Program Manager (Desert Rivers Program)

Arizona Land and Water Trust

Tucson, AZ, US

General Role:  As Arizona’s only water trust, the Desert Rivers Program Manager (Program Manager) promotes the goals and objectives of the Arizona Land and Water Trust (Trust) and its Desert Rivers Program (DRP) to implement water transactions as part of the Trust’s land and water conservation work.  Since 2007, the DRP has successfully engaged Southern Arizona landowners on innovative water agreements that benefit both agricultural operations and river habitat. The Program Manager will work with the Land and Water Program Director and other staff team members to support the Trust’s strategy to integrate these agreements into its conservation planning and acquisitions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of the Trust’s Desert Rivers Program
  • Implement water transactions
  • Perform extensive water rights due diligence and planning
  • Strengthen and develop partnerships with landowners, government agencies, foundations, and other conservation organizations to further expand the DRP
  • Help coordinate and make presentations on the DRP at stakeholder outreach and educational meetings and workshops including the Trust’s Ranching into the Future Workshop series
  • Attend local, state and regional trainings, workshops, and meetings of water transaction and policy experts
  • Develop appropriate DRP materials for community meetings, workshops, and conferences and present at these meetings as appropriate
  • Help identify new sources of DRP funding for both transactions and general program support, draft grant proposals, complete reports to foundation and agency grant administrators
  • Assist with all other areas of the Trust’s Land and Water Program and other organization activities as requested by the Land and Water Program Director


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Water Resources, Hydrology, Planning, Geography or related field
  • A Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a related field
  • Experience with water or real estate transactions a plus
  • Experience with GIS also a plus
  • An interest in land and water conservation


  • Superior project management skills
  • Knowledge of Arizona water policy
  • Knowledge of Arizona landscape, ecology, and conservation history a plus
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively on complex and fast-paced projects involving multiple stakeholders including land owners, public land managers, academic institutions, and conservation and community based organizations
  • Strong group and meeting facilitation experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively converse with rural and urban land owners, agency staff, academic, elected officials, and local leaders
  • Proven ability to write, secure, and administer grants, especially with partners and contracts with consultants
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time, primarily throughout Arizona though some national travel
  • Proven ability to work both independently and within a strong team-oriented environment
  • A commitment to the mission of the Arizona Land and Water Trust

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to meet with landowners off-site, travel, work at a desk, and operate a computer
  • Work is primarily performed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays but some evening and weekend meetings will be required.


  • The Desert Rivers Program Manager is full-time, exempt, position (40 hours/week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Benefits available  

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to by Friday, December 30th to:
Sharma Hammond Torrens, Land & Water Program Manager
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85719

Or email to:
[email protected]

Open Until Filled
Arizona Land and Water Trust is an equal opportunity employer.