Recreation Manager

Position Announcement: Recreation Manager

The non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated individual for the position of Recreation Manger. The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal, written, oral and presentation skills including experience interacting with the public. 

This is a full time position based in Concord, NH.  The Recreation Manger is primarily responsible for developing and managing recreational use of Forest Society reservations. 

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a statewide land conservation organization that was founded in 1901 to protect New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its renewable natural resources.  Today, with 9,400 member households and over 40 employees, the Forest Society owns 172 reservations in 102 communities across the state, and has interests and monitoring responsibilities for 818 conservation easements.  With ongoing programs in advocacy, land protection and sustainable forest management, the Forest Society consistently ranks among the nation’s top land trusts and has been a leader in setting the standard for American land protection.    If you enjoy working both independently and in a cooperative team-approach in a challenging, at times fast-paced, but always rewarding, setting you may be the right person for this position.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the dedicated Forest Society staff email a resume and cover letter by April 19, 2019 to Rebecca Darman  (or mail a hard copy resume and cover letter to The Society for the Protection of NH Forests c/o: Rebecca Darman • 54 Portsmouth Street • Concord, NH 03301-5400. 

The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.   

No phone calls please.


Full Job Description

Reports to:  VP of Reservation Stewardship                      

Nonexempt / Full Time / Regular

Annual Salary: $43,000

Position Summary:

The Recreation Manager is primarily responsible for planning, developing and managing recreational use of Forest Society reservations.  The position is responsible for assuring that recreation use of reservations is consistent with the Forest Society’s mission, strategic goals and internal priorities established by the Board of Trustees for public use of our lands.  The Recreation Manager works directly as a member of the team of reservation stewardship staff that oversees the management of Society reservations.  The position is responsible for planning and managing recreation projects on reservations, and for coordinating recreation development within the Forest Society and with external partners and user groups.  The Recreation Manager is responsible for managing recreation leases on reservations. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Serve as a member of the Reservation Stewardship staff team in the day to day management of Forest Society reservations, assisting with budgeting and  work planning, and participating in team meetings and work days on reservations
  • Prepare and implement recreation plans for those reservations determined by the organization to be priorities for targeted recreational use and development
  • Work with staff foresters to coordinate recreation planning with other forestry and natural resource projects and management plans
  • Collaborate with all Forest Society departments to successfully plan and implement recreation projects on reservations and to help the Forest Society build engaged communities around specific reservations
  • Manage major projects and contracts necessary to implement recreation plans
  • Oversee and coordinate recreational trail identification and maintenance on reservations
  • Collaborate with Communications/Outreach and Development staff to successfully implement recreation plans in the field and successfully engage stakeholders and community around our reservations
  • Develop, update and manage recreational use policies for reservations, such as a permanent policy for use of Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices on  reservations 
  • Work with Communications and Outreach staff to assure that the Forest Society website and social media have up to date content regarding recreational use of reservations
  • Maintain all kiosk maps and recreational signage on reservations and web content for On Line Guide to Reservations
  • Supervise seasonal staff hired to engage the public recreating on reservations
  • Work with the reservation stewardship department to resolve encroachments, dumping, and other illegal or unauthorized activities on reservations


  • Coordinate external partnerships that are essential to the success of a recreational plan or activity on a reservation
  • Represent the Forest Society on external advisory committees and working groups on outdoor recreation issues
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with recreation professionals at other Non-Government Organizations and at federal, state and municipal levels of government
  • Assist Reservation Stewardship staff in building and managing relationships with landowners who own land adjacent to or in the vicinity of reservations; assist staff foresters in addressing boundary line issues with abutting landowners 
  • Work with the Forest Society’s Facilities Manager and White Mountains Attractions to maintain and improve the current use of Lost River Reservation, including the native plant garden, the trails open without a fee and the log cabin 
  • Manage user group requests and special use of reservations and oversee administration of recreation Special Use Permits on Society reservations
  • Lead field trips and workdays on reservations, particularly those that promote desired recreational use and activity


The Recreation Manager will help the Forest Society advance its goal to engage Society members and the public in the work of the Forest Society through use of our reservations and the multiple recreational opportunities they offer.  Champion recreational use of conservation land internally and externally.  Help establish larger communities of support for the Forest Society around individual reservations.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in outdoor recreation planning and management, natural resource management, forestry and/or natural science  
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in recreation planning and management, including experience in project management and contract administration
  • Experience in and knowledge of land stewardship, trail maintenance and construction, and recreational facility management and construction
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral and presentation skills
  • Experience leading professional crews and/or volunteers in trail projects
  • Experience and confidence using compass, maps, GPS, smartphone navigation, hand and power tools, chainsaw, grip hoist rigging and safe operation of ATVs
  • Experience coordinating adult volunteers for the accomplishment of program work.
  • Competence using ArcGIS 10.x, Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter and other social media
  • Ability to conduct field work under a variety of environmental conditions
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Familiarity with NH geography, culture and history
  • Valid drivers license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation
  • WFR or WFA certified is a plus

Working Conditions:

This position requires significant outdoor work under a variety of field conditions.  Approximately 50% in the field, 50% in office.

Physical Requirements:

Field work on Forest Society reservations may be physically demanding.  Applicant should be able to hike long distances over variable terrain, be comfortable navigating through the woods and hiking alone and off trail, and tolerate a range of weather conditions.  Applicant should be comfortable carrying heavy loads (up to 50 pounds) and using chainsaws, power tools and hand tools in the back-country.

Direct Reports:

This position may supervise volunteers (individually and in groups), seasonal interns and seasonal or temporary paid staff.