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For Landowners

Acquisition Program Manager

About MALT:

Founded in 1980 by a broad coalition of ranchers, environmentalists, and community leaders, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently protecting Marin County farmland for farming and ranching. We also work with agricultural landowners and public and private partners to support and enhance agricultural viability and sustainability locally and regionally.

MALT’s comfortable office is located just off Highway 1 in the vibrant community of Point Reyes Station in beautiful West Marin, home to Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery, and Toby’s Feed Barn. Tomales Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, and other outdoor wonders are only minutes away. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, health, dental and vision insurance, retirement benefits, family friendly policies, and a commitment to honoring work/life balance. Come join our team of highly motivated and passionate staff who care deeply about our mission and one another.

The Position:

The Acquisition Program Manager is a full-time exempt position responsible for managing and implementing MALT’s acquisition program, including agricultural conservation easement acquisitions, easement amendments and other land transactions. The Acquisition Program Manager is a member of the MALT Conservation Team and reports to the Director of Conservation.

Duties & Responsibilities Include:


  • Coordinate the evaluation of potential agricultural conservation easement acquisitions, easement amendments and other land transaction opportunities in partnership with the conservation staff.
  • Develop, manage, and complete acquisition projects in consultation with the Director of Conservation and Stewardship Manager:
    • Identify and secure sources of Federal, State, and local funding for individual easement acquisition projects.
    • Track and document the status of acquisition, amendment and other land transaction projects using the project checklist and Easement Project Tracker.
    • Oversee completion of all project due diligence including independent appraisals, environmental site assessments and internal review of title exceptions, legal descriptions, and property rights. Ensure all projects comply with MALT policy, grant funder requirements, and LTA Standards and Practices.
    • Prepare and negotiate conservation program documents (e.g., purchase/option agreements, agricultural conservation easements, easement amendments, subordination agreements, appraisals, title documents, escrow instructions) in close collaboration with the Director of Conservation, conservation staff and outside legal counsel.
    • Present to the Stewardship Committee and board of directors and prepare reports, resolutions and other materials for easement acquisitions, MAU amendments and other land transactions in collaboration with the conservation staff.
  • Manage conservation volunteers (title reviews and records management).
  • Oversee post-closing records management (including annual title searches of easement-encumbered properties) in collaboration with conservation staff.
  • Assist conservation staff with easement interpretation for reserved rights/permitted use requests and for easement compliance issues.
  • Support conservation team in the preparation and review of acquisition-related stewardship documents, including agricultural management plans, creek conservation area management plans, baseline documentation reports, and other management plans.

Landowner Outreach and Relationship Building

  • Initiate and maintain communications with agricultural landowners and the agricultural community to provide information about MALT's conservation easement program; respond to requests from individual landowners.
  • Become familiar with and serve as a source of information about financial implications and consequences of various agricultural land conservation strategies and techniques.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate agricultural and community organization and public funding sources.
  • Provide public outreach in the form of presentations and panel discussions in collaboration with the development department (as appropriate) and under the direction of the Director of Conservation (e.g. LTA Rally, CCLT Conferences, MALT events, etc.


  • Minimum five years of experience in conservation land acquisitions, real estate and land use laws and regulations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.
  • Knowledge of current tax and conservation laws.
  • Outstanding planning and analytical skills.
  • Experience with negotiation and relationship building.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse groups.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple complex projects.
  • Highly self-motivated. Experience managing project budgets.
  • Must have experience or feel very comfortable driving an off-road vehicle on steep and rugged terrain.
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license required with acceptable DMV record, current registration, and automobile liability insurance.
  • This position requires occasional evening and weekend work.

This is a full-time, exempt position at MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format
No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters. 
MALT is an equal-opportunity employer.