Project Manager, Forest Partnerships

Hiring Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Marquette, MI
Application Deadline: June 6, 2021

Office Location: Marquette, Michigan, USA


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The Northwoods of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota is a landscape that encompasses millions of acres of forest, thousands of miles of wild rivers and streams, and countless lakes; all within a day's drive for over 40 million people. The Northwoods is also home to the headwaters that feed Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and the Mississippi River. Keeping the forests, and the embedded wetlands and riparian areas of the Northwoods healthy and intact is integral to protecting one-sixth of the world’s freshwater.

The Project Manager, Forest Partnerships will help The Nature Conservancy advance a new initiative – Water Northwoods (Water NO.W.) – through supporting partnerships with the goal of directly restoring thousands of acres of headwater wetlands and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams across the Northwoods of Michigan and Wisconsin. This position will be part of Northwoods Project Team working in both Michigan and Wisconsin, and will be located in Marquette, MI. The Project Manager, Forest Partnerships will develop and execute restoration projects related to forests, wetlands, and streams in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin land owned and managed by partners, but specifically in relation to existing and new grants, agreements, and partnership projects with the US Forest Service.    


The Project Manager, Forest Partnerships provides technical leadership and support to Michigan and Wisconsin and assists with local and regional forest and water planning and restoration activities. This position uses the best science and current thinking on forest management and restoration to address critical wetland, river, and forest restoration needs in the Upper Great Lakes.  The Project Manager, Forest Partnerships works with state, federal and private partners using a wide range of partnership agreements to effect lasting, watershed scale restoration. The Project Manager, Forest Partnerships addresses critical threats to natural systems, fosters cross-site learning among the conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with information relevant to the project planning process in the Northwoods. This position coordinates forest, watershed, and wetlands restoration community support both externally and within the Conservancy. The Project Manager, Forest Partnerships coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines, and manages each project to completion. The compensation range for this position begins at $46,500 and is dependent upon experience.


  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Works in coordination with Michigan and Wisconsin staff on partnership projects as needed. 
  • Will require approximately 25 – 40% of the time traveling and/or in the field helping partners and completing on the ground restoration projects.
  • Coordinates restoration projects in forests, watersheds, wetlands, and rivers. 
  • Works in close consultation with partner staff to ensure project objectives and outcomes are achieved and acceptable.  
  • Develops and maintains geospatial data on projects using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • May provide technical presentations in professional settings and complete technical written reports.
  • Based on the needs of the lead staff member, provide feedback on and assist in the drafting of new agreements and contracts.
  • Work within a budget to complete projects, including potentially negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and identification of  fundraising targets.  
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • May contribute to regional conservation projects within the Northwoods Teams scope as needed.
  • May supervise technical staff and volunteers as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management, watershed management, stream and wetland restoration, forestry, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.  
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, e.g. Media, government officials, internal scientists. 
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and/or other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training.
  • Must have valid driver's license.  


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, watershed management, stream and wetland restoration, forestry, similar field or equivalent combination of  education and experience.  
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Knowledge of wetland and stream restoration techniques, including aquatic organism passage practices.
  • Familiarity with forestry activities including timber harvest, site preparation, reforestation, pre-commercial thinning, insect and disease management and working forests,  timber management, and timber sales.
  • Familiarity with timber procurement (including stand assessment, volume calculations, timber sale prospectus generation, bid advertisement, contractor selection and quality control).
  • Knowledge of silvicultural and soil and water quality Best Management Practices.
  • Project management experience appreciated.
  • Experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies for data collection, downloading and  processing/manipulation.
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Technical report and grant proposal writing experience appreciated. 


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply to position number 49760, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received. Submit your cover letter and resume for by 11:59 PM ET on June 6th, 2021.