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Northern Rockies Project Associate

Bozeman, MT

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has preserved more than 3.6 million acres, created or transformed close to 5,000 parks, playgrounds, and gardens, and developed more than 2,000 miles of trails across the United States. The Trust for Public Land has also helped states and local communities generate over $74 billion in new public funds for parks and open space. With over thirty offices across the country, The Trust for Public Land’s vision is an America where every community can connect with nature near and far. For cities throughout the United States, the organization’s goal is to ensure that everyone in urban America has access to a quality park within a 10‐minute walk of home.  In the Northern Rockies, we strive to conserve Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana’s wild landscapes and make improve access to nature in the region’s communities.

Position Summary:
The Project Associate will work in support of local land protection staff to acquire and conserve priority lands. Through this work s/he/they will expand and enhance access to the region’s network of public lands; ensure local residents have close-to-home parks, trails, and open space; and help communities fulfill their visions for their surrounding landscapes.

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, and preparation for real estate closings.
  • Assist philanthropy staff on fundraising and help research and prepare public and private grant
  • Prepare graphic and written materials for presentations and other project-related needs.
  • Outreach – attend community meetings, build relationships with advocacy partners, garner community support for projects as needed.
  • Complete various administrative tasks including invoice submission and grant reporting.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or equivalent experience. Course work or experience to include real estate, environmental studies, community engagement, public policy, or related area.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, including tracking deadlines and conducting due diligence on multiple projects.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel independently to meet landowners, contractors and community stakeholders in the region.

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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