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2014 Photo Contest

“Sustaining People and Nature” Photo Contest

We are excited to announce our 2014 photo contest with the theme of “Sustaining People and Nature”.  What local conservation lands inspire you and connect you to the natural world?  What special places mean something to you and your family or your community?  Photos with people are encouraged and photos of Southeast Land Trust properties will be favored.  The top three winners will secure spots in our 2015 wall calendar and receive 10 printed calendars as a thank-you gift.  Please note if your photo is selected for the calendar the photo’s resolution should be 300ppi (pixels per inch) at an image size of 9”x12”.  This means the file size will be very large (20mb to 30mb).  Please submit photos on our Facebook page or email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration.  

Please submit photos by August 1, 2014.  We look forward to seeing your entries!

Birch Island by Peter Ingraham















Current News

Recent Articles and Editorials

September 6, 2013: Bid to save Gov. Dale property reaches milestone

September 5, 2013: Gov. Dale Farm Conservation 'Nearly There' Hampton-North Hampton Patch

September 3, 2013: Caretaker recalls Gov. Dale property

August 19, 2013: Hope that twin goals of saving land and lowering tax bills can dovetail,

July 26, 2013: Group secures federal money to protect North Hampton farm,

June 7, 2013: Stratham Recognized for Conservation Effort, Exeter News-Letter

April 25, 2013:Wild and Scenic Film Fest Screens in Portsmouth, Union Leader

April 5, 2013: $25k Grant offered to aid Gov. Dale Farm, Hampton Union

March 5, 2013: NH House budget-writing panel urged to not divert LCHIP funding, Concord Monitor

March 1, 2013: Help Save the Gov. Dale Estate, Hampton Union

February 28, 2013: Governor Dale a win-win partnership, Hampton Union

February 28, 2013: Governor Dale Farm an important historic property, Hampton Union

February 22, 2013: Support Growing for conserving Gov. Dale property, Hampton Union

February 22, 2013: Ex-governor's estate is added to state registry, Hampton Union

February 22, 2013: Take a forest tour in Kingston, Eagle Tribune

January 31, 2013: Kingston seeks to preseve land, Union Leader

January 21, 2013:  Piscassic Greenway adds acres of habitat in Newmarket; Fosters Daily Democrat

December 27, 2012: Plaistow Receives $100k to protect Town Forest; Eagle Tribune

December 13, 2012: Controversial Workforce Housing Development Scrapped for Conservation Easement; Hampton Patch

December 4, 2012; Budget to save land, keep the past alive in New Hampshire is announced; Concord Monitor

November 21, 2012: New sign asks: ‘Enjoying the View?’Promotes conservation of Oyster River Initiative and need for private donations; Fosters Daily Democrat

October 9, 2012; Trustees turn over ownership of Gilman Park to the town of Exeter; Exeter News-Letter

September 4, 2012; Officials OK easement; Exeter News-Letter

August 28, 2012; Town of Exeter finally owner of Gilman Park; Exeter News-Letter

August 23, 2012; Easements limit future Batchelder Farm development; Boston Globe

August 17, 2012; Partnership conserves Batchelder Farm in Hampton;

July 24, 2012; Easement conserves Roberts farm land;

May 20, 2012; New shows announced: Granite State Music Fest, Ed Gerhard, Muir String Quartet, Lucinda Williams, The Wire

April 24, 2012; Plaistow begins process of protecting town forest; Eagle Tribune

April 12, 2012; Wild & Scenic; Portsmouth Herald

March 27, 2012; Southeast Land Trust seekes accreditation in Exeter, Foaster's Daily Democrat

March 16, 2012; Selectmen OK conservation easements,

March 6, 2012; Town may protect 61 acres of farmland,

March 5, 2012; Beer fans, brewers celebrate Kate the Great Day,

February 18, 2012; Kate The Great Day 2012 Details from Portsmouth Brewery, The Full Pint

February 18, 2012; Lottery tickets on sale in city for world-renowned Kate the Great beer,

