The successful candidate will have a degree in forestry, ecology, natural resource management, or related field with professional experience. This individual will have excellent organizational, communication, and written skills, the ability to work alone outdoors in remote locations, and a desire to support ecological forestry in the Southeast. The Guild has been rapidly expanding in the Southeast, and the ideal candidate will possess the desire and leadership skills to sustain and strengthen the Guild’s regional presence and impact. The ideal candidate will play an active role in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice both within the Guild and with our partners. Previous experience in field forestry and fire management in the Southeast, coupled with project management experience, is highly desirable.
The Southeast Region Manager will manage existing forest conservation projects across the region, with a focus on four programmatic areas: 1) shortleaf pine restoration, 2) bottomland hardwood management, 3) wildlife forestry, and ) connecting sustainable supply chains to positive conservation impact (www.foreststewardsguild.org/southeast-region/). The Manager will be responsible for managing all project activities and deliverables, maintaining partner and funder relations, and identifying and pursuing new funding and partnership opportunities. The Southeast Region Manager will work closely with our Southeast Region Coordinator and collaborate with Guild staff across regions.
The successful individual will:
- Track budgets, match, metrics, and deliverables for projects.
- Maintain relationships with a diversity of project partners and funders across multiple states in the Southeastern United States.
- Manage project work-flow and collaborate with a team using software such as Asana and Microsoft Teams.
- Co-lead and facilitate education and outreach activities for private landowners and natural resource professionals with the Southeast Coordinator.
- Convene and facilitate collaborative and community meetings.
- Represent the Guild at professional conferences or events and perform public speaking, such as PowerPoint presentations or panel discussions.
- Perform grant writing, administration, and reporting to a variety of different funders, including private foundations and government grants.
- Oversee and support the delivery of technical forest and fire management services with other Guild staff and/or contractors (e.g. management plans, burn plans).
- As needed and desired, may support Guild partners’ prescribed fire operations.
- As projects require, work in variable weather conditions, in remote locations, on difficult or hazardous terrain, and in other physically demanding environments.
- Engage Forest Stewards Guild members through conference calls and meetings alongside the Coordinator.
- Maintain and grow partnerships for Southeast programs.