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Land Project Manager/Agricultural Specialist

Reporting to:
Director of Land Conservation

Our Mission:
To sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come.

Mission of Position:
Initiate and manage the successful completion of farmland conservation transactions and implement Scenic Hudson’s goals to advance climate smart agriculture in the Hudson Valley.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (with advanced degree desirable), a minimum of two years of related professional experience, and a demonstrable knowledge of agricultural practices. The ideal candidate will be an experienced land conservation professional with a track record of completing real estate transactions, and a track record in working with farmers in some capacity. Experience with GIS desirable.

Must be a strategic thinker with robust interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to handle complex transactions and sometimes challenging situations.

Organizational and time management skills are essential. Must have the ability to work independently and possess a self-directed, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial work ethic. We are seeking an individual who communicates and collaborates well, and who embraces accountability as a member of a high- functioning team

A passion for agriculture and alignment with and enthusiasm for Scenic Hudson’s mission are required. Must enjoy the outdoors and have ability to travel within the region and ability to walk about 3-5 miles over uneven terrain in inclement weather. Some evening and weekend work and access to reliable transportation for travel throughout the Hudson Valley is required.

Background:
Our work is guided by our vision for the region. The Hudson Valley is a community of informed and engaged citizens working to make the region a model of vibrant riverfront cities and towns linked by inviting parks and trails, beautiful and resilient landscapes, and productive farms.

We focus on three themes – Promoting Regional Identity, Building Community and Strengthening Resiliency. Lands we protect will conserve working farmland, enhance recreation, keep our air and water clean, and help wildlife adapt to rising sea levels. Partnerships to restore long-neglected natural and cultural assets will help revitalize downtown neighborhoods. And our expertise in siting renewable energy and promoting natural climate solutions positions the region to be a model for confronting climate change.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute towards the success of Scenic Hudson’s land conservation efforts, leading farmland conservation projects and supporting the organization’s initiatives that address agricultural climate resiliency in the Hudson Valley including demonstration projects that help farms to be more climate-resilient.
  • Manage land transactions, including fee and conservation easement acquisitions and land dispositions primarily focused on farmland protection, and other conservation real estate transactions that further Scenic Hudson’s strategic plan and conservation priorities.
  • Initiate on-the-ground projects on farms that advance climate-resilient and regenerative farming.
  • Establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with farmers, landowners and land conservation partners in order to achieve conservation outcomes.
  • Devise acquisition and financing plans for land conservation projects; and identify and pursue project-specific funding sources and financing strategies; prepare USDA ALE, NYS FPIG, and other similar grant proposals.
  • Contribute knowledge and expertise on agricultural issues to the organization.
  • Negotiate the acquisition of land and conservation easements, including easements on working farmland.
  • Draft conservation easements and other documentation associated with land conservation transactions.
  • Coordinate the mechanics of multiple real estate transactions, track and follow up on various aspects of same in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with public officials, planning departments, and non-profit organizations involved in land conservation, agriculture, and natural resource conservation in order to advance projects.
  • Work as an integral member of the Land Conservation Team and collaborate between teams on agricultural issues. 
  • Build public support for specific projects and Scenic Hudson initiatives.
  • Maintain regular and up to date electronic and paper records, including use of a Salesforce-based database.
  • Oversee and direct the work of consultants.
  • Make periodic presentations to the land trust’s board of directors and the public about our work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Compensation:
Full Time, salary range $73,000 – $78,000 commensurate with experience, with competitive benefits.

Contact:
Cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to: jobs@scenichudson.org. Further information can be found on our website: www.scenichudson.org. No phone calls please.

Scenic Hudson defines Environmental Justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people regardless of their ability, culture, education, gender, heritage, income, or race in efforts, decisions, and actions that impact their environment, health and livelihoods.

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting and celebrating excellence and cultural diversity. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, representation, and inclusion, and strive to serve all people in the Hudson Valley by evaluating all our projects, strategic initiatives, and outcomes through that lens.