Forest Project Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Sacramento, CA, United States

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13 days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Location is negotiable between Sacramento and the northern Sierra Nevada of California, United States.

WHO WE ARE


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC


The California Chapter’s Forest Management Strategy works to increase the pace and scale of ecologically-based restoration and conservation of forests, meadows, and watersheds in the northern Sierra, with a focus on improving the health and resilience of fire-adapted forests and reducing the risk of high-severity wildfire. Working as part of an interdisciplinary Conservancy team, and in collaboration with external partners, the Forest Project Manager will help to advance place-based, landscape-scale forest and meadow restoration projects. The Forest Project Manager will also manage some of the aspects of land protection, science, stewardship and community relations associated with the Strategy. The Forest Project Manager will also provide project management support for the Program, including pursuing, developing, and managing public and private grants and contracts, including direct contact with government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Forest Project Manager will help implement several ongoing collaborative forest and watershed restoration projects, including the American River Headwaters/French Meadows Project, North Yuba Forest Partnership and the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative, and may also work to promote use of prescribed fire as a management tool and to develop wood products infrastructure to support forest restoration. Key functions will include analyzing and synthesizing science, policy, and practice information to help advance the Conservancy’s goals, writing reports, analyses and grant applications, establishing and developing relationships with government agencies, NGOs, academic researchers, and the private sector, representing the Conservancy in meetings and partnerships, managing grants and contracts, and serving as part of an interdisciplinary team.


RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Geographic scope is California’s Sierra Nevada, with a focus on the northern Sierra.
  • Programmatic scope will require cross-boundary work and relationships.
  • Contributes to program goals as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Helps team and program to support and improve conservation efforts
  • While working as part of a team, will also make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Responsible for helping to ensure that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs and that projects are managed within budget.
  • Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills.
  • Experience managing complex and/or multiple projects including contracts, workplans and finances under deadlines.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
  • Valid driver's license

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced degree in environmental policy, natural resources, conservation planning and practice, or related field.
  • Experience with/knowledge of the policy, practice, and science of ecologically-based management of forests, meadows and watersheds of the western United States and the Sierra Nevada.
  • Experience developing, receiving, and managing grants and contracts.
  • Basic proficiency in geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial design preferred but not required.
  • Enthusiasm about conservation, ecology and the natural world and ability to convey that enthusiasm to others.
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive written and verbal communication and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience representing organizations in public settings, particularly regarding controversial issues.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

WHAT WE BRING


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

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 nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

AUTO SAFETY POLICY


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 https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ 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.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY


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 https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ 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.

SALARY INFORMATION


Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 250005

Salary Grade: 7

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID51941, submit your materials (resume and cover letter) online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 8:59 PM PST on August 24, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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