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Now hiring a Transaction Director. The Transaction Director manages conservation easement transactions by negotiating and completing the complex real estate transactions which preserve rangelands. 

Position Title: Transaction Director

Job Status: Full-Time, Exempt


  1. Supervised By: Chief Operating Officer
  2. Employees Directly Supervised: Conservation Land Specialist; Bay Area Program Manager; Land Stewards
  3. Works with board members, landowners, funding agencies, outside consultants, conservation related organizations, and staff


The Transaction Director manages conservation easement transactions by negotiating and completing the complex real estate transactions which preserve rangelands. The Transaction Director develops and implements conservation strategies for CRT’s acquisition of conservation easements on ranch properties that have been identified by CRT’s Board of Directors as priority projects. The Transaction Director works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and with other project-based consultants and legal counsel to complete transactions. The Transaction Director has no authority to legally bind CRT without express specific authority granted by the Board of Directors.


  • Negotiates, documents and closes real estate transactions and carries out all phases of land acquisition:
    • Participates in project screening process as needed, including site visits.
    • Negotiates all required agreements, with assistance from outside legal counsel as needed.
    • Obtains and reviews preliminary title report and environmental assessments, with assistance from outside legal counsel as needed.
    • Coordinates appraisal, baseline documentation, and easement funding process.
    • Coordinates final approvals from the Board of Directors and execution of the documents.
    • Coordinates escrow and closing.
  • Acts as Hearst Coordinator:
    • Conducts contact with governmental agencies in connection with Hearst Ranch easement.
    • Works with outside legal counsel to address issues, as needed.
  • Provides support for closed easement transactions, such as review of amendment requests, monitoring issues, or issues with landowners.
  • Provides organizational support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors as needed.
  • Attends board meetings and board committee meetings as requested.
  • Reviews policy and prepares outreach materials.
  • Represents organization at meetings with collaborating organizations or government agencies.
  • Maintain files and documentation according to records management policy and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Real Estate, Business Administration, or related field. Juris Doctor preferred.


  • At least 3-5 years experience in real estate law or land acquisitions.
  • At least 3-5 years experience in conservation easement transactions.


  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

Knowledge and Ability Requirements:

  • Principles, theories, and practices of real estate, land acquisitions, and in particular, conservation easements.
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with contract terms, policies and procedures, etc.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, discretion, and judgment in making complex decisions.
  • Ability to conduct effective negotiations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, land owners, consultants, the public, and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Time management.
  • Computer applications including:
    • Microsoft Outlook-based e-mail;
    • Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access;
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment: voicemail, multi-line telephone system, copier, fax machine, and mail machine.

Training Requirements (Licenses, programs, certificates):

Must have a valid California Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.

*The California Rangeland Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.*