Legal Assistant

The Trust for Public Land Published: May 19, 2020
Seattle, WA
Job Type
Legal /

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~ At the Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. ~

Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. We're proud to say that we've been connecting communities to the outdoors—and to each other—since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we helped create, and countless more visit every year.

Join a diverse team of dedicated and passionate people working toward a mission you can believe in—creating parks and protecting land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Get to know more about us.

Position Overview

The Legal Assistant provides legal and other support to attorneys to further The Trust for Public Land’s land protection and park creation priorities, working primarily in the Northwest and Rockies. Primary responsibilities are assisting in the documentation and completion of transactions and activities that are legally sound and consistent with The Trust for Public Land’s mission, authority, policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:

  • Drafts and proofs land acquisition and disposition agreements, real estate closing documentation, park design and construction contracts, and other legal documents for counsel review.
  • Orders and reviews title documents, surveys, environmental assessment, and other due diligence reports and researches as assigned by counsel. 
  • Reviews, analyzes and summarizes legal documents necessary for tracking and reporting on the legal status of projects. 
  • Coordinates the closing of projects to ensure that transactions close within commercially reasonable timeframes, including preparing closing packages, working with title companies, following up on closing documentation, and closing legal files in accordance with internal policies. 
  • Independently interacts and coordinates with project/program staff and outside parties.
  • Word processes, edits, assembles, copies and distributes complex legal documents.
  • Creates and maintains electronic legal files.
  • Monitors and updates legal calendar; maintains form file and legal library.
  • Tracks timely payment of real estate taxes and prepares and files real estate tax exemption applications where appropriate.
  • Works as part of a team of attorneys and legal assistants. 

Other Responsibilities:

  • As needed, and as time allows, Legal Assistant will assist with additional legal services as assigned. 


  • Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Normally requires a minimum of 2 to 4 years of progressively responsible real estate transactional and legal administration experience.
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work without direct supervision, prioritize work in the absence of specific instructions, and exercise good judgment in identifying and solving problems.
  • Ability to interpret and take initiative within broadly defined policies and practices.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills with an ability to maintain a sense of humor and composure when dealing with diverse personalities and work styles.
  • Capable of multi-tasking, working under pressure, and meeting deadlines in a decentralized environment.
  • Detail and results oriented
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and e-mail software.
  • A commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission.

To Apply

  • Please email your cover letter and resume with "Legal Assistant" indicated in the subject line.

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