The Conservation Transaction Specialist employs a full range of protection tools to acquire and/or convey varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC initiatives for freshwater, coastal and terrestrial habitat protection and management, as well as climate mitigation and adaptation. They provide technical and project management expertise and support in complying with legal requirements and internal policies for TNC real estate interests (including fee-owned properties, conservation easements, and partner Assists). The Conservation Transaction Specialist works closely with TNC legal and stewardship staff and other colleagues at many levels in multiple functions and departments to coordinate resolutions of legal issues on fee-owned lands and easement violations.
They represent the Conservancy on multi-disciplinary/multi-partner project teams and collaborates with partners from federal and state agencies, towns, regional and local land trusts, as well as private landowners and may work with programs throughout the Conservancy. They must be comfortable working in variable weather conditions and at remote locations as necessary.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Manage all aspects of real estate transactions: screen potential projects; communicate with property owners; conduct property inspections; track and record project progress; contract for due diligence; prepare and present project packages and updates to project committee; collaborate with TNC Legal, Finance, Development, and Stewardship Programs, and obtain TNC corporate project approvals.
- Collaborate with local, state and federal government and partners on various conservation projects that advance and leverage TNC priorities.
- Provide real estate and project management assistance to conservation and science program staff working toward the achievement of program goals.
- Assist relevant communities to implement land acquisition as a Nature Based Solution, through planning and technical assistance, to help address climate resilience and emergency management planning.
- Support planning, capital budgeting, and financial oversight for Chapter land projects.
- Partner with Development staff to fundraise for projects: cultivate corporate, foundation and individual prospects, and solicit public funding for projects through grants.