Land Manager – Placer Land Trust

Auburn, California

Organization and Position Summary:

Based in Auburn, CA, Placer Land Trust (PLT) is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that works with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently protect natural and agricultural land in Placer County. To date, PLT has protected over 20,000 acres of land in Placer County for current and future generations. Our protected lands include woodlands, forests and rangelands, waterways and lakes, habitat corridors and wildlife preserves, parks and recreation areas, scenic vistas, and farms and ranches.

PLT is seeking to hire a full-time Land Manager to monitor, manage and care for ~6,000 acres of land in Placer County. This includes property owned and managed by PLT, and property that is privately-owned but protected by conservation easement. The job is about 40% field work, and about 60% office work. The employee will work as part of a team of land management (aka “stewardship”) staff and will be supervised by the Stewardship Director. Specific responsibilities are listed on the following page.

This is a full-time exempt salaried position. Occasional evening and weekend work (less than once a month) is required, and frequent travel throughout Placer County is required. A shared company pick-up truck is available at the PLT office in Auburn for field work and travel, although the employee must have their own transportation to get to/from the PLT office. PLT offers a hybrid work environment and flexible scheduling. PLT provides room and resources for its full team (expected to be 13 when this position starts) to work at the PLT office in Auburn, and PLT also helps with resources to facilitate efficient remote work. By the  nature of our work all employees typically need to work some amount of time in-person with other staff once a week or every-other-week; beyond that, a remote work schedule can be determined by the employee and the Stewardship Director.

PLT values and seeks a team with diverse experience, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to strengthen our team, and ensure our work remains relevant today, for current and future generations, and for all. We recognize that historically land conservation has not been a diverse field with equitable representation and opportunities for all, and PLT is working to change that. We believe that many skills can be taught, and as long as you meet the job requirements and will promote a culture of inclusion in our organization, you are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be reviewed using anonymized application screening.

PLT is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, socioeconomic class, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Responsibilities:

About 40% of the job is field work involving demanding physical labor – monitoring properties, managing land, and routine maintenance of gates, fences, signs, trails, etc. About 60% of the job involves office work – internal and external communications, meetings, document work, filing, administration, team projects, etc. PLT provides any specialized training necessary to fulfil these responsibilities. Although duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time, it is anticipated that these will be the main responsibilities of the position.

  • Serve as “Preserve Manager” for ~20 properties (“Preserves”) covering ~6,000 acres.
  • Ensure protection of natural resources, wildlife habitat, and other values on the Preserves.
  • Ensure legal and contractual obligations are met for each Preserve, including the terms of conservation easements. Address and resolve potential violations and other issues quickly.
  • Monitor and inspect Preserves: trash, dumping, trespass, or other violations; condition of trails, fencing and other infrastructure; risks of wildfire/ fuel loads; and health of forests and wildlife habitat.
  • Write annual monitoring and inspection reports.
  • Maintain and repair fences and gates and install signs on Preserves.
  • Assist with or lead fuel load reduction projects, including prescribed burning.
  • Maintain and help construct trails, including mowing, weed whacking, spraying, and chain sawing.
  • Assist with or lead maintenance of field equipment and vehicles.
  • Oversee and manage contractors and contract work, including fire management/fuel load reduction/forestry work, mowing, fence installation, habitat restoration, biological surveys, and other contracts.
  • Oversee and manage livestock grazing tenants and other land-lease tenants (e.g., beekeepers). Assist with or lead the writing of new grazing lease contracts and contract renewals.
  • Coordinate regularly with staff, landowners, neighbors, volunteers, agencies, and the public.
  • Maintain records related to property management, monitoring, and equipment.
  • Be “on-call” evenings and weekends to respond to rare property-related emergencies.
  • Assist with or lead habitat restoration projects, including forest and stream/ wetland projects.
  • Assist with or lead creation of maps, including topographic, aerial, and other types of maps.
  • Assist with or lead the writing of land management plans, baseline documentation reports, and grants.
  • Assist with or lead occasional volunteer groups, public groups, and partner tours on PLT Preserves.
  • Assist with recreation program planning, including guided hikes, events, and other activities.
  • Attend trainings and webinars on best management practices and other key topics.
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, fundraising activities, and other PLT events and activities.
  • Contribute imagery from the field for marketing purposes.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to land conservation and land stewardship.
  • Experience working on land – farms, ranches, parks, open space, or other.
  • Ability to operate field equipment (already, or following brief training) such as: UTV, weed whacker, truck & trailer, sprayer, chainsaw, etc.
  • Computer proficient and familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Google docs and other similar software.
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple projects and tasks on time and within budget.
  • Ability to coordinate people and groups (consultants, contractors, volunteers, interns).
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Comfortable managing tense or difficult situations and people while in the field, such as aggressive cows or impolite neighbors.
  • Self-directed, requiring little supervision following initial direction.
  • Proactively identify issues and suggest solutions.
  • Good physical fitness; able and willing to work and hike in challenging conditions such as rough terrain or excessive heat, sometimes for long periods (full day / 5+ miles) in uncomfortable weather. (Employee will be provided safety training and guidance including acceptable conditions for field work in temperatures exceeding 95 degrees.)
  • Team player with ability to work comfortably with different people of different backgrounds.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Other Applicable Experience or Knowledge (helpful but not required):

  • Experience or knowledge that is “above and beyond” the above Minimum Required Qualifications.
  • Specialized experience:
    • Managing lands or monitoring conservation easements for a land trust.
    • Managing forests and fuel loads, rangelands and grazing, or prescribed burning.
    • Managing publicly accessible lands or public trails.
    • Collecting or reviewing biological field data and surveys.
    • Creating maps in ArcGIS or Google Earth.
    • Writing contracts, land management plans, monitoring reports, grant applications, etc.
    • Using project management software or database/records software.
  • Specialized education or knowledge:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Biology, Conservation, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Rangeland Management, or similar field.
    • Knowledge of conservation and natural community ecology, and application to land management.
    • Knowledge of plants and natural communities in Placer County.
    • Knowledge of Placer County.

Salary & Benefits:

The salary for this position will range from $67,000-$70,000, based on skills and experience. Annually PLT offers 13 paid holidays, accrual of paid vacation starting at 13 days, and accrual of paid sick time at 10 days. PLT contributes to the cost of group health insurance available to PLT employees. When the employee becomes eligible per IRS rules, PLT starts and contributes to the employee’s 403b retirement program. PLT offers ongoing training and professional development.

To Apply:

Email cover letter and resume to info@placerlandtrust.org with “Land Manager Application” in subject line. The first deadline to apply is July 19, 2024, with an anticipated start date by September 1, 2024. However, the position will remain open and listed on our website, placerlandtrust.org/about-plt/join-our-team/, until filled.

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