Land & Water Program Assistant

General Role: 

The Land & Water Program Assistant supports the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of Arizona Land and Water Trust (Trust), including its Desert Rivers Program, by assisting with a wide variety of conservation projects and by providing general Land & Water Program support.  This position reports to the Land & Water Program Director and may at times assist the Land Protection & Stewardship Manager and Desert Rivers Program Manager with specific land and water transactions while also supporting the Trust’s outreach and education program.

Key Responsibilities: 

The Land & Water Program Assistant will participate in nearly all aspects of the Trust’s conservation programs.  Pending the successful candidate’s specific skills, experience and interests, the day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Assistance with all aspects of land and water program transactions, including due diligence and project planning, water rights and hydrology research, and rangeland and riparian conservation research
  • Identification of funding sources (e.g., government programs and private grant opportunities) and assistance with securing financial resources for specific land and water transactions as well as broader watershed-based conservation efforts; support in managing grants, including drafting of progress reports and correspondence to current foundation and agency grant administrators
  • Representation of the Trust at meetings and public outreach workshops with agency personnel, elected officials, other conservation organizations, landowners, water resource managers, and other stakeholders to further conservation efforts
  • Leadership of internal mapping projects utilizing GIS technology
  • Facilitation of the Trust’s Ranching into the Future workshops by scheduling, organizing and promoting events
  • Support of the Program Director and staff with other projects and tasks as needed


The scope of the Trust’s land and water conservation work in southern Arizona is broad.  Candidates may not have all of these qualifications or competencies and this list is not all-inclusive.  Candidates with any combination of these qualifications and any other unique skills are encouraged to apply.

  • A bachelor’s degree in related field, with graduate work in a relevant field (e.g., natural resources management, hydrology) considered a plus
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a related field, however, recent graduate work may substitute for experience
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, the structure and goals of water transactions is valued
  • Understanding of basic hydrology principles with familiarity of water-resources law, policy and management in Arizona or another western state considered a plus
  • Experience or training with real property law and real estate transactions and experience working with agricultural landowners also a plus


  • Superior project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, skilled at effectively conversing with rural and urban landowners, agency staff, academics, elected officials, and local leaders
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment while balancing competing priorities
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time, primarily throughout Arizona
  • Resourceful in researching information on diverse topics
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Outlook and related programs
  • Experience with ArcMap and other GIS products highly valued

Physical Demands: 

  • Must be able to meet with landowners off-site, travel, work at a desk, and operate a computer
  • Must be willing to participate in fieldwork
  • Work primarily performed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays but some evening and weekend meetings required


The Land & Water Program Assistant is a full-time (40 hours/week) exempt position.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Medical, dental and retirement benefits offered.


Send a cover letter and resume to:

John Barrett, Land & Water Program Director

Arizona Land and Water Trust

2810 N. Alvernon Way, Suite 600

Tucson, AZ  85712

Up to 3 references will need to be provided on request

or email to:

[email protected]


Arizona Land and Water Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

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