Full-Time Executive Director
The inspiration for the Teton Valley Land Trust came from a small group of community members who recognized their cherished landscapes were at risk – and if these landscapes were lost, the unique agricultural character, the vibrant wildlife populations, and the incredible scenic beauty enjoyed by residents and visitors alike would be a distant memory. Early efforts concentrated on protecting critical habitat and productive farms and ranches in Teton Valley. The first project, completed in 1995, involved protecting a property near the confluence of Teton Creek with the Teton River.
Since those first days, the Land Trust quickly expanded protection efforts to include six eastern Idaho counties (Bonneville, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton) and portions of Teton County, Wyoming, and merged with Fremont Heritage Trust. This expansion resulted in both an opportunity for a landscape scale conservation impact, as well as a name change. Since then, the Teton Regional Land Trust has grown into a mature, professional, accredited organization that has worked with hundreds of landowners, their families, and conservation partners to protect more than 40,000 acres.
The next Executive Director of the Teton Regional Land Trust, in partnership with the Board of Directors, will be responsible for developing a strategic plan to build and scale the impact of the organization as it seeks to respond to pressures around development in the region.
The Teton Regional Land Trust seeks a visionary and thoughtful leader to join a dedicated Board of Directors and committed staff to develop strategic responses to protect, conserve, and celebrate the beauty of eastern Idaho.
The ideal leader will have a deep appreciation and extensive background in land conservation, environmental policy, wildlife ecology and/or related fields. This leader will have a pulse on innovations, policies, and learnings within land trust communities across the country.
The ideal candidate will approach their responsibilities with a collaborative approach. The next leader will work to engage a wide range of stakeholders from long time ranchers to new-to-the-region landowners. A successful candidate will be able to embrace differences yet seek to find commonalities and can also clearly communicate the mission of the Land Trust to develop buy-in from landowners and donors.
They will have successfully led strategic planning and the ability to work with staff, as well as with the Board, to develop and implement long and short-term strategic plans to take the organization to the next level. Additionally, they will have demonstrated fundraising experience that includes securing private and government grants, securing major gifts, and cultivating individual donors.
The ideal candidate will be both a strong and careful listener with a commitment to fostering an organizational culture where the voices of staff, donors, volunteers, Board members, and other stakeholders are encouraged. They will have experience and the ability to foster a collaborative and welcoming work environment in leading and working with a competent staff. The candidate will also have a keen ability to develop, maintain, and enhance strong positive and productive relationships with partners, community leaders, supporters, and volunteers.
Into the future, Teton Regional Land Trust will evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of the land and the community, with a broad base of support and the financial independence to fulfill the commitments we have made.