California Project Associate

The Trust for Public Land | San Fransisco, CA

About Job

The Project Associate provides strategic support and coordination to protect critical at-risk lands, support partner relationships, and advance The Trust for Public Land’s “Land for People” mission in California.


  • Assists land protection staff in all phases of land acquisition projects and programmatic initiatives, including conservation project research, outreach to landowners, towns, governmental agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups, and coordination with title companies, appraisers, surveyors and other due diligence consultants.
  • Supports legal staff on land protection projects in California including tracking critical project dates, due diligence review, real estate closing preparation and other responsibilities as needed.
  • Assists in research, development, and writing of public and private grant applications for land protection projects and programs.
  • Supports community engagement and planning processes related to TPL’s land protection projects.
  • Supports development and management of TPL’s application to the Department of Defense, Interior and Agriculture’s Sentinel Landscape program, including projects falling under the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program.
  • Co-manages the Sand-to-Sea Sentinel Landscape, when approved, with the designated REPI Coordinator and Senior TPL staff.
  • Responds to inquiries by and conducts strategic outreach to individuals, community groups and government agencies regarding land protection projects.
  • Prepares graphic and written materials for presentations and other project related needs.
  • Manages special events held by TPL including fundraising and community events.
  • Responsible for various administrative tasks including invoice submission, project tracking, meeting scheduling (digital and in-person) and grant reporting.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, further education a plus.
  • Course work or experience in environmental studies, conservation, real estate, public policy, or related area.
  • One or more years of related experience or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated commitment to land conservation and sustainable communities.

Special Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to balance sound business sense and judgment with commitment to land conservation.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on complex projects.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, graphics and spreadsheets.
  • Experience with GIS, mapping and legal contracts a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member as appropriate.
  • Ability to take initiative, make suggestions, be creative and solve problems.
  • Strong people skills, ease with many types of personalities.
  • Community engagement skills a plus.


As a full-time non-exempt employee, you will be eligible for The Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus ten holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 5.5% company match. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $45,000-$55,000 annually.