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Land Protection Associate

Summary of Position:

The Land Protection Associate provides technical and administrative support to the Minnesota Land Trust’s Land Protection program. Primary responsibilities include the compilation of project Baseline Documentation Reports and management of project-related information/data. The position requires significant amounts of field work at locations throughout Minnesota, which at times could be strenuous, require potential use of boats or other vehicles, and occur different times of the year. The Conservation Associate assists the Land Protection Coordinator and Program Managers in creating maps, maintaining GIS files, developing project documents, and actively participating in other ways as a key member of the Land Trust team.

The Land Protection Associate reports to the Land Protection Coordinator and has no staff management responsibilities. This is a full-time, exempt position preferably based in Saint Paul, MN and temporarily working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. Write and compile Baseline Documentation Reports for conservation easement projects, including the documentation of properties via site visits, production of GIS maps, and the gathering of pertinent technical information from a variety of sources to guide the writing/compilation of the documents (80% of time).
  2. Assist the Director of Land Protection and Information Systems Manager with maintenance of the Land Trust’s land protection data/information in line with organizational data management standards, and otherwise support organization-wide adoption and compliance with these standards (10%).
  3. Lead or assist with other facets of coordinating the Land Trust’s land protection work, including but not limited to posting of easement boundaries, fielding landowner inquiries, and assisting with habitat management plan contracting (8%).
  4. Assist the Land Protection Coordinator in compiling and distributing materials for the bi-monthly Conservation Committee of the Board of Directors. This may also include the taking of minutes, creation of PowerPoint presentations, assembly of Committee packets and filing of Board land project resolutions in database and hardcopy files (1%).
  5. Assist the Land Protection Coordinator in organizing and establishing the agenda for weekly Conservation Staff meetings (1%).
  6. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to produce highly detailed, precise work.
  2. Ability to work effectively with and receive feedback from a wide variety of individuals including staff, board members, partners, landowners and volunteers.
  3. Good organizational skills, self-directed, attentive to details, and responsive to deadlines.
  4. A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, land management or similar field and three years of relevant work experience.
  5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and demonstrated expertise in data/information management.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency with developing mapping information and creating descriptive and informative maps in ArcGIS.
  7. Willingness to travel extensively throughout Minnesota, including solo, overnight trips perhaps lasting multiple days. Ability to physically navigate rough terrain covering 5 miles and carrying up to 10 pounds of gear. Ability to drive for long periods of time, with trips often between 200-500 miles round trip.


  1. Solid knowledge of the plants, animals, and natural communities of Minnesota.
  2. A demonstrated interest in land conservation is strongly desired.
  3. Knowledge of and familiarity with the use of GPS units and/or field geographic data collection is preferred.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume saved as a single PDF to Sue Martinez at smartinez@mnland.org on or before November 30, 2020.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Mark van der Linden at mvanderlinden@mnland.org.

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