The Field Representative provides support to project managers on all aspects of transactions in order to fund and acquire real estate and to arrange conveyance to public agencies.
- Helps the project managers evaluate and select potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and agency officials.
- Assists the team by planning project strategy and negotiations with landowners toward acquisition of real estate for conservation purposes. Assistance includes analysis of resource, recreational and other public values.
- Meets with elected officials and their staff to discuss projects in their respective districts and organizes property tours of projects when needed.
- Works closely with the project manager who negotiates with public agencies on conveyances of properties from TPL; coordinates conveyances and oversees technical preparation such as deed, contract, title, and appraisal documents.
- Cultivates relationships with local land trusts and, where appropriate, create partnerships with land trusts on projects.
- Responds to requests for technical assistance from community groups, public agencies and existing land trusts.
- While the Field Representative might initiate and/or advance some pre-selected projects, most are delegated and supervised by the project manager. Generally determines own methods and procedures.
- Drafts and manages contracts for due diligence materials such as appraisals and environmental assessments.
- Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization including internal compliance.
- Participates in fund raising and appropriation campaigns administratively, works with philanthropy staff, donors and foundations. Captures contacts for TPL database. Collaborates with and defers to philanthropy staff on campaigns.
- Gains knowledge of local funding sources (i.e. Prop A, Measure A, Conservancy funding, etc.) and strategizes with staff on how best to direct such funding to TPL projects.
- Writes grants and tracks their approval within TPL and with granting agencies Understands who are local, regional and state partners, as well as their conservation priorities.
INTERACTION WITH OTHERS
- Other relevant duties as necessary.
- Significant interaction with external professionals who are involved with buying and selling real estate and conservation easements: landowners, government agency representatives, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, attorneys, appraisers, environmental consultants, surveyors and planners.
- May represent TPL at Town Hall /City/County Council Meetings and to other government entities.
- Ability to work well within a broader team with strong communication skills for interoffice dialogue.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum 2-3 years of related experience or equivalent.
- Frequent, independent travel required – including some evening/weekend work and day travel.
- Commitment to land conservation.
- Superior written and oral communication skills.
- Intermediate computer applications skills: MS Office, Internet, Adobe.
- Flexible work habits and strong organizational skills.
- Discretion and sensibility required, as this position represents TPL to government entities and on the phone.
- Familiar with mapping and legal descriptions. Applies knowledge of appraisals, EA's, title issues, public and private funding processes