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Founded in 1985, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt California non-profit Corporation that conserves natural resources, agricultural land, and open spaces for the benefit of present and future generations. With a community-centered approach to conservation and an inclusive team environment, we prioritize professional development, collaboration, and innovation.


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Development & Communications Director

SEPTEMBER 2023: As the Land Trust nears its 40th Anniversary, we are looking to hire an experienced Director of Development & Communications to help us embark on a new level of growth and engagement over the next five years and beyond. The Director will arrive at a time of evolution within the organization and have the opportunity to build new approaches to fund development and communications while also solidifying the systems and infrastructure that support growth. The Director will work with the whole Land Trust team to harness this momentum and build the communications and fund development program of our future. Read the full job description here.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate within the non-profit field and is based upon experience. Annual compensation range is $115,000 – $140,000. Benefits include generous vacation, paid health and dental premiums, and a supportive team culture. Successful candidates also have the opportunity to join an employer-sponsored retirement plan. This position is a full-time, exempt (salaried) position. This position is based in Santa Barbara and requires frequent travel throughout the county with occasional evening and weekend obligations.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, and a compelling cover letter, to Meredith Hendricks at [email protected] with the subject: Development & Communications Director. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an initial phone interview.

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.


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Iconic views, locally grown food, fresh water, clean air, recreation access, thriving wildlife habitat—it’s all here in Santa Barbara County and when you give to the Land Trust, you invest in the protection of the places you love.