Save Mount Diablo

1901 Olympic Blvd, Suite 320, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Founded in 1971, Save Mount Diablo, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, California nonprofit corporation, acquires and preserves land on and around Mount Diablo.

Land Programs Director

Job Description:

The Land Programs Director oversees SMD’s Land Department and leads and administers the organization’s conservation efforts with departmental staff and planning, land transactions, fee simple and conservation easement property stewardship, and outreach and educational programming. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned environmental professional to manage and grow the capacity of SMD’s land conservation work, building upon almost 50 years of organizational impact in the Diablo wild lands.

This is a Full-Time, exempt position that reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the senior management team.

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Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop strategy and provide leadership for a diverse array of land department activities including land stewardship, land transactions, public education, outreach and volunteer programs.
  • Overall daily management of the Land Department, working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and Land Conservation Director, departmental planning, budgeting, administration, and program implementation.
  • Provide staff leadership on and implement the Conservation Buyer Program; all aspects of fee simple and conservation easement transactions including negotiations, due diligence and research.
  • Oversee property management, planning, budgeting and programming including restoration, grazing, fuels management, Integrated Pest Management, structures maintenance, responding to weather events, etc.
  • Guide engagement with landowners, park and regulatory agency officials, engage in collaboration with partner agencies and help to build and engage in coalitions to advance SMD goals.
  • Oversee the Dr. Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program and support the associated committee.
  • Oversee and provide direction for the volunteer engagement, outreach and education programs.
  • Support committees and task forces that advance the land conservation objectives of the organization.
  • Support and participate in donor engagement and fund development in collaboration with the Development Department as appropriate including grant writing and reporting, individual donor support and events.
  • Lead the Land Department, plus consultants, contractors and volunteers as needed.
  • Partner with other departments to share information, develop integrated strategies and achieve clear communication across the organization, particularly with SMD’s programmatic efforts.
  • Ensure accurate coordination with SMD’s accounting team regarding the department budget.
  • Contribute to the overall leadership of the organization as a member of the senior management team.
  • Represent SMD with external audiences.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Manages two direct reports (Land Stewardship Manager, and Education and Outreach Associate), three indirect reports (Land Stewardship Associate, and two Caretakers), as well as contractors/consultants, and volunteers as needed. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in close coordination with the Executive Director and in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and training employees and volunteers; planning, assigning, and directing work, and appraising performance.



The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications (though we recognize that not every applicant will meet every criterion). If you think you have what it takes to succeed in this role, we want to hear from you!

  • At least 5 year’s experience as a conservation, park or open space professional with demonstrated growth and increasing responsibility.
  • At least 3 year’s experience with capital projects and property management or similar
  • At least 3 year’s experience working on land conservation transactions
  • Successful track record in engaging, motivating and supporting both staff and volunteers in achieving their maximum potential for the benefit of the organization
  • Ability and enthusiasm to get outdoors and showcase SMD’s good work to supporters and prospective donors; strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic programs and initiatives that build the land conservation capacity of the organization
  • Advanced writing and editing skills
  • Ability to analyze complex research to inform land management practices and land use policy
  • Proven ability to manage projects and programs within budget and on time.
  • Strong networking/interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Ability to manage/navigate/direct complex individuals and group dynamics
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of flexibility and creativity within a transitioning work environment
  • Strong team player who is positive and supportive of team members
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience in conservation, park or open space related fields.


Essential Requirements

  • Possess valid California driver’s license and clean driving record with active insurance
  • Daily access to a motor vehicle

Physical Demands

  • The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Employee must be able to travel to external meetings and provide occasional physical set-up and breakdown of meetings/events. Employee must also be able to hike, occasionally in steep and/or rugged terrain and in inclement weather.



  • Dependent on Experience.



  • Health, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan


To Apply

  • Send your cover letter, resume, and a list of references to:
  • Please include your name and the job title (“Land Programs Director”) in the subject line of your email.