PDLT seeking a Land Protection Specialist

Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT) is growing we are seeking a Land Protection Specialist (LPS) to join our dynamic team. The LPS will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Geographic Information Systems uses and all aspects of land-related data to support land conservation, strategic planning and outreach. A strong track record in GIS mapping and data applications are required; experience with and/or knowledge of land conservation is desirable.

A high-performing, accredited, regional land trust, PDLT encompasses the entire Pee Dee Watershed and has protected a total of over 35,000 acres since its inception in 1999. PDLT has recently completed a very successful year for land protection and looking to expand capacity in an effort to capitalize on a strong pipeline of conservation easement projects in the coming years. With an engaged and energetic 21-member board and a highly capable staff of 6, PDLT’s reputation for excellence is helping to strengthen the conservation community in our region.

Employer:  Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT). Pee Dee Land Trust’s mission is to conserve, and to promote an appreciation of, the significant natural, agricultural, and historical resources of the Pee Dee Watershed in South Carolina.  The organization has traditionally used educational activities and voluntary conservation easements as its primary tools to pursue its mission.  

Job Summary:  The Land Protection Specialist (LPS) is a new position created to work with the Director of Land Conservation and Land Conservation Associate on all aspects of PDLT’s land conservation programming.  The LPS will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Geographic Information Systems uses and all aspects of land-related data to support land conservation, strategic planning and outreach.  The position will include a focus on creating tools and reports to be used for landowner outreach, new project development and stewardship with an emphasis on developing and implementing conservation strategies for focus areas identified in PDLT’s Strategic Conservation Plan. This position reports directly to the Director of Land Conservation and works closely with the Land Conservation Associate, Land Stewardship Committee and Land Protection Committee.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Generate maps utilizing ArcGIS software and create narratives for reports and presentations
  • Database management including research, collection, analysis and organization
  • Provide support to Director of Land Conservation and Land Protection Committee (LPC) including:  preparing project reports on all property under consideration, take minutes, distribute meeting materials, and following up on assigned tasks
  • Work with Land Protection Staff to conduct outreach to landowners and new project development across PDLT’s 9-county focus area
  • Review and prepare reports, documents and forms related to easement and land transactions according to PDLT policies and Land Trust Alliance standards and practices
  • Work with staff to assist in the preparation and writing of grants associated with land projects

This job description does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be expected to perform other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Time Commitment:  This is a full-time, forty-hour a week, salaried position with occasional evening and weekend work required.

Location:  Pee Dee Watershed of South Carolina, office currently located in downtown Florence, SC.  Occasional travel required, mostly within 120 mile-radius.

Salary/Benefits/work environment:  This is a leanly-staffed, fast-paced office whose staff has enthusiasm for the mission and tasks of the Land Trust. Leadership makes every attempt to give staff the tools needed for excellent results. We are seeking an effective, productive, and enjoyable member to add to the team.

Salary range $35k-$45k, commensurate with experience. Benefits include stipend for cell phone use, travel reimbursement at the federal rate, flexible schedule, paid holidays, accrued vacation and sick time, and Health Reimbursement Account.

Job Qualifications


Minimally required



-          Bachelor’s degree

-          Master’s or other graduate degree in relevant field


-          1-3+ years of experience in similar or closely related field such as planning, law, real estate transactions, or agriculture / forestry

-          3+ years of experience working for a Land Trust


-          Understand concepts related to ecology, ecosystem restoration, and, conservation values

-          Familiarity with farming or forestry in the southeast

-          Experience with and knowledge of land protection concepts and legal, financial and real estate issues involved in land protection

-          Familiarity with the Pee Dee Region


-          Proficiency with mapping software / hardware (ArcGIS, Arc Collector, GPS data collection)

-          Proficiency in data analysis

-          Proficiency in internet research and all standard office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook/email software)

-          Excellent written and verbal communication skills

-          Proficiency with Landscape or ability to learn (cloud-based land protection software)

-          Ability to learn to use Little Green Light (donor and event database)

Ability to

-          Relate to and build trust with landowners and partners

-          Concentrate in busy office setting

-          Work alone or as a collaborator as circumstances dictate

-          Access areas of properties on foot when necessary

-          Accomplish tasks with little oversight


-          Must have access to personal vehicle with driver’s license and insurance



Working Conditions:  The position includes the majority of time spent in an office setting at a computer desk.  This position may also include light to moderate work in the field during all seasons including potential exposure to extreme temperatures, wind, and rain. 

The position may include, but will not be limited to, the following activities: Climbing, ascending or descending ladders, stairs and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Stooping. Bending of the body, spine and waist.  Sitting for long periods of time.  Walking and moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.  Lifting which requires substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.  Heavy work of exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. Repetitive motion involving substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Exposure to extreme heat/cold in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for periods of more than two hours.  Exposure to environment conditions such as wind, rain and humidity. Activities may exceed that which is required for standard locomotion. 

Successful candidates will be required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing / viewing a computer terminal, extensive reading; visual inspection inclusive of operation of small machines, using measurement devices; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Application Instructions: Send letter of interest (1-3 pages) and resume or c.v. to Lyles Cooper, Executive Director, Pee Dee Land Trust, PO Box 2134, Florence, SC 29503 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Direct questions to 843.667.3229, ext. 303.

Application Process:  Applications will be received until February 12, 2021; in-person interviews and professional references will be required for finalists. The anticipated start date is March 2021.  All applicants with complete application packages will be notified by email of interview and hiring decision.

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154 W. Evans Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 2134, Florence, SC 29503

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