Reporting: Chief Conservation Officer
Location: Negotiable within the Coastal Plain of South Carolina
The Strategic Conservation Projects Director is a senior-level, mission-driven, highly-motivated land protection staff member who will play a key role on the Lowcountry Land Trust (LLT) Conservation Team. This person will be instrumental in ensuring the Land Trust’s long-term success by focusing significantly on catalyzing and leading large and/or complex land protection projects across South Carolina’s coastal plain. Central to this effort will be the building, nurturing, and maintaining of strong relationships with key constituencies, including landowners, nonprofit and government partners, funders, and other stakeholders. The person in this position will regularly engage with a portfolio of owners of strategically important unprotected land; cultivate LLT’s use of new, untapped, and/or complex sources of land protection funding; leverage impact capital and conservation investor capital for land protection; develop innovative partnerships and methods for leveraging protection by other entities; provide guidance to other LLT project managers; and otherwise contribute to LLT’s collective conservation strategies.
Proactively cultivate, develop, negotiate, and actively manage all aspects of land protection projects, quarterbacking a team of legal counsel, consultants, and fellow staff in accomplishing discrete project tasks necessary for successful completion.
Collaborate with the Chief Conservation Officer and other Conservation Team members to identify and prioritize land protection prospects in alignment with the Land Trust’s conservation strategy.
Regularly engage and educate prospective landowners on land protection opportunities.
Identify and initiate new, untapped, and/or complex sources of funding for conservation easements and/or fee simple title acquisitions.
Effectively and strategically utilize LLT’s Opportunity Fund to catalyze land protection projects.
Manage the disposition of fee simple acquisitions to government entities or through a buy/protect/sell strategy.
Present and represent LLT at focus area task forces, public events, conservation initiatives, trainings, and similar convenings; assuming leadership roles within them when strategically beneficial to the Land Trust’s goals.
As a fellow Conservation Team member, attend all team meetings and provide feedback and guidance to other LLT land protection staff regarding project strategies and resources.
Obtain LLT Committee and Board approvals for land protection projects.
Assist Conservation Team staff on special projects as assigned by the Chief Conservation Officer.
Support the organization’s philanthropic efforts by participating in events, communications, and gift solicitations; and identify and cultivate philanthropic and entrepreneurial opportunities that contribute to the Land Trust’s general operating revenues.
Support the promotion and communication of land preservation projects by assisting with the creation of press releases, outreach, and development materials.
Assist the Stewardship Director in providing information to landowners about conservation matters related to land management, connecting them to technical and financial resources as appropriate.
Undertake all work in accordance with LLT’s policies and standard operating procedures, and Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices and Accreditation requirements.
Travel within/to South Carolina’s coastal plain and state capitol as needed to effectively accomplish LLT’s land protection and partnership goals.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Minimum 3 years of land protection project management or equivalent real estate transaction and business experience
Ability to work collaboratively and creatively with staff across departments
Strong interpersonal skills, including written and verbal communication, and demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships
Ability to manage multiple projects or assignments with defined requirements to achieve specific, timely outcomes
Strong organizational skills
Strong self-direction and initiative; demonstrated commitment to making things happen
Strong attention to detail
Ability to interpret and understand legal documents, maps, survey plans, natural resource inventories, and other related materials
Empathetic and observant listener able to work with a wide range of personalities and opinions to reach a common goal
Ability to learn new software tools quickly
8 or more years of land protection project management or equivalent real estate transaction and business experience
Degree in a natural resources-related field (wildlife, ecology, forestry, conservation biology, environmental/land use planning, land use law, or related fields) or a degree in finance/business with a strong background in land conservation and land management
Conservation, not-for-profit organization, and/or public agency experience
Demonstrated use of multiple funding sources in conservation projects
Experience working with communities underrepresented in land conservation
Experience monitoring properties protected by conservation easements
Experience using Landscape conservation database and/or ArcGIS
Health Insurance - 100% Employer paid for Employee
100% Employer paid for Co-Pay Plan until 1/1/2025
Dental Insurance – 100% Employer Paid for Employee
Basic Life Insurance with AD&D ($25,000) – 100% Employer Paid for Employee
Long-Term Disability - 100% Employer Paid for Employee
Short-Term Disability - 100% Employer Paid for Employee
Optional benefits available – Paid by Employee:
Health FSA & Dependent Care FSA
Critical Illness Coverage
Voluntary Life Insurance
Financial & Retirement
403(b) - Immediate eligibility
Up to 5% match after 6 months of employment
Family & Parenting
Maternity & Paternity Leave
Hybrid Work Environment (in-office/from home)
Paid Time Off
Self-managed PTO (unlimited)
11 Paid Holidays
Flexible Summer Schedule
Partial Mobile Phone Reimbursement
Health & Wellness Positive Environment
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references in one PDF addressed to Ellen Blake, Operations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lowcountry Land Trust is committed to the principles of diversity and equal employment opportunity, and to comply with all federal, state, and local laws that are applicable to equal employment. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation or identity, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, service in the federal or state military, union affiliation, pregnancy or breastfeeding, medical or genetic information, atypical hereditary cellular blood trait, refusal to submit to a genetic test or make test results available to the Company, or status as a qualified individual with a disability, in accordance with applicable laws. The Land Trust also complies with the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodation Act.