Mission, Vision, Goals, Governance, and Hiring

Our Mission:

The Royal River Conservation Trust protects the natural, recreational, scenic, agricultural and historic resources of the Royal River region for current and future generations.

Our Vision:

The Royal River Conservation Trust envisions ecologically healthy lands and waters that support recreational and commercial activities for all of us forever.

Our Goals:

I. DIG DEEP. We conserve land in the Maine communities that comprise the Royal River watershed. We envision the Royal River’s communities woven together with accessible rivers, streams and corridors of conservation land. Protection of working farms supports local farmers, provides locally grown food, and maintains Maine’s rich agricultural heritage. Protection of varied landscapes supports diverse wildlife, clean water, and resilient ecology.

II. ROYAL GEMS, POLISHED. The watershed’s conserved lands should have exemplary management, accessibility, and promotion.

III. ROYAL RIVER EXPLORATIONS: Connected waterfronts, preserves, and forests provide a growing population with places to explore, learn, and nourish the soul.

IV. HEALTHY AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS: We work to protect, improve and restore the water resources of the Royal River watershed and Casco Bay. Healthy aquatic ecosystems will be more resilient in the face of global climate change, and will be better able to meet the ever-growing demand by humans for clean water, food, jobs, and recreation.

V. STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL ALIGNMENT: We work closely with private landowners and municipalities to accomplish shared goals. We are strategically and operationally aligned with other land trusts and conservation groups that also work in the twelve communities of the Royal River watershed.

VI. STRENGTH AND CREDIBILITY: We are a regional non-profit land trust supported by a growing membership of all ages and backgrounds. We are an organization of professional staff and volunteers, guided by the national land trust community’s highest standards and best practices.

Our Governance:

Our volunteer Board of Directors includes a diverse representation of members of our local communities.

Bylaws PDF: We are a membership organization, governed by our members.

Policies PDF: We are continuously updating our policies, aiming for national accreditation, and following national standards and practices today. These policies define our approach to many issues including our Stewardship Reserve Fund, endowment, land acquisition process, and more. Today (October 2017) we have draft policies on some topics that we are using, prior to final adoption and inclusion in the attached final pdf.

2015 IRS Form 990 PDF

2016 IRS Form 990 PDF: As an IRS 501(c)(3), we annually file an IRS Form 990 with the IRS.  Our IRS 990 reports for prior years are found at guidestar.org, and filed at our offices for review upon request.

Our public reports: As a Maine non-profit, we annually file reports or secure licenses the State of Maine Conservation Easement Registry, the State of Maine’s charitable licensing office, and the Maine Secretary of State. Contact us if you’d like to review any of these reports.

We’re hiring! We send prospective applicants to this page (above), because our goals, finances, and policies should be among the most important information for candidates we recruit. Please get to know us through the information on this page, and other pages on this website. Application information by PDF is here, identical to the material posted below.

Job Description – Development Director: The Royal River Conservation Trust is seeking an organized and detail-oriented individual to manage the fundraising and community engagement efforts of the organization. This position under the supervision of the Executive Director will implement the goals, strategies, and benchmarks of RRCT’s development and fundraising efforts including securing individual, corporate, and foundation support.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute all development programs including identifying, engaging and soliciting major donors;
  • Maintain donor database including processing donations, data entry, thank you letters;
  • Coordinate the fall and spring mailing appeal, and other mailings as needed;
  • Research and write grant proposals, manage grant calendar and develop relationships with program officers;
  • Support the development committee as needed by preparing gift reports and attending meetings;
  • Assist with the coordination of public and private events;
  • Solicit sponsorships for RRCT events;
  • Champion organizational philanthropy.


  • Have a passion for the mission of RRCT;
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Pay close attention to confidentiality;
  • Have strong partnership building skills;
  • Have the ability to self-initiate but also to take direction;
  • Have relevant experience or willingness to learn in the following areas:
    • Database management;
    • Development, fundraising;
    • Social media platforms;
    • Conservation and/or non-profit work;
    • Non-profit or grant-writing experience.

Application Procedure: Send a one-page pdf cover letter, pdf resume and contact information for three references to Alan Stearns, Executive Director at Alan@RRCT.org

Additional Information:

  • Application Deadline: open until filled. Review of application materials will begin December 1st, 2017
  • Job Type: part-time or full-time (negotiable)
  • Salary and benefits: Negotiable, consistent with policy (above)
  • Start Date: Negotiable
  • Location: Yarmouth, Maine