Land Preservation Coordinator

The Land Preservation Coordinator will assist Senior Counsel in supporting the acquisition and management of natural lands to accelerate the speed and scale of conservation.  S/he will be responsible for assisting with land transactions and monitoring of Openlands properties and conservation easements within the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Region. 

Essential Functions:

Land Preservation Project Support

  • Assist Senior Counsel with land transactions, document preparation, file management, and assisting with due diligence coordination
  • Serve as the on-the-ground point of contact for properties owned, and conservation easements held by Openlands to build relationships and represent the organization to a wide range of stakeholders 

Fee Land and Conservation Easement Monitoring

  • Regularly visit sites owned by Openlands, including permanently held and pass-through properties, to provide on-site staff presence, perform property condition assessments, and monitoring
  • Write and file fee property condition reports and related documents in accordance with Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices
  • Advise Senior Counsel of maintenance issues, remedying minor on-site problems when feasible, and support the development and implementation of other property management solutions as needed
    • Monitor and maintain conservation easements per Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices, including writing monitoring reports, creating baseline documentation and current condition reports, and filing documents in accordance with Openlands’ policies
    • Cultivate relationships with easement landowners, respond to their inquiries to reduce risk and maximize conservation values on easement lands, and seek opportunities to permanently protect additional open space in priority areas
    • Advise Senior Counsel of potential easement violations in a timely manner, and coordinate to address issues
    • Support the work associated with adopting emerging best practices related to conservation easements and related accreditation standards
    • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least one-year experience managing real estate related projects
  • Familiarity with protection of conservation lands
  • Ability to walk properties on a frequent and regular basis, considering varying topography, site access, and weather conditions
  • Good organizational and time-management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and set effective priorities for work
  • Good writing, speaking and research skills
  • Strong customer service skills to support positive interactions with the public and stakeholders
  • Able to work as part of a team and to understand the individual role within a larger system or strategy, including taking initiative and working independently to advance broader team goals
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a personal vehicle, as many project sites cannot be readily accessed by public transportation. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.

Work Environment:

Loop office is ADA accessible. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer. Smoke- and drug-free environment.

Compensation:

Salary range is market competitive. Benefits include health, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation time.  This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume and include ‘Land Preservation Coordinator’ in the subject line to JobApps@openlands.org

Openlands is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. Openlands does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Openlands is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.