Employment Opportunity: Summer Ambassador

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Rendezvous ‘R’ Park, a program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is searching for a motivated Ambassador for our 2018 Summer season. R Park provides 40-acres of reclaimed public space designed to encourage all ages to engage with nature and inspire through open space interaction.

Are you interested in sociology, environment, community conservation, or public lands/parks? Do you enjoy giving back to your community and spending time in nature? Become ‘R’ ambassador! The R Park Ambassador serves as a bridge between the visitor experience and R Park’s operations and routine maintenance. In addition, the Ambassador will gain knowledge on maintaining a non-profit park, act as a catalyst for increasing community awareness for R Park, gain experience planning and managing events, expand their content creation opportunities, and be a part of stewarding one of the Jackson’s most valuable assets.

Email a resume and short cover letter describing how your experience will help you promote the park as an ambassador and what makes R Park special to jr@jhlandtrust.org with the subject line “R Park Ambassador- (First, Last Name)”.

Seeking summer ambassador

Join our small and passionate team this summer. If you enjoy spending time outside and talking with people of all ages, you may be the perfect ambassador.

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For the complete job description, visit. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations. It would be a pleasure to share more information about our work. Please contact us with any questions.

Donations can be made by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online. For up-to-date information regarding Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, visit our blog and sign-up for our monthly eNewsletter.

Request for Proposals

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 1.19.27 PM.pngRequest for Proposals for Rendezvous Park Bench Design and Construction Program

Now that reclamation of the former gravel-pit is almost complete, “phase two,” the design and construction of visitor amenities is underway.

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC), the nonprofit owner and operator of R Park, requests design and construction proposals for benches to be located in R Park. Funding is provided by a donor grant of $36,000. The goal is to install unique, non-production benches that complement the park’s natural setting and enhance the visitor experience. RLC desires to leverage the donation to construct as many benches as possible.

Selected proposals will provide and include design, construction, and installation services. RLC shall provide installation support and coordination with the goal of installation by mid-summer of 2016. The selected artist and/or craftsman will have documented and demonstrated skills and experience in similar types of projects.

RFP Details: (1) complete RFP, (2) design guidelines, and (3) bench locations map

Project Schedule: It is the intent that RLC shall adhere to the following schedule for receipt, review, evaluation, and selection of qualified submittals. RLC has the sole discretion to deviate or change the schedule to achieve the best results for the program.

March 11, 2016                     RFP distribution

March 23 and 30, 2016      On-site meetings at 11 AM for interested parties

April 8, 2016                       RFP submittal date deadline, 5PM MDT

April 19, 2016                       Completion of submitted RFP evaluations

April 21-29, 2016                Interviews with selected Proposals (if needed)

May 13, 2016                         Award of contract(s)

June 15-July 15, 2016          Completion Date and Installation in Park

Inquiries: Steve Foster | Rendezvous Lands Conservancy | 330 N. Glenwood St. | PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 | 307.690.2350 | steve@rendezvouslc.org

 

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy improves the quality of life in rural Intermountain West communities by protecting, owning, and creating locally significant keystone conservation properties as public access parks. In 2011 the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the LOR Foundation founded RLC and its inaugural project, Rendezvous Park, began.

Rendezvous Park, a project of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy,  is a 40-acre public natural park that fosters nature, wildlife, creativity and passive recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds. At the nexus of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village, sitting on the bank of the Snake River, R Park connects the West Bank to Jackson via the new Snake River Pedestrian Bridge and community pathways.

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Seeks Executive Director

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Organization Profile:
Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, Inc. (RLC) is a non-profit organization committed to conserving, owning, managing, and maintaining property for the use of the public in the Intermountain West. RLC was jointly created through a partnership by the Jackson Hole Land Trust and The LOR Foundation in 2011 and is based in Jackson, Wyoming. Its inaugural project is underway, to protect, administer, design, construct, manage, and maintain a 40-acre natural park for the use and enjoyment of Teton County, Wyoming residents and visitors, called Rendezvous Park (R Park).

Our vision for RLC is shaped by a feasibility study, which found that most conservation organizations in the West typically do not hold the fee title to parcels for any period of time. Many acquire conservation easements and some purchase property with the express intention of transferring it to a public agency. With the decline in public funds at all levels, resources are increasingly scarce to support this business model. At the same time, many rural communities lack public access to open space because they do not have the public agency infrastructure or local financial resources to acquire and manage those lands. Without such resources, communities may also lack the vision of what they could accomplish to provide public access amenities.

