Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), the world’s leading waterfowl and wetland conservation organization, is seeking qualified candidates for a Conservation Lands Coordinator to join a great team of professionals and deliver our land conservation program in the three-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. DU and its Accredited land trust arm, Wetlands America Trust, Inc. (WAT), currently has a conservation easement portfolio consisting of more than 185,000 acres in this geography. We are seeking an experienced individual to work with landowners and other partners on donated / bargain sale easements and fee-title acquisitions, and opportunities in revolving lands, land donations, mitigation, and eco-assets. DU’s mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
The successful candidate will serve as the primary contact for state, federal, non-profit and private landowner conservation partners in matters related to land conservation with a primary area of responsibility in the MS Alluvial Valley and varied potential opportunities within the Gulf Coast regions of Louisiana and Texas. The Coordinator will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance for program activities and issues. The Coordinator will be expected to cooperate with our biological and fundraising staff, as well as the Regional Lands Manager on a routine basis. The Coordinator will play a key role in DU’ s long-term success by enabling the organization to build, nurture, and maintain strong relationships with landowners and conservation partners as well as future opportunities with corporate and public sustainability efforts. This position provides opportunities to work with many private and public partners on diverse land conservation issues in a large, critically-important DU service area.
This position will be located at the Southern Regional Office in Ridgeland, MS and will report to the Director of Conservation Programs - MS Alluvial Valley.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan, coordinate and implement a comprehensive lands program to conserve wetlands and associated habitats to achieve defined conservation objectives.
Function as the primary contact for land program activities including negotiating and managing conservation land efforts including all associated transactional activities. This includes working closely with legal and environmental consultants, foresters and appraisers to assure compliance with DU/WAT procedures.
Steward private landowners, other conservation partners and government agencies in making informed decisions relative to land conservation opportunities, completing lands transactions, and ensuring compliance with easement terms and that the wetland and waterfowl conservation values of the properties are maintained in perpetuity.
Build successful partnerships with entities to fund program strategies and their implementation as well as provide leadership within the land conservation community.
Work with Development (fundraising) staff to obtain conservation easement endowment contributions and identify/ steward potential major donors (including existing and new easement landowners, foundations, corporations) for philanthropic gifts.
Coordinate and/or conduct preliminary property inspections, due diligence and annual monitoring of conservation easements. Maintaining all files and records relative to land protection activities.
Assist the Regional Lands Manager with drafting necessary legal documents and other transactional documents as needed.
Promote lands conservation efforts via engagement, outreach and education.
Develop funding proposals to support the lands program or fulfill program needs.
Provide forward thinking and vision toward growing a diverse lands program to fulfill DU’s mission.
Minimum of three years of professional experience related to land use planning, real estate and/or conservation transactions (both conservation easements and fee acquisitions); or project management; more experience strongly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to independently initiate, structure, negotiate, manage and close complex land transactions.
Experience working with diverse public and private interests.
Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; exceptional written communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse conservation team.
Professional interests that align strongly with DU’s conservation mission and vision.
Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill.
Able and willing to travel frequently within the region of responsibility and occasionally beyond the service area.
About Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. DU conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitat for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
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