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Hilltown Land Trust Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager - Ashfield MA

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Hilltown Land Trust - Ashfield, MA
Full Time
Some travel


The Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager will work with Hilltown Land Trust’s Executive Director to manage a portfolio of land conservation projects including strategic acquisitions and new Conservation Restrictions (aka Conservation Easement). The Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager will also direct HLT’s land stewardship activities including annual monitoring of 35 Conservation Restrictions (CR) and monitoring and maintenance of 10 properties stewarded directly by Hilltown Land Trust. This position will supervise and be supported by a Land Stewardship Coordinator who will assist with property monitoring and management. The Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager will develop and expand strong partnerships with local conservation organizations, build broader support for conservation in the Hilltowns, and work with other staff and volunteers to implement the organization’s strategic plan. 


Essential Functions:

  • Carry out land conservation projects in Hilltown Land Trust’s 13-town service area including the identification and field assessment of priority parcels, landowner outreach and negotiations, drafting conservation agreements, securing contractors, managing project due diligence, and maintaining project files

  • Manage Hilltown Land Trust’s Conservation Restriction (CR) stewardship activities including annual monitoring visits and reports for 35 - 40 properties and following up on any compliance issues and landowner inquiries

  • Oversee monitoring and management of HLT’s 10 properties where we have stewardship responsibility including completing annual monitoring visits; managing habitat improvement activities, and ensuring public access properties have appropriate signage and well-maintained trails

  • Select, train, and supervise a TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator

  • Assist with fundraising efforts related to land conservation and stewardship activities

  • Create GIS maps for new and existing conservation lands that can be used for internal and external purposes including public property signage


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, preferably in natural resource management, environmental studies/ science, regional planning, or related field

  • 2 years minimum related work experience with a demonstrated commitment to conservation

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

  • Computer and cartographic skills including GIS skills

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

  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team 

  • Experience supervising, training, and managing staff and/or volunteers 

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment 


Other Requirements:  

Valid Driver’s License
Background checks.

Work environment— The position will be based out of a shared office space at the Hilltown Land Trust main office in Ashfield, MA. Occasional work will occur at The Trustees office in Florence, MA, or other nearby locations.

Physical demands

  • Ability to travel within and occasionally beyond the Hilltown Land Trust service area to visit properties and attend meetings and events

  • Ability to attend and present at evening meetings such as conservation commissions, open space committees, select boards, etc.

  • Ability to walk long distances through wooded and uneven terrain

  • Ability to work in a shared office space 


Compensation and Benefits -

The Hilltown Land Trust Development and Communications Manager will be an employee of HLT’s affiliate The Trustees. The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.


About The Trustees:  

The Trustees places are open to all, and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891 by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.  We aim to protect special places for future generations to enjoy in perpetuity. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 27,000+ acres on more than 120 reservations that are open to the public. We are a non-profit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and our 100,000 Member households.   

The Trustees is a proud equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any protected status including, but not limited to, age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, religion, or disability status and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.


The Trustees commitment to advancing the organization’s vision for this work may be found here: Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity


About Hilltown Land Trust

Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) is a small, regional land conservation organization serving thirteen rural towns. HLT’s mission is to protect land and promote ecological diversity and health, respectful land stewardship, historic character, and natural beauty in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Since our founding in 1986, HLT has acquired 35 conservation restrictions and owns 9 properties protecting on over 4,200 acres. In 2010, HLT and The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), one of America’s oldest statewide conservation organizations, launched a partnership to combine the efforts and resources of these two non-profit land conservation organizations in the Hilltowns. HLT and The Trustees continue to function as independent entities but collaborate through a formal affiliation to increase the pace of land conservation in the Hilltowns. Hilltown Land Trust aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. 


Hilltown Land Trust Organizational Values                                                                                                                                 
Community: The benefits of conserving land stretch beyond just our geographic service area. Our HLT community includes partners, donors, visitors, volunteers, and supporters from all over and from all walks of life. By welcoming and embracing diverse opinions and identities, our Hilltown Land Trust community, and the land we conserve, and steward will have greater impact both within our service area and beyond.
Sustainability: We believe that the health of the land, the fauna and flora, our air and water, and ultimately, people require attention and care over the long term. Our mission and resultant actions must be anchored in the truths of the past, the realities of today, and be focused on future outcomes.
Collaboration: We seek to build lasting partnerships through listening and sustained engagement and seek to pool our resources with others to advance shared goals. By leveraging our collective strengths and expertise, we will accomplish more than on our own.
Accountability: We understand that honesty and transparency are essential to earning the trust of our donors, our members, our volunteers, our partners, and the communities we seek to serve. Additionally, as a land conservation organization, we hold ourselves accountable to telling a more complete history of the land we conserve.
Belonging: All people benefit from the preservation of the natural world and have a right to be heard and to be included in issues that affect their lives and those of future generations. We seek to reduce historical and present-day barriers to accessing our natural world.