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Community Conservation Director Job Opportunity

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to preserve the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties. OWLT owns and actively manages over 35 nature preserves in Ozaukee and Washington counties. OWLT believes all people should have access to the outdoors, a sustainable future, and the opportunity to become a steward of our shared natural resources.

 

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is committed to honoring diverse experiences, perspectives, and unique identities while fostering work environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. The Land Trust does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability in any of its policies or programs.

 

Reports to: Executive Director.


Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and River Revitalization Foundation Partnership
For the past sixteen months, the Boards of Directors and staff of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and River Revitalization Foundation have been exploring a closer partnership between our two land trusts. The result of this exploration has been overwhelmingly positive, and both Boards have voted to move towards integration of our land trusts. As we continue down this path, our first step is to bring our operations into closer working alignment. To that end, OWLT and RRF are entering into a joint management agreement. Beginning January 1, 2024, current River Revitalization Foundation staff will join the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust personnel and together, we will hire additional team members to help shape our shared vision for protecting and stewarding our shared natural resources.

To advance this partnership, OWLT is seeking a passionate individual to serve as the Community Conservation Director. The successful candidate will design, direct, and evaluate community coalitions, partnerships, and programs led by the land trust. This role is a core leader of the land trust and trusted with connecting people and communities to the land it stewards and restores. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional ability to identify and evaluate community conservation projects, ensure that funding opportunities for projects are pursued, and ensure that projects are completed with engagement by appropriate partners.

 

Creating a welcoming and inclusive culture in the conservation sector is a core value at the land trust. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment for all staff and our community of members/partners. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. Through this leadership position, the land trust seeks to take ownership of addressing barriers to conservation by engaging, training, and empowering underrepresented communities in the work of fostering biodiversity, promoting climate resiliency, and enhancing public access to the outdoors.

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Primary Responsibilities

Community Engagement & Greenway Coalitions Leadership Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain community coalitions that further the land trust’s mission, especially the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition and while working to create new coalitions across the service area. Coalition-supporting activities include: maintaining partnerships and relationships with government officials, nonprofit organizations, volunteer/friends-of groups.

    • On behalf of the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition:

      • Lead meetings and planning processes for shared land management projects.

      • Share information, updates, and project opportunities as appropriate.

      • Monitor and update the Greenway Plan, keeping the Coalition apprised of progress against stated goals and timelines.

      • Evaluate coalition activities to ensure appropriate projects are identified, funded opportunities are pursued, and projects are completed with engagement by appropriate partners.

      • Work with existing community groups to identify and facilitate opportunities for land trust to advance new Greenway coalition beyond the Milwaukee River Greenway.

      • Coordinate the hiring and supervision of a Community Conservation Manager.

  • Consult with Stewardship Director on restoration strategies for coalition projects.

  • Consult with Development Director to support community engagement strategies that increase participation of coalition membership.

  • Consult with Land Protection Director to identify opportunities for new land protection (acquisition, easement etc.) opportunities by putting yourself and the land trust in relation with stakeholders in order to identify such opportunities.

 

Emerging Conservation Professionals/Workforce Development Leadership Responsibilities

  • Design and lead projects that attract and inspire Emerging Conservation Professionals (workforce development) interns, student service learners, various conservation corps (e.g. Americorps) and The Land Restoration School. Activities include meeting with leaders of the above partners to forge partnerships and ensure land trust compliance/alignment with partner objectives.

  • Establish goals and metrics to evaluate and improve workforce impact and experience.

  • Provide relevant managers with leadership and oversight of their evaluation/mentoring responsibilities for Emerging Conservation Professionals.

 

Project Development and Collaboration with Development/Fundraising Department

  • Identify project funding needs and identify funding opportunities for land trust and coalitions, especially around multiyear coalition initiatives, such as Greenway and other coalition’s cross-jurisdictional habitat restoration/enhancement activities (i.e., invasive species control, native revegetation projects) and Emerging Conservation Professionals (Workforce Development).

  • Project/Program Design. Design and write narratives, project goals, activities, expected outcomes and budgets for grant applications, as requested in partnership with Development Director and grants team.

  • Contribute to the development of project budgets with Development Director/grants team.

  • Track project goals against stated timelines and provide Development team with timely progress reports for grant reporting and organizational communications (i.e., website, social & traditional media content).

 

Qualifications

  • A commitment to the values of protecting and stewarding our natural resources for all, especially communities historically underrepresented in natural resource decision-making.

  • Demonstrated capability to perform the listed job responsibilities pertaining to at least two of the following three core responsibilities of this position: workforce development, conservation of natural resources, and building and facilitating coalitions. Previous experience in conducting similar work an increasing level of responsibility preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of complex projects and in building consensus with team members and external stakeholders on complex issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral communications with a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Demonstrated experience of working and making key decisions independently. Able to collaborate and consult effectively with a team.

 

Salary and Benefits: Salary range: $75,000-$90,000; Health insurance stipend, and employer- sponsored 401K with 4% match. Paid leave includes: generous vacation leave based on tenure, 10 holidays and 10 compassionate/sick days annually.

 

Office/Work Environment: The position will be officed out of the River Revitalization Foundation office in Milwaukee and require frequent commuting to support community-building especially across Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties. Flexibility to work in a hybrid/virtual manner with frequency, subject to specific approval by Executive Director.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references with current contact information to: tstolp@owlt.org. The hiring team will begin reviewing and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis as soon as January 17, 2024 with the intention of filling the position as soon as possible.

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