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Hansi Johnson

Conservation Program Manager – Mississippi Corridor North

Summary of Position:

The Minnesota Land Trust is seeking a skilled, experienced professional to implement our 2017-2027 Conservation Agenda in central Minnesota within the Land Trust’s Mississippi Corridor North Program Area, including the Sauk River Watershed, Avon Hills, and Anoka Sandplain. The Program Manager is a high-level position within the organization and is responsible for achieving the Land Trust’s land protection goals within this assigned program area. In addition, the Program Manager sets the stage for program success by: 1) crafting conservation plans that prioritize and target the Land Trust’s work, 2) building effective partnerships that enable the Land Trust to maximize its impact and harness the contributions of others, 3) procuring resources to support the Program, and 4) working with internal staff, including the restoration and stewardship teams.

The Program Manager works closely with Land Trust staff, landowners and our partners — St. John’s University, local units of government, state and federal agencies and non-governmental conservation organizations — in advancing the goals of the Program. In addition, the Program Manager will represent the Land Trust in various public settings, as well as participate in fundraising and easement stewardship activities.

The Minnesota Land Trust has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout the organization, and all Land Trust staff play an instrumental role in helping the Land Trust meet these core values.

The Program Manager reports to the Director of Land Protection and does not supervise other staff. (S)he may manage subcontractors and volunteers.

Location: St. Paul, Duluth, or Appropriate Field Location in Minnesota

Salary Range: $60,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience


  1. Manage all aspects of conservation easement projects — assessing the conservation merits of identified properties, negotiating conservation easements with landowners, drafting conservation easements, record-keeping, and other tasks essential to a conservation easement transaction.
  2. Build and maintain an effective Mississippi North Corridor Program exhibiting strong partnerships with governmental and non-governmental partners to implement the Land Trust’s 2017-2027 Conservation Agenda.
  3. Assist in the development and lead the organization in the implementation of conservation plans that target the Land Trust’s protection work in the program area. Help identify opportunities for restoration work within the Mississippi Corridor North Program area in collaboration with the Land Trust’s Restoration Program staff.
  4. Assist in the procurement and administration of the Land Trust’s grants that fund conservation activities in these program areas, as funded by: a) the Outdoor Heritage Fund through our Sauk River and Anoka Sandplain grants, b) Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund through our Avon Hills grants, and c) other public and private sources. Maintain rigorous project- and grant-related records; uphold archival standards for related information.
  5. Draft correspondence, memoranda, requests for proposals, contracts, and other complex documents; assist in the development of appropriate maps and GIS data.
  6. Participate in communication and outreach activities related to land protection projects.
  7. Work effectively with the Director of Land Protection, Stewardship Director, Director of Restoration, Staff Attorneys, and other Land Trust staff to facilitate Land Trust’s ongoing work in the Mississippi North Corridor, and implement other projects or programs as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree or law degree and three years of experience in natural resources, land management or other related conservation field; or, bachelor’s degree and comparable field experience.
  2. Three years of demonstrated experience managing complex projects and/or conservation real estate transactions.
  3. Experience with or knowledge of the primary funding sources applicable to conservation work in the Mississippi Corridor North program area, including Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Outdoor Heritage Fund.
  4. Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of Minnesota’s landscapes and natural resources.
  5. Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment with a wide variety of individuals — such as landowners, stakeholders, partners, staff, and board members — in achieving organizational goals.
  6. Self-motivated, well organized and self-directed, with attention to detail and the follow-through essential for conservation real estate transactions.
  7. Willingness and ability to travel throughout Minnesota, with occasional overnight stays. Ability to traverse uneven terrain over long distances, in remote settings, and at all times of the year.
  8. Proficiency with PC computer systems and Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with Minnesota’s land and water conservation programs and state/federal grant programs, including the Outdoor Heritage Fund and Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
  2. Proficiency in the understanding and generation of maps, natural resource information, and other spatial data. Proficiency with GIS programs.

Application Instructions:

Please send cover letter and resume saved as a single PDF to smartinez@mnland.org by March 3, 2022.

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