Clinch Valley Conservation Forestry Program Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Abingdon, VA, United States

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26 days ago


Abingdon, Virginia, USA


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TNC’s Clinch Valley Program based in Abingdon, Virginia is a comprehensive watershed protection and restoration effort involving 10 staff that has conserved nearly 200,000 acres including the ~153,000 acre Cumberland Forest Highlands Property, ~25,000 acres of Conservation Forestry lands, a string of freshwater mussel preserves and recreation sites along the Clinch and Powell Rivers, and properties included in the Clinch River State Park, Channels State Forest, and the Pinnacle and Cedars State Natural Areas. The Clinch Valley Program is a leading project in TNC’s broader Appalachians Initiative, and one of the Conservancy’s top priorities globally for conserving biodiversity in the face of a changing climate. The Clinch Valley Program was established in the early 1990s and over three decades has developed strong and lasting partnerships with local communities, landowners, agencies, businesses, and others in support of conserving a U.S. biodiversity hotspot.


The Clinch Valley Conservation Forestry Program Manager directs a comprehensive program that manages ~25,000 acres of conserved working forests in the Clinch Valley of Southwest Virginia. Responsibilities include: (1) managing and maintaining the program’s compliance with certifications, audits, and verifications by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and California Air Resources Board (ARB), (2) achieving annual revenue goals through sustainable timber harvesting and carbon credit sales, (3) designing, marketing, and overseeing timber sales and harvests in coordination with local contractors, loggers, and mills, (4) managing positive relationships with landowners enrolled and/or interested in the program, (5) securing grants and other funding for ecological restoration projects, and (6) supervising other staff and volunteers. The position also collaborates with a multi-state team of TNC foresters working across the Central Appalachians of VA, TN, KY, and WV to advance innovative approaches to sustainable timber management, forest conservation, forest carbon offsets, and ecosystem restoration on private and public forestlands.


The Clinch Valley Conservation Forestry Program Manager is responsible for implementing and achieving the Conservancy’s internal conservation priorities by overseeing and representing the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with landowners, government agencies, private contractors (e.g., loggers and forestry professionals), companies, researchers, and other constituents. The position secures public and private funds for forest conservation and ecological restoration, manages budgets, develops and implements management plans, manages staff and volunteers, and provides overall leadership for a comprehensive forest conservation program.


  • Geographic size and scope: the Clinch Valley Program Area (8-10 county area in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee).
  • Negotiate real estate transactions and other contracts, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.
  • Plan and direct work on forest conservation and restoration projects, including commercial timber harvests.
  • Maintain records and manage budgets related to forest management activities including but not limited to timber harvests, carbon credit sales, road construction and maintenance, infrastructure development, and overall program operations.
  • Recruit and supervise staff and interns as needed or as funding is available, responsible for performance management, training, and development.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, sometimes on weekends.


  • BA/BS degree in forestry, natural resources management, conservation, business, or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in forestry, natural resource management, conservation, land management, business, or other related experience.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects, timelines, and budgets.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements including logging contracts and other service agreements with forestry professionals.
  • Experience developing partnerships (landowners, loggers, forestry professionals, companies, researchers, government agencies).
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working with computers, including database management, Microsoft Excel, and Geographic Information Systems.
  • Written and verbal communication skills experience.


  • MA/MS degree in forestry, natural resources management, conservation, land management, business, or another related field of study
  • 5 to 7 years of related work experience in forestry, natural resource management, conservation, land management, business, or other related experience.
  • Knowledge of current trends and strategies in sustainable forestry, timber management, and carbon offset programs in the context of Appalachian hardwood systems.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (landowners, loggers, forestry professionals, companies, government agencies).
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’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." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

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.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

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