Conservation Director

Website Northeast Wilderness Trust

Position: Conservation Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Stewardship and Land Protection staff

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Location: Montpelier, VT (with remote locations within the northeast United States considered)


Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) is the only regional land trust focused exclusively on forever-wild conservation in the northeastern United States.  NEWT’s service area covers five New England states and the Adirondack region of New York and it currently protects over 36,000 acres of forever-wild land.


The Conservation Director is a new senior position that will lead acquisitions, manage the stewardship program, and play a leadership role in guiding the direction of the organization as it implements its five-year strategic plan and beyond.  The Conservation Director must be a motivated self-starter with a proven track record of managing conservation transactions and have experience in land trust stewardship work and fundraising.  NEWT seeks someone with a strong wilderness ethic who will be driven to find new conservation opportunities and believes in the mission.


The Conservation Director will work closely with the Executive Director to:

  • Manage and lead all aspects of the Land Protection program including pursuit of new projects, working with land owners, partner land trusts, contractors and attorneys, and managing negotiations, budgets, and transactional due diligence;
  • Manage and lead all aspects of the Stewardship program to ensure that all lands are monitored annually, coordinate volunteer monitor program, and ensure tax compliance on fee-owned land;
  • Manage the Wildlands Partnership Coordinator and Southern New England Land Steward, with likelihood of an expanding conservation team;
  • Work with Development Director to raise funds for land acquisitions and stewardship work, primarily through grant writing;
  • Ensure compliance with LTA Standards as they apply to the Land Protection and Stewardship programs;
  • Report on conservation and stewardship initiatives to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Land Stewardship Committee, and funders;
  • Represent the organization at meetings and conferences, promote the preservation of wilderness, and build awareness of NEWT;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.



  • At least five years of land trust experience;
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and be self-starting;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and team-oriented work environment;
  • Proficient in GIS;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to understand laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions;
  • Ability and willingness to frequently travel across the region;
  • Willingness to work outside of your job description and work collaboratively with the team on changing priorities and a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with a small staff;
  • Adequate home internet connection to stay connected with staff over zoom;



  • Northeast Wilderness Trust offers a range of benefits including: health care; 401k plan; generous paid time off; flexible scheduling; and sabbatical leave.  Salary D.O.E.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references as a single combined PDF to  Application deadline is December 31st, 2020.

Northeast Wilderness Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.