We are looking for an Executive Director who is passionate about conserving land for people, for wildlife — forever.

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Scarborough Land Trust:  Executive Director Opening


Scarborough Land Trust seeks an Executive Director who can lead land conservation efforts, guide stewardship, supervise staff, manage finances, nurture key fundraising relationships, and work collaboratively with an active Board of Directors.  The successful candidate must be: committed to land conservation; a strategic and effective manager in an environment with multiple priorities and schedules; comfortable working with different constituents; self-directed; and able to represent the Trust effectively in the community.

Scarborough Land Trust is a not-for-profit community-based organization that has conserved over 1,600 acres and has six properties with public trails, which include an organic farm.  In the last five years, the Trust has grown to a staff of three comprised of a full-time Executive Director, and two-part time staff responsible for stewardship and administration.  The Trust has an active Board with dedicated committees that include a Stewardship Committee and Development/Communications Committee.  The Trust has cultivated strong partnerships with the Town of Scarborough and local conservation groups and is in sound financial condition.

Scarborough is geographically one of the largest communities in southern Maine and has been one of the fastest growing communities in Maine.  The Town includes the largest salt marsh in Maine, four beaches, five rivers, fertile farmland and mature forests.  Land conservation in Scarborough remains the Trust’s top priority.



The Executive Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition

Work closely with the Board on land conservation projects and in identifying and pursuing potential conservation opportunities.

  • Development

Develop and direct fundraising strategies, plans and goals to support semi-annual appeals, a major gift program, one fundraising event, capital campaigns for major land acquisitions, and identify donor prospects at all levels.

  • Communications & Outreach

Develop and direct all communications to build and maintain a positive, active presence in the community to maximize community engagement and support.

  • Financial

Identify needs and ensure prudent use of Trust funds within Board-approved budget.

  • Operations/Management

Oversee all operations of the Trust, maintaining professional standards for nonprofits and following established standards and practices for land trusts.

  • Stewardship

Work with Stewardship Coordinator to ensure that SLT properties are well cared for to maintain their conservation values and to provide public access.

  • Board Support

Work closely with the President and Board members to advance the mission of the Land Trust.

 Qualifications/Skills Required

 College degree and minimum of three to five years of fundraising, communications and nonprofit management experience.

  • A commitment to conservation and experience with land/natural resource conservation.
  • Strong management, communication, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff, board, operations and multiple priorities in a team environment of staff and volunteers.
  • Solid fundraising experience, with strong knowledge of professional practices, from gift processing to direct mail, grants, major gifts, events and donor stewardship.
  • Solid communications experience, including the press and social media.
  • Computer experience: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and working knowledge of email marketing, social media, QuickBooks and data bases.

Additional Information; How to Apply

The Executive Director’s position is forty hours per week and includes evening and weekend hours.  Salary is competitive and includes benefits.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three references to info@scarboroughlandtrust.org.

We hope to fill this position as soon as possible.  The hiring process will remain open until we find the appropriate candidate.