FORESTRY PROJECT MANAGER
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is seeking the new position of a full-time Forestry Project Manager (FPM) to join our team. This position will establish a new forestry project initiative at VYCC, helping to grow young Vermonters’ passion for and commitment to the protection of our state’s public lands. The FPM will be key to ensuring that this new initiative becomes a powerful learning opportunity for Corps Members, results in the safe and high quality completion of forestry projects, and emerges as a sustainable and enduring project within VYCC’s broader suite of programs. If you love sharing the magic of forestry with future generations, this could be your dream job. A successful candidate has experience as a program manager, with a strong background in forestry and education and a passion for working closely with young people. They are an experienced project manager, both with a chainsaw in their hands and behind a keyboard. They are committed to be the kind of teammate others look forward to partnering with and are able to roll with challenges and take time to celebrate success.
The FPM will: develop partnerships with state agencies, education institutions, forestry consultants, land managers, land owners, and other organizations throughout Vermont; utilize these partnerships to identify appropriate projects for VYCC crews and secure contracts and work agreements; recruit and hire Crew Leaders and Members; oversee and support crew operations to ensure safe and efficient project completion; and work closely with education partners and VYCC staff to deliver engaging and hands-on curriculum. VYCC is committed to creating innovative programming, while building on a rock-solid foundation of over 35 years of field-based work crews. The new FPM will embody this spirit. Reporting to the Conservation Program Director, the FPM will work closely with all staff at VYCC and is a member of the Conservation Program team. This position is integral to the success of our programs, is full-time and salaried (average of 40 hours a week), requires some in-state travel and frequent presence in our office in Richmond.
Partnership Development Build relationships with potential project partners. Effectively communicate the value and impact of forest management practices as well as the VYCC experience. Collaborate with project sponsors to ensure projects are of the highest quality. Coordinate with consulting foresters to assist private land owners to both enroll in federal land management programs and to meet the obligations of their formal forestry and land management objectives. Collaborate with municipal, state, federal, and private partners to identify and implement short-term and long-term environmental strategies.
Project Procurement Identify projects that fit with the VYCC’s crew model: small teams working with chainsaws, brush saws, and hand tools. Secure funding for projects through a variety of revenue streams, including private, municipal, state, and federal sources. Develop systems for paperwork, data tracking, reporting, etc.
Crew Support and Oversight Work closely with Crew Leaders and Forestry Staff to ensure high standards for safety and project quality. Provide logistic support for crews, including equipment, first aid, communications, etc. Act as a liaison between Crew Leaders and project partners, managing project goals, personnel, and other stakeholders. Support Crew Leaders in management of Crew Members. Interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate people are essential.
Education Work with VYCC staff, VT Technical College, and Career and Technical Education Centers to incorporate forestry curriculum into VYCC’s work-based crew model. Model and demonstrate to Crew Leaders teaching and facilitation techniques appropriate for learning in the outdoors.In addition to delivering curriculum, gather data that can be used to assess learning outcomes. In collaboration with VYCC staff, connect VYCC alumni with prospective employers.
Administrative Manage Project Sponsor and Work Project Databases Manage Project Sponsor Evaluation Process Track, record, and assess Work Project Accomplishments Develop and Coordinate other Project Related Grants for this Forestry initiative Oversee project budgets Author project reports Assist in annual budgeting cycles