The Land and Water Asset Manager is responsible for preserving and enhancing the property and water resources at Deseret Ranches of Florida, as well as properties near Ruskin and in Georgia. He or she manages third-party uses of the Property and provides support to capital projects. The Land and Water Asset Manager ensures compliance with all environmental and water use permits, interacts with government agencies, and oversees operation of the Taylor Creek Management water utility. He or she reports to and works closely with the Land and Governmental Affairs Manager to develop strategies, protect and improve the Property, manage resources, and to accomplish strategic initiatives.
Farmland Reserve, Inc. is an investment affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints focused on agricultural investment and food production. To learn more visit: https://www.deseretranches.com/
Duties and Responsibilities:
Property Leases and Uses:
Under direction of the Land and Governmental Affairs Manager, manage third-party leases of the property, protect the land and resources, ensure land use contracts are in place and effectively managed, and build strong relationships with tenants and other members of the industry.
Review, negotiate, and suggest edits to contracts; manage and coordinate contract workflows and performance activities.
Responsible to identify potential tenants or other third-party users of the Property consistent with the company mission and interests
Responsible to generate revenues from the Property.
Timely and properly handle requests for use of the Property
Act as liaison for Church uses of the Property, such as camps
Water and Environmental Permits:
Work with LGAM, ranch managers and consultants to obtain or renew necessary environmental and water-use permits, including those from water management districts and the Army Corps of Engineers
Manage environmental and water-use permits
Timely submit permit compliance reports
Work with and train production staff in permit compliance and reporting systems, including permits for irrigation and drainage
Government and Regulatory Affairs:
Assist with government relations as assigned, such as county commissioners, agency staff members, public stakeholders, etc.
Represent Properties interests when interacting with regulatory agencies
Be knowledgeable of and actively involved in regional planning initiatives and land use
East Central Florida Services Operations:
Oversee operations of East Central Florida Services, a publicly-regulated, private water utility
Supervise field staff to ensure water systems and other infrastructure are operational and in compliance
Identify potential improvements to water infrastructure and systems
Certify as a public water supply system operator - obtain and maintain a Florida Class D water systems operator license within a year of employment
Agricultural and Water-Related Improvements:
Assist with and coordinate design, permitting, construction, land use and permit compliance, and construction management for agricultural and water-related capital improvements, including irrigation and drainage projects for pastures, row crops, or citrus
In consultation with and under the supervision of the LGAM, train and supervise East Central Florida Services staff, including responsibility for hiring, employee evaluations, compensation recommendations, and other supervisory functions
Train and develop staff members
Assist in preparing and managing capital and operational budgets related to responsibilities
Coordination, Communication and Representation:
Work within the land group, including natural resources, and coordinate with production managers and other departments and customers to meet overall company objectives
Responsibly communicate within the land group and with operations managers and other departments as needed
Represent FRI and its affiliates professionally at all times
Supervise 2-3 direct reports.
Will also have project supervision responsibilities, which may include coordinating with production managers, overseeing the work of other employees, equipment operators, and consultants and contractors in carrying out
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, agriculture, or business required
Advanced degree in engineering, law, or business preferred
3-5 years experience in land and/or water asset management or equivalent education
Experience with agriculture, water systems, regulatory compliance, real estate, or project management preferred
Ability to set priorities and manage competing responsibilities under high expectations.
Build relationships and communicate effectively with employees and outside stakeholders of varied disciplines
Effectively make public presentations in meeting and hearings when needed
Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Must have or be able to obtain a valid Florida Driver’s License