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Director of Land Protection & Stewardship, Mohonk Preserve – New York

Organization: Mohonk Preserve

Position Title: Director of Land Protection & Stewardship

Location: New Paltz, New York

Dates and compensation: Excellent work environment with benefits including health, vision, dental, life, disability insurance, retirement plan, and access privileges to the lands of the Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House resort. Salary: $60’s, based on experience.

Application Deadline: July 17, 2015

Description: The successful candidate is responsible for providing the vision and leadership to land acquisition and protection. The Director will provide the strategic planning, management, and implementation of the overall Land Protection program, including applying the Preserve’s Land Protection Policy as a guide for the acquisition of land. The Director oversees and performs the hands-on land trust duties including easement and boundary monitoring, and maintaining the Preserve’s Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Accreditation.

The Director also oversees the stewardship of the land, facilities, carriage roads and trails. This includes implementing the Land Management Plan, overseeing capital projects and providing site analysis, planning and design oversight for all facilities projects. The Director will promote land conservation awareness in the community, build support for projects, identify and pursue project funding and assist in land protection and stewardship grant proposals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree desirable – in natural resource management; land conservation/management; landscape architecture, planning or related disciplines
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a leader in land acquisition and management programs with non-profit land trusts or other land resource agencies
  • Exemplary communication abilities including written, oral, and presentation skills; experience communicating with partner organizations; ability to negotiate agreements
  • Knowledge of field mapping, aerial photo interpretation, land survey techniques, landscape architecture
  • Training or professional licensure in landscape architecture strongly desired
  • Ability to read and evaluate physical and cultural landscape elements
  • Familiarity with conservation tax law and benefits of land donations
  • Experience working with landowners; civic groups; town, county, state agencies and their processes
  • Knowledge of leading trends and national standards and practices in land trust management
  • Supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to organize, support, mobilize and motivate staff and volunteers; ability to lead as well as function as a team member
  • Ability to set and implement departmental priorities, manage multiple projects, and evaluate project success
  • Experience with preparing program budgets
  • Willingness to work occasional irregular hours, including weekends or evenings; valid driver’s license
  • There is a significant fieldwork component to this position. Must be able to traverse varied terrain on foot up to 5 miles with significant elevation gain while carrying program equipment.

Advanced computer and technology skills:

  • Strong experience with mapping software/hardware (e.g. GPS units and GIS software, ArcGIS)
  • Proficiency in all standard office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or similar email application) and internet research
  • Strong relational database experience

How to Apply: Hard copy cover letter and résumé preferred. Please mail to:

Deputy Executive Director/CFO
Mohonk Preserve
PO Box 715
New Paltz NY  12561-0715

Applications in Word .doc, .docx or Adobe PDF only will be accepted via e-mail to [email protected].

This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.

No phone calls, please.

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