Conservation Project Manager at Western New York Land Conservancy
Title:Conservation Project Manager at Western New York Land Conservancy
Post Date:05/24/18
Location:Buffalo, NY
Details:The Conservation Project Manager's primary responsibility will be to serve as project manager for the Restore the Gorge and Stella Niagara Preserve enhancement projects. This position may also assist or lead other land management projects on Land Conservancy properties. This position will help achieve the conservation goals in the Land Conservancy’s five-year strategic plan.

The Restore the Gorge project is one the most important and high-profile projects that the Land Conservancy has ever undertaken. It is a multi-million dollar, multi-year effort to control non-native invasive plant species and restore native plant communities on nearly 200 acres of the Niagara Gorge near Niagara Falls, one of the most biodiverse places in the entire Great Lakes region. The project began in 2017 and is currently funded through 2020. We will continue to seek additional funding in order to expand the geographic scope and timeframe of the project.

The Stella Niagara Preserve is the most ambitious land acquisition project in the Land Conservancy’s history. The preserve is located on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston just north of Niagara Falls. With 29 acres and over a quarter-mile of shoreline, it is the largest privately-owned, undeveloped tract of land along the entire length of the Niagara River. We purchased the property in 2015, and hired visionary landscape designers Darrel Morrison and Nancy Aten to create a plan for its restoration. We will continue to implement that plan, which includes habitat restoration and public access improvements, through 2019.


Project management of Restore the Gorge-
Oversee all aspects of the Restore the Gorge project including project planning, permitting and environmental review, contractor management, developing RFPs and selecting contractors, community engagement and outreach, grant writing and reporting, and project team coordination. The Project Manager will also oversee the work of a Land Conservancy ecologist who is assisting with native seed collection and propagation, in addition to the oversight of other contractors as needed. The Land Conservancy will soon be hiring a Finance and Operations Director to assist with or lead contracting, financial management, and grant reporting for this project. The current project team includes: Applied Ecological Services; New York Power Authority; New York State Parks; our landscape design team with Nancy Aten and Darrel Morrison; and other project partners. Other contractors have already contributed to the project, and additional contractors may be added as the project progresses.

Project management of the Stella Niagara Preserve enhancements-
Oversee all aspects of the restoration work at the Stella Niagara Preserve including project planning, contractor selection and management, and volunteer coordination. The Conservation Project Manager will also supervise at least two part-time preserve stewards and other staff or contractors as needed. Applied Ecological Services is our consultant implementing the restoration plan for the preserve.

Expansion of Land Conservancy Stewardship and Restoration-
Assist with or lead land management activities on land protected by the Land Conservancy and other places in the region. Land management activities may include, but are not limited to, habitat restoration, preserve management, and public access improvements.

Organizational meetings and activities-
Participate in Conservation Committee meetings and Board meetings as appropriate.
Participate in regular staff and planning meetings.
Assist with other Land Conservancy activities including nature hikes, events, photography, community presentations, fundraising, and grant writing.
The successful candidate is expected to work closely with other Land Conservancy staff to ensure that protection directives are accomplished in an efficient manner.
Qualifications:A deep passion for conservation and the Land Conservancy’s mission.
Ability to manage complex projects and coordinate with multiple partners.
Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, patience, and a sense of humor.
Superb written and oral communication skills.
A strong work ethic and willingness to work flexible hours.
Ability to work independently with a high level of accountability and attention to detail.
Ability to inspire and work with staff, Board of Directors, community partners, members, and volunteers.
Professional experience in ecology, restoration, and conservation is required.
Demonstrated project management experience including supervision of contractors, coordination of regulatory agency permits and approvals, and budget oversight.
Experience with invasive plant species control is required.
Experience with native plants in the Western New York region is preferred.
A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field is required, an advanced degree is preferred.
An appreciation for and respect of confidentiality.
A willingness to use a personal vehicle for work-related travel.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and GIS is required.
Comments:The Western New York Land Conservancy is an accredited, regional not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation values in Western New York for the benefit of future generations. We envision a future in which open spaces, wildlife habitat, working lands and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York.

Please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to with “Conservation Project Manager” in the subject line. Applications are only accepted electronically. No phone calls please. The position is available 6/1/2018 and is open until filled. The Western New York Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.
Employer:Western New York Land Conservancy
Contact:Marisa Riggi
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