PCTA is hiring a Land Protection Manager/Director

Land Protection Program Vision

PCTA’s ultimate goal in land protection is for the Pacific Crest Trail to be permanently protected, with the last private parcels of trail and viewshed placed into public ownership or conservation easements. This new staff position will enable the PCTA, for the first time, to build a dedicated land protection program. The Land Protection Manager/Director will be an integral part in establishing the PCTA’s long term vision for land protection and will allow us to proactively develop and implement a protection strategy.

Land Protection Manager/Director

In this position you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work to protect the Pacific Crest Trail experience for future generations
  • Conserve natural resources in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country
  • Work with a wide variety of agency lands staff and national and regional land trusts along the entire trail
  • Spend time outdoors and on the trail

The Land Protection Manager/Director is based in the Sacramento office and serves as the project lead with private and public landowners for purposes of identifying opportunities to protect land within the Pacific Crest Trail corridor.  He or she works in close collaboration with PCTA’s regional and trailwide staff, as well as agency and organizational partners, to accomplish these goals.  The Land Protection Manager/Director manages both fee title and conservation easement projects.

We are seeking applicants with:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an applicable field.  Advanced study is desirable.
  • Minimum of five years experience in  land acquisition and conservation programs implemented through public/private partnerships
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of partners and individuals with a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds
  • High-level familiarity with public agency land acquisition organization and processes
  • Ability to manage multiple properties, multiple funding sources and processes, develop programs and use resources of the organization to accomplish a wide variety of initiatives
  • Strong organization, writing and speaking skills
  • Independent, self-motivated professional performance
  • Experience with GIS databases


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How to apply

Submit application by November 3rd. Please e-mail resume, list of three references, letter of interest detailing applicable qualifications, and salary history to [email protected] with “Land Protection Manager/Director” in the subject line. Please include your name in the of name each document (i.e. “jsmith resume,” “jsmith references,” etc.). Additional information on this position and Pacific Crest Trail Association is available at www.pcta.org. For questions, contact Mike at (206) 463-9087.

Pacific Crest Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Author: Mike Dawson

As Trail Operations Director, Mike is responsible for formulating and implementing PCTA policies related to management and protection of the trail, overseeing management of PCTA trail maintenance program, and coordinating protection of the PCT experience including land protection activities. He lives on Vashon Island in Washington with his wife Tina.