies, and the provision of assistance to local governments. The organization today is supported by eleven full-time and three part-time staff, as well as an extensive network of volunteers.  The Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

The Land Protection Specialist will work closely with the Director of Land Protection and other staff and volunteers to advance the organization’s land protection efforts.  The position requires frequent travel throughout a 12-county region and calls for a flexible work schedule.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Director of Land Protection, the Land Protection Specialist is responsible for coordinating and implementing the Land Trust’s protection strategy.  This includes initiating contact with landowners in defined focus areas, assisting the Director of Land Protection with implementing the organization’s agricultural protection strategy, and responding to inquiries from landowners interested in conserving their land.  Responsibilities include:

  • Landowner Education: Serve as the Land Trust’s primary contact for landowners who have expressed interest in conserving their land.  Initiate outreach to landowners in designated focus areas.
  • Conservation Easement Development: Work with landowners and their advisors to draft conservation easements for their properties.  Supervise contractor compiling baseline data describing properties subject to easement.
  • Agricultural Outreach and Protection: Assisting the director of land protection in providing contact and technical resource for the agricultural community, municipalities, and state/federal agencies on agricultural resource protection, and related issues.
  • Coordination: Work with other staff and volunteers to implement and track the Land Trust’s land protection program.  Ensure that inquiries from landowners are handled in a timely and effective manner.
  • Outreach and Fundraising: Meet with public officials, conservation partners, and other key audiences to educate them about the work of the Land Trust.  Prepare funding proposals for specific land protection projects and participate in fundraising events as needed.
  • Other Land Protection and Stewardship Activities: Assist with other land protection and stewardship activities as needed, including but not limited to: inspection of lands to be acquired, monitoring of conservation lands, and oversight of land acquisition projects.


  • Successful work experience with conservation easements and private land conservation.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently while also operating as part of a team
  • Ability to work with diverse partners and constituents
  • Strong organizational and computer skills
  • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours
  • A strong commitment to land conservation

Employment Standards:

Possession of a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, land use planning, or related field. A combination of training, education, and experience in natural resource conservation and conservation easements.  Experience in agricultural resource protection, land use planning, and real property law not required but preferred.

Compensation:  Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience

This position will remain open until filled.

Contact:  Send resume, three references, and cover letter to Aquillah White, Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant, Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY  14850 or by e-mail to