Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Maximum: $75,000.00




United States


The Washington Association of Land Trusts (WALT) seeks an exceptional Executive Director to build on past success and to lead the association to new levels of achievement. The Executive Director will work with a supportive board, manage and collaborate with a small staff, cultivate engaged donors and help us achieve our next stage of growth. 

WALT is the collective voice of the land trust community. We support land trusts through advocacy, networking, training, and collaboration. We further the work of our land trust members by:

• Promoting sound public policies to conserve our most beloved and critical lands.

• Advocating for funding and incentives to help landowners preserve their heritage for future generations.

• Convening game-changing conversations and spread knowledge and expertise.

• Providing training and resources to expand conservation capacity and success.

WALT was formed in 2008 when land trusts from across the state came together to strengthen their collective ability to protect our state’s most important places. Today, WALT unites 25 nonprofit land conservation organizations across the state of Washington.

Position Summary

The Executive Director leads a diverse coalition of land trusts to strengthen voluntary, private land conservation throughout Washington. The Executive Director is the public face of the Association and maintains strong relationships with members, partners, donors, state and federal agencies, elected officials, and Land Trust Alliance. The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the Association’s mission, ensuring organizational sustainability, supervising staff, and supporting the Board of Directors.

Most importantly, this is an opportunity to do meaningful work advancing the conservation and stewardship of what is, unequivocally, one of the most beautiful and vibrant places on the planet.

Applicants must understand the issues surrounding the land trust and conservancy community and have an ability to 1) describe the value of land conservation, 2) participate effectively in meetings throughout the state with other conservation organizations and public agencies, 3) play a leadership role in securing funding to support WALT's work, and 4) guide the staff and governing Board of Directors in a collegial manner.


The Washington Association of Land Trusts offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and a supportive and positive work environment. The benefits package includes generous paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance for full time employees. We also offer a match (up to 3% of annual salary) to employees’ retirement plans. Healthy, happy staff are an important element to our success and we believe in work / life balance.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bachelor’s degree in a field related to WALT’s purpose, or equivalent experience and expertise.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@walandtrusts.org with the subject heading: “Job Application: Executive Director – (your last name)”.

In your cover letter, please address the following:

1.     Why does working with the land trust community to conserve forests, farmland, and shorelines in Washington matter to you?

2.     What do you consider your most important skills that qualify you to assume the responsibilities of this position?

3.     Raising funds from individuals and foundations to support the Association’s operations and objectives is an important part of this job. What makes a donor give?

Applications submitted by Thursday, May 3, 2018, will receive priority consideration. No calls please.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Washington Association of Land Trusts is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to employ and promote the best-qualified employees and encourage applicants from all races, creeds, colors, genders, national origins, religions, sexual orientations, ages and disability status.