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Salary– $53,000 – $60,000 

Position Summary

The Conservation Forester implements forest and property management operations on The Nature Conservancy’s Washington Coast Preserves conducting active forest restoration at a landscape scale. Working in a temperate coniferous rainforest environment, the Conservation Forester is responsible for managing contracts related to the day-to-day stewardship and forest management activities to meet ambitious conservation and restoration objectives while also delivering economic and community benefits.  This position works closely with a Washington Coast Team and is responsible for a wide variety of forest and project management duties including managing contracts and grants related to forest management, implementing and monitoring restoration projects such as commercial restoration thinning, pre-commercial thinning, reforestation, invasive species treatments, forest road improvements, road decommissioning, and road maintenance and general property management. To meet the Conservancy’s goals, The Conservation Forester will also help develop and foster strong community and partner relations.


Estimated starting salary: $53,000 – $60,000 annually, dependent on location, qualifications and experience.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience managing silviculture, forestry, or natural resource projects.
  • Ability to conduct field work while working alone, in adverse weather conditions, at remote locations, on steep, difficult, and hazardous terrain under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Project management experience in the field of forest management or natural resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in forestry, natural resource management, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience with Washington’s forest practice rules.
  • Experience using ArcView GIS, GPS, data loggers, and proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, and Power Point) software.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks independently with respect to timelines, deliverables and budgets, and collaborate on projects as part of a team.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and experience operating four-wheel drive vehicles on remote forest roads.
  • Current Washington Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.