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Forest Manager

Negotiable Location in KY, TN or VA

Job ID: 49135

Arlington, Virginia, USA. Knoxville, TN; Abingdon, VA, Middlesboro, KY. Location is negotiable.



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.



The Central Appalachian Forest Manager establishes the Conservancy as a premier forest manager and conservation leader across the Central Appalachians. They direct forest management planning, operations, information management and certification across the 253,000-acre Cumberland Forest Project in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.



The Central Appalachian Forest Manager oversees all forest operations and general land management obligations on the 253,000 acre Cumberland Forest, including: forest management planning, forest information management, managing experienced forest consultants and contractors to achieve conservation outcomes, monitoring and managing budgets, wood product marketing, and ensuring compliance with all contractual and permittee obligations pertaining to forest management (including forestland certification, carbon projects, and activities associated with 3rd party resource use activities). The Forest Manager ensures that the Conservancy’s forest practices balance sustainability and a commitment to long-term forest resiliency while demonstrating proof of concept for a novel economic model of conservation in the Central Appalachians. The Forest Manager will have direct oversight of prescriptions and responsibility for active forest management outcomes, including harvest operations and restoration projects implemented by forest consultants and contractors. They work in close collaboration with colleagues in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia with expertise in science, government relations, human resources, philanthropy, finance, and marketing to reach the Conservancy’s goals. The Forest Manager reports to the Conservation Forestry Program Director in TNC’s Virginia Operating Unit and will work closely with the Conservancy’s NatureVest team.



Directs forest management planning, information management, operations and certification across the 253,000-acre Cumberland Forest Project.

Leads development of long-term forest planning regarding timber operations.

Develops budgets and administers forestry operations to meet established financial targets.

Ensures operational compliance with established forest carbon projects registered with the California Air Resources Board.

Ensures operational conformance with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on the property in coordination with TNC’s FSC group certificate manager.

Maintains Geographic Information System (GIS), forest inventory and timber harvest data for the Cumberland Forest Project in coordination with forestry consultants and accountants.

Establishes and maintains optimal standards of performance for the program while controlling costs.

Responsible for oversight of forestry consultants who will conduct day-to-day operations of property.

Manages contractor and consultant relationships, including preparing, negotiating and monitoring scope of work, preparing contracts, processing invoices, issuing requests for proposals and selecting qualified contractors.

Ensures forest management meets conservation goals and exceeds regulatory standards. Builds cooperation from outside partners and consultants/contractors to accomplish program expectations.

Monitors (and assists as needed) wood accountability and marketing in conjunction with contractors/consultants and TNC Operations staff and consultants.

Ensures forest operations are conducted in coordination with third-party mineral leases on the property.

Provides timely and accurate input to staff and contractors negotiating forestland acquisitions and sales.

May work in variable and difficult weather conditions (including heat, heavy rain, and snow), at remote locations, on steep, difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

Frequently makes decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned consistent with property management philosophy.



BA/BS degree and 3 years’ experience managing a working forest ownership greater than 50,000 acres.

Certified Forester or ability to obtain Certification within 12 months under Society of American Foresters (SAF) standards

Experience developing and managing timber harvest and operations in eastern hardwood ecosystems to meet conservation, restoration, or stand management objectives.

Experience with log marketing and timber sales accounting.

Experience managing multiple complex projects under deadlines and within budget, including consulting forest contracts, logging and road-building contracts, and/or restoration projects.

Communication and negotiation experience working successfully in difficult and sometimes stressful situations with contractors, rural community members and stakeholders, and partners.

Experience in forest management planning and forestland valuation.

Experience using GIS, field data loggers, and common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

Experience with forest and carbon inventory using common forest mensuration techniques and methods.

Driver’s license and experience operating 4 x 4 vehicles on remote forest roads.



Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

Master’s degree/accredited technical coursework and/or 7+ years’ experience in Forest Management related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification Principles and Criteria.

Experience developing and/or managing California Air Resources Board carbon projects.

Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, rural communities, government).

Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.

Direct knowledge of current trends and practices in Appalachian forest conservation, restoration, and forest health/fire management.

Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.



The target salary for this position is $60,000 to $70,000.00, depending upon work location and experience.



This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.



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Posted November 20, 2020

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