Southwest/California Program Manager

Land Trust Alliance



FEBRUARY 16, 2018

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization whose mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. As the national leader of America’s land trusts, the Land Trust Alliance (the Alliance) works to dramatically increase the pace and improve the quality of private land conservation in America. Founded in 1982, the Alliance has mobilized the energy of more than a thousand land trusts and has created an unprecedented grassroots movement, one that has successfully saved more than thirty-four million acres of land and has the potential to save millions more.

The Alliance works with Congress to pass tax incentives and funding that help landowners to choose conservation over development. The Alliance serves as a university for land conservation that trains the people who do the work to conserve cherished farms, forests, parks and trails. It strengthens community-based land trusts by providing workshops, online learning, research, standards, and accreditation services. The Alliance’s conservation defense program helps land trusts ensure that conserved land stays protected forever. The Alliance works with the media to promote land conservation and engage more Americans in saving our most treasured places.

With the involvement of land trusts throughout the country, the Alliance developed Land Trust Standards and Practices that set forth the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust. The Alliance develops and delivers services to land trusts, including direct investments through capacity building and program development grants, to help them become strong institutions capable of permanently protecting their conservation lands in accordance with Land Trust Standards and Practices. The Land Trust Accreditation Program, created by the Alliance, is a voluntary program that recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. 

The Alliance is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has field program offices in the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast and Western regions.  The Land Trust Alliance Western Program supports approximately 274 Alliance land trust members in 14 Western States: CA, TX, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, CO, NV, AZ, UT,  TX, HI and AK.

Position Summary

The Southwest/CA Program Manager position offers an exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in the land conservation community. The successful candidate must have working knowledge or previous experience working with land trusts and the ability to build and sustain close, working relationships with diverse stakeholders in the context of complex western conservation and land use issues. Coordinating with state associations is an essential responsibility as the position focuses on enhancing their capacity to achieve their missions more effectively. The incumbent is primarily responsible for developing, managing and delivering Alliance organizational advancement programs and services to build strong land trusts in CA, CO, TX, NV, UT, NM and AZ, She/he will be responsible for the delivery and evaluation of a suite of tools and resources to land trusts, such as organizational assessments, training and mentoring programs, one-on-one technical coaching and assistance, targeted capacity building or program development grants, and accreditation preparation services.  She/He will strategically work with consultants to bring a high level of expertise in such areas as strategic planning, fundraising, and strategic conservation planning.

The Southwest/CA Program manager also plays an important role in building and maintaining effective partnerships with state and regional associations of land trusts and/or landscape level collaborations to advance our mutual goals. In addition, she/he works closely with other Alliance staff on issue-specific project teams. The full-time position requires approximate travel of 25%, including some weekends. 


  • Organizational Development: Develops, implements and evaluates organizational development programs, including training and technical assistance programs at various levels of organizational growth to help land trusts and their leaders build stronger organizations. This includes providing direct services for land trust staff and boards of directors, providing leadership training and support, and making recommendations about organizational development and technical issues based on Land Trust Standards and Practices

  • Program Management: Help set a strategic vision for the land trust community in SW/CA and managing all elements of day-to-day implementation

  • Coalitions/State Associations: Lead or Assist coalitions of land trusts in SW/CA to provide a forum for land trust support and to investigate key conservation issues

  • Training: Lead or assist the Western Director and other Alliance staff to implement training programs. This includes evaluating the topics, speakers and locations for training events, developing new workshops that reflects known training needs in conjunction with Alliance staff and experienced practitioners, and assisting with the design of new and efficient ways to deliver training to land trusts

  • Fundraising: Lead or assist the Western Director and Alliance development staff in indentifying and cultivating relationships with key foundations, corporations, individuals and public agencies; conducting research, and writing development proposals and reports

  • Communications: Assist in coordinating internal and external communications, including developing and submitting articles for Alliance publications and website

  • Budget Management: Partnering with accountant, grants department and other program staff on budgets, grant through life of grant cycle

  • Ambassadorship: Represent the Alliance at select conferences, events, coalition meetings, land trust gatherings and other venues as warranted

  • Administrative: Lead or assist with grant program administration, meeting logistics, mailings, accounting, reporting and other administrative responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications & Attributes

  • A minimum of five (5) years experience working with nonprofit organizations, preferably in the land trust community

  • Strong project management experience, including A minimum of 2 years demonstrated project budget management

  • Ability to facilitate diverse, multi-stakeholder processes

  • Familiarity with private land conservation techniques and land trusts

  • Experience in managing grant funds, foundations programs and other philanthropic initiatives designed for impact in the conservation, environmental protection, community development, or public policy space

  • Experience in conference planning for large audiences preferred but not required

  • Demonstrated ability to manage consultants and other contractors

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills

  • Proven ability to plan, implement, and adapt programs based on evaluation to strengthen and enhance them

  • Ability to work effectively without close supervision and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment

  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain work teams, and multi-stakeholder collaborations

  • Minimum one (1) year demonstrated ability to fundraise at all levels including foundations, corporations and individuals

  • Proven track record cultivating and maintaining relationships with diverse partners

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% including weekends

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field required. Graduate degree preferred


Competitive salary and benefits provided.


