Sandhills Stewardship and Fire Program Manager

Southern Pines, North Carolina
May 23, 2019
Jun 18, 2019
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Sandhills Stewardship and Fire Program Manager develops, manages and advances conservation programs for the restoration and management of large-scale areas within the Sandhills region of North Carolina. This position has three major focal areas: 1) leading the restoration, management and monitoring of Longleaf pine savanna (and associated communities) in the Sandhills, especially on TNC lands, to help meet the organization’s goal of creating resilient and connected habitats; 2) leading the Sandhills prescribed burn program, including planning, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of the program, to enable the safe and long-term management of natural communities in the region; and, 3) interacting with direct reports, colleagues, partners and others in a way that fosters information sharing and learning, collaboration that leads to positive and strategic conservation actions, and leveraging of resources to increase the impact and influence of the Sandhills stewardship and fire management programs within the region.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must meet one of the following fire qualifications: 1) NWCG RXB2; or, 2) NWCG ENGB working towards ICT4 (incident commander); or, 3) experienced state agency burn boss with demonstrated skill working in Longleaf pine ecosystems.  Note: NWCG RxB2 qualification is highly preferred.  For applicants who are not RxB2 certified, preference will be given to those who are closer to achieving this certification (e.g. ENGB or RxB3 working towards ICT4) and those with greater experience burning in Longleaf pine ecosystems.
  • Experience implementing forest management projects and understanding of timber management and forestry best management practices.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience with inter-personal skills, including: excellent communication (verbal and written) with staff, colleagues, partners and the public, effective leadership skills, the ability to work in a team environment, an understanding of conflict resolution, and a positive attitude.
  • Experience working effectively and positively with a diverse array of people.
  • Experience working independently with strong problem-solving and organizational skills; ability to coordinate multiple projects, set priorities with realistic deadlines, and work productively without close supervision.
  • Experience developing, negotiating and implementing complex agreements and plans. 
  • Experience using common software applications, such as Word, Excel, Outlook, ArcGIS products (mobile and desktop), and Web browsers.
  • Valid NC driver’s license required.


  • Ability to interpret guidelines, evaluate information, and modify processes and plans to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to apply diversified knowledge of scientific principles and practices to a variety of assignments and to cultivate and develop creative ideas to improve conservation strategies.
  • Familiarity with the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the Sandhills.
  • Knowledge of Forest Stewardship Certification requirements.
  • Experience communicating with the media both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to simplify and explain the principles of conservation science and practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Mulit-lungual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Willingness to work long hours, especially during the burn season, and/or perform physically demanding and sometimes dangerous work, at times under adverse conditions.

To apply to this position, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately through All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 18, 2019.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.