Forest Restoration Director

Forest Restoration Director Position overview: Direct and manage Nature Consortium forest restoration program as well as all phases of habitat restoration work including geographic prioritization, project selection, project management, monitoring and evaluation. This position is responsible for management of all restoration activities in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, which currently includes approximately 60 acres adjacent to South Seattle Community College and Pathfinder K-8/Pigeon Point Park as well as the College St. Ravine.

Job Description:

  • Program Management and Development:
    • Responsible for strategic visioning, managing and setting program and staff priorities, preparing and managing program budget
    • Cultivate & strengthen partnerships that lead to continued growth of volunteer opportunities including group outreach
    • Provide managerial oversight and evaluation of: annual signature volunteer events, volunteer recruitment, training, scheduling, recognition and reporting
    • Create & implement an environmental education module in cooperation with the Restoration Manager
    • Manage reporting of program status & risk management evaluations. Ensure adherence to policies and procedures
    • Provide information to executive director, board members, current and potential funders. Monthly & annual reports summarizing year’s activities, accomplishments, & challenges
    • Maintain partner relations by being the liaison with City of Seattle Parks staff, schools & colleges, community groups & organizations, business & corporate partners, GIS consultants, etc
    • Responsible for management of supply purchasing and vendor relationships
    • Manage contractual agreements & obligations
    • Responsible for enforcing standards of behavior, NC policies & procedures and providing necessary trainings & feedback to staff that result in high quality & safe volunteer & restoration work parties
    • Requires some evenings & weekend hours
    • Maintain on-going communication with Executive Director and other NC staff

Program Sustainability:

Work closely with Grants Manager to secure new &/or additional grants & sponsorships in support of the program Work closely with marketing personnel to devise public media strategies that will provide regular & significant coverage of NC’s volunteer program Participate in staff trainings, workshops, retreats, and other individual professional trainings in order to stay inspired, informed, and proactive in terms of program design & development Work with NC team to develop a recruitment & retention plan that keeps volunteers involved for multiple years Ensure that the restoration program has adequate & well-maintained vehicles, tools, & equipment

Minimum Desired Qualifications:

  • 5 years of professional experience in the habitat restoration field; 3 years of management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Knowledge of local urban forestry and habitat issues; Excellent PNW plant identification skills
  • GIS and mapping experience and habitat project monitoring
  • Exceptional ability to inspire, manage and build a collaborative organizational culture with a diverse range of volunteer groups, community partners, staff and board members where teamwork is the norm
  • Race and social justice experience, including outreach to and program provision for underserved populations a plus
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Must be comfortable speaking to groups
  • Strong MS Office and CRM database skills
  • Valid Washington driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 25-50 lbs. (tools, plants, trees, etc.) and ability to walk/hike in uneven terrain
  • Must enjoy working in the outdoors and getting dirty!

How to apply

To Apply:

Email a cover letter and your resume to: and put “Restoration Director” in the subject line

Deadline to apply is March 7, 2014. No phone calls please.

Persons of Color strongly encouraged to apply. Nature Consortium is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or sensory or mental or physical disability.

Seattle, Washington
Nature Consortium

4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA, 98106, US