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OWLT Seeks Development Director

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Hiring Development Director




Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Mission

Preserving the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

About OWLT

Our efforts improve the water quality of our lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands, protect and enhance wildlife habitat, and preserve the scenic and open spaces that define our rural landscape. By creating strong conservation relationships, we promote public awareness of the benefits of land preservation, and provide opportunities for nature-based recreation, improving the quality of life in our communities.

Since 1992 Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has been the region’s driving force in land preservation and protection. OWLT protects over 6,700 acres through conservation easements, partnerships, planned gifts and our 32 preserves across our community.


Title:  Development Director

Reports To:  Executive Director


We’re looking for a dedicated and innovative fundraising professional who is passionate about building relationships that connect the values of our members to the land trust’s transformative work: protecting the land and water of our special corner of Wisconsin.

The Director of Development works with the Executive Director, OWLT Board of Directors, Operations Manager and Program Manager, committees, conservation partners, and volunteers to ensure the long term financial stability of the organization in order to fulfill its mission and carry out its strategic plan. 



  • Plan and implement the organization’s fundraising strategies including major donor program, grant management, membership program oversight, planned giving and fundraising events.
  • Design compelling fundraising email, print, and social media campaigns that tell the story of how our work enriches our community.
  • Research, implement and experiment with ground-breaking fundraising strategies that captures the attention and wins the support of our funders.
  • Work with Executive Director and OWLT Board of Directors to cultivate deeper relationships with existing and prospective donors through one-on-one meetings and donor events.

Project Management

  • Work with the Operations Manager, Accountant and Treasurer to develop and monitor budget for review by Executive Director and Board of Directors. 
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate assigned office staff and/or volunteers to carrying out duties related to development.
  • Continually document and improve OWLT policies and procedures and apply Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
  • Work as a team with Operations Manager, Program Manager, and other staff to prepare and monitor grants and direct grant reporting process.  Establish procedures and systems so staff members can self-monitor and report on progress toward grant deliverables and outcomes. 
  • Report regularly to the Executive Director and Board of Directors on results related to progress on fundraising, strategic plan and organizational performance.

Fundraising Marketing

  • Work with Executive Director to develop and implement a marketing plan and ensure consistent branding of OWLT marketing pieces.
  • Represent and promote the organization at events and meetings as assigned. 
  • Work with Executive Director, Operations Manager, and Program Manager to produce annual report.
  • Coordinate donor database and website improvements to improve donor experience and increase donations

Education, Skills, Experience:

  • 5+ experience in fundraising, marketing, community outreach or business development
  • Experience with and knowledge of fundraising/development, finance, organizational management and strategic planning.
  • Proven track record in establishing goals and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience preparing and managing budgets and timelines.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills.
  • Experience planning, developing and managing donor/membership databases
  • Experience working collaboratively with partner organizations, government agencies, funders, and volunteers. 
  • Ability to work in a team environment and train and delegate work to volunteers.
  • Strong desire to investigate better practices, learn new skills and continually improve organizational systems and procedures. 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary Range: $55,000 to $70,000

Salary is for fulltime work and will be based on experience.  Employee benefits include Healthcare Stipend or Healthcare Savings Account (if applicable), retirement account (OWLT matching up to 3%).

Submit cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and relevant professional portfolio to Tom Stolp, Executive Director at by December 8, 2017.

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Land Steward Position Openings


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The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is seeking two passionate and qualified individuals to help accomplish our ecological goals across our preserves.  

Based primarily in the field, Land Stewards will work closely with OWLT staff to conserve and restore Land Trust properties in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. In addition to assisting with land management and maintenance, Land Stewards will help to successfully integrate volunteer training and involvement, participate in long-term ecological monitoring, support conservation education, and assist with duties related to conservation easements and management plans.

Stewardship inspires an understanding and appreciation of conservation in the ever-changing fabric of our biological community. Utilizing sustainable management techniques and a hard-working mentality, stewardship employees can look forward to getting their hands dirty preserving beautiful forests, prairies, and other natural areas within Southeastern Wisconsin.


