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The Oregon Business Unit’s Forest Strategy is a long-standing conservation program and a high priority for the Oregon BU’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. The goal of the Forest Strategy is to increase the quality, pace, and scale of ecologically based forest restoration and beneficial fire use across Oregon’s dry, fire-adapted forests. The Forest Ecologist provides science, technical support, and programmatic leadership within TNC and for external partners to advance this goal within Central Oregon, while also contributing toward shared goals on state, regional, and national efforts.


As a member of the Forest Strategy team, The Forest Ecologist works closely with the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, as well as local, state, federal, tribal partners, and other diverse interests, to guide planning, implementation, and monitoring of fire-adapted forest restoration activities across Central Oregon. The Forest Ecologist independently evaluates, selects, synthesizes, and applies best-available science and research to inform conservation and restoration priorities, treatments, costs, and benefits, using strong science communication and translation skills to share this technical information with diverse groups and individuals. The position is responsible for planning, leading, and participating in workshops, trainings, field trips, and other forums internally and externally, with TNC, agency, NGO, and partners to advance and support the development and implementation of forest restoration strategies and projects. The person will develop proposals, write grants and grant reports, engage in research, fieldwork, monitoring, and trainings with partner organizations, provide logistical support for such projects. The Forest Ecologist will help plan and deliver programs and activities funded by the Oregon Fire Learning Network, such as prescribed fire training and capacity building, community outreach and education, and other actions to increase capacity and support for wildland fire in the region.


Supervised by the Oregon Forest Strategy Director, and working as part of the Oregon Forest Team and with colleagues across strategies and functional areas within TNC, the Forest Ecologist will:

  • Serve as liaison between TNC and U.S. Forest Service, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests.
  • Represent TNC internally and externally with a wide range of partner organizations, agencies, entities, and individuals.
  • Work independently and as part of a team, within and outside TNC, on a range of projects that advance priority dry forest restoration projects within Central Oregon.
  • Use strong scientific, technical, analytical, and communication skills to build support and foster collaboration internally and externally to meet strategy goals.
  • May supervise staff, technicians, interns and/or volunteers on a project-by-project basis.
  • May write and manage grants, subawards, project budgets, and contracts.
  • May negotiate and contract with vendors.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Master’s Degree in ecology or conservation biology and 1 year of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with current science, policies, and practices guiding forest and fire ecology and restoration, specifically for Western U.S. dry, fire-adapted forests.
  • Coursework or research on fire-adapted forest ecosystem processes and functions, associated species, and conservation and restoration needs.
  • Experience managing multiple, complex projects, including managing internal and external teams and overseeing the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse staff, external stakeholders, and partners, sometimes under pressure, to complete project work and goals in a timely manner.
  • Communications and interpersonal skills experience to simplify, explain, and disseminate scientific information to a wide range of audiences and skill levels to achieve agreement and support among partners to influence forest conservation and restoration practices.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, interpreting, and translating scientific and spatial data.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Experience communicating with diverse groups via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.



  • Experience working with community-based forest restoration partnerships, collaborative groups, or other multi-stakeholder, cross-organizational natural resource projects.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience with ecologically based wildland fire (prescribed fire and/or wildfire) planning and implementation.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and relevant software tools for statistical and spatial analysis and modeling.
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom/MS Teams, Web browsers) and ability to use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work.



This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’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.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.
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.



Estimated starting salary: $62,500 – $68,600/annually, dependent on qualifications and experience.


To apply for job ID 50805 submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/.  The application deadline is January 31, 2022 at 8:59 PM PST. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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