We're hiring – Executive Director

Join our dynamic and passionate conservation organization and live and work in one of the most beautiful areas of Colorado. San Isabel Land Protection Trust is hiring an executive director.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks an Executive Director to implement our vision that southern Colorado remains a beautiful, wild and working landscape, with a strong agricultural foundation and vibrant, healthy communities. Our mission is to protect ranch, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitat, scenic views for public enjoyment, and historic resources. San Isabel is a leader in land and water conservation in the Arkansas River Basin of Colorado. The office is in Westcliffe in the spectacular Wet Mountain Valley.


The ideal
candidate will:

  • Enthusiastically direct fundraising and membership development to ensure adequate funding.
  • Have a strong understanding of the role media, communications and public relations to play in operating a nonprofit.
  • Be comfortable wearing the many hats needed to lead a small, rural nonprofit.
  • Have an understanding and empathy for challenges that face rural communities, coupled with an ability to listen and inspire an inclusive and collaborative approach.
  • Have some business background and an entrepreneurial approach to guide the organization through the changing tides of land conservation and the long-term obligations of conservation easements.

The Executive Director will work closely with the board of directors to ensure a vibrant and financially sustainable organization and supervise two, full-time staff members.  The successful individual will promote San Isabel with easement holders and other entities in our service area – Custer, Fremont, Huerfano and western Pueblo counties in southern Colorado.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • San Isabel Land Protection Trust offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and salary history. 
  • Retirement benefits: Simple IRA with 3 percent organizational match.
  • Health insurance stipend.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicle provided for fieldwork.

TO APPLY

Please email by June 1 your resumé and cover letter addressing how you meet the position requirements, as well as your salary requirements, to our transition team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All application information must be received via email; no hard copies will be accepted. No phone calls, please. For more information about San Isabel and a full job description, click here.

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  • "The Hood Family placed a conservation easement on our ranch because it gave us a chance to preserve the land as undeveloped property while allowing the operation of the ranch to continue to make ranching decisions as we have always done. It also provided funding to establish retirement funds and an investment portfolio, providing long-term income."

    – Keith Hood, fifth-generation rancher