Senior Project Associate - Northern New England

Posted Date: July 5, 2020
Location: Portland, Maine
Position Summary:
The Senior Project Associate provides land conservation project support and coordination to protect land, create community forests, and advance The Trust for Public Land's “Land for People” mission in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.  We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you’re the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.

Accepting applications through July 8, 2020.

  • Assists land protection staff in all phases of land acquisition projects and programmatic initiatives, including conservation project research, outreach to landowners, towns, governmental agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups, and coordination with title companies, appraisers, surveyors and other due diligence consultants.
  • Supports legal staff on land protection projects in Northern New England including tracking critical project dates, due diligence review, real estate closing preparation and other responsibilities as needed.
  • Assists in research, development, and writing of public and private grant applications for land protection projects and programs.  
  • Supports community engagement and planning processes related to TPL community forest and other land protection projects. 
  • Supports development and management of Northern New England Programs (e.g. manages Community Forest Program peer network engagement)
  • Responds to inquiries by and conducts strategic outreach to individuals, community groups and government agencies regarding land protection projects.
  • Prepares graphic and written materials for presentations and other project related needs.
  • Manages special events held by TPL including fundraising and community events.
  • Responsible for various administrative tasks including invoice submission, project tracking, and grant reporting. 
Special Knowledge and Skills:
  •  Ability to balance sound business sense and judgment with commitment to land conservation. 
  • Superior written and oral communications skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on complex projects.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, graphics and spreadsheets.
  • Experience with GIS, mapping and legal contracts a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Ability to take initiative, make suggestions, be creative and solve problems. 
  • Strong people skills, ease with many types of personalities.
  • Community engagement skills a plus.
  • One or more years of related experience or equivalent, two or more years preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Course work or experience in environmental studies, conservation, real estate, public policy, or related area.
  • Demonstrated commitment to land conservation and communities.
Hiring Range: $48-52k plus a comprehensive benefits package.