Conservation Project Manager

Department Conservation Services

Reports to Sr. Director Municipal Planning

FLSA Exempt

Position Summary

This position is designed to serve multiple roles within the department. As a land protection project manager, he/she manages or assists managers in land and conservation easement acquisitions. He/she will also manage or assist managers in completing community and other open space planning projects. Additionally, this position provides assistance to all project managers in Conservation Services through assistance with report writing and compilation, GIS analysis and cartography, GPS data collection, plant identification, and meeting logistics.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Completes land protection projects and/or supports Land Protection staff in all aspects of land and conservation easement acquisition, including grant applications, grant administration, sales contracts and proposals, due diligence during the acquisition process, client communications, attendance at project and public meetings, conservation easement baseline reports, and closeout of completed projects;
  • Coordinates or assists with all aspects of community planning activities including plans, land use regulations, GIS mapping, grant applications and services to municipal clients;
  • Aids with landscape planning activities, including conservation prioritization studies and public input procedures;
  • Provides GIS and GPS support for specific projects as necessary and in consultation with GIS staff;
  • Assists other program managers as time and necessity warrants;
  • Provides administrative and clerical functions; and,
  • Works on special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in ecology/biology, planning/landscape architecture, or a related field with three to five years’ work experience. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of land transactions
  • Understanding of land planning principles and techniques
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online, Microsoft Office programs, with PhotoShop a plus
  • Working knowledge of common mid-Atlantic plant assemblages desired
  • Field experience with GPS equipment
  • Willingness and ability to assist and work with a wide variety of people
  • Self starter capable of working independently with a minimum of supervision
  • A demonstrated enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • A passion for land conservation and providing quality service

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

This is mostly an office-based position, requiring frequent sitting for long periods, with occasional periods of walking, standing, bending and reaching. The position requires use of the computer and the telephone and handling large printed materials. The position requires work at outdoor sites, including driving and walking and standing on uneven terrain. The position requires occasional attendance at evening meetings, on behalf of municipal clients.

To Apply

Click here to apply using our online application system. Follow the application instructions to submit your resume and letter of interest. Address correspondence to Jeni W. Albany, Director of Human Resources.