Rhode Island Land Trust Council promotes land conservation in Rhode Island by supporting land trusts, fostering partnerships and advocating for sound land conservation policy.
There are over 45 land trusts in Rhode Island formed by citizens to protect the open spaces, natural areas, scenic landscapes, farms, forests, shorelines and other special places in our communities. 19 of these land trusts are affiliated with town government. The others are non-profit organizations. Most do not have staff and are run entirely by volunteers. As the state coalition, the Council programs help land trusts:
- Protect land;
- Manage the land they're protecting;
- Network and partner with each other;
- Increase public awareness, use and enjoyment of Rhode Island's protected lands.
The Council also advocates for land conservation issues and to seek funding for land conservation.
The Program Coordinator position offers an exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in Rhode Island's land conservation community. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge or previous experience working with land trusts. The program coordinator will primarily be responsible for outreach to, and communications with, land trust leaders in Rhode Island to implement programs that:
- Help land trusts to network and coordinate with each other;
- Provide education, training and services to build and strengthen the capacity of the state's land trusts to protect lands in their communities and manage the lands that they are protecting; and
- Increase land trust visibility and outreach to their communities and engage more community members.
The Program Coordinator must positively and professionally represent RI Land Trust Council in state and regional collaborations and with our many partners. The successful applicant will be inspired by the work, interested in serving the public, motivated to go the extra mile, and respectful of different points of view. The Coordinator will strategically work with the Council's Executive Director, Board and consultants to bring a high level of expertise in all areas of support for the land trust community. The Program Coordinator reports directly to and works closely with the Executive Director to implement the Council's strategic plan and annual work plans.
Programs currently being implemented are: Rhode Island's preeminent annual conservation conference (Land & Water Conservation Summit); periodic workshops for land trust leaders; "Land Trust Days" - an annual program in August and September with land trusts across the state organizing and leading walks and other activities that invite people to get outdoors to enjoy the protected lands in their community; and "ParkRx" a program building partnerships between land trusts and health care providers that encourages people to take walks in natural areas for their health.
Outreach and Communications:
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with land trust leaders in each land trust. Field questions from land trusts and pursue information to answer those questions. Seek information from land trusts to help the Council develop and implement programs and to share with other land trust leaders;
- Maintain communications with land trusts by drafting and producing periodic enews and email communications;
- Keep land trust leader contact information updated in a database;
- Draft letters to land trusts seeking annual dues and thanking them for their support. Track dues responses from land trusts.
Fundraising & Program Management:
- Help to draft letters to Council supporters soliciting donations and thanking them for their support;
- Help to prepare the Council's annual report and reports for Council programs;
- Help the Executive Director with grant applications and reports;
- Help to develop and manage program budgets and agreements with consultants.
- Help to develop workshop ideas and recruit workshop presenters for the Land & Water Conservation Summit held each March. Work with workshop presenters to develop workshop descriptions and compile this information for the Summit program. Draft and prepare letters thanking workshop presenters;
- Help to solicit advertisements and displays for the Land & Water Conservation Summit. Coordinate advertisements for the program designer. Draft letters thanking Summit sponsors;
- Review drafts of the program as they are prepared by the program designer.
Community Outreach and Promotion:
- Communicate with land trusts to recruit Land Trust Days activities, help land trust leaders prepare information about their events for posting on the website, MeetUp, Facebook and other marketing venues;
- Post land trust activities on the Council's website, social media and marketing platforms. Help land trusts to get their events posted in local newspapers. Promote land trust events on social media;
- Develop relationships with health care providers to encourage them to implement ParkRx ('write prescriptions' for their patients to get outdoors and take walks as part of their health care strategies). Maintain these relationships and solicit feedback about what works and what would help them implement this program in their practices. Develop strategies for reducing the barriers for health care providers participating in ParkRx and for patients following up on 'prescriptions' and taking walks in natural areas;
- Help land trusts to recruit, train and coordinate volunteers as walk leaders for the ParkRx program.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field;
- A minimum of two years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, preferably in the land trust community;
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Comfortable talking with people on the phone and in person;
- Demonstrated knowledge of electronic communications and social media and related technology (websites, MeetUp, Facebook, MailChimp);
- Strong project coordinating and management experience including working with consultants and contractors;
- Understanding of and enthusiasm for land trusts and land conservation;
- Familiarity with land conservation techniques;
- Demonstrated ability to maintain a database. Experience with Salesforce helpful;
- Demonstrated attention to detail;
- Demonstrated marketing and/or communication experience;
- Demonstrated ability to network by cultivating and maintaining relationships with diverse partners;
- Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and adapt programs based on evaluation to strengthen and enhance them;
- Ability to work and travel effectively without supervision as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment;
- Experience in event planning preferred;
- Experience in grant writing preferred;
- Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers preferred;
- Proficiency with computers and standard office software - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email;
- Valid driver's license;
- Must be able to work periodically in the evenings and on weekends to attend land trust meetings, workshops and activities.
$20-$24/hour based on qualifications
This is a part-time, regular position for 18-24 weeks with a flexible schedule based on interests and needs of the selected candidate. If the incumbent works 18.75 hours or more per week, a package of health, dental, vacation, sick and other benefits will be included. The candidate who fills this position will work out of RI Land Trust Council’s office at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse, 10 Davol Square, Providence and will occasionally need a car.
No emails or phone calls, apply online only. Please include a resume and cover letter in your online application.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and Rhode Island Land Trust Council will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.