Job: Forest Ecologist - The Nature Conservancy - Bend, OR


The Nature Conservancy 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.