RiverLink is a small but effective team of dedicated River Stewards. As we grow we will be adding more full and part time positions. Currently we host 3 AmeriCorps Project Conserve positions that serve for an 11 month term. These positions accept new applications every year around May/June. We also hire some camp counselors for our RiverCamp around April/May. If you’re interested in joining our team, check back on this page for new opportunities!
Land Resources Manager
The Land Resources Manager will play an integral part in creating the plans, priorities and processes to build a strong Land Resources Program. The Land Resources Manager will work to steward RiverLink’s existing fee-simple and conserved properties with the ultimate goal of protecting land as a means of improving water quality and protection of riparian habitat throughout the French Broad River watershed. The Land Resources Manager will work in collaboration with the Watershed Resources Manager on watershed improvement projects and programs that include riparian corridor protection. Salary range is $42,000-$46,000 with a competitive benefits package. Key Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Land Resources Manager is a key member of a small staff with a primary responsibility to manage RiverLink’s portfolio of fee and conservation easement lands, develop and coordinate the Strategic Conservation Plan for land protection in the French Broad River watershed. Primary duties include:
- Overseeing the stewardship of existing properties and easements in accordance with Land Trust Alliance (LTA) guidance. Tasks include management of the annual monitoring and the preparation of monitoring reports on all conservation easement tracts and fee simple tracts of land.
- Develop land management plans for fee-simple properties to be implemented by the Stewardship Coordinator, volunteers, and paid contractors.
- Supervise Americorps Stewardship Coordinator
- Oversee RiverLink’s Land Conservation Committee along with Board representatives.
- In compliance with LTA requirements, work with the Executive Director and the Land Resources Committee to formulate a strategic land conservation plan that outlines priorities and procedures for acquiring land and easements for the purposes of improving water quality.
- Work with the Watershed Resources Manager to obtain conservation easements associated with grant-funded stream restoration projects.
- Work with landowners, municipalities, and communities to acquire fee land and conservation easements in association with regional waterways.
- Research grant funding opportunities, draft grants for land conservation and management, and execute grant awards.
- Develop an outreach program to promote water quality protection through land conservation.
- Serve as RiverLink’s representative on community park and greenway initiatives.
- Participate in ongoing professional development provided by LTA and other partners.
- Lead the LTA re-accreditation process every five years.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or another related field and two years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of land management techniques related to habitat restoration and conservation.
- Competent with ArcGIS and standard computer software, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, G Suite and e-mail.
- Knowledge of real estate, protection techniques, and land conservation principles, and the ability to successfully complete land protection projects.
- Experience in a supervisory role.
- Commitment to land conservation.
- Experience in successful negotiations and/or creative problem-solving.
- Experience in developing positive relationships.
- Practical problem-solving and organizational skills.
- Valid, insurable driver’s license.
- Ability to lift 30 pounds and walk properties with landowners.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
- Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently.
- Experience with reviewing complex legal documents.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate, influence, and persuade.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills, including written, verbal and listening.
- Comfortable completing a wide range of tasks, from administrative work to complex real estate documents.
- Ability to adapt, perform under pressure, and work both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to work with diverse people and develop positive working relationships with landowners, government agency employees, team members, and other stakeholders.
BENEFITS: RiverLink offers employee health insurance, matching retirement funds, life and disability coverage, a generous PTO policy, and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities.
TO APPLY: email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com