Land Stewardship Fellow, Colorado Open Lands

Lakewood, CO

Job Title: Land Stewardship Fellow

Organization: Colorado Open Lands

Location: Lakewood, CO

Duties: The two-year Fellowship Program is designed to provide comprehensive exposure to the components of successful land stewardship, the techniques available for land preservation in Colorado, and an introduction to the agencies and people active in this arena.

This Fellowship will focus on stewarding conserved lands in the Wet Mountain region as part of COL’s conservation easement stewardship program. In 2021, COL anticipates merging with another land trust in Colorado. The Fellow will learn about the merger process and will learn professional conservation easement stewardship skills from COL’s experienced staff and will be part of a 5-person Stewardship team. This position involves working with landowners, including ranchers and farmers, across Colorado to support their stewardship of protected lands and to develop strong landowner relationships with COL.


Conservation Easement Management

  • Review conservation easements, due diligence documents, maps, and monitoring reports in anticipation of COL’s merger with another land trust.
  • Assist with incorporating the transferred conservation easements into COL’s portfolio, including entering records into COL’s file database and GIS system.
  • Assist in the review of reserved rights, violations, enforcement issues, and amendments for individual conservation easements.

Conservation Easement Monitoring

  • Monitor 40+ conservation easement properties in the Wet Mountain region and other parts of Colorado, which range in size from 1 to 20,000+ acres. Monitoring includes hiking or driving around a conserved property using GPS to navigate and collect field data documenting any changes to the property.
  • Update GIS maps as needed to incorporate GPS field data.


  • Bachelor’s degree: emphasis in natural or environmental sciences, land use, planning, geography, or related field is preferred.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel across Colorado, including some overnights (approximately 40% of time from May-October).
  • Willingness and ability to work in sometimes challenging field conditions in remote locations. Ability to work outdoors and navigate large farms and ranches independently, often in remote settings.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to complete tasks with a high level of accuracy and consistency.
  • Ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • A positive, engaging attitude, a sense of humor, and a commitment to COL’s mission and the conservation of Colorado’s natural landscapes. 

Start/End Dates: April 2021 – April 2023

Salary/Pay: $38,000-$40,000/year

How To Apply: See full job posting and application instructions at

Application Deadline: February 7, 2021