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Position Title: Director of Partnerships and Outreach
 
Organization: Texas Land Conservancy

Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) is a statewide 501c3 non-profit land trust committed to protecting land all over the state of Texas. Our mission is to conserve natural areas in Texas and to protect the physical and ecological integrity of their wildlife habitat, native plant communities, and scenic landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Director of Partnerships and Outreach will be responsible for designing and implementing the outreach strategy for the organization including: print and social media and marketing, public outreach, strategic partnerships, and volunteer coordination. The purpose of the position is to increase land and water conservation throughout the state of Texas by promoting collaboration between private landowners, state and federal organizations, academic institutions, other non-profits and the public.

This is a full-time position based in TLC's office in Austin, TX. The Director of Partnerships and Outreach reports to the Executive Director

RESPONSIBILITIES
o Bring science, volunteerism, and outreach together in a strategic outreach and partnership campaign that encourages learning, collaboration, and innovation.
o Develop corporate partnerships to help fund projects and engage corporate volunteers
o Maintain all content on TLC website and social media outlets (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
o Create and manage all offline marketing and print materials including semiannual newsletter
o Communicate the mission of TLC and expand our reach with communities through invited presentations
o Maintain and update all accreditation materials as needed
o Coordinate and manage volunteers and develop the annual volunteering schedule
o Design and implement TLC outreach events, including happy hours, hikes, and other engagement activities.
o Organize and facilitate educational outreach (presentations, tabling, work with school groups)
o Develop new and expand previously existing partnerships with public agencies, NGO's, and private land managers.
o Gather baseline data to track and measure the progress of partnerships with landowners, other non-profits, and local/state organizations.
o Build the inter-personal relationships between TLC and our conservation easement holders.

QUALIFICATIONS
o 3-5+ years professional experience in a leadership position for marketing and public outreach is required.
o Evident interest in and passion for land conservation. Experience in the Texas conservation community preferred
o Competency with social media, website management, public relations, & marketing
o Experience in creating, editing, and communicating science-related information for public consumption
o Proven ability to articulate an organization's unique value powerfully and succinctly, and adapt this case for support to corporation
o Must have strong interpersonal and communications skills, and demonstrate professionalism and warmth when interacting with TLC's staff and community
o Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness, professionalism, and a positive spirit.
o Fluency required or proven ability to learn: Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office.
o Education: BA/BS required; Master's degree preferred.

POSITION DETAILS
o Schedule: Full-time position
o Salary: Commensurate with experience. Health Insurance.
o TLC is an equal opportunity employer that highly values staff diversity
o Anticipated start date: April 2017
o Deadline: Open until filled
o Location: Austin, TX

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
Please apply by emailing two writing samples, your resume, cover letter, and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put "Director of Partnerships and Outreach" in the subject line. All your information will be kept confidential.


 

Position Title: Stewardship Director
 
Organization: Katy Prairie Conservancy

Organization Background
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) is a nationally accredited, regional land trust based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to protect a sustainable part of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife, stakeholders, and the Houston community at large. The Katy Prairie Conservancy is one of the largest land trusts in the Houston-Galveston region and has protected through acquisition or easement over 20,000 acres of the historic Katy Prairie. KPC's programs of conservation, education and outreach, preserve management and restoration, public policy, and research strive to ensure that the coastal prairies of Texas remain ecologically viable and productive places for generations to come. KPC serves as a dependable resource for farmers, ranchers, and landowners who are interested in protecting and conserving their property as well as helping ensure the continued well-being and viability of the prairie. The quality and accuracy of information presented in all communications; the professionalism and expertise of the staff and Board; and the ethical and transparent functioning of the organization all contribute to the success of the Conservancy and its programs.

