Each Forest Conservation Director will build and manage a network that achieves forest habitat improvement goals across several states. Directors will help transition RGS/AWS from discrete projects toward scalable, landscape efforts. Specifically:
-Strategize and oversee landscape initiatives, including habitat restoration, active management, and land acquisition.
-Participate in planning for public forestlands and statutory/regulatory processes affecting forest and wildlife management.
- Pursue grants to fund the network, including staff and contracts for habitat work.
-Identify opportunities with foundations, public funding program officers, corporations, and other donors capable of magnifying the RGS/AWS mission through their philanthropic vision.
-Ensure the maximum impact of locally raised chapter funds.
-Utilize all forms of media to increase public awareness of the ecological and social benefits of forest management.
-Coordinate strategy with communication staff to ensure impactful communications.
-Serve in a lead role among agencies, forest owners, industry representatives, conservation groups, and interested parties to promote forest conservation.
-Commit to local, on-the-ground involvement with people and communities.
-Participate in regional and national boards, and stakeholder groups to promote forest conservation.
-Advise policy staff of opportunities for RGS/AWS to engage on legislative issues at local, state, and national levels.
-Prepare and deliver testimony as an upper-level RGS/AWS representative.
-Engage others through a dynamic dialogue with contagious enthusiasm and shared vision.
-Recruit, hire and supervise Forest Technicians who plan and implement projects.
-Take steps to remove bottlenecks and obstacles.
-Participate in fundraising efforts to increase conservation mission impact.
-Keep up to date on scientific research relevant to forest wildlife management.
-Make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
A degree in forestry or a closely related natural resource field, with 5+ years of practical experience in forestry.
In-depth understanding of forest management and wildlife habitat including:
-connections between forest management and wildlife needs
-forest product and carbon markets
-forest management operations
-third party certification
Additional qualifications: Ability to lead and motivate. Excellent spoken and written communication skills. Well organized. Experience managing complex projects under deadlines.
Willingness and ability to travel frequently throughout the region and all territories covered by RGS/AWS. Ability to establish a remote work location or home office. A passion for forest and wildlife conservation.