U.P. Land Conservancy seeks new treasurer

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy (UPLC) is seeking a knowledgeable individual with bookkeeping knowledge and free time to serve as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors. Given recent growth, the organization, which now protects nearly 6,000 acres of conservation land across the Upper Peninsula, is restructuring their financial management systems and now seeks a talented, committed individual to implement new procedures in order to continue successfully and responsibly managing conservation easements, nature preserves, and timber reserves.

This unpaid position would require around 5-7 hours spent volunteering per month and the ability to attend nine out of twelve monthly board meetings. Board meetings are currently held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, though this is not unchangeable. The treasurer is responsible for reconciling QuickBooks, ensuring staff adhere to generally accepted accounting practices in daily bookkeeping, preparing staff paychecks, filing necessary state and federal taxes, and assisting the accountant and staff with related tasks. The Treasurer works closely with staff and the organization’s consultant CPA as well as the Finance Committee to provide insight to the management of UPLC’s finances and assists staff and the board with financial decision-making.

Training of the new treasurer in land trust-specific financial management needs will be provided with funding from the Land Trust Alliance, though basic accounting knowledge is required of the position. The treasurer must have excellent communication skills and an alliance with the UPLC’s mission and vision.

The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect “Land Today for Life Tomorrow” across the U.P. by means of permanent, legal protection for the benefit of the community. This is done by holding conservation easements on privately owned land, maintaining nature preserves for the benefit of the public, by managing climate-change and restoration-focused timber reserves; and by promoting knowledge of sustainable land management practices in all that we do. You can become a member or donate to UPLC at uplandconservancy.org/donate.

Interested parties should contact:

Andrea Denham, Assistant Director

Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy

2208 US HWY 41-S

Marquette, MI 49855