Mid-Coast Project Manager

Posted: 02/05/2021
Expires: 03/05/2021


The Mid-Coast Project Manager works directly with private landowners, partner organizations, communities, and state agencies to deliver Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s (MCHT) land conservation services in the mid-coast region (stretching from Rockland south to Brunswick) and to accomplish lasting conservation of important properties. The position will involve community outreach and engagement, real estate negotiation and financing, grant writing, and managing a diverse project load. The Project Manager’s work is integrated with all other departments within MCHT (legal, fundraising, communications, stewardship). An ability to establish effective working relationships with a wide range of people and organizations is essential. MCHT is committed to working to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive land conservation community and we encourage candidates from historically marginalized communities or identities to apply.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Initiate and complete land protection projects in the mid-coast region. This includes identifying important conservation opportunities, and successfully negotiating and closing multiple real-estate transactions ranging from simple to complex.
  • Ability to work independently with landowners and partners.
  • Ability to work autonomously while also working as a member of the land protection team. Teamwork includes:

      1.Communicating to the General Counsel about legal document drafting needs;

  1. Keeping the Director of Land Protection, other staff, and volunteers, apprised of issues, problems, opportunities, and progress.
  • Work extensively with other departments within MCHT to take a project from the early planning stages to completion as a property owned by MCHT (or a partner), or a conservation easement held by MCHT (or a partner). As part of this process, the Project Manager will work closely with the following Departments:
  1. Stewardship, to develop a vision for the property and ensure funds to manage the property are raised;
  2. Development, to fundraise for the project;
  3. Communications, to develop stories about that project and its importance; and
  4. Finance, to ensure that funds raised are accounted for and that all financial requirements are followed.
  • Regularly develop and present written descriptions and updates on projects to MCHT’s Committees and, provide backup to the Director of Land Protection at Board Meetings, and obtain timely authorizations for each land project.
  • Oversee and maintain professional relationships with surveyors, attorneys, and other contractors who perform various duties for MCHT.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable and respected conservation specialist for MCHT and for our partners including the local land trusts.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Provides general oversight and supervision to outside contractors

Education and Experience:

Education and/or experience in a field such as natural resources, business, law, real estate, or communications. Specific experience in land use and conservation work, project management and related fields preferred.


  • Excellent written, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and multi-tasking skills with attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Ability to manage a large and diverse project load, complete assignments, meet deadlines and work within established budgets
  • Skill in community organizing, planning or other engagement activities and ability to work with a variety of diverse partners and individuals. Willingness and ability to organize and participate in community events, some evenings and weekends work required.
  • Experience working in a deadline driven environment.
  • Honed negotiation skills.
  • Proficiency in word processing, email, and databases.
  • Several years of direct work experience, preferably in a natural resource field or community facilitation and engagement or community planning field.
  • Experience in voluntary land protection techniques and working with land trusts preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Maine geography, culture, flora, and fauna preferred.
  • Experience working successfully with people of all backgrounds and ages.
  • Attendance may be required for periodic evening and weekend events throughout the year.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

Office work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc.  Field work is preformed outside in all weather conditions, sometimes on uneven or wet terrain.  Requires frequent walking, hiking, and bending.  Must have access to a car because travel in the mid-coast region is necessary.  Must be willing to travel in boats (you do not need your own boat).

This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including insurance, vacation time, and a retirement plan.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to with “Project Manager” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is Friday March 5, 2021.


Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.  We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can thrive and support our mission.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.