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Associate Director of Forest Programs: Natural Climate Solutions

Lake States
Posted 3 weeks ago

Employer: The Nature Conservancy

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Application deadline: May 16th, 2024

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As the Associate Director of Forest Carbon Stewardship Programs: Natural Climate Solutions, you will direct major components of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota’s Forest Strategy and Stewardship Program. Emphasis will be on building partnerships and fundraising for reforestation on private and tribal lands in Minnesota, overseeing our Family Forest Carbon strategy, and overseeing efforts to increase seedling supply.  You will assist the Forest Strategy and Stewardship Director with aspects of science, government and community relations for the Chapter and works across Business Units on some projects.

The position also complements and coordinates with the Associate Director of Forest Programs: Resilience Forestry, and serves as a principle contact to government agencies, and other conservation organizations. You will establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner for forest resources, define conservation priorities related to forest ecosystems, lead and manage a team which supports and improves conservation efforts, and build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field.  You will develop key partnerships with public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. You will develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools , and frameworks to address the natural system needs, while engaging community support for local conservation efforts.  You will be able to negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and develop and implement conservation strategies.

Based in Minneapolis, our office overlooks the Mississippi River, is across from Gold Medal Park, and within short distance to bike and pedestrian paths/trails and other conveniences. We provide complimentary, heated underground parking. Other locations in central or southeast Minnesota may be negotiable.  We also offer a hybrid work environment with opportunity to collaborate in person in office and remotely. Frequent travel and occasional evening and weekend hours will be expected. This position may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

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