Project Description
The Katy Prairie Conservancy seeks a Stewardship Manager to assist with monitoring andmanagement of KPC's conservation easement and preserve portfolio. KPC seeks an individual withknowledge of tallgrass prairie/wetland ecology as well as the natural/agricultural workinglandscape. Monitoring activities may include the preparation of monitoring reports, maps, and background information for new properties for acquisition and protection, as well as identification of property management and maintenance issues to be addressed. This individual will also create GIS maps and maintain the organization's GIS database on conservation properties. KPC seeks someone who is familiar with the local prairie wetland system and knowledgeable about the restoration practices of the region, local invasive plant species, and methods for controlling them. This individual will also oversee and organize volunteer programs that help maintain and improve KPC's lands. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Conservation Director.


Additional tasks related to this position include:
1) Conservation Property Monitoring
a) Help manage and maintain the property owned by KPC, including assisting with the identification of and budgeting for property management, maintenance, and monitoring
activities.
b) Assist with the development and updating of short- and long-term property management plans and their implementation.
c) GPS and photopoint documentation.
d) Documentation of damage or violations.
e) Written summary report of each monitoring visit.
f) Maintain tools, equipment, and land.
2) Prairie and Wetland Restoration
a) Learn and implement practices for restoration of native tallgrass prairie and wetlands.
b) Maintain and operate various equipment and machinery for prairie restoration and maintenance activities.
c) Remove exotic species and complete species monitoring, including the application of herbicides for invasive species control and prescribed burns for natural resource
management.
3) Landowner and Volunteer Outreach
a) Coordinate site visits with landowners.
b) Offer land management assistance if needed.
c) Coordinate volunteers for work/field days.
d) Assist with the management of hunting and agricultural activities.
4) Baseline Reports
a) Write baseline reports for new acquisitions properties.
b) Includes extensive GIS mapping.
c) Flora/Fauna inventories.
d) Photo documentation.
5) Project Evaluation and Recommendations
a) Assist the Executive Director in evaluating new projects.
b) Recommendation on land management on properties.
Other Duties as assigned


Qualifications
• College or advanced degree and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience in natural resources management, biological sciences, or land management.
• Must be proficient in ArcGIS software, map creation, and GPS use, as well as ability to utilize Google Drive, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
• Understanding of agricultural operations including rice farming, livestock grazing, and federal farm programs preferred, but not required.
• Working knowledge of ecological principles and their application to land management, specifically as relating to Texas coastal tallgrass prairie wetland systems.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
• Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. lawn mower, chainsaw, four-wheel drive vehicle, tractor, two-way radio, engine pumps, etc.).
• Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
• Excellent oral and written communication skill; strong organizational skills and great attention to detail.
• Ability to coordinate, lead, and work with volunteers and landowners on management, maintenance, and monitoring projects.
• Must possess a valid driver's license and be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application).
• Willing to use personal vehicle for employment activities.
• Work outdoors, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long hours in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain, under no supervision or infrequent
supervision, and under physically demanding circumstances that require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.

Salary and Benefits
Salary for the Stewardship Manager will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and holiday time, and employer contribution to a qualified retirement plan.

Application Process
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, salary, and benefits requirements to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A hard copy may be mailed to:
Stewardship Manager Job Position
Katy Prairie Conservancy
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 867
Houston, Texas 77005-2458


No phone inquiries please.

Position posted February 7, 2017; projected start date March 15, 2017; however, the position will remain open until successfully filled. Nothing in the job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment. A background check is required.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer; KPC expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.


 

Position Title: Assistant Director
 
Organization: Katy Prairie Conservancy

Organization Background
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) is a nationally accredited, regional land trust based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to protect a sustainable part of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife, stakeholders, and the Houston community at large. The Katy Prairie Conservancy is one of the largest land trusts in the Houston-Galveston region and has protected through acquisition or easement over 20,000 acres of the historic Katy Prairie. KPC's programs of conservation, education and outreach, preserve management and restoration, public policy, and research strive to ensure that the coastal prairies of Texas remain ecologically viable and productive places for generations to come. KPC serves as a dependable resource for farmers, ranchers, and landowners who are interested in protecting and conserving their property as well as helping ensure the continued well-being and viability of the prairie. The quality and accuracy of information presented in all communications; the professionalism and expertise of the staff and Board; and the ethical and transparent functioning of the organization all contribute to the success of the Conservancy and its programs.


