Forest Restoration Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy

Baker or Pendleton, Oregon

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


As a member of the Forest Strategy team, the Forest Restoration Project Manager works closely with the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, as well as local, state, federal, and tribal partners, and other diverse interests, to support planning, implementation, and monitoring of fire-adapted forest restoration activities. They develop the relationships and partnerships necessary to collaborate effectively internally and externally, using strong science communication (written and verbal) and translation skills to engage diverse (often non-science) audiences. They independently evaluate, synthesize, and apply best-available science to inform forest restoration priorities, challenges and opportunities, appropriate treatments, and cost/ benefit tradeoffs. The position is also responsible for planning, supporting, and leading meetings, workshops, trainings, field trips, and other forums with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, NGOs, and other partners to advance forest restoration strategies and projects. They will develop proposals, write grants, and prepare grant reports in collaboration with partners to secure public and private support for this work. The position may provide support to advance basic research and monitoring to address TNC and partner science needs. They will help plan and deliver programs and activities to advance capacity and support for beneficial fire in the region, such as prescribed fire and cultural fire (in partnership with tribes in the region) use training and capacity building, community outreach, and education.


The Oregon Business Unit’s Forest Strategy is a long-standing conservation program and a high priority for the Oregon 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. The goal of the Forest Strategy is to increase the quality, pace, and scale of ecologically based forest restoration projects and beneficial fire use across Oregon’s seasonally dry, fire-adapted forests. To advance this goal, the Forest Restoration Project Manager provides programmatic leadership, technical support, and science perspective within TNC and for external partners focused in Northeast Oregon, while also contributing toward shared goals on state, regional, and national efforts.


  • Master’s Degree in ecology or natural resource management and 1 year of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with current science, policies, and practices guiding fire-adapted forest restoration, specifically in the interior Western U.S.
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, and translating scientific and spatial data.
  • Experience managing multiple, complex projects, including managing internal and external teams and overseeing the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and partners, sometimes under pressure, to complete project work and goals in a timely manner.
  • Communications and interpersonal skills to digest, explain, and disseminate scientific information via written, spoken, and graphical means to a wide range of audiences.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and relevant software tools for statistical and spatial analysis and modeling.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience working with community-based forest restoration partnerships, collaborative groups, or other multi-stakeholder, cross-organizational natural resource management efforts.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples or Native American Tribes on natural and cultural resource management.
  • Experience with ecologically based wildland fire (prescribed fire and/or wildfire) planning and implementation.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


Estimated starting salary: $60,750 to $67,000/annually, dependent on qualifications and experience.


To apply for job ID 51958, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 8/31/2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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Category Forestry, General / Stewardship, Land Trust, Restoration
Tags Outdoor Education, GIS