Communications Specialist

Placer Land Trust Published: August 10, 2018
Job Type
Communications / PR / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ Placer Land Trust (PLT) is a private nonprofit charitable organization based in Auburn, CA, dedicated to quality of life through the protection of wide open spaces, wild places, local farms and ranches, natural playgrounds, and the links that connect us to them. ~

Our mission is to work with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently protect natural and agricultural lands in Placer County for current and future generations.

Position Overview

PLT is currently seeking to hire a Communications Specialist. Our commitment to the prosperity of our community is achieved through encouraging individuals, families and businesses to connect with the importance of protected landscapes. It is in the stewardship of these lands, connections, and relationships that we understand and appreciate their role in the ongoing story of our well-being, local economy, environment, culture and success. The Communications Specialist is a new position that will be instrumental in helping to raise the voice and awareness of PLT within and beyond the greater Placer County region in achieving its mission.

The Communications Specialist contributes greatly to the outreach efforts of the organization by providing support to its social media, print and electronic communications, and community outreach activities. This position works most closely with the Development & Communications Manager, and is a part of PLT’s six-person Operations Team.

The Communications Specialist is a part-time position. The position will require occasional work during evenings and weekends, and occasional travel within or outside of Placer County. Flexible work hours and limited telecommuting options may be arranged upon approval of supervisor. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position reports to and is supervised by the Operations Director. On-going educational and professional development opportunities are encouraged and provided.


Communications (75%):

  • In conjunction with the Development & Communications Manager, develop and implement annual communications and marketing strategies
  • Support implementation of social media strategies currently including primarily Facebook, Twitter, Instagram:
  • Develop social media content
  • Manage content, posting, interaction, and tracking
  • Generate and analyze monthly metrics
  • Contribute content and oversee production and dissemination of communications tools, including but not limited to:
  • Wonders print newsletter (three issues per year)
  • Placer Steward e-bulletin (monthly)
  • Annual Community Report (one time per year)
  • E-blasts (occasional)
  • Blogs (six times per year)
  • Photos and videos (often, as needed)
  • Produce and disseminate press releases as needed, and coordinate follow-up response for earned media opportunities
  • Assist in design, production and distribution of other fundraising and communications materials such as the Annual Community Report, brochures, flyers, and other materials as directed
  • Assist in creation of SEO, content and design strategies of PLT’s website
  • Manage PLT’s photo library and YouTube channel

Public Outreach (15%):

  • Provide material for and design assistance of information tables for community outreach events
  • Contribute to content and design of PLT presentation materials, e.g. PowerPoint, others
  • In conjunction with team members, research, prioritize, and identify outreach opportunities and partnerships within Placer County and the greater Sacramento region
  • Assist with other public outreach and events, as directed

Fundraising, Operations and Capacity Building (10%):

  • Contribute to membership, outreach, and fundraising activities
  • Support and participate in PLT’s primary fundraising events, the Big Day of Giving and the Placer Conservator dinner
  • Stay current on relevant conservation, communications and outreach issues and trends, and build professional skills through research, training, and networking
  • Contribute to monthly staff reports prior to each Board of Directors meeting
  • Participate in annual work planning
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by Operations Director


  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal); knowledge of Placer County a plus
  • Highly developed computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge of Adobe InDesign, WordPress, Photoshop and Neon CRM a plus
  • Experience with website and/or newsletter production and message development
  • Demonstrated ability to edit and/or produce videos a plus
  • Ability to manage timelines effectively; capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Interest in and commitment to land conservation and environmental issues
  • Ability to occasionally work weekends and evenings


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or relevant field preferred
  • Two years’ previous experience in communications, marketing, or related position
  • Nonprofit experience preferred

To Apply

Please click "Apply" below to upload the following to PLT in PDF or Microsoft Word format:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Up to three references
  • Up to three creative samples, e.g. written piece, video, etc., that you have produced or had primary responsibility for producing, and specify the degree to which you were responsible

If by hardcopy, mail to:

Placer Land Trust 
Attn: Eden Rock
11641 Blocker Drive, Suite 220
Auburn, CA 95603

Recruitment will stay open until the position is filled.

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