Founded in 1980 by a broad coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and community leaders, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently protecting Marin County farmland for farming and ranching. We also work with agricultural landowners and public and private partners to support and enhance agricultural viability and sustainability locally and regionally.
MALT’s comfortable office is located just off Highway1 in the vibrant community of Point Reyes Station in beautiful West Marin, home to Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery and Toby’s Feed Barn. Access to Tomales Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore and other outdoor wonders is only minutes away. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, health, dental and vision insurance, retirement benefits, family-friendly policies and a commitment to honoring work/life balance. During shelter-in-place orders, MALT staff are working comfortably from their homes. Come join our team of highly motivated and passionate staff who care deeply about our mission and one another.
The Acquisition Project Manager is a full-time exempt position responsible for managing and closing complex conservation real estate transactions that protect Marin County agricultural land for agricultural use, including agricultural conservation easements. Working under the direction of the associate director of conservation, the acquisition project manager helps to implement MALT’s real estate acquisition transactions and acts as a liaison between MALT’s acquisition team, agricultural property owners and funding partners. The acquisition project manager reports to the associate director of conservation and is a member of MALT’s conservation team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Real Estate Acquisitions (65%)
- Develop, manage and close MALT’s real estate transactions with responsibility to work with the associate director and conservation team to:
- Manage landowner inquiries and applications.
- Evaluate whether potential real estate transactions met MALT’s selection criteria, comply with MALT’s acquisition policy, and advance MALT’s strategic goals.
- Identify and secure federal, state, and local funding for conservation acquisition projects.
- Complete project due diligence, including review of preliminary title reports, environmental assessments, and appraisals.
- Draft conservation real estate documents, including conservation easements, for review by legal counsel.
- Coordinate the escrow and closing of real estate transactions.
- Ensure that all real estate transactions comply with MALT policies, grant funder requirements, and the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
- Prepare and make presentations to the MALT Stewardship Committee and Board of Directors.
- Oversee post-closing records management pursuant to MALT’s record management policies and procedures.
- Assist the conservation team with inquires regarding closed real estate transactions, including permitted use requests and easement compliance issues.
Community Outreach and Engagement (20%)
- Respond to and document inquires from the public, partners and landowners regarding MALT’s real estate acquisition program.
- Advise agricultural landowners about MALT’s agricultural conservation tools and stewardship assistance programs.
- Work with MALT’s outreach, communications and development team to produce communications and events about MALT’s real estate acquisition work.
- Represent MALT through speaking engagements and presentations (e.g. LTA Rally, CCLT conferences, MALT events, etc.)
Administrative and Strategic Initiatives (15%)
- Participate in conservation team meetings, staff meetings and regular meeting with the associate director of conservation and conservation teams.
- Assist the associate director of conservation and conservation team in developing and implementing the real estate acquisition portion of MALT’s annual operating plan and budget.
- Under the direction of the associate director of conservation, work with the conservation team to implement the strategic initiatives identified in MALT’s strategic and operating plans.
Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; graduate degree preferred.
- Minimum two years of experience (i) negotiating and closing complex conservation real estate transactions and (ii) obtaining and managing federal, state and local conservation easement grants.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Knowledge of California real estate, land use and conservation law, and current real estate tools used in agricultural conservation. Legal experience is a plus.
- Familiarity with California agriculture, rangeland management, agricultural land access and other agricultural conservation issues.
- Outstanding project management and analytical skills with the ability to work independently on multiple complex projects.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively to build MALT’s relationships with Marin’s agricultural community and MALT’s broad constituency.
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This is a full-time, exempt position at MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, with remote work during SIP and possibly after. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters.
MALT is an equal-opportunity employer.