Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is an accredited, non-profit land trust working to protect the land, water, wildlife, and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations. We strive to create a fun, inspiring, and team-oriented workplaceCome join our team of highly-motivated staff members who are passionate about Ventura Land Trust's mission and the environment. Ventura Land Trust is an equal-opportunity employer.

  • Work-life balance. Ventura Land Trust offers flexible work hours so that you can embrace what you do and how you live. Prioritize your relationships, well-being, and community.
  • Friendly doggos welcome. Team members' dogs often share our office space located in Ventura's Poinsettia Pavilion.
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ventura Land Trust protects land, for people. All people. We are working to build a land trust that reflects our community and welcomes everyone into open spaces.
  • One of the Central Coast's Best Places to Work. Ventura Land Trust was included in the Top 20 for 2023 with Pacific Coast Business Times based on employee-reported feedback.Badge for Pacific Coast Business Times Best Places to Work

Current Open Positions

Land Steward

The Land Steward is a field-based position focused on cleaning up reaches of three different watersheds in Ventura County and supporting public access and conservation work on VLT’s preserves. (Job description updated on May 5, 2023.)

To be considered for a position, please email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the position title in the subject line by Monday, May 22nd, 2023.

Grants Officer

The Grants Officer position is responsible for managing all grant applications, reports and administration for Ventura Land Trust. Duties include executing grant-based fundraising which include researching funders, organizing and structuring deliverables from colleagues and partners, drafting applications, and submitting grant applications.

To be considered for a position, please email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the position title in the subject line by Sunday, April 30th, 2023.

To be considered for other positions, resumes can be submitted to [email protected] to be kept on file.

Transformative Vision

Ventura Land Trust is the largest accredited land trust in Ventura County. Ventura Land Trust owns and manages over 3,800 acres of protected lands in the Ventura hillsides, Ventura River, and coastal estuary. VLT manages its lands in perpetuity with scientific integrity, and balances open space protection with public access.

Three nature preserves permanently designated for conservation, Harmon Canyon Preserve, Big Rock Preserve, and Willoughby Preserve, are open daily to the public for free for hiking, biking, and exploring nature. 

Land Conservation: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems

Ventura Land Trust is committed to sustainable land stewardship. We study and monitor natural ecosystems, defend habitats against natural threats, and work to reintroduce biodiversity to degraded open spaces. Each year, approximately 700 volunteers assist Ventura Land Trust in the hands-on work of habitat restoration, trail building, invasive plant species management, and trash removal.

Connection to the Land, Connection to Community

When people connect to nature, they understand why it's worth protecting. Ventura Land Trust hosts public guided hikes, field-based educational excursions, and volunteer and community events to foster a connection to the natural world in individuals of all ages.

Nature exploration program Ventura Wild reaches the next generation of land stewards, offering hands-on environmental education, restoration, and stewardship experiences in local wild places.

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