Position Description
The Katy Prairie Conservancy seeks a dedicated, organized, and hard-working team player to become its first Assistant Director, a full-time position. The Assistant Director should be a person deeply committed to preserving the natural heritage of the extensive and historic Katy Prairie, as well as other regional tallgrass prairies in the Lower Galveston Bay watershed and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast of Texas. This person should also be eager to learn and to engage in all leadership functions of the organization.
The Assistant Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for overseeing administration, programs, and the strategic plan of the organization and for generally handling internal affairs of the Katy Prairie Conservancy while the Executive Director focuses externally on development, government affairs, community relations, and project development.

Specific Tasks Related to the Position

Transactional Work
• Review contracts and prepare suggestions for KPC's Outside Legal Counsel where appropriate.
• Provide research, drafting, and other assistance on legal matters, as needed.
• Work with the Executive Director to develop materials for acquisition, mitigation, and other activities related to the land trust.
• Establish and manage landowner workshops with education and conservation staff.
• Develop protocols to ensure that KPC follows land acquisition due diligence requirements.
• Document and help close all conservation easement transactions according to policies and procedures.
• Ensure legal compliance by Katy Prairie Conservancy in easement transactions, using outside counsel as necessary or advisable.


Advocacy and Government Affairs
• Monitor federal and state legislation that could affect KPC's work and mission.
• Work with the Executive Director to establish and maintain productive relations with federal, state, and local elected officials.
• Serve as staff liaison with Public Affairs Committee.
• Establish a "quick response team" for various legislative issues on the federal, state, and local level.
• Work with Executive Director and Board members to identify threats to conservation lands and implement action plans to ensure that threats do not degrade conservation values of protected lands.


Fundraising and Grants Management
• Work with the Advancement Director to conduct prospect research and application development for governmental grant opportunities.
• Work with Advancement Director and financial staff to develop grant reporting protocols and reporting schedules in line with a coordinated fundraising strategy.
• Prepare quarterly, annual, and other required reports for governmental or other grants, as required.
• Develop monthly reports with financial staff on various budget metrics and goals for the organization.


Administration
• Assist with the development of annual work plans.
• On an annual basis evaluate insurance needs and secure appropriate levels of coverage.
• Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of KPC.
• Oversee development of the annual budget with the financial and program staff and the Executive Director.
• Manage accreditation requirements, including renewal process.
Other Duties as assigned


Desired Attributes
• A strong commitment and enthusiasm for land conservation, specifically, the mission, goals, and values of conserving prairie lands.
• Tact, good judgment, professionalism, and a healthy sense of humor when working with a diverse array of donors, members, volunteers, and colleagues.
• Appreciation of diverse land issues and landowner views.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Self-starter who is able to work independently or as part of a team.
• Strategic planning skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software as well as Apple products, including KeyNote.
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced office environment.

Qualifications
• Candidates with a background in either the nonprofit or business sector may apply.
• Candidates with a background in the nonprofit sector should have experience in management, strategic and business planning, fundraising (donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, data management) and budgeting/ financial management.
• Candidates from the business sector should have experience in public relations and government affairs, customer service, human resources, or related fields, and a willingness to engage in appropriate professional development/coaching to rapidly acquire expertise in nonprofit sustainability and donor relationship management.
• Five to ten years of progressively responsible professional experience.
• Bachelor's degree with an advanced degree preferred in a related field; MBA or J.D. preferred but not required.

Salary and Benefits
Salary for the Assistant Director will be commensurate with qualification and experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and holiday time, and employer contribution to a qualified retirement plan.

To Apply
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary and benefits requirements to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A hard copy may be mailed to:
Assistant Director Position
Katy Prairie Conservancy
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 867
Houston, Texas 77005-2458

No phone inquiries please.

Position posted January 30, 2017; projected start date between March 1 - 15, 2017; however, the position will remain open until successfully filled. Nothing in the job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment. A background check is required.

The Katy Prairie Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer; KPC expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Email resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 25, 2017; please reference the position title in the subject line.


  

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