Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District Seeks Acquisitions Specialist

Posted on April 22, 2022
Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District Seeks Acquisitions Specialist
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Acquisitions Specialist   


We are currently recruiting for a full-time Acquisitions Specialist - a critical team member who will manage, oversee or lead land conservation projects of Ag + Open Space. This is an excellent opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a passion for protecting lands that contribute to Sonoma County’s scenic beauty, local agriculture, native habitats and recreational lands.
 The Acquisitions Specialist will be part of a dynamic team developing and implementing land conservation through real estate transactions, primarily conservation easements, including appraisals, title work, due diligence, escrow and closing. Working with landowners the Acquisition Specialist will negotiate transactions that benefit healthy communities, clean water and air, diverse habitats, sustainable agriculture, and climate resiliency throughout Sonoma County. In support of the Ag + Open Space land conservation mission, the Acquisitions Specialist will collaborate with and present to the public, with easement landowners, project partners, contractors, agency staff, and oversight bodies including the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and Fiscal Oversight Commission.
 Any combination of education and work experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with coursework in conservation planning, agriculture, ecology, geography, environmental science, resource management, landscape architecture, agribusiness or other related fields, and three years of experience involving increasingly responsible project management in land conservation, preferably in a governmental, non-profit land trust, land management, or similar organization. Significant coursework in and/or experience with conservation easement design and negotiation, graduate level study, and experience working as a project lead capacity are highly desirable.
Application Process:
 All applications must be received by midnight June 8, 2022.
Interviews for selected candidates will be held June 21st and 24th via teleconference. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
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