Land Preservation Coordinator

The Land Preservation Coordinator will be someone with exceptional organization skills that will assist with the administrative support needed for the acquisition, sale, and stewardship of natural lands for conservation. They will be responsible for assisting with land transactions and monitoring of Openlands properties and conservation easements within the organization’s area of service of Northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region. This is a unique opportunity for someone that enjoys having regular outdoor assignments in addition to working in an office setting. We are willing to train the right candidate for the easement stewardship component of this role.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as the on-the-ground point of contact for properties owned, and conservation easements held by Openlands to build relationships and represent the organization to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Evaluate, monitor, and maintain conservation easements per Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements and Standards and Practices, including writing monitoring reports, creating baseline documentation and current condition reports, and filing documents in accordance with Openlands’ policies
  • Assist the Conservation Attorney with land transactions, document preparation, file management, and coordination of due diligence.
  • Advise management of maintenance issues, remedying minor on-site problems when feasible, and support the development and implementation of other property management solutions as needed
  • Additional duties as needed

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effective communication, organizational, and time-management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and set effective priorities for work
  • Excellent skills in managing electronic and paper files
  • Experience managing real estate-related projects a plus
  • Ability to walk properties on a frequent and regular basis, considering varying levels of difficult conditions and topography, site access, and seasonal weather
  • Strong customer service skills to support positive interactions with the public and stakeholders
  • Collaborative and able to work as part of a team and to understand the individual role within a larger system or strategy, including taking the initiative and working independently to advance broader team goals
  • Travel approximately 25% to sites in Northeastern Illinois
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a personal vehicle, as project sites cannot be readily accessed by public transportation. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.

To Apply:

  • This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should send a resume, and cover letter explaining why your skills and experience would complement this position and writing samples of communications-related materials you have authored. Please include “Land Preservation Coordinator” in the subject line to jobapps@openlands.org.

Work Environment

This is a hybrid position depending on work requirements.

  • Loop office is ADA accessible.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer.
  • This position requires the ability to regularly work outside in varying weather conditions
  • Smoke- and drug-free environment


  • Salary range is between $45,000 and $50,000. Benefits include health, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan with up to a 5% employer contribution, ten paid holidays, vacation, and sick time. This is a full-time position.

Vaccination Statement

  • To protect our staff and community, Openlands requires all employees to be fully vaccinated upon hire or may request a medical/religious exemption if extended an offer.