Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District

Job Posting: Executive Director


Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking an Executive Director at a time of significant opportunity. In this era of environmental change, Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ unique ability to leverage government funding with private initiative puts their historic role at the forefront. The Hancock County District is positioned for leadership and impact in conserving and improving soil and water quality in Maine. The successful Executive Director candidate will partner with a dedicated, engaged Board of Supervisors to provide local conservation leadership, implement best practices, and help to plan, fund and deliver innovative approaches to climate adaptation with private landowners, farmers, municipalities, state and federal agencies, the public at-large, and others.

The District’s Strategic Plan calls for skilled, seasoned leadership to pursue its goals:

  • Provide management and technical services for conservation projects.
  • Establish the District as a climate adaptation leader.
  • Increase services for farmers, gardeners, and lake and pond landowners.
  • Expand public education, communications, and outreach.
  • Grow a network of partnerships to advance the mission.


The role of the Executive Director is to:

  • Oversee all District operations and initiatives in partnership with the elected Board of Supervisors.
  • Be the public face of the District and develop strategic relationships.
  • Secure grants and contracts.
  • Manage staff and organizational administration.
  • Sustain and grow the District’s capacity.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Passion for and background in natural resource/environmental conservation, knowledge of Hancock County natural resources preferred.
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with demonstrated technical knowledge and field skills in natural resource-related conservation.
  • 5+ years of senior nonprofit management experience.
  • Entrepreneurial drive.
  • Ability to communicate with various constituencies about soil and water conservation issues and practices.
  • Strong leadership and collaborative skills for working with board members, community partners, and volunteers.
  • Successful track record in grant-seeking and contracting.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with government agencies and manage government contracts; familiarity with EPA 319 Grants and Maine Stream Crossing Upgrade Program is desirable.
  • Successful supervisory and personnel management experience.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and managing partnerships.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and public speaking skills.
  • Proven budget and financial management skills, including analysis, decision-making, and reporting.
  • Proficient with office and digital communications technologies and applications.

Key Responsibilities:


  1. On an ongoing basis, consult with a range of agencies and stakeholders, and recommend to the District’s Board of Supervisors actions and programs to meet Hancock County soil and water conservation needs.
  2. Complete the next 5-Year Natural Resources Assessment in cooperation with various federal, state, and local jurisdictions and agencies.  
    • Emphasize resiliency planning and preparation for severe precipitation events.
  3. Prepare an Annual Plan of Work for approval by the Board of Supervisors.
  4. Manage Board of Supervisors and Associate Supervisors meetings and operations.
  5. Supervise all District employees, contractors and vendors.
  6. Serve on various public and agency committees aligned with the District’s strategic goals.



  1. Develop partnerships and collaborations to advance the District’s mission and strategic goals.
  2. Pursue District involvement, seek out project opportunities, and develop project proposals with: Hancock County Commission; municipalities throughout the County; NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service); US Fish and Wildlife Service; ME Department of Agriculture; ME Department of Environmental Protection; ME Department of Marine Resources; ME Department of Transportation; and others.
  3. Maintain excellent relations and communications with all partners as related to projects and issues.
  4. Seek new and expanded sources of funds such as foundation grants, individual philanthropy, crowdsourcing, and events.
  5. Serve as part of an expert network who provide local knowledge on laws, regulations and programs that affect conservation work in the District.
  6. Prepare public reports and presentations for various stakeholder groups on soil and water conservation and the District’s work.
  7. Develop and maintain the District’s website, conduct social, published and broadcast media, regular newsletter and annual report as outreach and education tools.
  8. Coordinate and co-sponsor a variety of workshops and annual gatherings to increase knowledge about soil and water conservation and to raise visibility and participation in the District’s programs.
  9. Manage volunteer engagement.



  1. Oversee the development and implementation of existing and new projects to meet identified conservation needs, based on the District strategic plan and forthcoming Natural Resources Assessment.
  2. Supervise the District’s project manager(s) in their current field work and project coordinator roles.
  3. Develop and manage annual events such as Tree and Shrub Sale, Trout Sale and others, as identified.
  4. Develop grants and contracts in response to grant-maker guidelines and RFP requirements; administer awards; conduct and maintain effective record-keeping; produce and deliver required reports for government agencies, foundations, and other funders and stakeholders.


  1. Maintain 3-year financial projections and prepare and manage an annual budget.
  2. Adhere to federal and state nonprofit corporation regulations and reporting requirements, as well as special requirements for Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
  3. Identify and address risk management, legal and audit questions and issues.
  4. Develop and implement business plans for fee-for-service revenue opportunities including public workshops, conferences, retail sale events and others.
  5. Maintain financial accounts, records, and reports in accordance with accepted accounting rules and practices.

Physical requirements:

  1. Ability to travel by car vehicle throughout the county, regionally and state.
  2. Ability to provide in-the-field oversight for projects in remote locations.


Job Type: Full-Time
Reports to: Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors
Total Compensation: Commensurate with the executive experience and qualifications of the selected candidate, with an annual base salary of $50,000
Specific Location: Principal office in Ellsworth, Maine

To apply:  Please submit your cover letter describing your interest in the position and how your background and experience make you uniquely suited to achieve success in this role; your resume; and a list of three professional references with their contact information to:

Kate Mrozicki, Chair
Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors

We request that application materials be submitted via email with application documents as attachments.

Application deadline: Friday, July 19, 2019