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Forest Operations Manager

Chapel Hill NC

Start Date: Immediately

For additional information please visit our website at We offer an excellent benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, 403(b), vacation, sick and parental leave. Qualified/interested candidates should send their resume with cover letter to


Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree


Required Experience:

5 to 8 years


Position Description

The Conservation Fund is seeking a Forest Operations Manager to manage day-to-day forest management operations on a growing base of timberlands and to assist with the acquisition as well as dispositions of conservation forest land and working forest conservation easements. Duties include, but are not limited to: managing a growing stable of independent forestry consultants and developing and meeting operational budgets involving timber harvests, restoration projects, recreational leases, taxes and forest certification. All activities will maintain and enhance internal customer, neighbor, partner, donor and stakeholder relationships. Incumbent will also monitor regional product pricing and market trends. This position will be located in our Chapel Hill, NC office.



The Forest Operations Manager will be responsible for directing forestry consultants on a portion of the Working Forest Fund portfolio of properties, currently involving over 25 projects and +-350,000 acres in 17 states and growing. This position will include:

• Managing the production of annual budgets, reports, management plans, silvicultural prescriptions, hunting leases, maintenance and restoration projects

• Inspecting management activities and meeting with consultants and stakeholders on a regular basis

• Ensuring projects are enrolled in applicable current use tax programs and reviewing tax bills for accuracy and approving payment

• Coordinating operations to insure conformance of enrolled projects to state BMP and forest certification standards

• Supporting land acquisition as well as fee and easement dispositions on current projects

• Updating GIS database to track management activity.

• Working with TCF Accounting staff to ensure tracking and reporting functions are optimized

• Working with the Manager of Portfolio Analysis to ensure information systems are accurate and up to date.

• Working with the Director of Conservation to assist with Conservation Easement development and outsales

• Interfacing with the West Coast Forest Management team

• Working closely with Regional Conservation Acquisition staff

• Assist in managing forest certification systems (SFI, FSC) for The Conservation Fund



• Self-motivated and independent professional that works wells as an individual and as a member of a team.

• Excellent communication skills

• Proficient in basic business and forestry software (MS Word, Excel, ARC-GIS)

• A Bachelor's degree in forestry or a closely related natural resource field. 5 + years field experience and/or a Masters in Natural Resource Management or business-related field is preferred.

• Ability to interact well with diverse stakeholders, including timberland owners, public agencies, community groups, and local citizens.

• Experience with planning and evaluating forest operations: including an understanding of silvicultural regimes, forest inventory systems, roads, certification schemes and environmental regulations; preference for knowledge of ecological forestry practices.



•This position requires the incumbent to have a valid driver's license and a willingness and ability to travel frequently throughout the US to visit remote forested tracts.

Posted May 7, 2020

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