Classification:            These are seasonal part-time positions and are weather dependent
                                    (on average 30 hrs/week) (90% field, 10% office)

Supervisor:                Stewardship Coordinator, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

Supervises:                 Supervision of volunteers (all ages) is required

Start date:                  November 2017         

End date:                    March 2018* - flexible

* This position may be extended depending on the candidate

Compensation:          $10.00/hr

Positions available:   2 seasonal part-time

Work Week:              Monday – Friday, some Saturdays or Sundays required, with flexibility


 Ability to work independently and prioritize work

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin native plants preferred
  • Organized, professional, motivated, and able to perform a variety of tasks
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to perform physical labor in inclement weather over diverse terrain
  • Experience with land conservation management techniques and tools preferred
  • Enthusiasm for working with volunteers and youth groups
  • Interest, experience and/or pursuit of degree in environmental science, environmental education, resource management, or related career (preferred)
  • Dependable vehicle and valid driver’s license is required
  • Responsibilities

     Land Management and Maintenance

  • Assist with site preparation, plant propagation, invasive species management, trail      maintenance, and restoration monitoring on OWLT stewardship properties
  • Assist with proper maintenance and management of equipment
  • Stewardship Education
  • Provide leadership and logistical support during stewardship/restoration program events  including training, directing and monitoring volunteer and youth group activities
  • Assist in the development of education materials and interpretive signage
  • Administrative tasks
  • Assist with organizing equipment and supplies for volunteer events
  • Assist with grant reporting
  • Data Entry
  • Regularly track hours, activities and projects
  • Other program activities and tasks as assigned by supervisors as needed.
  • To Apply:

    Please send a letter of interest that includes cover letter, resume, and names of three references with current contact information to:

    Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

    c/o Stewardship Coordinator

    P.O. Box 917

    West Bend, WI 53095

    Applicants may also email the above information to

    Deadline for applications is November 15, 2017 (Positions open until filled)

    Ozaukee Washington Land Trust programs and employment are open to all. The Land Trust does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability in any of its policies or programs.




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    Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Brings New Community Leadership to Board of Directors

    The board of directors of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has elected a new slate of executive leadership for the upcoming year, with community leader Marjie Tomter as President.

    Tomter, a retired educator and administrator has served on OWLT’s board since 2011 and been a member since 1995.

    “We’re thrilled to have the leadership of Marjie Tomter as President,” said Tom Stolp, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Executive Director. “Marjie is one of those proven community connectors and is truly representative of the conservation ethic held by our supporters and the land owners we work with across the community.”

    Marjie Tomter Marjie Tomter, newly elected President of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

    “I love being part of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and look forward to this opportunity to lead.  I believe that even with the tremendous number of issues facing our community and nation, protecting our land and our water at the local level is essential and underlies everything else.”

    Tomter fills a position held since 2012 by Attorney, Dan Dineen who continues to serve on the board and as legal counsel to the land trust. Dineen’s presidential term represents the longest tenure in the land trust’s 25-year history. Under his guidance the land trust has placed more than 6600 acres of sensitive lands under protection and maintains thirty preserves, open to the public, across Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

    Joining Marjie Tomter as the officers of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust are:

    Vice President: Cheryl Brickman, Mequon

    Secretary: John Capelle, West Bend

    Treasurer: Rick Fox, Cedarburg

    West Bend Attorney James Danaher was approved as a new board member joining volunteer leaders: Brenda Bowers, Janet Ehn, Pat Marchese (Mequon), Brett Vuyk, Mike Nast, (West Bend), Shannon Buending (Kewaskum), Frank Volpintesta (Hartford), and Manish Gupta (Grafton).

    Board member Chris Ford of Newburg, concluded his service to the land trust after three years of dedicated leadership, providing vision and support to OWLT’s Great Rivers, Great Lakes campaign to protect 2,000 acres of sensitive lands and waters in the Milwaukee River Watershed and along Lake Michigan.

    The transition in leadership marks the end of an era at the land trust, as long-time board member John Torinus concludes his last term. For twenty of the land trust’s twenty-five years, either John or spouse, Caroline “Kine” Torinus have served on the board, with Kine leading for four years at President.

    “Ozaukee and Washington Counties would not have anywhere near the level of land and water conservation success without John and Kine Torinus championing our cause across the region,” said Tom Stolp. Added Stolp, “That’s not flattery, it’s fact. John and Kine had the winning idea in 1998 that Washington County should join the already established Ozaukee Land Trust.”


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