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Employment Opportunity: Land Conservation Specialist

The Finger Lakes Land Trust, a regional non-profit land conservation organization, is seeking a full-time Land Conservation Specialist to work from its Ithaca, New York office.

The Land Trust works cooperatively with landowners and local communities with a mission to conserve forever the lands and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuring scenic vistas, local foods, clean water, and wild places for everyone.

Since it was founded in 1989, the organization has conserved over 28,000 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 sixteen staff members, as well as an extensive network of volunteers.

The Land Conservation Specialist will work closely with the Director of Conservation, Conservation Projects Manager, Land Conservation Systems Specialist, GIS Projects Manager, and other staff and volunteers to advance the organization’s land conservation efforts.


Reporting to the Director of Conservation, the Land Conservation Specialist is responsible for initiating contact and providing information to private landowners, working on real property acquisition projects, and conducting outreach activities around the Finger Lakes region.  A complete list of responsibilities includes:

  • Landowner Education: Communicate with landowners who have expressed interest in conserving their land. Initiate outreach to landowners in designated focus areas.
  • Outreach: Meet with public officials, conservation partners, and other key audiences to educate them about the work of the Land Trust. Present conservation topics at regional workshops.
  • Coordination: Work with other staff to implement and track the Land Trust’s land protection program. Ensure that inquiries from landowners are handled in a timely and effective manner using Salesforce database software.
  • Conservation Project Management: Contribute to assorted tasks related to conservation projects eventually developing your own portfolio of independently-managed conservation easement and acquisition projects. Work with landowners, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers, conservation partners, and others to help bring projects to closing.
  • Grant Writing and Fundraising: Prepare funding proposals for specific land protection projects. Write grant narratives for State grant programs related to agricultural protection and source water protection.
  • Other Land-related Activities: Assist with other land-related activities as needed – including but not limited to environmental assessments on lands to be acquired and completion of baseline documentation reports for conservation easements.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in conservation, natural resources management, environmental science, ecology, sustainability, or a related field, and/or multiple years of relevant employment or volunteer experience in those or related fields.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to develop effective relationships with a variety of people, including landowners and partner organizations.
  • Ability to write proficiently, maintain organizational systems, and manage complex projects with great attention to detail.
  • Have outdoor field preparedness in a variety of seasons and weather conditions, on both solitary and communal site visits.
  • Possess and maintain a valid NYS driver’s license, and be comfortable with frequent travel around the region. An FLLT-owned vehicle will be available for use most of the time, but a personal vehicle will need to be used for work-related travel on occasion, with mileage reimbursement.
  • Ability to work independently while also operating as part of a team and working with a diverse array of partners and constituents.
  • A strong commitment to land conservation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some prior experience with land acquisition and conservation easements.
  • Knowledge of species and ecological communities of the Finger Lakes region.
  • Training and/or experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.


Competitive salary and benefits package ranging from $43,000 to $47,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position located in the FLLT main office in Ithaca, NY.

This position will remain open until filled.


Send resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Kait Marrin, Operations Associate
Finger Lakes Land Trust
202 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

or by e-mail to

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.