February 14, 2012; Ticket sales expected soon for "Kate the Great" Day,

February 14, 2012; Brentwood farm now protected,

January 17, 2012; Batchelder Farm conservation effort a success, ExeterPatch

January 17, 2012; Farm preservation effort on NH Seacoast reaches fundraising goal, The Republic

January 16, 2012; Batchelder Farm conservation goal achieved;

January 15, 2012; Campaign to conserve Batchelder Farm in Hampton meets goal: More than 130 contributors complete fundraising phase for 120-acre farm, Foster's Daily Democrat



Current Positions

Land Protection Specialist  (posted June 23, 2014)

The Land Protection Specialist plays an important role within the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire as a staff member responsible for completing land protection projects, including projects in a new service area created through the merger underway with Strafford Rivers Conservancy.  Cultivates and develops effective working relationships and conservation projects with private landowners, partner organizations, and government agencies/towns.  Proactively contacts landowners in the Land Trust’s priority conservation areas, builds and maintains relationships with community partners, responds to land protection inquiries, and prepares state and federal grants and foundation proposals.  Negotiates land acquisition and conservation easement projects using a full range of conservation tools, and coordinates the due diligence and closing of these projects. 

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, experience in and a passion for land conservation, a demonstrated ability to manage projects over an extended period of time, a commitment to developing practical solutions to conservation challenges, the ability to work with effectively with partners and the desire to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with limited supervision.  The Land Protection Specialist will occupy a full-time position and will report to the Land Protection Director.


Develops effective working relationships with private landowners and negotiates gifts or purchases of land and conservation easements from private landowners.  Manage existing and new land conservation transactions from start to finish, including field evaluations, project assessments, landowner negotiations, developing and managing project budgets, drafting easement terms, Committee and Board review, grant writing, and interactions with and management of contracts with other professionals such as surveyors, appraisers, lawyers, governmental officials.

Responds to and conducts preliminary evaluations of land protection inquiries.

Contact and cultivate targeted landowners within priority focus areas through mailings, phone calls, programs, and other means.

Tracks projects and regularly communicates status with Land Protection Director and staff as appropriate.  Ensures that project files are well organized and completed to Accreditation Standards.  Manages the preparation of project approval packages for the Land Trust’s internal review process.

Develops and maintains strong working relationships with local communities, and with agency and conservation organization partners.  Represents the Land Trust at public meetings, conferences, and workshops.  Periodically makes public presentations and leads field trips.

Required Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience or Master’s degree in natural resources (wildlife, ecology, forestry, conservation biology, environmental/land use planning, land use law) or related fields.

Familiarity and experience with conservation easements, fee simple land acquisitions, and other land conservation techniques.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and careful attention to detail.

Flexibility in approach to problems and/or changing expectations.  Good judgment, independent initiative, sensitivity to situations, and a mature and friendly manner are critical.  Demonstrated ability to sell ideas, negotiate, build consensus, solve problems and produce tangible results.

Ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of people from various backgrounds, including community members and local government officials whose perspectives may vary widely.

Ability to remain calm during difficult negotiations and to be patient but tenacious.

Committed to making things happen and demonstrated initiative. 

Excellent listening, writing, presentation and oral communications skills.

Physical ability to do field work, including walking long distances.

Ability to read and interpret legal documents, maps, survey plans, natural resource inventories, and other related materials.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.

Ability to make maps with and do basic analysis with Arc 9 or 10.

Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and reliable personal vehicle available for work use.

Desirable Qualifications and Skills

Knowledge of southeastern New Hampshire geography (Strafford and Rockingham Counties).

Municipal planning, land use or conservation experience.

Experience in land conservation and/or real estate transactions desirable.


Competitive salary commensurate with level of directly relevant experience and consistent with the salary ranges identified for the Northeast within the Land Trust Alliance’s 2013 Wage Study. Competitive benefits package including health insurance plan, employee match to 403(b)(7) retirement plan, and paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references by August 8, 2014 to: Land Protection Specialist, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, PO Box 675, Exeter, NH 03833 or e-mail to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Please, no phone calls.