Request for Proposals

ORGANIZATION: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) is a nationally accredited 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that protects over 18,000 acres of land in Hawaii with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitat, water resources, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Established in 2011 as a merger of four land trusts on Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai, HILT complements the stewardship others are providing for mountaintop watersheds by concentrating largely on needs and opportunities for coastal and agricultural lands.

SUMMARY: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is seeking proposals for a contract to support HILT’s land acquisition and protection program including the acquisition of conservation easements and fee simple projects in Hawaii.


  • Work with HILT staff, board of directors, advisors, and island councils to develop and implement a three-year strategic acquisitions strategy and outreach strategy.

  • Conduct outreach to prospective landowners to promote conservation easements and voluntary conservation programs available to landowners.

  • Coordinate outreach with other providers of conservation programs including the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service to provide a minimum of four (4) public outreach forums on agricultural easements.

  • Manage fee simple and conservation easement acquisitions including negotiation of Letters of Intent, Purchase and Sale Agreements, Conservation Easements, Baseline Documentation Reports, and Management Plans.

  • Conduct due diligence, order and review transaction documents including title reports, appraisals, surveys, and environmental studies.

  • Communication and coordinate with communities, stakeholders, and others involved in HILT’s land protection projects.

  • Help facilitate the approval of projects through the HILT Land Committee and Board of Directors.

  • Assist in the drafting and manage grant application for funding of HILT’s acquisitions through City, State, Federal, and private grant programs.

  • Manage transactions through to closing.

  • Provide updates and regular communications to HILT’s CEO, HILT Board of Directors, Island Councils, and HILT staff.


Will require regular travel to neighbor islands


  • Passion for the mission of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

  • Three years of experience in land conservation and real estate transactions

  • Ability to negotiate land transactions

  • Knowledge of Hawaii and county land use laws

  • Knowledge of Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources

  • Bachelor’s degree

Parties interested in submitting a proposal for the Scope of Work provided, please submit the following to

  1. Statement of Qualifications

  2. Hourly Rate

  3. Three (3) References