JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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 info@wrlandconservancy.org.   

 

Current openings:

 

Land Protection Paralegal

 

Department:     Legal and Land Protection
Reports to:       General Counsel
Hours:   8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

 

Background:

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 45 people in offices throughout northern and eastern portions of the state. Our land protection team has now preserved more than 42,000 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 21 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.

 

Summary: 

The land protection paralegal provides a range of legal and administrative support to the legal, land protection and land stewardship teams in a variety of areas, including general legal issues, real estate transactions, grant funding, database management, forecasting, record retention and project management. Responsibilities generally include performing legal and factual research and records searches; organization and analyses of information; preparing written reports; drafting legal documents; assembling and maintaining working files for legal, land protection and stewardship departments; building and maintaining spreadsheets and databases; and scheduling internal and external legal, land protection and stewardship team meetings. The land protection paralegal is also responsible for overseeing the input and quality of the land protection database and for managing the flow of information between the Moreland Hills office and the field staff members. Finally, the land protection paralegal is responsible for helping with the preparation of reports to the Board of Directors in advance of board and related committee meetings. The land protection paralegal is a member of the legal, land protection and land stewardship departments, reporting to General Counsel.

 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

-- Support for Legal, Land Protection and Stewardship Departments

The land protection paralegal provides a full range of support for the legal, land protection and land stewardship departments. Specifically, the land protection paralegal will be responsible for providing (1) ongoing support to General Counsel for all aspects of the organization’s legal matters; (2) legal and administrative support to the legal, land protection and land stewardship departments relating to real estate transactions, grant writing, database management, forecasting, and project management; and (3) management of legal, land protection and land stewardship working files and record retention matters. The land protection paralegal also provides land protection related support to field directors, which includes managing the flow of information from field staff to the Moreland Hills office, and scheduling external land protection-related meetings.  The land protection paralegal is also responsible for coordinating the flow of information between project managers and the legal team.

 

-- Database Input and Report Generation

The land protection paralegal is responsible for managing all data input into the legal filing system and the land protection team’s project management databases. The land protection paralegal will generate reports to be analyzed with the team members, for use internally and with the Board of Directors. 

 

-- Support for Stewardship

The land protection paralegal will also be required to provide support to the stewardship team, including assembling and updating stewardship and record retention files and providing basic administrative support.

 

Required Education, Experience, Capabilities:

The land protection paralegal must have a paralegal certificate or other acceptable form of training as a paralegal and no less than 3 years of work experience in the corporate, real estate or conservation field. The land protection paralegal must be a critical thinker and have solid computer, organizational and database management skills. As a member of multiple teams, this person must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and be a team player, with the ability to work effectively across multiple teams. The land protection paralegal must possess the ability to manage time well, work in a fast-paced environment, analyze and process information and multi-task. This person must have experience with the Microsoft Office Suite of software and a working knowledge of Excel and Access. Demonstrated commitment to the Land Conservancy’s mission is essential.

 

Interested Applicants:

Email cover letter and resume to info@wrlandconservancy.org.

 

Part-Time Grants Specialist

 

Part-time Grants Specialist needed to assist Western Reserve Land Conservancy with foundation, corporation, and government requests for support. Reporting to the Executive Director of Major Gifts, this individual will have responsibilities in the areas of proposal writing and developing cases for support; and grant reporting. This individual must be a skillful writer and communicator with the ability to work well with staff. Equally important, the ideal candidate must have strong analytical and organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail.

Responsibilities:

-- Works with land protection and development staff to develop, write, and edit funding proposals and grant reports.

-- Develops compelling cases of support and other supportive written materials that earn and retain financial support for the Land Conservancy.

Qualifications:

-- Bachelor’s degree and minimum three years of experience as a grant/proposal writer, business/technical writer, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

-- Experience with federal government grants/contracts a plus.

-- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

-- Ability to work both independently with limited supervision and collaboratively.

-- Flexible and able to handle multiple tasks and tight timelines with skill, calm, and a good sense of humor.

Contact: If interested, send resume and cover letter via email to arincon@wrlandconservancy.org.

 

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.

 

Duties: 

     Operations:

       -- 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.

Stewardship: 

    -- 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 info@wrlandconservancy.org.

 

 

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