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Current opportunities at Western Rivers Conservancy

Corporate Counsel, Part Time

Western Rivers Conservancy seeks a top-notch real estate attorney with a passion for river conservation and a desire to work part-time. The Corporate Counsel, working closely with our lands team and a full-time paralegal, will help us put the West’s finest riverlands into permanent conservation.

About Western Rivers Conservancy

Western Rivers Conservancy protects outstanding river ecosystems in the western United States through land acquisition. We buy land along river corridors and place it into permanent conservation in order to conserve critical habitat, provide public access for compatible use and enjoyment, and secure the health of whole ecosystems.

Since our inception in 1988, Western Rivers Conservancy has protected critical riverlands along more than 200 rivers and streams around the West including the John Day, Hoh, Gunnison, Klamath and Rio Grande. To learn more about WRC’s current projects and conservation accomplishments, visit our projects page.

Position Summary

The Corporate Counsel is a part-time (approximately 0.5 FTE) position responsible for supporting WRC’s management and project staff in all aspects of real property transactions and other legal matters related to Western Rivers Conservancy‘s mission. The Corporate Counsel must be an experienced transactional attorney with significant real estate experience, as he/she is involved in the legal aspects of land conservation transactions from acquisition to disposition, as well as corporate legal affairs. The position requires a hands-on legal technician and is supported by a full-time paralegal. The Corporate Counsel must have membership in the Oregon State Bar. This position is based in our Portland, Oregon headquarters.

Essential Functions

Conservation land transactions (75%)

  • Supervise, and collaborate with, Paralegal to:
    • Prepare land acquisition contracts and related agreements to finalize and close conservation real estate transactions. 
    • Review title reports, title exceptions, encroachments, zoning, subdivision and other title matters; manage escrow and title insurance activities.
    • Prepare and review various other legal instruments and documents including leases, licenses, management agreements and other property-specific agreements and documents; work with project managers and Director of Finance & Administration on ongoing property ownership and management issues.
  • Oversee and manage outside counsel in jurisdictions throughout the West in relation to WRC’s land transactions, local law issues and specialty matters.
  • Advise management and project managers on landowner donations and other federal tax matters.

Corporate legal affairs (25%)

  • Supervise, and collaborate with, Paralegal to:
    • Prepare corporate documents and maintain corporate legal records.
    • Oversee and maintain state registrations including foreign corporation and nonprofit fundraising registrations and related matters of multi-state operations.
  • Advise management with respect to current law, legislative proposals and government regulations which could impact WRC’s projects, personnel, board or donors.
  • Assist and advise on matters such as organizational insurance, advertising and fundraising materials.

Required Skills & Experience

A successful Corporate Counsel candidate will likely have:

  • At least eight years’ legal experience in applicable real estate and land transactions; 
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Ability to manage diverse tasks and respond creatively to challenges;
  • A solutions-oriented mindset with strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a paralegal and others in a small office environment without support staff;
  • The highest ethical standards.

COMPENSATION:  The annual salary for this part-time (approximately 0.5 FTE) position is $70,000 - $90,000 depending on experience. This position is eligible for WRC’s generous benefits package which includes medical, dental and long-term disability insurance; employer contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan; a flex plan and commuter benefit; and paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY:  Please email a cover letter and resume via this link.  You may also submit your materials to:  Hiring Committee, Western Rivers Conservancy, 71 SW Oak St. Suite 100, Portland, OR 97206.

Western Rivers Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating an organization that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We are also committed to maintaining a culture that is not only free from discrimination, but actively inclusive of the rich and varied perspectives that diversity brings.

CLOSING DATE:  Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  Position is open until filled.

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