RLC aspires to fill this regional need for an organization that is willing to own property and to support community conservation projects. As a new organization, this is a unique time to shape RLC’s future, along with the founding board members who are exceptionally engaged.

Position Overview:
RLC seeks an Executive Director (ED) to help develop and implement the vision of the organization and to create and execute strategic goals and objectives to achieve that vision. Working in partnership with the founding board of directors and staff, the ideal candidate will develop the strategic direction of the organization, including specific conservation opportunities to provide the benefit of public access to protected land. Responsibilities also include leading staff in managing all programmatic and fundraising activities. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual experienced in land conservation, acquisition and/or land management, and community engagement to lead this new organization into its next chapter of growth.

Duties & Responsibilities:
-Leadership, Vision, and Strategy
-Develop and execute strategic plans and priorities to accomplish RLC’s vision
-Identify opportunities for RLC to have the greatest impact and determine the path towards execution

-Communications, partnerships, and fundraising
-Articulate RLC’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities to inspire current and potential stakeholders and partners
-Support, leverage, and grow RLC’s collaborations with public agencies, local communities, and private sector partners
-Lead high-level $5MM fundraising campaign through personal efforts to secure six-figure gifts, as well as through staff and volunteer management

-Board Management
-Work closely and effectively with the board of directors, keeping them well-informed and involving them appropriately in strategy, fundraising, and fiduciary oversight
-Grow RLC’s board of directors into a regional, active group that leverages and secures resources on behalf of RLC

-Management and Operations
-Ensure the proper management of RLC fiscally, operationally, and administratively, while leading and empowering the organization’s staff and volunteers

Qualifications:
– Seven or more years of substantive work experience in the field of land conservation, and/or parks and open space management and community engagement
– Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
– Ability to interact and influence at the most senior levels of an organization and to work collaboratively toward shared objectives
– Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills
– Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
– Highly competent and detail-oriented in executing tasks
– Demonstrate resourcefulness and flexibility, with the ability to anticipate and act on opportunities quickly
– Willingness to be located in the Jackson, Wyoming area is preferred

Compensation: Rendezvous Lands Conservancy offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, and a retirement plan match. The non-monetary compensation includes the rewarding opportunity to shape an innovative, meaningful, and growing organization.

Application Procedure: Please send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Executive Director” in the subject line to careers@rendezvouslc.org. Applications are accepted until September 5, 2014.

New Managing Park Director

The Rendezvous Lands Conservancy is pleased to announce the appointment of Elisabeth Rohrbach as Managing Park Director, in anticipation of the Rendezvous “R” Park opening this late summer.

Hal Hutchinson, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Board Chair stated,

“Elisabeth will be instrumental in connecting this community with its newest natural resource, R Park. She brings a breadth and depth of experience including development, communications, and volunteer and community engagement, which will suit the park and the community well. We are thrilled to have her on board at this exciting time.”

Elisabeth RohrbachElisabeth joins the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy with eight years of experience in nonprofit development and a passion for the outdoors. Having moved to Jackson in 2010, Elisabeth was hired at Grand Teton National Park Foundation, where she most recently excelled as Manager of Foundations and Special Gifts. Prior to Jackson, Elisabeth lived in San Francisco and worked for Room to Read, an international education nonprofit, where she supported a network of 5,000 volunteers who raised over $6 million annually.

About her new role, Elisabeth said, “R Park’s opening is quickly-nearing and I am eager to collaborate with partners and supporters to introduce our community and its visitors to this innovative treasure. The public park will offer breath-taking Teton views, Snake River levee access, walking trails with wildlife viewing areas, and safe streams and ponds for families to explore.”

Working with the community, the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy is making significant progress to build this exceptional gathering place for families and friends. Construction is in full swing and the 40-acre park at the intersection of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village is slated to open this late summer. Snake River boat access will be available through the park, as will the new bike path connecting the Teton Village Road bike path to Emily’s Pond via the pedestrian bridge over the Snake River.

Elisabeth began on May 5th and invites individuals interested in R Park to contact her at elisabeth@rpark.org for a personal tour.