Conservation and Easement Manager

Chestnut Hill Conservancy

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy (CH Conservancy) is seeking a full-time Conservation and Easements Manager (CE Manager) to help preserve and sustain the remaining significant natural, scenic, and architectural resources of Chestnut Hill and surrounding communities in the Wissahickon watershed. The conservation of open land maintains the environment and the quality of drinking water for thousands, while the preservation of historic buildings and the cultural landscape protects the remarkable character of the area. Easements are among the strongest tools to manage over-development pressure, and protect these important resources.

Under the Conservation and Easements program, operated by the Conservancy in partnership with Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW), the Conservancy currently holds 52 conservation and preservation easements across over 105 acres of the Wissahickon watershed in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. FOW’s mission is focused within Wissahickon Valley Park, which is severely degraded from stormwater runoff. CH Conservancy’s easement program works to conserve the privately-owned land surrounding the Park that is responsible for much of the damaging stormwater.

CH Conservancy is an unusual land trust – at the forefront of a growing movement to integrate land conservation with the preservation of historic architecture, archival resources, and sustainable practices. We are the first urban-focused land trust in the nation to have earned accreditation, which we still proudly maintain.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Conservation and Easements Manager works closely with the Conservancy’s Executive Director; the Conservation and Easements Committee (CE Committee); dedicated legal counsel; and preservation, sustainability, and conservation experts to oversee all aspects of the Conservation and Easements program. The major responsibilities of this position are outlined below, and include the cultivation and creation of new easements; annual monitoring of properties with CH Conservancy easements for compliance; support of eased-property owners; promoting conservation, sustainability, and preservation best practices; and program administration – all as a key member of a strong community-based nonprofit team.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Genuine enthusiasm for the conservation of private land and architecture;
  • Bachelor’s degree in preservation, environmental science, geography, biology, land planning, preservation, sustainable practices, pre-law or in a related field;
  • One to three years of experience in historic preservation, land stewardship, conservation easements, law, and/or a related field;
  • Detail oriented, with excellent project management abilities;
  • Strong people skills, including excellent verbal and written communications and demonstrated ability to diplomatically resolve issues;
  • Desire to play a key role in a highly collaborative, positive, energetic, team-based nonprofit environment, with the ability to work independently;
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret legal documents and maps; legal experience a plus but not required;
  • Experience managing skilled volunteers;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs. Experience with the Adobe Suite and with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a plus;
  • A valid driver’s license and a reliable means of transportation;
  • Ability to walk long distances over varying terrain;
  • Familiarity with Wissahickon watershed communities a plus but not required.

COMPENSATION:

This full-time position offers an annual salary of $57,000, two weeks of PTO (with longevity increases), 12 paid holidays, health insurance, and a SIMPLE IRA Retirement account with employer match/contribution. The position reports to the Conservancy’s Executive Director. A hybrid (home office and Conservancy office) work setup is possible, but the really good chocolate will only be provided at the Conservancy office.


ABOUT CH Conservancy:
Since 1967, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy has served as an educational center and leading advocate for the history, architecture, and open space of Chestnut Hill and surrounding communities in the Wissahickon Watershed. Through programs, exhibits, tours, and our Archives, CH Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and interpreting our region’s heritage and environment. Under our Easement Program, in partnership with Friends of the Wissahickon, CH Conservancy holds 52 easements protecting in perpetuity 21 historical facades and over 103 privately-owned acres in the Wissahickon watershed. See more at: www.CHConservancy.org

CH Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. The Conservancy is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample and/or example of another work product relevant to this position to [email protected].