The Minnesota Land Trust works statewide in 11 Conservation Program Areas to achieve its conservation goals as outlined in its 2017-2027 Conservation Agenda. In furtherance of this goal, Land Trust staff collectively complete 40-50 conservation easements annually.

The Conservation Program Manager is responsible for leading – in concert with other Land Protection and Legal staff – the Land Trust’s land protection goals within the Twin Cities Metro conservation program area. The Conservation Program Manager sets the stage for program success by: 1) crafting conservation plans that prioritize and target the Land Trust’s conservation work, 2) building effective partnerships that enable the Land Trust to maximize its conservation impact and harness the contributions of others, and 3) procuring resources to achieve the Land Trust’s land protection goals in the Twin Cities Metro program area.

The Conservation Program Manager works closely with other Land Trust staff as a member of the conservation team, landowners, and our program partners – local units of government, state and federal agencies and non-governmental conservation organizations. In addition, the Conservation Program Manager represents the Land Trust in vaOther program administration: 5%rious public settings and participates in fundraising and easement stewardship activities.

The Conservation Program Manager reports to the Director of Land Protection and supervises the Metro Program Land Protection Coordinator; the Conservation Program Manager may also award contracts and coordinate with contractors and volunteers. Travel, including some overnight travel, is required for this position.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)
All employees of the Minnesota Land Trust are expected to embrace the ideals of our DEIJ plan and incorporate our DEIJ goals into their ongoing work. All employees should be familiar with the current DEIJ plan.


Project management: 60%
Program development and management: 25%
Grant management: 10%
Other program administration: 5%
See website for details: https://mnland.org/about/employment/

Tagged as: Conservation, Full Time


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 similar combination of education and experience.
Familiarity with land protection real estate transactions.

See website for position requirements: https://mnland.org/about/employment/

Required Skills:

This position is physically demanding and requires the following abilities:

Ability to navigate in remote/rural and urban settings.
Ability to work full days outdoors at all times of the year.
Ability to walk up to 3 miles over uneven terrain.
Ability to drive a vehicle for up to 3 hours per day, sometimes longer.

Preferred Skills:

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.
Proficiency in the understanding and generation of maps, natural resource information, and other spatial data. Proficiency with GIS programs.

About Minnesota Land Trust

A 501(c)3 public charity, the Minnesota Land Trust has been working with landowners and local communities since 1991 to protect and enhance Minnesota’s increasingly threatened lands and waters.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter and resume saved as a single PDF to Sue Martinez at [email protected] by October 15, 2023.

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