Southern California Land Protection Project Associate

Posted Date: September 24, 2021
Location: Pasadena, California

Position Summary:
The Project Associate will work in support of local land protection staff to acquire and conserve priority lands. Through this work s/he/they will expand and enhance access to the region’s network of public lands; ensure local residents have close-to-home parks, trails, and open space; and help communities fulfill their visions for their surrounding landscapes.

Key Functions:

  • Assist land protection staff in all phases of land acquisition projects and programmatic initiatives, including project research; landowner outreach; collaboration with local governments, agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups; and coordination of due diligence and closing tasks.
  • Support legal staff on land protection projects including tracking critical project dates, due diligence review, and preparation for real estate closings.
  • Assist philanthropy staff on fundraising and help research and prepare public and private grant
  • Prepare graphic and written materials for presentations and other project-related needs.
  • Outreach – attend community meetings, build relationships with advocacy partners, garner support for projects as needed.  
  • Complete various administrative tasks including invoice submission and grant reporting.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or equivalent experience. Course work or experience to include real estate, environmental studies, community engagement, public policy, or related area.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to take on complex projects.
  • Proficient with computers, graphics and spreadsheets. Experience with GIS, mapping and legal descriptions 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. 
  • Interest in our mission as it relates to community, land protection and advocacy.
  • Good people skills, ease with of many types of personalities.
The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a staff that is representative of the communities we serve. 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.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a regular, full time position within The Trust for Public Land. We provide a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range is $45,000-55,000.