Northeast Project Manager
The Forest Stewards Guild, a national organization of foresters and allied natural resource professionals, is dedicated to practicing, and promoting, responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Guild has 600 members, over half of whom are professionals who manage over 42 million acres of forestland in the United States and Canada. The Guild maintains regional offices in New Mexico, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The Forest Stewards Guild is hiring a full-time position in the Northeast! The Northeast Project Manager will work closely with the three-person Northeast staff and be responsible for managing Guild projects across the Northeast landscape, in New England and beyond. Candidates should be deeply rooted in northeastern forests, have education and experience in field forestry, conservation, and/or related natural resource field, and bring strong project management skills, including technical writing, project administration, budget tracking, and strategic thinking.
The successful candidate will have a degree and professional experience in forestry, ecology, restoration, climate adaptation, natural resource management, or a related field. This individual will have excellent organizational, communication, and written skills. They will possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team and demonstrate experience in advancing ecological forestry or forest stewardship in the Northeast. The Guild has a strong base in the Northeast, and the ideal candidate will display the drive to sustain and strengthen the Guild’s regional presence and impact. Previous experience in all facets of project management in forestry, conservation, or other natural resource fields and in staff supervision are highly desirable.
The Project Manager will manage project activities and deliverables in our current programmatic areas: 1) forest climate adaptation and ecosystem resiliency, 2) forest stewardship workforce development, and 3) woodland owner outreach. This position will initially focus on two key projects and contribute to other regional efforts. The Project Manager will work closely with our Maine-based Northeast team and collaborate with Guild staff in other regions of the country.
The successful individual will:
Manage project workflows and collaborate with teams using software such as Asana, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams.
Track project budgets, match, metrics, and deliverables.
Perform grant writing, administration, and reporting to a variety of different funders, including private foundations and government grants.
Maintain relationships with diverse partner organizations, agencies, and contractors across multiple states.
Represent the Guild at professional conferences or events (virtually and in person), sharing information about our work through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.
Develop and facilitate outreach activities for private landowners and natural resource professionals.
Engage Forest Stewards Guild members through a variety of activities.
Be willing to travel from Maine through Virginia to oversee projects.
Knowledge and professional experience in northeastern forest ecosystems and communities
Bachelor’s or master’s degree in forest ecology, forestry, or other natural resources
Strong project management, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills
The drive to strengthen and expand forest stewardship in the Northeast
Ability to work both independently and with a team
Experience supervising staff
Demonstrated success in project management and grant writing
Effective knowledge of common software applications
Flexibility and humility
Valid driver’s license
Additional Desired Experience
Preparing restoration and/or other management treatment plans
Coordinating geographically dispersed field crews
Forest management planning and/or pesticide application
Drafting and overseeing major contracts
While not a requirement of this position, the Guild recently establish a community network for LGBTQIA+ identifying natural resource practitioners, Seeing the Forest for the Queers (SFQ) and is also seeking interested individuals to coordinate this growing program, as a component of their overall scope of work. Similarly, if the successful candidate is interested, if the successful candidate is interested, there is the opportunity to coordinate the Guild’s social media outreach.
Compensation and Benefits Package
$31.41 per hour.
Paid leave is accrued monthly from the first day of employment.
12 paid holidays per year.
Employer-sponsored comprehensive health and dental care coverage is available on the first day of the month following 30 days of employment.
Short and long-term disability policies paid by the Guild after 60 days.
Life insurance policies paid by the Guild after 60 days.
Flexible compensation plan available after 60 days.
Retirement plan with an employer match is available after 90 days.
Family Leave after 12 months, including up to six weeks paid leave and six weeks unpaid leave.
The Guild is dedicated to providing an open, transparent, and just organization and workplace. We strive for clear, open, and kind communication and are committed to recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and supporting staff from underrepresented communities. We are dedicated to building a work culture that recognizes the inherent value of our employees, supports a healthy work-life balance, and provides an environment that supports personal and job growth.
The position will work with the team based in the Guild’s Hallowell, Maine office. The individual may work from any Northeastern state. Home office (work from home) is the model that most of our remote staff operate under. A proven record of successful independent remote work is required. Regular travel to locations from Maine to Virginia will be required.
On SmartRecruiters.com, click “I’m Interested” to submit a one-page cover letter, resume, one-page writing sample, three professional references, and earliest available start date. The position will be open until filled and review of applications will begin February 19th. Note: After clicking “Next” on the initial application page, you will have an opportunity to upload the cover letter and reference documents.
Also note: The one-page writing sample format is flexible. It can be on a natural resource subject of your choice; it can be a research brief, newsletter article, or other sample of your writing capabilities.
Questions can be directed to Erika Rowland at (406)640-1024 or erika (at) forestguild.org.
All your information will be kept confidential according to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines.