Land Life Company seeks Local Partnerships Manager in Spain

This is us

Our mission is to help restore the world’s 2 billion hectares of degraded land with sustainable approaches and disruptive technologies. We plant trees at scale across the globe to kickstart ecosystems and support the communities that depend on them. We are based in the Netherlands with offices in Spain and the US. We work with corporations to compensate for their CO2 emissions by investing in reforestation, governments and large-scale NGO’s to rebuild nature, create carbon sinks and reconnect people and the planet. We are a fast-growing company and are constantly bringing new business models and climate solutions to our customers and partners. In 2013, the company was founded by Jurriaan Ruys (former McKinsey partner) and Eduard Zanen (founder of Bugaboo). With an estimated 3 million trees to be planted worldwide in 2020, Land Life Company is becoming a global leader in ecosystem restoration.

This is the role

In Northern Spain we work with regional governments and local partners to reforest public or communal land that has been degraded either due to abandonment, overgrazing or forest fires. In addition to regenerating large swaths of land in rural communities, we promote biodiversity enhancement and also support conservation efforts for iconic wildlife at extreme risk of climate change.

Our model is based on setting up partnerships with land owners who want to restore the land they own. The Local Partnerships Manager is responsible for creating and implementing new strategies to help us find available public or community-owned land for planting at large scale. This role will require a combination of research, creative strategizing, implementation and communication.

The Local Partnerships Manager will lead the process of entering into agreements with landowners to establish large-scale planting projects. For successful implementation, you will need to work closely with landowners, town councils, (local) governments and community organizations from Autonomous Communities such as Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragón, Cantabria, Galicia and others to gain support for proposed tree planting projects. It will also require working with lawyers, permit authorities, Land Life operations managers and scientists to identify and determine the suitability of potential sites for our planting projects.

The responsibilities of the Local Partnerships Manager will include but will not be limited to:

  • Research the landscape of land ownership in different Autonomous Communities of Spain, identifying areas that are attractive from a technical and commercial perspective;
  • Develop new strategies and campaigns for identifying landowners and new reforestation partnerships at large scale;
  • Manage and build on relationships with existing partners; develop new networks in areas of interest
  • Liaise with public land owners, at both national/regional level as well as local town councils;
  • Lead land access negotiations with landowners or land managers from start to finish, maintaining regular contact and follow-up.

Note: This position is based in the city of Burgos, Spain.

This is you
  • Has 10+ years of relevant work experience
  • Previous roles in areas related to land ownership/partnerships and stakeholder consultation (e.g. large-scale renewable energy sectors, rural development, community organizing or environmental sustainability) is especially valued;
  • Experience working in projects or organizations that have scaled quickly and adapted operational models to meet demand will also be considered;
  • Is a creative and strategic thinker who can both lead strategy design and follow through to formally secure partnerships for planting;
  • Has completed an academic degree. A focus on rural development, ecology, biology, forestry is a plus;
  • Has a wide existing network with organisations with land restoration needs (such as public authorities, town councils, NGOs);
  • Has strong networking and verbal/written skills to create or expand on existing networks. Can confidently represent the company to a variety of stakeholders, from rural areas to governmental conference rooms;
  • Is comfortable working independently and collaborating with/reporting to the rest of the Spain team, willing to travel around the region frequently;
  • Is a native Spanish speaker and has professional proficiency in English.
How to apply

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible so interviews will start on a rolling basis. Please submit your CV and cover letter to to Angélica Bercetche (