Keep Your Staff: Retention Strategies for Land Trusts

Webinar Date
June 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Land Trust Alliance
Sara Brooks, Erika Richardson (Virginia Outdoors Foundation)
About This Webinar

Is your land trust worried about loss of capacity due to potential staff turnover? Wondering how long the talented people you’ve hired will stay with your organization? Wishing your organization could improve something so you don’t need to leave a job you enjoy? Whether you are an executive director or the newest seasonal hire, you aren’t alone. Land trusts across the country are looking for retention strategies that will result in happier staff, decreased turnover and create stronger organizations.

​Erika Richardson, regional conservation director and Sara Brooks, human resources manager of Virginia Outdoors Foundation have a combined 30+ years of experience with land trust staffing. At Rally 2023, they presented a workshop, Staffing for [Easement] Stewardship, and talked about retention strategies. This webinar will briefly summarize the original presentation and dive deeper into staff retention challenges and solutions.

​Here’s a look at what we will cover: 

  • ​Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s staff retention journey, including challenges, successes and lessons learned.

  • ​General reasons staff might leave land trusts.

  • ​Common strategies for staff retention.

  • ​Working with your specific staff to understand what they need to stay.

  • ​Gracefully and productively handling when someone leaves.

  • ​Strategically planning for staff retention, including funding retention initiatives.

​This webinar is included in the 2024 All-Access Pass.

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