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We’re Hiring a Community Forest Manager

Author: Jefferson Land Trust | 08/16/23

Aerial photo of Chimacum Ridge Community Forest by John Gussman

Chimacum Ridge Community Forest from the air. Photo by John Gussman.

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to become the Community Forest Manager for the Land Trust’s 918-acre Chimacum Ridge Community Forest.

Our team members adhere to our mission and are committed to conservation, demonstrating a passion for protecting natural habitat, farmland, forests, and scenic open spaces.

At Jefferson Land Trust, we embrace a people-first approach. We appreciate and encourage the talents and passion of our employees. We strive to hire great people and keep them interested, empowered, and fulfilled. We value equity, respect, accountability, creativity, collaboration, and innovation. We’re a team that is committed to and embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles.

Position Summary

The Community Forest Manager position is public facing, working with the local community, visitors, volunteers, partners, tribes, schools, and Land Trust staff members to manage the Forest to ensure that the desired ecological, economic, social, cultural, and educational benefits flow to the community.

The Community Forest Manager is responsible for providing safe and equitable access for visitors through education; engagement; programming; and building and maintaining associated infrastructure including signage, parking lot, trails, community pavilion, and viewpoints.

This position is also technical, working with contractors and public agencies to manage timber harvests that meet the priorities for the Community Forest. Jefferson County is home to a strong wood-based economy with a boat yard, lumber yards, wooden boat and woodworking schools, sawyers, fellers, and small local mills. The Community Forest is intended to provide a regular supply of timber to this part of the local economy.

Interested candidates should read our Strategic Vision Framework for the Chimacum Ridge Community Forest.

To Apply

  1. Send a resume and cover letter to with the subject: Community Forest Manager. To ensure equity in hiring, Jefferson Land Trust is partnering with an HR Consultant, Kinship HR. Please direct all materials and questions via email to Kinship HR; please do not contact Jefferson Land Trust directly in regard to this role.
  2. In a brief (no more than one page) cover letter, please share your experience of and/or what inspires you about a community forest managed for sustainable timber harvesting and ecological benefit.
  3. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis through September 8, 2023. Priority will be given to applications received before this deadline; the position will remain open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Statement

At Jefferson Land Trust, we’re committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

For the complete position description, please click here.

Thank you!