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Executive Director

Five Rivers Conservation Trust

Five Rivers Conservation Trust, headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire, is a nonprofit, membership supported organization dedicated to protecting open space across the greater capitol region of New Hampshire. This beautiful rolling landscape is drained by five rivers that converge in the Concord area – the Merrimack, Contoocook, Blackwater, Warner, and Soucook Rivers. It is a region of picturesque country villages and a delightful mix of fields and forests, farms and wetlands, and other special places.  Five Rivers is doing its part to conserve the most important features of the landscape for the benefit of future generations.

Founded in 1988 as Concord Conservation Trust, Five Rivers Conservation Trust adopted its present name in 2001 as a reflection of an expanded service area that today accommodates the conservation needs of seventeen communities. Working closely with a growing number of property owners who care deeply about conserving their land, Five Rivers monitors 68 properties annually, totaling over 3,800 acres, to ensure that they remain conserved over time.

Five Rivers recently undertook a regorous review of its practices in order to apply for Accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and expects a final decision in early 2017.

We at Five Rivers Conservation Trust are excited to announce our search for a strategic and inspiring Executive Director to lead our efforts to protect the forests, farms, and rolling hills that converge along the Merrimack, Contoocook, Blackwater, Warner, and Soucook Rivers. We seek an individual who shares our deep passion for conserving important open space and working lands for present and future generations. Position Overview The Executive Director inspires and leads the organization and champions the organization’s mission, vision, and community presence.

The Executive Director is the most visible embodiment of Five Rivers and is responsible for driving Five Rivers’ pursuit of its mission, including the achievement of its financial and programmatic objectives based on Five Rivers’ strategic plan. About Five Rivers Founded in 1988, Five Rivers Conservation Trust is the local land trust for the greater capital region of New Hampshire. We’re proud of our exemplary record of protecting diverse properties, including active farmland and working forests. Five Rivers is financially secure and governed by an experienced, supportive group of board and committee members.

For more information about Five Rivers, see The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include: • Setting and meeting targets for organizational development, fundraising, membership cultivation, communications, and land conservation. • Overseeing day-to-day operations and managing staff (currently 1.75 FTE). • Ensuring sound financial management, including administration of all budgets and grants. • Land acquisition and easement stewardship policy and oversight. • Ensuring compliance with Land Trust Alliance accreditation requirements. • Representing Five Rivers in the community.

Position Details: This is a 40-hour per week position with occasional evening or weekend activities – like leading a hike for members or hosting a nature trivia event at a local brewery. We anticipate that the ED may work remotely while coronavirus-related distancing guidelines are in place, but the long-term expectation is that the ED will primarily work from our Concord, NH office. Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills; the salary range begins at $55,000. Benefits include health insurance, paid time off, and contribution to a retirement fund – plus the benefits that come from working with a great team and getting to spend time outside as part of the job!


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required • Outstanding leadership, networking, and motivational skills. • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including public speaking. • Dedication and commitment to protecting productive farms, forests, wetlands, scenic areas, special natural communities, wildlife habitat, and cultural features. • Demonstrated fundraising success, including planning, prospect development, donor stewardship, and grant-writing. • Demonstrated ability to build strong stakeholder relationships. • 3-5 years of management experience. • Broad experience in planning, budgeting, organization, administrative and financial management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Desired • A strong working knowledge of land conservation tools and procedures. • Proven experience leveraging social media for awareness or fundraising campaigns. • Experience working collaboratively on or with an active, engaged Board of Trustees. • Knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and financial procedures.


We seek an individual who will: • Raise Five Rivers’ profile in the region it serves and beyond. • Expand our fundraising program so that we can increase our capacity to conserve land in the Five Rivers service area. • Enlarge and diversify the membership and constituent base to reflect a broader range of individuals, including those traditionally underserved by conservation programs. • Establish and build strong, cooperative partnerships with board members, community groups, financial contributors, easement donors, volunteers, and municipal officials.

How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to Please include at least three professional references with contact information. All applications are held in confidence; references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior knowledge. For best consideration, applications should be submitted prior to September 20, 2020.

Salary Range:

begins at $55,000 commensurate with experience

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Date Added: August 24, 2020

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