We are currently accepting applications for the following position:

Strategic Conservation Planner

About LPLC:  Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) is a non-profit land trust operating out of the bustling village of Lake Placid, NY. The office is conveniently located on Route 73 in Lake Placid, just a short walk to the Chubb River, an outlet of Placid Lake that flows into the West Branch of the Ausable River and eventually into Lake Champlain.

Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack High Peaks. It is an hour drive to the shores of Lake Champlain, and roughly equidistant (a little over two-hour drive) to the cities of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Albany, New York. Lake Placid is the recreationist’s paradise. Surrounded by the Adirondack Park’s 6 million acres, complete with the unparalleled mixture of forests, mountains, rivers and lakes, Lake Placid inspires hikers, mountain bikers, skiers, artists, entrepreneurs, and conservationists to explore the region’s scenic beauty and history.

LPLC’s mission is to conserve land and water in Lake Placid and the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds. LPLC prioritizes lands with high conservation value, such as critical wildlife habitats, shorelines that protect water quality, and scenic vistas, and lands that inspire residents and visitors to recreate responsibly while enjoying its unique natural, features. LPLC works closely with landowners and stakeholders to protect these areas by overseeing lands under conservation easement and holding lands in fee.

Title: Strategic Conservation Planner

Classification: 2-year, grant-funded, full-time, exempt position

Reports to: Executive Director

Position Summary:  Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) seeks a dynamic individual to join our team as a Strategic Conservation Planner. This person will serve as the lead for a collaborative project involving development of an expanded Land Registry by researching and identifying priority areas for land protection, recreation, and water quality protection within and surrounding Adirondack North County communities. This person will also investigate and identify priority areas that are most susceptible to development or environmental change.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Land Use Planning, Biology or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and analysis using ArcGIS and related mapping tools;
  • Knowledge of conservation techniques and familiarity with conservation policy, project, and/or program activity related to natural resource issues, preferably within the Adirondack Park;
  • A genuine interest in and passion for land conservation and water protection in the Adirondack Park.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Strategic Conservation Planner will serve as project lead and identify areas with high conservation value, recreation potential, those at risk for development, and/or those that protect water quality by:

  • Collecting, analyzing, and utilizing relevant public and proprietary data and prioritizing conservation potential;
  • Identifying potential partnerships that lead to working, prosperous relationships and programs;
  • Effectively communicating with conservation professionals, county and municipal officials, landowners, and others to advance project goals;
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for partners – managing requests, communications, problem solving, in consultation with Executive Director;
  • Developing and implementing partnership processes and procedures for efficient use of resources and successful operations;
  • Screening potential conservation opportunities and effectively prioritizing efforts based on strategy alignment, feasibility, and public benefit;
  • Building, leveraging, and managing relationships to advance conservation opportunities, facilitate collaboration, and strengthen alliances;
  • Creating and maintaining clear and accurate records and maps for all project, tracking progress against established budgets, goals, and deadlines;
  • Other duties as assigned or identified.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (preferred):

  • Strong proficiency with ArcGIS (desktop and online platforms), Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Familiarity with Adobe Suite preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and work collaboratively with all levels of staff and board
  • Familiarity with land use policies, procedures, and protections in northern Adirondack Park.
  • Team player; good interpersonal skills, initiative/drive, and results-oriented
  • Ability to communicate information clearly and concisely with all levels of staff and partners in verbal, written, electronic and other communications formats.
  • Strong problem-solving skills; must be able to make recommendations and implement resolutions quickly and professionally
  • Experience planning and leading strategic initiatives
  • Experience in project management and collaborative planning strongly preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail and conscientious in adhering to deadlines and deliverables
  • Passion for and knowledge of land and water protection in the northern Adirondack Park
  • Ability to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and rough terrain.
  • Knowledge of land and water Conservation management strategies.

Salary: $35,000 with benefits

To Apply: Qualified applicants should email your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to: kerry@lakeplacidlandconservancy.org. Please include “Conservation Planner Position” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: September 3, 2019 at 5:00pm EST or until filled


EEO Statement

Lake Placid Land Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). LPLC believes employees thrive in a work environment where they feel valued, recognized, and challenged to develop their skills and qualifications. LPLC provides for equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination of any type on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy or maternity, disability, work-related injury, veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.