Title:  Senior Forest Resilience Manager 

Location: Hybrid: at least one day a week in Bethesda office is required; this role also will require regular time throughout Rock Creek Park and other regional locations

Reports to:  Executive Director 

Type: Full-time

Position Overview

To ensure a resilient future for Rock Creek Park’s forests, Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Conservancy will collaborate to create a landscape-scale plan to restore and maintain the forests to protect the natural resources and increase equity of access to their ecosystem services while engaging community members in people-powered restoration to sustain this restoration beyond park borders. 

The Conservancy seeks a project manager to support the development and implementation of this plan. The manager will lead regular convenings of subject matter experts, producing technical reports and working with the Conservancy’s communications and community engagement staff to leverage this work to engage a broad constituency for Rock Creek’s forest health through public outreach, volunteer service, and other community engagement activities. Specific first year activities include the following:

  • Facilitate subject matter expert discussions to identify strategies to promote forest resilience 
  • Coordinate advisory groups to advance forest resilience planning and implementation efforts
  • Represent the Conservancy in external meetings with key stakeholders, including adjacent land managers and coordinating agencies
  • Coordinate planning activities with Recreate Responsibly campaign, in coordination with the Senior Development and Communications Manager
  • Oversee the implementation of fabrication and installation of park signs to protect forest blocks
  • Establish ‘edge of the woods’ club to engage park neighbors, with connections to the Conservancy’s community engagement activities 
  • Supervise one coordinator


Desired Qualifications

  • 5-7 years of professional experience in resource management or field research, particularly related to urban forests and invasive plant management 
  • Familiarity with urban mid-Atlantic terrestrial ecosystems
  • Great project management skills, including time management, goal-setting, multitasking and prioritization with demonstrated success managing multiple tasks concurrently 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Experience with public lands management, particularly National Park Service, preferred


To Apply Rock Creek Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Please send resume and cover letter to info@rockcreekconservancy.org with the position and your name in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after August 1. Rock Creek Conservancy offers a competitive benefits package; salary range for this position is $65,000 – $85,000.      


About Rock Creek Conservancy: Rock Creek Conservancy is a watershed organization protecting Rock Creek and the philanthropic and stewardship partner to the entirety of Rock Creek (National) Park. The Conservancy’s mission is to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect.