The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a conservation officer to conduct PEC’s land conservation activities in Rappahannock and Clarke Counties, Virginia. PEC, founded in 1972, is based in Warrenton, Virginia and serves nine counties in Virginia’s northern Piedmont area. PEC now has more than 35 employees in nine offices, and has been instrumental in the protection of over 369,000 acres.
Description of Position
The Rappahannock and Clarke County Conservation Officer will develop conservation solutions for the protection of important resources in Rappahannock and Clarke Counties, Virginia. The Conservation Officer will work directly with landowners and farmers to promote the donation of conservation easements and to assist them in enrolling in county, state and federal conservation programs. This position will also work to engage landowners in Rappahannock and Clarke Counties in good stewardship practices for agriculture and forestry. He or she will work to identify key at-risk properties and resources, and develop and implement land protection strategies using tools such as voluntary easement donation, PDR programs, and direct fee-simple purchases. The Rappahannock and Clarke County Conservation Officer will also work with the business and professional communities in their county to further the education of these critical landowner advisors.
In addition to working on land conservation issues, the Conservation Officer will work with policy and land use staff to monitor, identify and respond to land use concerns in Rappahannock County. This includes monitoring revisions to the comprehensive plan, tracking planning requests, and maintaining relationships with county staff and elected officials. The Conservation Officer will work with other PEC staff to respond appropriately to threats to the rural nature of Rappahannock County.
He or she will also assist the Vice President for Conservation and Rural Programs with developing policies to guide PEC’s conservation work and to improve local, state and federal incentives for land conservation. He or she will serve as the county-wide resource for PEC including updating PEC staff and Board members, as well as members of the Krebser Fund and Clarke Conservation Fund Advisory Committees on conservation issues within the county.
In addition, the Conservation Officer will work with county and state governments to encourage involvement in conservation, and coordinate with other organizations, public and private, to promote conservation. The Conservation Officer will promote conservation in the community by organizing and/or attending meetings, local educational seminars for professionals and landowner easement parties. He or she will also work with PEC’s Development staff to raise funds for PEC’s work the county. He or she will report to the Vice President for Conservation and Rural Programs.
- A B.A. or equivalent degree. Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, planning, law or related field preferred.
- At least three years experience in land conservation, agriculture, real estate, appraisals, historic preservation or land management is highly desired.
- A working knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Experience in working with rural landowners and the farming community.
- Demonstrated commitment to land conservation.
- Experience using Arc GIS 9 or newer is preferred.
- Requires minimal supervision.
- Willing to work long hours, including some weekends and evenings.
- Willingness to live in Rappahannock or Clarke County is highly desirable.
Salary commensurate with experience; competitive benefits.
The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.
Phone (540) 347-2334 ext 29 Fax (540) 349-9003
P.O. Box 460, Warrenton, VA, 20188, US