Mission

Arizona Land and Water Trust protects Southern Arizona’s vanishing western landscapes, its farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, and the waters that sustain them. In addition to our role as land steward, we also support programs that carry out our purpose, including appropriate legislation, public education and outreach. We believe the preservation of Southern Arizona’s landscapes and ecosystems to be vital to the well-being of all residents, present and future.

Since 1978, we have protected more than 67,375  acres through conservation easements, donations and fee acquisition. In 1985 the Trust was instrumental in establishing legislation in Arizona enabling conservation easements.

The Board

The Team

Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald

Interim Executive Director

The unique desert landscape, culture and western heritage of Southern Arizona is what struck me most upon our arrival here more than 15 years ago, and it remains as stunning today as it was then. I am honored to be a part of the meaningful effort to protect and retain the best aspects of all this in perpetuity, working together with a great Board of Directors and Trust staff on behalf of our incredible supporters.

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Cameron Becker

Director of Land Programs

I am a fourth generation Tucsonan and I grew up exploring and enjoying the outdoors from the Sky Islands down to the Sea of Cortez. My work with the Trust allows me the opportunity to make a difference in these open spaces and working landscapes. I couldn’t ask to work with a better team of people who share my passion for conserving the legacy and resources that make our community such an amazing place to live.

Bailey Kennett

Bailey Kennett

Director of Desert Rivers Program

Having grown up along riverbanks and shorelines, I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to water. An interest in global water issues motivated my undergraduate education in environmental studies and economics, and after working at the federal level to promote water sector resilience, I studied interdisciplinary water resources management at the University of Arizona. Since moving to Tucson, I’ve been inspired by Southern Arizona’s reverence for local springs and rivers, and I’m excited to be a part of the Trust’s efforts to help sustain these incredible resources.

Andrew Quarles

Conservation Program Associate

A love of nature has always driven me to get outside to explore my surroundings. I grew up along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia but in 2016 took a 13,000-mile road-trip across the US which exposed me to the diverse environments this continent has to offer.  I feel lucky to be working with such an effective organization and motivated team to conserve the unique Sonoran landscape so the many cultures who call this place home can continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

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Camille Pons

Donor Engagement Manager

I came to Arizona by way of my parents’ careers and grew up in the shadow of the Huachuca Mountains. After completing two degrees at the University of Arizona, I call Tucson home.  My philanthropy career has allowed me to serve three local non-profit organizations and my alignment with Arizona Land and Water Trust now brings together my love for the Sonoran Desert, our community, and the conservation of the land and natural resources of our region.  I am grateful to serve the inspired mission of the Trust alongside an exceptional team of colleagues and a dedicated Board of Trustees.

Current Opportunities at the Trust include:

Trust Executive Director Position Guide – October 2022

For additional details, please contact Cory King with national search firm, Kittleman & Associates @  [email protected]

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ALWT Land Project Manager November 2022

For additional details, please contact Scott McDonald at Arizona Land and Water Trust @  [email protected]