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Hawai'i Project Associate

Honolulu, HI
Position Summary:
The position is based in The Trust for Public Land’s Honolulu, Hawai‘i office.  Our vision is that the people of Hawai‘i are thriving and healthy, and meaningfully connected to ʻāina, each other, and a living Hawaiian culture. We accomplish this vision through three major programs – Aloha ‘Āina – Hawaiian Land Stewardship, Sustainable Hawai‘i – Food, Forests, & Water, and Parks for People – Close to home, urban parks.  Our Aloha ‘Āina Program protects lands that are culturally important to Native Hawaiian communities and returns these lands to Native Hawaiian organizations for community and cultural stewardship. Our Sustainable Hawai‘i Program conserves vital agricultural lands, our native forests, and clean water sources with the goal of improving Hawai‘i’s self-sufficiency and food security. The Project Associate will support the land protection work of the Aloha ‘Āina and Sustainable Hawaiʻi Project Managers supervised by the State Director. Through this work s/he/they will partner with communities to fulfill their visions to protect and care for their beloved landscapes.  This position requires moderate travel.  Occasional evening and weekend work is expected.
 
Key Functions:
  • Assist land protection staff in all phases of land acquisition projects and programmatic initiatives, including project research; landowner outreach; collaboration with local governments, agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups; and coordination of due diligence and closing tasks.
  • Support legal staff on land protection projects including tracking critical project dates, due diligence review, initial contract review/drafting, and preparation for real estate closings. Assist philanthropy staff on fundraising and help research and prepare public and private grant applications and draft grant reports.  Prepare graphic and written materials for presentations and other project-related needs.
  • Community engagement– attend community meetings, build relationships with advocacy and community partners, garner support for projects as needed.
  • Complete various administrative tasks including invoice submission.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or equivalent experience. Course work or experience to include real estate, law, environmental studies, Hawaiian studies, ethnic studies, community engagement, public policy, or related area.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to take on complex projects.
  • Proficient with computers, graphics and spreadsheets. Experience with GIS, mapping and legal descriptions a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Ability to take initiative, make suggestions, be creative and solve problems. 
  • Interest in our mission as it relates to community, land protection and advocacy.
  • Good people skills, ease with of many types of personalities and cultures.
 
Special Desired Knowledge/Skills:
 
  • Experience working with grassroots, disadvantaged, and culturally diverse communities in Hawai‘i.
  • Experience working for or with Hawaiian governmental entities, organizations, or communities on land, environmental, or cultural and natural resource issues or equivalent.
  • Professional experience working in Hawai‘i.
  • Knowledge of Native Hawaiian governance, protocols, culture, and history related to land.
  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i landscapes, history, and politics.
  • ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) and Hawaiian cultural practice a plus.
 
The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a staff that is representative of the communities we serve. 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.
 
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a regular, full time position within The Trust for Public Land. We provide a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range is $45,000-55,000.

 
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