Creighton Conservation Specialist - Boston, MA
Job Details
Boston Office - Boston, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Some travel

The Opportunity.

The Creighton Conservation Specialist works as part of the Land Conservation team and participates in all areas of the Trustees’ land conservation work.  This position is designed to both advance the strategic land conservation efforts of The Trustees while also building the successful applicant’s foundation skills in land conservation work.  The Creighton Conservation Specialist both supports the work of colleagues in the Land Conservation department and directly carries out tasks relating to conservation restriction stewardship, land project sourcing and evaluation, acquisition of land and land interests, engage with property stewardship staff on specific projects, and program administration and support.  The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, organized and resourceful, attentive to detail, able to handle multiple responsibilities, and willing and able to work in an office and/or remote setting and outdoors in various conditions.


In This Role You Will:

Depending on experience and education, these essential functions may at first be supported as carried out by senior colleagues, but will also be engaged in directly:

  • Intake, research, and reporting on potential land conservation projects.

  • Facilitate the identification of land conservation opportunities that advance priorities in The Trustees’ Five-Year Strategic Plan, the Eliot Initiative (new reservations), and the Reservation Priority Lands (reservation expansion) plans.

  • Manage land conservation projects from inception to completion, first in a supporting role to other staff, later in a lead role, all as assigned by the Associate Director of Land Conservation. Duties may include research on land and owners of record, conservation values, negotiating with landowners, drafting conservation agreements, securing contractors and managing due diligence related to projects, post-closing file review and archiving.

  • Play an appropriate role in land conservation-related fundraising efforts.

  • Participate in regular Land Conservation, all-staff, and other periodic meetings.

  • Support the tracking of compliance of the land conservation work with The Trustees’ relevant policies and procedures.

  • Assist the Conservation Restriction Program with conservation restriction stewardship, including completing annual monitoring visits and associated documentation and landowner follow-up.

  • Collaborate with colleagues in following up on CR compliance issues, other emerging issues, and CR landowner inquiries or requests. 

  • Create GIS property maps, CR base maps, resource maps, as needed. 

  • Support Stewardship staff on selected property care projects.

  • Database entry, data management and, dependent on tech skills, database system support.

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

Other Information

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in natural resource management, historic preservation, regional planning or related field.

  • 2  years related work experience with a demonstrated commitment to conservation and preservation work.



  • Demonstrated communication (writing and public speaking), negotiation, leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. 

  • Experience with MS Office 365 required; GIS and database skills are highly desirable. 

  • Experience in either natural or cultural resource protection and/or stewardship is highly desirable. 


Working Conditions:

  • Ability to travel within Massachusetts and to attend frequent evening and weekend meetings and events is essential.

  • Ability and appropriate licensure to regularly drive an automobile in Massachusetts, including long distance trips; must meet Trustees’ requirements for driving records check.

  • Ability to attend/present at evening meetings such as conservation commissions, select board, etc.

  • Ability to walk long distances through wooded and uneven terrain required.

  • Background check required.


About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households. 


The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years. 


In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. 


We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.