Send resume and cover letter via email to sends e-mail) with subject line "Program Manager" in Microsoft Word format no later than Friday, February 16, 2018. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Manager, Land Trust Alliance, and 1250 H St. NW Suite 600. Washington, DC 20005.

The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America.  The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.



Executive Director

Palouse Land Trust

Moscow, ID



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Job Announcement Moscow, ID

 We’re looking for an exceptional Executive Director to step into a leadership role at a rapidly growing land trust. As our Executive Director, you’ll work with a supportive board, manage and collaborate with a talented staff, cultivate engaged donors and help us achieve our next stage of growth. 

Most importantly, you’ll do meaningful work preserving what is, unequivocally, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. 


The Job

Our Executive Director will work closely with our board to further the goals of the Palouse Land Trust. That includes creating a collaborative vision for our future, cultivating donors, managing staff and operations, writing grants, overseeing our conservation activities and helping to engage our community. 

Most importantly, it means doing important, meaningful work to preserve and protect land. 

A complete job description is available at: 


The Palouse Land Trust

The Palouse Land Trust is an accredited land trust and, since its founding in 1996, has placed nearly 1,500 acres of land under conservation. In that time, our land-under-preservation has grown an average of 17% every year, and an average of 25% annually over the past 3 years. 

That land includes working farms and forests, natural and managed landscapes and critical pieces of the endangered Palouse Prairie ecosystem. We also manage the Idlers Rest Nature preserve that provides year-round public access to hiking trails and other outdoor recreational opportunities. 

We serve an area that stretches from the breaks of Hells Canyon, to the forests of the Bitterroots, to the rolling hills of the Palouse in north-central Idaho and eastern Washington. 

We enjoy broad, ongoing support from landowners, donors and an engaged community. We work closely with other conservation and nonprofit organizations, as well as local, state and national government agencies. 

Before 2011, we were an all-volunteer organization. That year we hired our first Executive Director, followed by a Conservation Projects Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator in 2015. 

We just wrapped up our most successful year of growth ever in 2017, and we’re fully committed to building on and exceeding that growth in 2018 and beyond. Page 2 of 3 


The Community

The Palouse Land Trust is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, and just 8 miles from Pullman, Washington. Both communities blend the advantages of rural life with access to the arts, education and culture that can only come from being home to two world-class universities: the University of Idaho and Washington State University. 

Moscow is home to award-winning restaurants and breweries, Idaho’s #1 ranked Farmers Market, a historic and vital downtown, a fantastic food coop (within walking distance from the Palouse Land Trust offices) and internationally-recognized cultural events like the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. 

Pullman, just 8 miles from Moscow, was just named in Sunset Magazine’s “10 Best College Towns in the West” list. Pullman is home to innovative restaurants, impressive art galleries, Pac-12 NCAA athletics and a vibrant university culture. 

The area offers unparalleled access to year-round outdoor activities like hiking, mountain and road biking, camping, backpacking, skiing, fishing and hunting. 

Perhaps most importantly, we’re located in a community that supports the Land Trust, our mission and goals. 

Preferred Qualifications

 Demonstrated passion for land conservation 

 Proven fund-raising skills with strong experience in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship 

 Collaborative vision builder with big picture long-term view and strategic implementation skills 

 Strong people management skills and team builder 

 Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills 

 Experience with the financial management of an organization, including budget management 

 Successful grant writing experience 

 Demonstrated organizational partnership building and facilitation skills 

 Land Trust experience preferred; nonprofit management/leadership experience or natural resource conservation experience required 

 Master’s Degree or 6 years land trust and/or nonprofit fundraising experience preferred; Bachelor’s degree required in natural resources management, ecology, business administration, environmental law or related field and a minimum of 4 years experience in nonprofit management, business, fundraising, marketing, real estate or related field 


Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time position that comes with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, the opportunity for growth that recognizes your success and a generous and flexible benefit package. 

To Learn More

 Read the complete job description: 

 Visit our website: 

 Visit the Moscow Chamber of Commerce: 

 Visit the Pullman Chamber of Commerce: 


To Apply

Email your CV/resume, cover letter and any questions you might have to Position open until filled.