Senior Director of Reservation Stewardship


Reports to:  Vice President for Policy & Reservation Stewardship           

Exempt/Full time/Regular

Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Reservation Stewardship is responsible for the stewardship of all Forest Society (FS) fee owned reservations and for the Society’s success and reputation as a leader in advancing sustainable forestry and the value it adds to New Hampshire’s quality of life.  The Senior Director provides leadership to advance increased public engagement in the organization through our reservations.     

 The Senior Director provides leadership for and oversight of the following activities:

  • the staff conducting the day to day management of FS reservations and work plans for each staff member;
  • the high quality of silviculture practiced on FS lands;
  • the profile of the FS in the forestry profession (in the state, region and nation)
  • the use of forest society reservations to increase public interest in and engagement with the organization; this may include public recreational use, education and research uses  to advance public understanding of forests and partnerships which promote natural resource conservation
  • the assessment and development of new markets for forest products  
  • Collaboration with FS staff and the external community of interested stakeholders to assure that public advocacy on forestry and forest market issues conducted by the FS is based on sound research and science.      

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage FS reservation stewardship operational activities to be consistent with appropriate standards for a national leader in forestry and conservation (including American Tree Farm standards for PEFC market certification and stewardship consistent with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices for accreditation).
  • Regularly revisit  the overarching management plan for FS reservations to assure that:
    • silviculture standards and practices are of the highest quality;
    • appropriate public uses of  FS reservations are promoted and are an organizational priority;
    • new uses are developed, piloted and evaluated to increase public engagement and revenue opportunities
  • Collaborate with FS staff and external partners on activities that:
    • promote public recreational use of FS reservations
    • enhance public understanding of sustainable forestry and its contribution to the NH economy and environment
    • explore feasibility of research activities (including citizen science projects) on FS reservations that advance understanding of forest health, growth and ecology in NH
  • Research and, if determined desirable by the Board of Trustees, enroll FS reservations in emerging ecosystem service markets for carbon and other ecosystems services.
  • Explore opportunities for partnering with other NH forestland owners to increase the market opportunities for low grade wood.  


Advance FS as a leading forestry organization in the nation, region and state by demonstrating the practice of and being a strong advocate for sustainable forestry.  Advance FS as a leading conservation organization in the nation, region and state by encouraging public use of conservation lands in a manner that advances the FS and its mission and enhances the public’s appreciation of the value of forest land.    

  Qualifications and Skills required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry; Master’s Degree in Forestry or Natural Sciences
  • At least ten years of experience in the practice of sustainable forestry (preferably licensed in at least one state)
  • Experience in planning and managing public recreational use of forest land
  • Understanding of and experience with developing opportunities for owners of sustainably managed forests to participate in existing and emerging markets (including eco-system service markets)
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral and presentation skills
  • Supervisory experience including hiring, training, performance evaluation and  mentoring   
  • Proficiency using the latest versions of ArcGIS 9/10, MS Access, Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint or their appropriate substitutes. 
  • Ability to conduct field work under a variety of environmental conditions
  • Flexible work schedule (some evenings and weekends required)
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation

Working Conditions:

This position requires significant outdoor work under varying field conditions.   

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 tolerate a range of weather conditions.   

Direct Reports:

This position supervises full time regular and temporary reservation stewardship staff and one or more seasonal interns.