Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests Project Coordinator

National Forest Foundation

Grand Junction, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $63,280 to $79,326 /Year
Deadline Apr 28, 2024


National Forest Foundation (NFF) is pleased to offer a full-time, exempt, term position (3 years) that will manage the development and implementation of collaborative forest management projects on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) in western Colorado. The position is funded for up to three years.


About the NFF: The NFF works with communities and organizations to conserve and enhance the watersheds, wildlife habitat, wild places, and recreational opportunities across the 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF seeks to engage all Americans in this work.


Position Function: The GMUG National Forests Project Coordinator reports directly to the Rocky Mountain Region Program Manager and works closely with other Rocky Mountain Region field staff to cooperatively plan, develop, and implement priority projects on the GMUG National Forests, with an initial focus on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and collaborative cross-boundary wildlife habitat improvement and fuels reduction projects. Specific initial efforts will include the Southern Uncompahgre Hazardous Fuels and Ecological Resiliency project and the Baldy Mountain Wildlife Improvement and Landscape Resiliency project. This work requires close coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, other federal agencies, community organizations, and implementation partners to accomplish identified goals and activities.


Position Duties and Responsibilities: The GMUG Project Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate with the U.S. Forest Service and partners to implement scopes of work for large-scale forest health improvement projects.
  • Support NEPA processes and collaborative cross-boundary landscape projects including planning, implementation, facilitation, coordination, and financial management.
  • Lead advertisement, negotiation, and award of multiple contracts for services related to environmental planning and on-the-ground implementation of projects.
  • Work directly with contractors, consultants, nonprofit organizations, and agency partners to advance the planning and implementation of projects effectively and efficiently.
  • Oversee projects through their full life cycle - project initiation, planning, managing schedules, tracking budgets, site management, quality assurance, and safety. Serve as the NFF's on-the-ground point of contact for daily project management needs.
  • Manage service agreements, invoices, and finances for relevant GMUG projects.
  • Work with the U.S. Forest Service to help develop, modify, manage, and track large-scale Participating Agreements and Challenge Cost Share Agreements associated with projects.
  • Work with NFF staff to solicit funds from government sources, foundations, corporations, and individuals to support all aspects of project preparation, implementation, and oversight.
  • Manage budgets and reporting associated with grants from federal, state, and local government sources, as well as philanthropic support from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Prepare associated grant and funding reports.
  • Work with NFF staff to communicate project needs and the community benefits and accomplishments.
  • Conduct ongoing communication with partners on the status of project planning, implementation, and project successes.
  • Maintain a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the field of conservation programming to enhance the NFF strategic efficacy.
  • Serve as a point of contact for the NFF conservation activities on and near the GMUG.
  • Assist as necessary with the NFF program of work in the Rocky Mountain Region, which may include the management of diverse, short-term projects.


Location: The location for this position is in a community near the GMUG National Forest in western Colorado including but not limited to: Grand Junction, Montrose, Gunnison, Delta, Norwood, Ouray, or Paonia and requires regular travel to the National Forest Offices. Relocation support may be available. This position is a work-from-home position and requires reliable internet access and a dedicated workspace.


Compensation: The NFF offers competitive compensation and benefits and has recently implemented a new compensation program as part of our commitment to transparency. The salary range for this position will be in the $63,280 to $79,326 range and may be eligible for locality adjustment. Please note that the indicated salary range describes the full range for an incumbent in this position. Most new staff generally start at the 35th percentile of the range percentile to ensure internal salary equity.


To Apply: Applicants must include both a cover letter and resume. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Position is open until filled. Please visit our careers site to apply online.


The National Forest Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. For more information about the National Forest Foundation, visit the website at: www.nationalforests.org


Education and Qualifications: NFF expects the incumbent to possess the following educational and experiential qualifications:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in natural resource management or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years' experience in conservation programs, NEPA planning, project planning and/or coordinating project implementation.
  • A strong knowledge of and experience in land management policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Demonstrated success coordinating multiple projects simultaneously in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Experience working effectively in collaborative efforts with individuals or groups that have conflicting views of resource management.
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to effectively plan and problem solve.
  • Strong writing skills and public speaking experience.
  • Commitment to the mission of the NFF.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Abilities and Skills: NFF expects the incumbent to possess the following proven abilities and skills:

  • Ability to work independently, performing fieldwork, attending meetings (in-person and virtual), and managing projects with minimal oversight.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people with differing and sometimes conflicting opinions, and to always maintain neutrality.
  • Ability to represent the NFF with diverse constituents in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaboratively manage programs and evaluate their outcomes against quantifiable measures of success.
  • Ability to effectively manage a variety of projects and tasks to successful completion.
  • Ability to work well and be flexible in a team-oriented environment.
  • Must have valid U.S. driver's license and clean driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently within the communities around the GMUG National Forests, particularly during project implementation periods.
  • Excellent analytical skills with a strong attention to detail.


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Category Admin & Leadership , Forestry , General / Stewardship
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