Jacqueline Middleton steps into her new role as Hunterdon Land Trust’s interim executive director with a wealth of experience behind her. She has worked as our Land Acquisition Director since 2014 and is well versed in our operations, mission and what matters most to our supporters.

“I’m excited to tackle this challenging position while our Board of Trustees finds a full-time executive director to lead our organization,” Jacqueline said. “I deeply appreciate their confidence in me and look forward to working with our talented staff and amazing volunteers to preserve, protect and nurture Hunterdon County’s special places.”


Jacqueline thanked her predecessor, Patricia Ruby, for helping acclimate her to this new position. For now, Jacqueline will handle the dual roles of interim executive director and land acquisition director. As interim executive director, she will lead the organization, confronting whatever new challenges arise while managing the organization in an efficient way that adheres to our mission to protect the places we all love here in the Hunterdon County area. This role includes making recommendations to our Board of Trustees, supporting strategic planning efforts, and implementing the organization’s goals and policies within an approved budget.

As land acquisition director, she identifies parcels of land for possible acquisition based on our Comprehensive Land Preservation Plan and criteria approved by HLT’s trustees, and handles outreach and negotiations with landowners. She handles the myriad documents related to land acquisition projects. Jackie also applies for and manages grants to support capital projects and land preservation work.

Two jobs? Brave or crazy?

“Oh, definitely crazy!” she laughs. “But it’s important that our organization continues succeeding, and I want to do everything I can to realize our shared vision. We’ll need the continued support of our donors, volunteers and friends to make that happen. When we all work together, there’s nothing we cannot accomplish.”

(HLT needs your help! To learn more about donating or volunteering, please go here.)

Jacqueline has lived in Hunterdon County for more than 20 years; she is married and has raised two children. She has always been an active volunteer in her community and in local schools.

As mentioned above, HLT is seeking a full-time executive director. To learn more about the position, please click here.

(Above photo: Jacqueline Middleton (left) with former HLT Executive Director Patricia Ruby.)