Stewardship Manager

Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group

Charlottesville, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $45,000-60,000/year, based on experience
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Stewardship Manager will oversee the implementation of natural resource management activities including (but not limited to): invasive species control, forest management, native meadow maintenance, wildlife habitat establishment and maintenance, tree/shrub planting, prescribed fire, field surveys and assessments, and biodiversity restoration work.

This is a leadership position requiring strong organizational and people skills. The Manager will be responsible for planning, hiring, and overseeing field technician crews, including scheduling work, coordinating with clients, and overall administration and supervision. Excellent communication with company principals, staff, and clients (private landowners, public agencies, and non-profit organizations) is an important part of the position. Specifically related to prescribed fire, the Stewardship Manager will become the company’s lead fire officer or “burn boss” and will develop plans and conduct operations. Other responsibilities include equipment maintenance and record-keeping. 

Qualifications and Expectations

Applicants should have graduated from an undergraduate program in a Natural Resources discipline (forestry, wildlife, botany, etc.) in either a two-year technical program or four-year university setting AND at least two years of work experience. The position requires frequent field work, so applicants should be physically fit and willing to work in a diversity of outdoor habitats and situations including mountainous terrain. Exposure to heat, biting insects, snakes, and other wildlife should be anticipated. A working knowledge of local flora and fauna is needed. Spanish language ability is preferred but not required.

Applicants must be able to operate and maintain equipment like chainsaws, brush cutters, ATVs, UTVs, trucks, and trailering. In addition, applicants must have, at minimum, a valid registered technician pesticide applicator license either in Virginia or in a reciprocal state, though a commercial applicator license is preferred. A Certified Burn Manager certificate from the Virginia Department of Forestry is desired, but not required. Obtaining this certification within one year of employment will be required.  

Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group is based out of Albemarle County. The successful applicant should find housing within 30 minutes of our office in Batesville, VA to facilitate an efficient travel and work schedule. Most work will be within 1.5 hours of the office, but occasional overnight trips are likely. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and be able to get to work consistently and on time. 


Send resume and references to: Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group, jobs@vaforestwild.com

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Category Forestry , General / Stewardship , Restoration