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Posted by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) on 09/22/2021 in Nonprofit & Civic
Real Estate Specialist

Real Estate Specialist


Peninsula Open Space Trust


222 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA

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Nonprofit & Civic

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Are you passionate about the environment and looking for an opportunity to translate your real estate expertise, project management strengths, and relationship skills into a career conserving open space and farmland properties? This is an opportunity to join one of the most successful land trusts in the country to protect the spectacular landscapes of the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay for the benefit of all.  


  • Acts as a project manager for real property transactions that support POST’s conservation goals.
  • Collaborates with landowners, public agencies, nonprofit partners, and funders to complete real property transactions with mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Supports the development of real property transaction documents such as purchase agreements, conservation easements, and escrow instructions.
  • Hires and manages consultants, service providers, appraisers, attorneys, surveyors, land use planners, environmental consultants, or biologists needed to complete transactions.
  • Ensures quality outcomes by carefully managing aspects of the transaction process including title review, due diligence tasks, record keeping, escrow, and closing.
  • Coordinates and contributes to successful post-acquisition activities such as transferring ownership to external partners, following up with funders, and transitioning properties to our Land Stewardship team for long-term protection of natural resources.
  • Develops information and materials for presentation to our Board of Directors.
  • Represents POST at occasional donor, funder, and public events in support of our marketing and fundraising efforts.
  • Reports to the Director of Land Transactions; member of a seven-person land transactions team.
  • Works in alignment with POST’s organizational values and its commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive culture.
  • May supervise and train interns.


  • Relevant professional experience in a real property-related business, nonprofit, or public agency.
  • Experience managing projects and collaborating in teams with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience building relationships in service of long-term business goals.
  • Effective communicator; strong writing, speaking, presentation and listening abilities.
  • Self-motivated, creative problem solver comfortable asking for help.
  • Knowledge of land trust practices and conservation easements is helpful; training can be provided.
  • Ability to work effectively using Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.
  • College degree in a relevant field of study, or equivalent and relevant work experience and/or certifications will be considered in lieu of a college degree. Knowledge of or experience in natural resources is necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.


  • Requires regular and accurate communication with others using telephone, computer, and video technology, and ability to interact effectively with digital and printed materials.
  • Requires the ability to drive company vehicles to remote locations.
  • Requires the ability to traverse uneven, rough, or steep terrain and exposure to outdoor elements.
  • There are occasional events or duties that occur outside regular work hours.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow a person to perform essential functions.

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222 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA

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