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Land for People Project Associate

San Francisco, CA
The Trust for Public Land has a unique opportunity to help reimagine the future of two strategically important California regions, northern Central Coast (Monterey, San Benito counties) and the Transverse Range in greater Los Angeles, through community outreach and polling, park equity planning and landscape-scale land acquisition planning and implementation. Falling under TPL’s new California Climate Conservation Program (CCCP), this work will guide future conservation investments by TPL and various project partners, in a manner that advances climate resilience for the region and, where possible, addresses past inequities in park and open space access.
 
The Project Associate provides support and coordination to advance this effort in order to protect natural lands, ensure equitable open space access, support healthy communities, and advance TPL’s “Land for People” mission.

We are able to be flexible around working location - ideally, though, in close proximity to a TPL office in California.   
 
Responsibilities: 
  • Assists the Central Coast and Southern California Program Directors in developing, planning and implementing the California Climate Conservation programmatic initiative, including conservation research, community outreach, planning and report preparation.
  • Assists in research, development, and writing of public and private grant applications for land protection planning, projects and programs.  
  • Supports community engagement and planning processes related to TPL’s planning and land protection projects, including outreach to civic leaders, governmental agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups. 
  • Responds to inquiries by and conducts strategic outreach to individuals, community groups and government agencies regarding planning and land protection projects.
  • Prepares graphic and written materials for presentations and other project related needs.
  • Manages special events held by TPL including community events.
  • Responsible for various administrative tasks including scheduling, invoice submission, project tracking, and grant reporting.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, when necessary, to attend/co-host community meetings with TPL Program Directors.
 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or five years’ work experience/related life experience,
  • Course work or experience in environmental studies, conservation science and/or planning, real estate, public policy, or related area.
  • One or more years of related experience or equivalent, two or more years preferred.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to land conservation, equitable access to open space and/or healthy communities.
 
Special Knowledge and Skills:
  • Proficiency in Spanish and English, superior written and oral skills.
  • Community engagement interest and skills a must.
  • Ability to balance sound business sense and judgment with a passion for land conservation. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, with a desire and ability to work on complex projects.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, graphics and spreadsheets.
  • Experience with GIS, mapping and legal contracts a plus.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines with a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Ability to take initiative, make suggestions, be creative and solve problems. 
  • Strong people skills, with the ability to engage constructively with people of diverse backgrounds and personalities.

The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities in which we live and work.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.  We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you’re the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.
 
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