Real Estate Project Associate

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
United States


Position Description

We are searching for an experienced, motivated Real Estate Project Associate to help the Catskill Center permanently protect the streamside lands and floodplains that help maintain world-famous drinking water quality for nine million New Yorkers.

The Real Estate Project Associate will be a new addition to a small team collaborating on the Catskill Center’s Streamside Acquisition Program. This $8 million pilot program is funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and seeks to protect streamside (riparian) buffer and floodplain lands on real properties in the NYC watershed through the City’s acquisition of fee interests and/or conservation easements. The program currently operates only within the Schoharie Basin, but may expand to the full West-of-Hudson watershed region.

The Real Estate Project Associate will have the opportunity and resources to help permanently protect critical Catskill lands and waters while collaborating with community partners to achieve shared goals. This person will be responsible for coordinating activities leading up to and including the contract and closing phases of purchasing vacant land and/or conservation easements, and will assist colleagues with office management, administrative, and program-related activities.

The Streamside Acquisition Program is growing rapidly, and the Real Estate Project Associate will have the opportunity to grow with it. There will be an approximately one-year training period, wherein the new hire will learn both the processes and important regulatory framework within which we work and will become familiar with the region’s stakeholders, program partners, challenges, and opportunities. Following training, an effective Real Estate Project Associate is expected to manage projects independently and contribute substantially to ongoing program development.

The Real Estate Project Associate will be supervised by the Streamside Acquisition Program Manager, but will also work closely with other Catskill Center and NYC DEP Land Acquisition Program staff, and will regularly interact and collaborate with governmental (municipal, county, and state) and non-profit partners. To learn more about the Catskill Center’s team, visit

This is a full-time office position based in Tannersville, NY with regular field work and frequent travel to Arkville, Kingston, and other regional sites. The Catskill Center strives to offer exceptional work-life balance opportunities and flexible work options.

Job Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Streamside Acquisition Program Manager, the Real Estate Project Associate will:

  • Understand and effectively operate within the regulatory and procedural framework that governs land acquisition by and on behalf of NYC;
  • Collaborate effectively as part of a team with both Catskill Center and DEP colleagues;
  • Prepare and mail landowner solicitations; conduct follow-up discussions, site visits, document requests, and negotiations regarding real estate projects and configurations;
  • Prepare and present potential projects for rigorous internal review;
  • Order and review contracted services, including appraisals of fee simple and easement interests in land;
  • Submit written purchase offers to landowners;
  • Collaborate with program Closing Manager to draft contracts;
  • Prepare community review information packets and manage local consultation process;
  • Help contract with and procure the services of qualified professional vendors;
  • Support program administration, including entering data, managing files, drafting and editing documents, preparing reports, attending meetings, taking notes, tracking receipts and purchasing program supplies;
  • Complete other tasks as requested.

Required Qualifications

This position is suited for someone seeking to protect a large number of critically important parcels in a truly exceptional region. A bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in land protection is required; five years of direct experience in land acquisition is preferred. Additional relevant experience may be substituted for education.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and car available to them. Mileage will be reimbursed or a car will be made available for program travel. Additional requirements include:

  • Patience
  • Ability to balance multiple perspectives and demonstrate excellent judgment
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to perform complex administrative work with minimal supervision
  • Comfort with extensive hiking on a diversity of terrains including rural and mountainous settings, any of which may include dangers such as steep slopes, adverse weather conditions, ticks and tick-borne diseases.
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check

Strong candidates will also have the following qualifications:

  • Solution-oriented problem-solver;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with governmental agencies or for a large, complex organization with detailed policies and procedures.
  • Experience with mapping software such as ArcGIS and/or experience interpreting aerial photography


This position offers a regionally competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficient in written and spoken English.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send application package including cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position open until filled.

The Catskill Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.