Job Opening: Conservation Manager

The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a Conservation Manager to join its team!

January 6, 2023

The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a Conservation Manager to join its dedicated team!

Who We Are:
The Deschutes Land Trust conserves and cares for the lands and waters that sustain Central Oregon, so local communities and the natural world can flourish together for generations to come. Since 1995, the Land Trust has protected more than 18,700 acres throughout Central Oregon for future generations. We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are committed to building a conservation community with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences. Learn more about our Equity Commitment.

What You’ll Do:
The Conservation Manager contributes to every aspect of the Land Trust’s land protection efforts, including assisting in the identification, prioritization, negotiation, documentation, funding and closing of real estate transactions aligned with the Land Trust’s mission and Conservation Plan. This work requires close collaboration with staff across the organization, as well as landowners, partner organizations, funding entities, agencies, and contractors. The Conservation Manager will take a lead role in helping to further advance climate resiliency in our land protection efforts including investigating carbon sequestration potential on Land Trust properties and integrating climate-smart agricultural practices into our working lands conservation easements. The Land Trust endeavors to foster an inclusive organizational culture and demonstrate lasting programmatic commitments to justice and equity in land conservation. We are seeking a colleague who can approach this work with compassion, vulnerability, empathy, curiosity, and humility. The Conservation Manager reports to the Conservation Director. Please see the detailed position description.

What You Need:

  • Conservation Commitment: Passion and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Deschutes Land Trust. Strong desire to be part of the Land Trust community,

  • Eagerness to Learn/Growth Mindset: Willingness to approach work with sense of curiosity and creativity, and to seek out opportunities to learn through experience and practice. Ability to see challenges as an opportunity for growth and adaptation,

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment: Commitment to applying diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practices within an organization to programs. Commitment to fostering an inclusive Land Trust community, where people of all identities are represented and feel welcome,

  • Project Management Experience: At least 3 years of project management experience or equivalent including experience managing timelines and budgets and coordinating the work of others,

  • Relationship Building Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships through empathetic and thoughtful listening. Ability to engage with people across a range of perspectives and find common ground with diverse interests.

  • Communication Skills: Proven ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person with a diverse set of partners including landowners, partner organizations, funding entities, agencies, and contractors. Ability or willingness to learn to interpret complex legal and technical information and synthesize into compelling and easily understood sound bites for grants and reports,

  • Organization Skills: Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail, time-management skills, and the ability to create efficiencies. Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines to complete projects efficiently and effectively while managing multiple priorities.

  • Self-motivated: Able to work on project elements with moderate level of supervision on deadline.

  • Also helpful, but not required: Experience working in natural resources, conservation, or a related field; experience working with or for non-profit organizations; experience drafting and/or interpreting real estate documents including deeds, title reports, and water rights; experience writing grants or fundraising; experience working with rural communities and knowledge of agricultural operations; climate change impact and mitigation knowledge.


What We Offer:
The Deschutes Land Trust offers competitive salary and benefits to full-time staff. This includes health insurance, a 403B retirement plan with matched contributions, volunteer time off, 20 paid days off annually to start, and 10 paid holidays annually. The Land Trust offers a flexible work location where employees may work in the office or remotely depending on the requirements of the position.

Compensation: $48,000-$55,000 depending on experience, plus generous benefits.


Application Process:

This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed starting on February 17, 2023. Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter describing your qualifications for and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • References (We will contact references only after you have given us permission).

Please send your application as an attachment to: info@deschuteslandtrust.org with the words “Conservation Manager” in the subject line.

Please contact Pat Cohen, at the email above if you need an accommodation. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. We will acknowledge receipt of your application via return email and contact you as we proceed further into the recruitment and selection process.

People of color and others from historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Deschutes Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity or expression, religion, ability, or national origin.


We appreciate your interest in the Deschutes Land Trust!