Conservation Forester

The Nature Conservancy
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 24, 2020
Dec 23, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About US

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


Position Summary

The Conservation Forester is responsible for executing forest stewardship and management activities on The Nature Conservancy’s Central Cascades forest holdings (40,000 acres) and on adjacent public lands, including those owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the United States Forest Service.



Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)

In your resume and cover letter, please address how you meet the following minimum qualifications and preferred knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Associate’s degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management OR Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years’ experience managing active logging projects, or commercial thinning and heavy equipment contractors.
  • Experience using ArcView GIS, GPS, data loggers, and proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, and Power Point) software.
  • Proven ability to complete multiple tasks independently with respect to timeline(s), budgets and deliverables.
  • Must have valid driver's license and experience operating four-wheel drive vehicles on remote forest roads.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
  • Ability to communicate and negotiate under stressful situations with contractors, partners, forest users, and community members.
  • Experience safely using and maintaining tools and equipment, including power and construction tools, chain saws, brush cutters, backpack sprayers, 4-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s).
  • Current Washington Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license or ability to obtain within 6 months.



  • Knowledge and experience with forest restoration, fire management, and stream restoration in dry-mesic inland forests of California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, or the Rocky Mountains.
  • Experience in writing and managing contracts and grants for forestry work.
  • Experience tracking finances and managing budgets. Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization.
  • Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, e.g., contractors, government officials, scientists, donors, tribes and the local community.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience with forest timber cruising and inventory techniques following common forest mensuration methods.
  • Experience with prescribed fire and developing burn plans.



For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 49157 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST December 28, 2020.  The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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