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Location: Warrenton, VA

Job Classification: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Geographic Focus: The Potomac watershed -- which covers Clarke, Loudoun, and parts of Fauquier counties within PEC’s service area. A specific focus of this position will be to execute a multi-faceted land and water conservation initiative within the Goose Creek subwatershed.

Introduction

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Field Representative to conduct and assist with PEC’s land use policy and land conservation activities in PEC’s nine county service area, particularly communities in PEC’s service area that are within the Potomac watershed. Initially, a strong focus of the field representative will be to work in parts of Loudoun and Fauquier counties within the Goose Creek watershed, a key subwatershed within the larger Potomac watershed.

Description of Position

The Field Representative will be responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of land conservation, natural resource restoration, land use policy, and civic engagement efforts that further PEC’s mission. While the Field Representative will work throughout the Potomac watershed, the successful candidate will play a key role in executing a multi-faceted initiative to conserve the land and water resources within the Goose Creek subwatershed, which is part of the Potomac watershed and nationally recognized for its diverse combination of natural, historic, and scenic resources. Examples of activities include:

  • Developing and implementing land protection strategies through (1) identification of key at-risk properties, landscapes, and resources; (2) outreach and education to landowners, farmers, and professional advisers on conservation tools such as voluntary conservation easement donations, Purchase of Development Rights programs, and other conservation programs; and (3) coordination with other public and private partners to further conservation in the Piedmont.
  • Serving as part of the PEC’s stewardship team, responsible for ensuring appropriate monitoring and stewardship of PEC’s conservation easement and fee land portfolio.
  • Initiating, leading, or participating in local community based conservation efforts, such as historic preservation, water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and/or agricultural land management demonstration projects.
  • Teaming with other PEC staff to respond appropriately to major land use, conservation, and transportation threats in the region.
  • Working directly with citizens and allied organizations to organize the public around campaigns, policies and outcomes supportive of the PEC mission, including adoption of language in the counties’ comprehensive plans and support or opposition to specific land use threats and opportunities.
  • Regularly updating PEC Board members, other PEC staff, and members of local advisory committees on land use, conservation, and transportation issues affecting the communities served by the Field Representative.
  • Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region

The Field Representative reports to PEC’s Director of Conservation, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors. This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 2-4 years work experience or Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, planning, law or related field preferred.
  • A working knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia is preferred.
  • A working knowledge of conservation policies, conservation easements, and real estate transactions, etc.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to write, edit, and proofread written materials for use in communicating with the PEC Board of Directors, PEC staff, PEC members, and the public at large.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and manage diverse activities and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse constituency including elected officials, non-profit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred.
  • Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns.
  • Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software. Familiarity with ArcMap a plus.
  • Requires minimal supervision.
  • Willing to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Willingness to live in the region you will work is highly desirable.
  • Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

Compensation

  • Compensation will commensurate with experience. In addition to your salary, you will be eligible to participate in health, disability, term life insurance benefits and a 403 (b) employee pension plan. Upon employment, you will be entitled to paid holidays and will begin accruing personal leave as designated in the PEC Employee Handbook.

Application Process

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.

 
 
 

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