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Position Description: Land & Water Program Project Assistant
December 2016

General Role:  The Project Assistant supports the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of Arizona Land and Water Trust (Trust) and our Land & Water Program by assisting with a wide variety of conservation projects and providing general Land & Water Program support.  He/she reports to the Land & Water Program (LWP) Director and may also at times assist the Land & Water Program Manager and Desert Rivers Program Manager with specific land and water transactions while also supporting the Trust’s outreach and education program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist LWP Director, LWP Manager, and Desert Rivers Program Manager with all aspects of the Land and Water Program and associated outreach and education efforts.
  • Assist LWP Director and LWP Manager with all aspects of conducting Ranching into the Future Workshops, including scheduling and presenting, as requested
  • Assist with all aspects of land and water program transactions, including due diligence and project planning
  • Assist LWP Director’s role in strengthening partnerships with landowners, government agencies, foundations, elected officials, and other conservation partners
  • Help coordinate and attend meetings and public outreach workshops with agency personnel, elected officials, other conservation organizations, landowners and other stakeholders to further conservation projects
  • Help to identify funding sources for land and water transactions and other program-related costs and assist in preparing progress reports and correspondence to current foundation and agency grant administrators
  • Help monitor legislation and regulations at the local, state and federal levels that affect land conservation
  • Assist the LWP Director and their staff with other projects and tasks as needed
  • Assist the Executive Director and Development Coordinator with Trust events including field trips, Saguaro Circle, and other related activities as requested

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a related field
  • Must have strong interest in land and water conservation and some background in natural resources or related field,
  • Experience with land/water transactions a plus
  • Experience working with landowners, both urban and rural, a plus

Competencies:

  • Superior project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to effectively converse with rural and urban land owners, agency staff, academics, elected officials, and local leaders
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment while balancing competing priorities
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time, primarily throughout Arizona
  • Resourceful in researching information on diverse topics
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and related programs
  • Knowledge of ArcMap and other GIS products a plus
  • Knowledge of Arizona landscape, ecology, and/or water policy a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to meet with landowners off-site, travel, work at a desk, and operate a computer
  • Must be willing to participate in field work
  • Work is primarily performed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays but some evening and weekend meetings will be required.

Salary:

  • The Project Assistant is full-time, exempt, position (40 hours/week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Benefits available  

 

Send cover letter, resume, and three references by Friday, January 6th to:
Sharma Hammond Torrens, Land & Water Program Director
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85719

Or email to:
shammond@alwt.org

Open Until Filled


Position Description: Program Manager – Desert Rivers Program

December 2016

 

General Role:  As Arizona’s only water trust, the Desert Rivers Program Manager (Program Manager) promotes the goals and objectives of the Arizona Land and Water Trust (Trust) and its Desert Rivers Program (DRP) to implement water transactions as part of the Trust’s land and water conservation work.  Since 2007, the DRP has successfully engaged Southern Arizona landowners on innovative water agreements that benefit both agricultural operations and river habitat. The Program Manager will work with the Land and Water Program Director and other staff team members to support the Trust’s strategy to integrate these agreements into its conservation planning and acquisitions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of the Trust’s Desert Rivers Program
  • Implement water transactions
  • Perform extensive water rights due diligence and planning
  • Strengthen and develop partnerships with landowners, government agencies, foundations, and other conservation organizations to further expand the DRP
  • Help coordinate and make presentations on the DRP at stakeholder outreach and educational meetings and workshops including the Trust’s Ranching into the Future Workshop series
  • Attend local, state and regional trainings, workshops, and meetings of water transaction and policy experts
  • Develop appropriate DRP materials for community meetings, workshops, and conferences and present at these meetings as appropriate
  • Help identify new sources of DRP funding for both transactions and general program support, draft grant proposals, complete reports to foundation and agency grant administrators
  • Assist with all other areas of the Trust’s Land and Water Program and other organization activities as requested by the Land and Water Program Director

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Water Resources, Hydrology, Planning, Geography or related field
  • A Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a related field
  • Experience with water or real estate transactions a plus
  • Experience with GIS also a plus
  • An interest in land and water conservation

Competencies:

  • Superior project management skills
  • Knowledge of Arizona water policy
  • Knowledge of Arizona landscape, ecology, and conservation history a plus
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively on complex and fast-paced projects involving multiple stakeholders including land owners, public land managers, academic institutions, and conservation and community based organizations
  • Strong group and meeting facilitation experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively converse with rural and urban land owners, agency staff, academic, elected officials, and local leaders
  • Proven ability to write, secure, and administer grants, especially with partners and contracts with consultants
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time, primarily throughout Arizona though some national travel
  • Proven ability to work both independently and within a strong team-oriented environment
  • A commitment to the mission of the Arizona Land and Water Trust

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to meet with landowners off-site, travel, work at a desk, and operate a computer
  • Work is primarily performed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays but some evening and weekend meetings will be required.

Salary:

  • The Desert Rivers Program Manager is full-time, exempt, position (40 hours/week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Benefits available  

 

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to by Friday, January 6th to:
Sharma Hammond Torrens, Land & Water Program Manager
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85719

Or email to:
shammond@alwt.org

Open Until Filled


Arizona Land and Water Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

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