The Land Preservation Coordinator will assist Senior Counsel in supporting the acquisition and management of natural lands to accelerate of the speed and scale of conservation. S/he will be responsible for assisting with land transactions and monitoring of Openlands properties and conservation easements within the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Region.
Land Preservation Project Support
Assist Senior Counsel with land transactions, document preparation, file management, and assisting with due diligence coordination
Serve as the on-the-ground point of contact for properties owned, and conservation easements held by Openlands to build relationships and represent the organization to a wide range of stakeholders
Fee Land and Conservation Easement Monitoring
Regularly visit sites owned by Openlands, including permanently held and pass-through properties, to provide on-site staff presence, perform property condition assessments, and monitoring
Write and file fee property condition reports and related documents in accordance with Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices
Advise Senior Counsel of maintenance issues, remedying minor on-site problems when feasible, and support the development and implementation of other property management solutions as needed
Monitor and maintain conservation easements per Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices, including writing monitoring reports, creating baseline documentation and current condition reports, and filing documents in accordance with Openlands’ policies
Cultivate relationships with easement landowners, respond to their inquiries to reduce risk and maximize conservation values on easement lands, and seek opportunities to permanently protect additional open space in priority areas
Advise Senior Counsel of potential easement violations in a timely manner, and coordinate to address issues
Support the work associated with adopting emerging best practices related to conservation easements and related accreditation standards
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree required
At least one-year experience managing real estate related projects
Familiarity with protection of conservation lands
Ability to walk properties on a frequent and regular basis, considering varying topography, site access, and weather conditions
Salary range is market competitive. Benefits include health, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation time. This is a full-time position.
This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter explaining why your skills and experience would complement this position to JobApps@openlands.org. Please include “Land Preservation Coordinator” in the subject line.
Loop office is ADA accessible.
This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer.
Smoke- and drug-free environment
Openlands is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based onindividual merit. Openlands does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin,disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Openlands is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.
Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives. Openlands' vision for the region is a landscape that includes a vast network of land and water trails, tree-lined streets, and intimate public gardens within easy reach of every city dweller. It also includes parks and preserves big enough to provide natural habitat and to give visitors a sense of the vast prairies, woodlands, and wetlands that were here before the cities. In sum, Openlands believes that protected open space is critical for the quality of life of our region.