Careers With Land Trust Of Napa County

Reward yourself with a career in conservation. Land Trust of Napa County is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving the character of Napa by permanently protecting land. We collaborate with the community to protect our most cherished places, while supporting our economic livelihood and well-being. For Napa County this means protecting farmland, water resources, recreational areas and wildlife corridors.

Land Trust of Napa County is an equal opportunity employer.


Current Job Openings –

Land Project Assistant



The Land Trust of Napa County is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving the character of Napa County by permanently protecting land. In its 42-year history, LTNC has completed over 215 projects and protected 71,000 acres.

The Land Project Assistant is an entry-level position within LTNC’s Lands Department, designed to assist in all aspects of protecting land permanently for conservation. This job provides a nuts-and-bolts learning opportunity to develop the skills and experience needed by conservation professionals. The Land Project Assistant focuses primarily on land and grant acquisition for funding of conservation, with some work on stewardship projects for our protected lands portfolio.

The Land Project Assistant reports to the Land Programs Manager, and works as part of the land acquisition team with the CEO, Land Programs Manager, and Attorney.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • With direction from Land Programs Manager, support all aspects of land acquisition projects, including:
    • help draft project approval documentation (e.g. project summaries, landowner engagement letters, transaction exhibits, maps);
    • help prepare and review land transaction documents (e.g. title documents, project descriptions, project agreements), working closely with all acquisition staff, legal counsel and other parties through closing of transactions;
    • assist with development of project timelines and budgets, track expenses and review invoices.
  • Support all aspects of grant acquisition and reporting for land acquisition and land stewardship projects, including:
    • research prospective funding agencies;
    • assist in development and drafting of applications and post-award grant reports;
    • assist with development of grant application timelines and budgets;
    • assist with grant reporting timelines, progress reports and reimbursement forms.
  • Support land conservation administrative duties, including:
    • Support, update and maintain complete transaction and stewardship files;
    • support two volunteer leadership committees (the Project Committee and Protection Committee) including meeting attendance, preparation, distribution and transcription of materials and discussion, tracking committee outcomes;
    • procure field and safety supplies for office and field use;
    • update forms, informational media, tally sheets;
    • provide administrative and organizational support to other projects as needed.


Position Details:

Physical Demands:

Lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.

Access remote areas of protected lands involving off-trail hiking over strenuous terrain and through dense vegetation.


Work Environment:

In addition to working within an office environment, this position includes a minor outdoor work component. Outdoor work will entail exposure to variable weather conditions and natural hazards, such as poison oak, ticks, rattlesnakes, other wildlife, etc. This position anticipates up to 25% of time in the field.


Minimum Qualifications:

LTNC is looking for a team player with a strong interest in learning the fundamentals of land conservation and stewardship with exceptional detail and organizational skills.

  1. Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, restoration ecology, environmental or biological sciences and demonstrated, successful work or volunteer experience in study field (1-3 years) OR high school diploma and 5 years of demonstrated, successful work experience in conservation, real estate, or law.


  1. Excellent attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and stay organized, including multi-tasking.


  1. Excellent people skills and an ability to work with a variety of constituents, including donors, volunteers, contractors and agency representatives.


  1. Strong project management and record-keeping skills.


  1. Strong oral and written communication, with proven editing skills.


  1. Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office software. Experience with GPS, GIS mapping and data management a plus.


  1. Willingness to occasionally attend evening and weekend meetings or work days with volunteers.


Desired Skills and Experiences:


  1. Commitment to learning the fundamentals of land conservation. Working knowledge of land protection concepts and legal, financial and real estate activities involved in land protection a plus.


  1. Experience working for or with non-profit organizations OR experience working with federal, state and local governmental agencies or private organizations involved in land conservation a plus.


  1. Understanding of the habitats and species in northern California and/or Napa County.


Salary commensurate with experience. Full medical and dental benefits for employee; 401(k) retirement account with employer match after first year; eleven paid holidays and fifteen days of accrued vacation per year.


Send letter and resume to: No phone calls please. Please reference Land2018 in your Subject line. First responses to applicants will begin August 15, 2018.

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