North-Central Minnesota Forest Restoration Partnerships Manager

The Nature Conservancy


Minnesota, Minneapolis,USA


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The North-Central Minnesota Forest Restoration Partnerships Manager develops, manages and advances forest restoration plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas. The anticipated starting salary range for this position is $55,000-$62,000 commensurate with experience, in addition to a generous benefits package. This position may start remotely as Conservancy offices are closed due to COVID through January 2021. By spring 2021, the position is expected to be based in Bemidji, Cass Lake, or the surrounding area.


The North-Central Minnesota Forest Restoration Partnerships Manager provides technical and facilitative leadership and support to The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota  by planning, directing, coordinating, and implementing forest restoration activities across chapter priority landscapes, with emphases on coordination across Tribal, public, and private lands in North Central and Central Minnesota. They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, foster cross-site learning among an international conservation community, and supply conservation planning teams with site or landscape-level information relevant to planning processes. They develop and implement forest restoration strategies including a full suite of land management treatments including prescribed burning, and employ a full range of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation and restoration priorities. They are skilled with partnership facilitation and relationship management, with an emphasis on tribal relationships. They coordinate community support for managing, restoring, and monitoring a growing portfolio of forested TNC and partner-managed restoration/resilience sites across millions of acres of lands.


  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.  
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals. These parties include state, federal, county, tribal, and private landowners.
  • Work within/manage a budget to complete projects, negotiate contracts with vendors, assist with budget development, and meet fundraising targets.         
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.            
  • Under minimal supervision, make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Build relationships and facilitate partnerships that involve Tribal partners.


  • BA/BS and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, Indigenous studies or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in planning and implementing forest restoration treatments, including prescribed burns.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.  
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience in building and maintaining complex and diverse conservation partnerships.
  • Experience with principles of conservation biology, landscape resilience, and ecological forestry.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated, especially in working with Indigenous communities .
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Experience with GIS software.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Knowledge of prescribed fire practices and ability to supervise prescribe fire coordinators.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Strong project management and project leadership skills, and experience showing ability to see projects through from start to finish.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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