There may be a place for you on the Land Conservancy team.

We are conservationists, scientists, planners, lawyers, communicators, and businesspeople. We have come to care about our land from a variety of backgrounds: urban and rural, conservative and progressive. And we enthusiastically embrace the protection of land as our driving passion, our uniting element, our future.


Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a unique group of people from an impressive and diverse blend of backgrounds. A steadfast and passionate commitment to protecting land for the long-lasting health of our regional community is a must.


Opportunities at the Land Conservancy include: field office positions, development and fundraising, urban revitalization, stewardship, conservation planning, project management, public funding and shared services.


We are always looking for talented people to help advance our mission.  If you're interested in a career with us, please contact us at   


Current openings:


                                                                                   Director of Development


Western Reserve Land Conservancy works to protect special places for Ohioans by conserving natural areas, fresh water, wildlife habitat and working farmlands, and by greening and revitalizing urban communities. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, the Land Conservancy is the largest land conservancy in Ohio, employing about 40 people in offices throughout northern and eastern portions of the state. Our land protection team has now preserved more than 37,500 acres with high conservation values in the state. Thriving Communities Institute, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought leadership on removing blight and rebuilding communities and has helped 16 Ohio counties create land banks to find productive uses for vacant properties. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. Significant growth has created a strong need for more expansive marketing and development initiatives. 


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer (“CDO”), the Director of Development (“DO”) secures major gifts through a process of identifying, qualifying, strategizing, cultivating, soliciting and stewardship of major gift prospects. 



 -- Ability to manage a portfolio of 150-200 prospects/donors

  • -- Ability to raise a set dollar goal each year through solicitations
  • -- Develops funding proposals and cultivation strategies for each individual, moving them through the Moves Management System
  • -- From time-to-time, create fundraising strategies and plans for specific land protection or urban revitalization initiatives and work closely with the CDO to execute those strategies.
  • -- Provide staff support to events and outreach activities
  • -- Represent the Land Conservancy at appropriate functions
  • -- Participate in Land Conservancy outreach and special events
  • -- Other duties that may be assigned by the CDO

 Required Education, Experience

 -- 3-5 years’ experience in development and fundraising, with a strong focus on major gifts

    -- Highly energetic professional with a track record of building strong relationships and closing gifts.
  • -- Must have an ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop relationships.
  • -- Must be able to convey a strong passion for the Land Conservancy’s mission and knowledge of its strategies and activities in order to build engagement and support.
  • -- Exceptional interpersonal skills, an ability to work independently, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • -- S/he must be willing to travel throughout the region.
  • -- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required.

Interested Applicants:

Email cover letter and resume to  Deadline for applications is Aug. 20, 2014.



Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Project Manager  


Position Summary:

The Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Project Manager is responsible for forestry related activities that complement the strengths offered by various Land Conservancy programs. To accomplish this, the Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Project Manager manages the full range of activities required to implement targeted projects. Examples of projects include urban reforestation, stream restoration and land management. This requires setting goals, establishing timelines and budgets, collaborating with partners, coordinating activities across teams, and tracking progress and results. In addition to project management, the Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Project Manager will assist in grant writing, preparing reports, and maintaining accurate records across multiple projects. The Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Project Manager is a member of the land protection team and Thriving Communities staff and collaborates closely with partnering organizations. Demonstrated commitment to the Land Conservancy’s mission is essential.


Essential Functions & Experience:

    -- Knowledge of urban forestry, local environmental issues and regional needs;
  • -- Arboriculture: Experience in site selection, planting, trimming/removal, pest/disease identification, fertilization, and watering of trees;
  • -- Experience working with watershed groups and other partners on land management and stream restoration activities; 
  • -- Familiarity working with Urban Tree Canopy Assessment data and Tree Master Plans;
  • -- Comfortable working in diverse socio-economic conditions;
  • -- Experience with grant/proposal writing and ability to connect with foundations, and key stakeholders, as well as corporate, philanthropic and public funding sources;
  • -- Experience managing volunteer projects;
  • -- Ability to coordinate and implement educational outreach efforts;
  • -- Experience working with a wide variety of partners, including community residents, municipal officials, and private and non-profit professionals;
  • -- Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently;
  • -- Big picture thinker with ability to sort, manage and prioritize details;
  • -- Outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal;
  • -- Experience working with GIS;
  • -- Willingness to work nights and weekends.

Required Education:

Must have 5+ years’ work experience in forestry, urban forestry, natural resources or conservation. Bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Environmental Science or Natural Resources required. ISA Certified Arborist required; ISA Certified Municipal Arborist strongly preferred.


Interested Applicants:

Email cover letter and resume to by August 1, 2014.



Associate Eastern Field Director


Full-time salaried position.  Responsibilities include oversight, management and implementation of regional level objectives & projects in the areas of land protection including stewardship and prioritization, development and execution of acquisition projects; constituent development and relations including individuals and institutions such as governmental, business and professional entities; guiding, developing and communicating regional interests and objectives internally and externally.  Minimum of a two-year degree in a related conservation field preferred.


Supervisor: Vice-President of Eastern Field Operations


Hours:  Weekdays, regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Occasional evening and weekend hours will also be necessary to accommodate landowners, public meetings, and other events that occur outside of regular hours.




       -- Oversee and implement all regional operations including
        • -- Administrative functions
        • -- Local chapter and committee engagement and activity including developing agendas, attending meetings, establishing objectives and monitoring performance for the local chapter board and committees
        • -- External and internal communications
        • -- Coordination of regional needs and capacities with Central staff support
        • -- Develop and administer project planning and tracking, and work with project managers on project budgeting

 Land Protection:

  • -- Oversee and direct land protection prioritization
  • -- Develop and implement land protection projects in accordance with regional priorities and coordinated with WRLC priorities
  • -- Coordinate Central staff resources necessary to complete projects
  • -- Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with private landowners, landowner groups and organizations
  • -- Cooperate with and coordinate relations with public agencies in developing projects as necessary and appropriate.  Maintain strong, positive relationships with public agencies
  • -- Provide resources necessary to Central staff who are providing support in securing funding
  • -- Ensure coordination of land protection project activities including maintaining contact list and priority of attention based upon acquisition priorities, urgency and other relevant factors
  • -- Implement project-specific tasks and coordinate with project managers for related items such as title searches, surveys, appraisals, due diligence, arranging for closings, etc.


    -- Ensure regular and consistent monitoring and record keeping in coordination with Central staff

    -- Serve as point as necessary/appropriate in interactions surrounding potential or active enforcement efforts

    -- Constituent Building & Development

    -- Serve as spokesperson for organization in all public forums at regional level

    -- Actively seek to cultivate organizational values in community and to recruit additional members, supporters and constituents

    -- Support development staff in communicating with and cultivating major donors, identifying potential donors, growing general membership and coordination of events as needed

Other duties as assigned.


Evaluation:  Twice annually per adopted criteria and process.


Interested Applicants:


Email cover letter and resume to



Thank you for your interest in Western Reserve Land Conservancy and for creating healthy habitats and healthy communities throughout our region!