Assistant Director Job Posting

Join the Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) team as we strive to restore the American Serengeti in the southern Great Plains. SPLT is a nationally accredited land trust, and our mission is to create and protect a network of shortgrass prairie preserves, which ensure a future for all native animals and plants in our region. We currently have 60,000 acres in our preserve network. With you on our team, we can keep growing our preserves to provide more refuge for more prairie wildlife.

The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for providing the Executive Director with comprehensive support. The position is fully remote, with a preference for the greater Denver metropolitan area but is open to anyone located within the SPLT bioregion. SPLT’s expanding focus area includes southeastern Colorado, northeastern New Mexico, northern Texas, the Oklahoma panhandle, and southwestern Kansas. The majority of SPLT’s preserves are located just outside of Lamar, Colorado. Periodic travel to our beautiful preserves, out-of-town meetings, and conferences is required.

Salary range: $42,000-48,000 commensurate with skills and experience


  • 100% remote position
  • Significant bonus structure for strategic goals reached (up to 10% of base salary)
  • Reimbursement for hotel stays and mileage
  • Retirement – 401k
  • Comprehensive health and medical coverage


  • Provide comprehensive support services to the Executive Director to further SPLT’s efforts to grow our network of prairie preserves, including support on:
    • Organizational administration (quality filing and communication systems)
    • Fundraising (including donation management, grant administration, and event coordination)
    • Outreach (including correspondence, presentations, reports, and memos, both external and internal to the organization)
  • Provide sophisticated calendar management; prioritize inquiries and requests, troubleshoot problems, ensure smooth day to-day engagements
  • Conduct research and analysis on issues of interest to the Executive Director
  • Support the Executive Director in strategic communications, organizational strategy, and all other special projects as assignedCommitment to SPLT’s mission and alignment with SPLT’s biocentric focus
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed, and lead a high-functioning team
  • Work and life experience commensurate with described position responsibilities
  • Exceptional work ethic, integrity, and personal motivation
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and office skills including technological proficiency with common office software and online platforms


  • Regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, grasp, or feel; and reach with hands and arms
  • Regularly required to lift up to 30 lbs
  • Regularly required to talk and hear
  • Occasionally required to climb stairs, ladders, kneel; crouch; stoop; crawl; balance; push; and pull
  • Occasionally required to be around large animals such as the bison we’ve restored to Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve


  • Remote work from a home office
  • The role is partially in an outdoor environment subject to weather and temperature changes

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Send a resume, cover letter, and references to: Lexi Schaefer, Board President, and Jay Tutchton, Interim Executive Director,