Sr. Coordinator, Forestry
Mt Pleasant, NC
Type of Job
$55,000 - $62,000
Dec 9, 2022
About the job
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
To support our mission, we are seeking a Senior Coordinator to join our Southeast Forestry Private Lands Program within NWF’s South Central Region with offices in Atlanta, Austin, and New Orleans, as well as staff working remotely across the region. The Southeast Private Lands Forestry Program works to balance the ecological and economic needs of private landowners in the Southeast with an emphasis on landscapes that benefit high-quality wildlife habitat, such as longleaf pine. In the past two years, we have expanded the work to build a more inclusive Southeast forestry, prescribed fire and wildlife community. This has been done by addressing barriers and developing projects to assist underserved landowners, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and professionals in the field. Due to the exciting growth of this program, NWF is seeking to expand our staff to work on these issues. This position reports to NWF’s Director of Southeast Private Lands Forestry and is located in the Southeast historic longleaf range, ideally in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia or Mississippi. This is a year 2-year position with opportunities to continue long-term.
Principle Duties (major areas of responsibility):
- Help foster and further implement positive change in Southeast forestry practices with an emphasis on longleaf pine restoration among historically excluded and underserved landowners of color, as well as forestry professionals and students of color.
- Help develop and lead an effective landowner mentorship outreach program and model in the Southeast that includes organizing and hosting workshops and field days that will increase the participation of underserved landowners of color in longleaf forestry restoration.
- Work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to develop and implement an intern program to provide students with opportunities to work with federal, state, non-governmental organizations on longleaf restoration projects, while providing learning opportunities for forestry-focused staff and students at partner HBCUs.
- Support the mission and goals of the Longleaf for All working group (associated with America’s Longleaf) by organizing and participating in meetings and developing communications for the group. Support the development of a strategic plan to guide the future of the Longleaf for All.
- Develop, coordinate, and deliver communications materials including: social media, blogs, earned media (op-eds, LTEs, feature stories), presentations, and newsletters.
- Maintain project records and reporting associated information and accomplishments to supervisors and partners as needed and for periodic reports.
- Work cooperatively with other conservation organizations, agencies, and landowners that support and promote Longleaf for All initiatives.
- Coordinate with NWF staff for project progress reporting, developing metrics to measure accomplishments, and grant writing.
- Develop and maintain a working knowledge of forestry-related conservation programs that may benefit forest landowners.
- An undergraduate degree in the field of forestry, agriculture, natural resources or the equivalent such as 4 years relevant experience.
- Knowledge of and/or experience with the challenges and barriers faced by historically underserved landowners and forestry professionals such as: Heirs Property, estate planning, and access to markets and cost-share programs.
- Successful track record of working collaboratively and developing partnerships.
- Experience or knowledge in sustainable forestry practices, longleaf pine ecosystem restoration, and prescribed fire.
- Strong equity and justice competencies.
- Experience working with private landowners and/or HBCUs.
- Knowledge of Farm Bill programs (e.g. Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and other conservation-related programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proficient in a variety of computer platforms and software (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet applications) that aid in completing the job requirements listed above.
- Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others, including advancing robust partnership efforts.
- Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects, coordinate events, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to operate independently on a subject or task, knowing when to ask for help, and ensuring timely completion.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex topics to external audiences. Excellent interpersonal skills.
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:
- Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
- Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
- Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
- Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
- Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
20% travel required for planning meetings, presentations, landowner visits, field days, and workshops and conferences.
Location and Work Mode:
The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary for this position is posted at $55,000-$62,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits in 2021! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.
We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:
- Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), 10 holidays, and 3 floating holidays
- We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
- Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
- Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
- Therapist available at no cost
- Pet insurance and discount perk program
- Annual wellbeing allowance
In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:
- Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
- Annual year end retirement contribution
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
- Pet adoption stipend
- Student Loan management
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, and are continuing to explore what our future of work will be moving forward. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
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