White Oak Initiative Network Manager

Meridian Institute

Frisco, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary for this position is $65,000, plus a competitive benefits package.
Deadline Jun 30, 2024

The White Oak Initiative, fiscally sponsored by Meridian Institute, is currently seeking a White Oak Initiative Network Manager to play a central role in identifying, connecting, convening, and leveraging white oak conservation and management efforts across an expansive geographic scope. The White Oak Initiative is a is a diverse coalition of partners committed to the long-term sustainability of America’s white oak forests as well as the economic, social, and environmental benefits they provide.

The White Oak Initiative Network Manager is a multifaceted position that encompasses a range of key responsibilities, all geared towards fostering effective collaboration and enhancing white oak conservation. This is a pivotal position in fostering synergy among various stakeholders, ensuring that collective efforts translate into effective and sustainable conservation and management practices. Success in this role hinges on exceptional organizational, communication, and relationship-building skills, which are instrumental in driving successful collaboration and coordination across a myriad of stakeholders and geographical regions.

The White Oak Initiative Network Manager position requires a dedicated, highly organized professional with a passion for conservation and a proven ability to coordinate, facilitate, and optimize efforts across diverse stakeholders for effective white oak conservation and management. This role requires a strong combination of educational background, experience, and personal attributes to excel in fostering collaboration and driving conservation impact.

This role will report to the White Oak Initiative Executive Director and work remotely (USA).  Up to 25% travel may be required.

The salary for this position is $65,000 and includes a competitive benefits package, including: 

  • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance
  • A variety of voluntary insurances for employees, their families, and their pets
  • Generous vacation and sick time, plus 12 paid holidays
  • A robust Employee Assistance Program 

The deadline to apply is June 30. All applications will be reviewed by our team. We thank all applicants for their interest and will be in contact only with those chosen for the interview. Due to capacity constraints on our hiring team, we are unable to provide specific status updates beyond these parameters. 

Areas of Responsibility: 

Stakeholder Engagement: Embrace the role of connector, convener, and collaborator, engaging with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, which includes government agencies, non-profit organizations, landowners, researchers, and community groups. Your capacity to foster collaboration and facilitate knowledge exchange will be instrumental in advancing white oak conservation objectives.

Database Management: Lead the development and maintenance of an all-encompassing, range-wide database, housing a repository of existing white oak programs, initiatives, and projects. Your proficiency in collecting, organizing, and ensuring the accuracy of information related to white oak conservation endeavors, spanning various organizations, agencies, and stakeholders, will be instrumental.

Data Tracking Tool Oversight: Spearhead the creation and administration of a range-wide data tracking tool, complete with associated processes and procedures. This tool is the linchpin for monitoring, evaluating, and analyzing the progress and impact of white oak programs. Your role is critical in ensuring the tool's efficiency in data collection, analysis, and reporting, which, in turn, supports well-informed decision-making and strategic planning.

Partnership Management and Coordination: Function as the primary point of contact for existing partners and collaborators, with a keen focus on enhancing joint efforts to positively impact white oak conservation endeavors. Your ability to cultivate robust working relationships, facilitate seamless communication, and align shared goals and objectives will be pivotal in fostering collaboration and achieving a unified approach. Your work will extend to identifying and engaging new strategic partnerships, broadening the network of organizations and individuals committed to white oak conservation.




  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant and successful experience in conservation, project management, or a related role.·       
  • Proven track record in leading, managing, nurturing, and coordinating partnerships, collaborations, or stakeholder engagement.         
  • Demonstrated experience in database development and management.        
  • Familiarity with conservation and management practices related to white oak or similar ecosystems is highly desirable.        
  • Experience in leveraging data and technology for conservation efforts is an advantage.·       
  • Proficiency in project management, budget oversight, and grant compliance is a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Experience may be substituted for education. 

 Attributes and Skills: 

  • Commitment to conservation and sustainable forest management practices.
  • Strategic thinking and the ability to develop and manage partnerships that drive conservation impact.·       
  • A collaborative mindset with the ability to convene and connect diverse groups of stakeholders.·       
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.·       
  • Strong communication and interpersonal abilities, with the capacity to establish and maintain productive relationships with diverse stakeholders.·       
  • High level of proficiency in data management and analysis.·       
  • Proactive and detail-oriented approach to problem-solving and decision-making.·
  • Proficiency in budget oversight and grant compliance.·       
  • Strong technology proficiency, including database management and data tracking tools.· 
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and adapt to changing priorities.·       
  • Strong project leadership and coordination skills.·       
  • Adaptability and a solution-oriented mindset in a dynamic and complex environment.



The White Oak Initiative is a coalition comprised of government agencies, conservation organizations, forest products industries, trade associations, universities and Extension offices, forest practitioners, and landowners. Our mission is to be an advocate and catalyst for sustainable upland oak forest management, with a focus on white oak regeneration. We accomplish this through convening, connecting, and collaborating with stakeholders to increase the economic, social, and ecological benefits of upland oak forests. The White Oak Initiative is funded by government grants, corporate and foundation support, and individual donations. Meridian Institute is the fiscal sponsor for the White Oak Initiative. Meridian Institute is a mission-driven, nonprofit consultancy that offers fiscal sponsorship services and strategic support to emerging and existing initiatives that are aligned with Meridian’s mission, values, and commitment to collaboration. Through fiscal sponsorship, initiatives that would benefit from support from Meridian’s robust finance team and administrative capabilities have access to these services. For this reason, all initative employees are legally employed by Meridian Institute.


Meridian Institute complies fully with the relevant Disability Acts and Laws in local countries. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Meridian Institute, please contact us at hr@merid.org. 

COVID-19 Consideration 

At this time, Meridian Institute requires that all employees be fully vaccinated, including booster shots. In circumstances where an applicant communicates that he or she is not able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance or because of a disability, then Meridian, in accordance with applicable law, will engage in the interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation is feasible that will not pose an undue hardship or create a direct threat to safety.  

Equal Opportunity Employment 

Meridian recognizes that our work is made stronger and more impactful by the contributions of diverse groups from around the world. At Meridian, we welcome people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, class, ancestry, or other grounds. 

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All applications will be reviewed by our team. We thank all applicants for their interest and will be in contact only with those chosen for the interview. Due to capacity constraints on our hiring team, we are unable to provide specific status updates beyond these parameters. 

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Category Admin & Leadership, Forestry, General / Stewardship