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Legal Counsel - Location Flexible

Atlanta, Georgia
At Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every public space we protect or create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play.

Position Summary:
Working as part of a team of attorneys and legal assistants, this position will provide legal support to advance Trust for Public Land’s field programs, primarily in the Midwest and South – acquiring, creating and improving parks, trails, community schoolyards and public lands. Primary responsibilities are working with staff to structure, document, and complete parks and conservation projects and transactions that are legally sound and consistent with Trust for Public Land’s mission, authority, policies and procedures.

Position Location: the ideal candidate will live within the area it serves, either the Midwest or the South, with some flexibility.

Essential Functions:
  • Assists project/program staff in designing, negotiating and completing parks- and conservation-related projects and transactions.
  • Drafts and reviews MOU’s, RFP’s, and other procurement packages, grant proposals and agreements, acquisition and disposition agreements, due diligence contracts, closing documents, design and construction contracts, contracts with public agencies and ensures that these documents are in accordance with laws, existing agreements, public policy, and internal policies and protocols.
  • Participates with staff in landowner, stakeholder, consultant, and public agency negotiations.
  • Advises and assists staff on all project- and transaction-related issues, including delays, variations, defects, insurance, bond claims, post-completion administration, real estate closings, and property management.
  • From time to time, may assist with other mission-related legal issues as needed and desired.


  • Admission to a state bar, and at least two years in practice.
  • Experience advising clients to meet business objectives and develop practical solutions within defined policies and practices in a manner that appropriately manages legal risk and advances the organization’s mission.
  • Aptitude for independent work exercising good judgment within broadly defined policies and practices.
  • Ability to draft quality legal documents quickly, and to respond promptly and helpfully to the needs of project/program staff.
  • Sense of humor and composure when dealing with project/program staff of diverse personalities and work styles.
  • Ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance of, others in sensitive situations, both within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and identify probable issues of concern in advance.
  • Results‐oriented and creative in problem‐solving.
  • Comfortable working in multiple jurisdictions and managing multiple projects in a decentralized environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A commitment to Trust for Public Land’s mission.

  • Construction law experience including: drafting and negotiation of AIA forms and other design and construction contracts.
  • Familiarity with municipal and state law, real estate law, federal grants, and working with tax-exempt organizations and public agencies a plus.
  • A well-developed understanding of critical path planning from conceptual design to construction documentation to construction implementation to construction close-out.
  • Real estate transactional experience. Familiarity with performing due diligence in connection with property acquisitions including, but not limited to analyzing title work, boundary surveys and environmental site assessments. 

As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for The Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus 13 holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with a 5.5% company matching. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $115,000 to $130,000 annually.

The Trust for Public Land is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. We welcome people of all backgrounds and seek to foster a culture of respect, openness, learning, integrity. We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce.
Apply with resume and cover letter at www.tpl.org/jobs


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