Project Manager, Forest and Climate Conservation

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The Nature Conservancy

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Marquette, MI, United States

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24 days ago


Marquette, Michigan, USA

Location is flexible within Michigan's Upper Peninsula.



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Project Manager, Forest and Climate Conservation will be based out of Marquette, MI, and will be a member of the Conserving Resilient Lands and Waters team. Duties will include conservation planning and management of the Michigan Business Unit’s Natural Climate Solutions and Forestry Strategies with the goal of improving forest health and resiliency and sequestering and storing more carbon. It will also include oversight of forestry related restoration projects on TNC, private, or partner lands to meet Michigan, Midwest, and North America goals and objectives.

This position will oversee planning and implementation of our Forest, Natural Climate Solutions, and Northwoods conservation strategies where they touch down in Michigan including protecting resilient, connected and climate adapted corridors, advancing natural climate solutions, improving forest health through partnerships, sustaining forest product markets, and disseminating forest climate science. The Project Manager, Forest and Climate Conservation will work with multiple partners, private and industrial landowners to accomplish Michigan’s goals associated with TNC’s 2030 goals. They will build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity around sustainable forestry practices, forest carbon sequestration and storage, climate resiliency, and carbon markets.

The Project Manager, Forest and Climate Conservation will implement and manage the Michigan Business Unit’s Conserving Resilient Land and Water’s Forest Strategy by:

  • Overseeing carbon mitigation, adaptation, and restoration work in Michigan’s forests and providing technical input for forestry-related management activities on TNC preserves, and on private and partner lands through various programs, agreements, and contracts.
  • Leading carbon project enrollment and assisting with carbon project and land deals related to the Forest Strategy, on TNC land, or for partners, private or industrial landowners, and assist with project related documentation, contracts with developers, and documenting and receiving approvals through the Carbon Project Review Committee with the Director of Land Protection.
  • Managing projects that support Natural Climate Solution practices on private forest land across the Northwoods (Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) including but not limited to Family Forest Carbon Program.
  • Negotiating and overseeing the management of multiple large forest adaptation and management related restoration grant agreements with the USDA Forest Service, the State of Michigan, and other partners.
  • Contributing to larger TNC Forest and Climate goals by participating as a member of the Northwoods, U.S. Forest Carbon, and U.S. Forest Policy teams.
  • Fostering partnerships in the working forest landscape with Federal, State, Tribes, Land Trusts, and industrial and private forest landowners.

The Project Manager, Forest and Climate Conservation, will also supervise two positions that are focused on: 1) executing multiple agreements with the Forest Service and Partners designed to increase the pace and scale of forest and water restoration in Michigan and Wisconsin, and 2) executing forestry-related, infrastructure and property management activities on TNC’s Forest Reserves that total 47,000 acres.

Essential Position Functions include:

  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Produce and organize written documentation relevant to strategies, projects, and legal compliance.
  • Develop and implement forest strategies that mitigate, restore and promote biodiversity benefits.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating, and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


Want to help save the planet? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, over 60,000 acres in Michigan have been preserved for people and nature. From the mountains to the sea, the Michigan Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Michigan unique. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!

This position will report to the Director of Land and Water Management, will be based out of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The compensation range begins at $60,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.


  • BA/BS degree in forestry, natural resource management, ecology, environmental science or related field and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups, and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Degree and experience in forestry, natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience managing forestry activities, including contracts, knowledge of carbon projects/programs/methodologies, timber harvests, forest inventory.
  • Experience in Forest Restoration and Adaptation project management and techniques
  • Knowledge of and willingness to participate in professional forester groups in Michigan.
  • Technical report and grant proposal writing experience appreciated.
  • Ability to communicate conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences both written and verbally.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition, protection, and acquiring conservation and other legal interests in property.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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.


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