Community Landscape Forester

Green Infrastructure Center Inc. (GIC)

Charlottesville, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $55,000 to $65,000 Full time. Includes health & paid leave.
Deadline Jan 05, 2020

The nonprofit Green Infrastructure Center is seeking a motivated, self-directed, creative individual with a commitment to science-based, data-driven community planning to join its growing, innovative team. The GIC is a nonprofit company located in central Virginia and working across the southern U.S. Founded in 2006, GIC is the leading designer of landscape conservation modeling and forest conservation strategies for national, regional, state and local applications. 

Position Responsibilities and Overview: The Community Landscape Forester (CLF) position requires strong science knowledge to help communities determine how to achieve conservation goals. The CLF works with local governments, state agencies, land trusts and community groups to help them recognize the location and values of their natural resources. The CLP assists clients with assessing and conserving their natural assets using skills such as, landscape design, facilitating community charrettes and evaluating land cover maps. They also review codes and ordinances, to determine gaps and options for better meeting conservation goals and forest management. The CLF also develops attractive graphics, reports, slide shows and social media posts to communicate key messages and results.

Administrative duties include project coordination, budgeting and preparing grant reports. The position requires coordinating work flows amongst multiple partner clients. It also requires coordinating training workshops, conferences and community events, as well as periodic technical support for clients.


Academic: Bachelor of Science degree in one or more of the following fields: environmental science, ecology, landscape architecture or forestry. Planners who also possess a science degree are encouraged to apply.  A Master’s Degree is strongly desired, but commensurate experience may be substituted.

Professional Experience: At least five years of relevant, professional work experience in one or more of the above fields. This experience must be in addition to any years of experience within academia.

Science Skills: Basic knowledge concerning soils, landscape ecology, natural resources and geography. Arborist certification is desired.

Computer Mapping and Design Skills: Basic skills in using geographic information systems (ArcGIS), as well as fluency with statistical analysis. MS office suite is required (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MSAccess). Applicants possessing strong graphic design skills are preferred and skills in Abode Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Editor) are strongly desired.

Communications: Strong oral and written communication for presenting findings at workshops and meetings, leading group discussions and client meetings and writing grant reports, brochures, guides, posters and web content. The CPA must be very comfortable leading groups and speaking in public.

Physical/Logistical: This position requires field visits and physical fitness ability for hiking over rough terrain and up and down slopes. It also requires frequent travel (often weekly trips of 1-2 days, up to an entire week, dependent on distance to client site). Travel is usually planned far in advance and for some weeks there is no travel.


Send a cover letter, resume, relevant work examples/portfolio, references (3 minimum) to email below. This position is open until filled, with hiring planned for early 2020.

No calls please. Only the top qualified applicants will be invited to interview. The GIC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis. Prior to applying, applicants should visit the GIC’s website to learn more about the firm at

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