Community Conservation Manager, Palmer Land Trust

Pueblo, CO, temporarily remote

Job Title: Community Conservation Manager

Organization: Palmer Land Trust

Type of opportunity: Reporting to the Conservation Director, the Pueblo-based Community Conservation Manager will advance conservation, agricultural, and community-building projects that are of local, state, and national importance. Primary objectives are based in our strategic plan and focus on enhancing outdoor recreation, maintaining robust working farms and ranches, and protecting inspiring scenic vistas. This position will bring conservation, community-building, and project development expertise to the organization’s agricultural land conservation projects in Pueblo County, as well as throughout the Colorado’s Lower Arkansas Valley.


  • Community Conservation Development (50%)
  • Conservation Project Development (40%)
  • Administrative and Other (10%)

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in field relevant to land and water conservation.
  • 3 years successful, related work experience.
  • Ability to manage several diverse projects simultaneously; establish priorities and meet deadlines; independently pursue organization objectives and solutions to complex problems.
  • Highly organized and efficient; hard-working with superb attention to detail and nuance; a good aptitude for due diligence and compliance matters.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with an ability to convey complex information clearly.
  • A critical thinker, self-directed, strongly motivated.
  • Passion for natural resource conservation—especially the conservation of working agricultural lands—and a commitment to developing strong working relationships with farmers, landowners, business leaders, government officials, and other partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and minimum of 5 years strong conservation experience, including conservation easement and conservation project development experience.
  • Deep understanding of agriculture and the agricultural community of Pueblo County.
  • Measurable past successes building community-based programs that encompass a wide array of stakeholders with varying interests.
  • Extensive project management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage large stakeholder groups. Proven experience producing results and meeting program goals.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
  • Desire to seek out additional education to stay up-to-date in the fast-developing industry.
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation in southern Colorado.

Salary/pay: $50,000-$58,000, depending on experience

How to apply:

The position is open until filled. Early applications are strongly recommended. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, 3) list of three references, and 4) answers to the questions below (all as a single pdf) by e-mail to: with the subject line: Community Conservation Manager. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for a final interview.

Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question:

  1. Why does conserving land, water, and agriculture in Colorado’s Lower Arkansas Valley matter to you?
  2. Please describe your community building experience.
  3. Why are you interested in working for Palmer Land Trust, and where do you see yourself in 3 years?

If selected for an interview, there will be a 3-step interview process held remotely by Zoom (with the potential for a socially-distanced, in-person meeting following the Zoom interviews). It may include:

  1. A first interview by Zoom for a “meet and greet” with the Conservation Director (20 minutes)
  2. A second interview with the Conservation Director and Conservation and Stewardship Director. (30 minutes)
  3. A possible third interview with the CEO. (30-60 minutes)

Application deadline: Open until filled

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