Climate Resilient Forest Manager, Cleveland Metroparks
The Climate Resilient Forest Manager will be responsible for the management, protection, and conservation of forest resources throughout Cleveland Metroparks. Responsibilities include developing forest management plans, overseeing forestry implementation and managing an existing carbon offset project. The Manager will also guide inventory surveys and forest health projects including various pest and pathogen surveys. This position will work closely with Natural Resource Area Managers, various field research staff, as well as Park Operations staff, and collaborators (other regional park districts, state and federal agencies, various stakeholders) to provide sound technical guidance to ensure resilient forests. The Manager will report to the Senior Conservation Science Manager and will be responsible for budgets, grants, scheduling, and staff coordination.
- Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.
- Serves as staff expert for various forestry and forest health issues, including hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, oak wilt, and other current or pending exotic or invasive pests and pathogens. Provides forestry expertise and recommendations for management across upland and wetland forest communities.
- Conducts surveys and assessments including soil and vegetation to develop forest management plans that emphasize climate resilience, hardwood regeneration and reforestation.
- Design and supervise the implementation of forestry projects, including thinning, harvesting, replanting. Responsible for maintaining records and quality control.
- Understand and apply all laws and regulations related to forestry practices. Responsible for preparation and filing of all appropriate permits, contracts and BMPs.
- Support existing carbon offset program by working with staff and/or consultants on forest assessments surveys, and reporting.
- Monitor and evaluate forest condition, collect samples for early pest/pathogen detection, prepare reports and provide adaptive management recommendations.
- Works as a member or lead of a team to generate findings that have impact on important natural resource management questions or decisions, including writing proposals and study plans, coordinating progress with collaborators, effectively communicating with clients and stakeholders, supervising staff, managing budgets, and making sound decisions.
- Keeps supervisor informed of essential issues and makes recommendations concerning resource management and park management practices to improve the ability of the park district to accomplish the mission of Conservation, Education and Recreation based on:
- Results of monitoring and research conducted by and/or for Cleveland Metroparks
- Review and evaluation of existing research on relevant topics and issues in ecology, resource management, park management, and other related areas
- Supports grant initiatives seeking funding from foundations, organizations, and government agencies to assist in financing appropriate forest health monitoring, research and management.
- Represents the Natural Resources Division and Cleveland Metroparks on assigned internal and external work groups, events, committees, meetings, and programs.
- Effectively and professionally communicates (verbally and in writing) the results of monitoring and research through: Appropriate professional and internal presentations and publications (technical reports and/or peer-reviewed) b.Staff training, leadership, and technical direction
- Informational and educational programs for the general public and special groups
- Assists in developing and managing operating and capital budgets, including purchasing services and materials, preparation of capital equipment specifications, and coordinating budget expenditures. Develops, supervises and coordinates requisition of services, materials and supplies. Coordinates the maintenance and care of equipment/tools.
- Maintains payroll and human resource records for assigned employees
- Works closely with NR staff in long-term and short-term planning guided by the 2022 Cleveland Metroparks System Plan. Submits a mission driven yearly work program supported by the six core goals (conserve, connect, welcome, engage, sustain, and innovate).
- Implements safety policies and procedures and trains seasonal staff for assigned areas.
- Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.
- Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.
- Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth (i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings, and certification programs)
- Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.
- Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred), from an accredited college/university in Forest Science/Management, Natural Resources, or closely-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years practical experience in forest management and sustainability.
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license under the laws of the State of Ohio; Certified Forester or Natural Resources Professional preferred.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
- Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
- Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
- Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others.
- Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office software, QGIS and/or other GIS software, and GPS hardware and other field data collectors.
- Demonstrated ability to generate and read maps and navigate both urban and remote/rugged forest habitats.
- Understanding of the social, legal, and ecological basis for land management policies that influence forest health.
- Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
- Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.