[Sust-mar] Outreach Project Manager, f/t, Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners & Operators Assoc., Nova Scotia

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Position: Woodlot Owner Outreach Project Manager 
Organization: Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators' Association
Location: flexible, Nova Scotia

Date posted: January 10, 2012
Start Date: March 1, 2012
Duration: 9 months, with possible extension, funding dependent (3-month probationary period)

The NS Woodlot Owners and Operators' Association is seeking a project manager to coordinate an outreach project to woodlot owners across Nova Scotia, as well as to manage the day-to-day operations of the Association. The contract is for nine months, with possible renewal, funding dependent. The Project Manager will start on a 3-month probationary period, and the contract will be extended to nine months if the Manager's work is satisfactory. We anticipate continued funding for two more years, but this is not confirmed.

The Project Manager must be highly self-motivated, disciplined, and creative. The Project Manager must have excellent inter-personal and communication skills, including an ability to listen effectively, accommodate diverse points of view, interact comfortably with small and large groups, write well and speak with confidence to groups. The Project Manager must have a proven track record in managing time, money and staff.

The Manager is expected to create a work-plan, work independently under the direction of the Board, finalize the project's budget, ensure that the deliverables of the project are met, work with staff and /or contract employees and handle the day-to-day tasks of the Association. The Project Manager must be action-orientated with a "get things done" attitude, while adhering to the course established by the Board.

The Project Manager is expected to have at least five years of project management experience, ideally working with woodlot owners or with non-profit organisations, as well as experience working with a board of directors. Preferably, but not essentially, the Manager will have education and experience in forestry, forest ecology, silviculture and/or woodlot management. The Project Manager must have a current drivers' licence and access to a vehicle for travel within the province.

Above all, the Project Manager must have an affinity for the NSWOOA's mission and its vision of forestry in Nova Scotia. The Project Manager must be dedicated to ecosystem-based forest management that promotes uneven-aged forestry, protects and promotes wildlife habitat, grows high-value trees, and ensures long-term economic viability of the woodlot sector.

Position Overview:
The Project Manager has two main responsibilities. First, the Project Manager will ensure the Association's outreach and education project is successfully delivered, as detailed in the Tasks and Deliverables section below. Second, the Project Manager will help grow the NSWOOA's membership and increase its organizational capacity to promote its mission and vision effectively on behalf of woodlot owners.

The outreach and education project is funded by the NS Department of Natural Resources. It is designed to (1) enable more woodlot owners to engage in active management of their woodlands, (2) facilitate understanding and acceptance of DNR's new forestry policy initiatives on clearcutting, and (3) enhance our rural-based forestry economy. The project will result in an actively engaged, better trained, and more business-savvy woodlot owner sector. We envision more wood being harvested through uneven-aged techniques, more people working in the forest, and a greater respect for the economic, social and environmental values that Nova Scotia's private woodlands provide.
The NSWOOA has operated on a largely volunteer basis to date. The Project Manager will help the Board to transition to a new mode of operation in which the Board provides general oversight and high-level decision making, while the Project Manager handles day-to-day tasks and ensures that the Board's vision is effectively implemented.

The Project Manager's work week may be flexible. Salary will be pro-rated based on $45,000 - 60,000 per year (based on experience and qualifications) and a 40-hour week. Benefits include the employer's contribution to EI and CPP, and 3 weeks of vacation plus statutory holidays. Health benefits may be negotiable.

The Project Manager will be responsible to either maintain a home office (with satisfactory communication and computer facilities), or work out of the offices of an organisation affiliated with the NSWOOA.

Association Background:
The NSWOOA is an independent organization of woodlot owners and operators achieving prosperity, stewardship, and solidarity through the practice of ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forestry. Truly sustainable forest management means that all values of our woodlands -- ecological, social, cultural and economic -- must be preserved for future generations. The NSWOOA supports woodlot owners and operators in sustainable forestry through education, demonstration, marketing, and cooperation. NSWOOA is the oldest independent woodlot owners and operators group in the province, a unique association that has taken a firm stance in both advocating for woodlot owners' rights and in promoting environmentally centered, socially responsible and economically balanced forestry.

The NSWOOA has a successful track record in delivering outreach programs to woodlot owners, we have the critical connections with other organizations necessary to reach our target audience, and we have a dedicated, diverse and experienced board of directors.

Education and Outreach Projects:
In 2008, the NSWOOA completed an education and outreach project designed to educate Nova Scotia woodlot owners and contractors about growing high-value trees. This project was administered by the Association for Sustainable Forestry (ASF) and funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR). The NSWOOA delivered services in partnership with Picea Forestry Consulting.

In 2010, the NSWOOA signed a contract with the ASF to offer an expanded version of this educational project. Funded by the NSDNR, the Outreach Project focused on silviculture practices associated with uneven-aged management -- selection management, crop tree release, and crop tree pruning -- and on funding available for these treatments through the ASF's Category 7 Quality Improvement Silviculture Program. The project also provided woodland owners and contractors with information on forest ecosystem classification, ecosystem-based forest management, crop-tree selection and tree marking. The Outreach Team delivered workshops across the province, visited more than a hundred Nova Scotia woodlots and woodlot owners, and created a database of nearly 600 Nova Scotia woodlot owners who are interested in uneven-aged management. This project has been able to further establish that there is great interest in this type of woodlot management and demand among woodlot owners for the associ
 ated silviculture treatments.

Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest
In 2010, NSWOOA signed an agreement with the Province for the long-term management of some 1,300 acres of Crown land in eastern NS. The NSWOOA is developing its plans for the use of the property as an educational, actively-managed demonstration of ecosystem-based forestry.

Tasks and Deliverables
1. Maintain an office that handles the day-to-day operation of the Association's business; the office will include email, telephone and basic computer facilities. This may be a home office, or be situated in the building of an affiliated organisation.
2. Represent the NSWOOA at woodlot owner events, field-days, workshops and conferences; interact with the public and woodlot owners at these events and distribute educational and promotional material.
3. Create a detailed workplan to ensure deliverables are accomplished in a timely fashion.
4. Hire an additional staff member and / or contractors as necessary to ensure the project's deliverables are accomplished effectively.
5. Meet with the Board and Executive on a regular basis to report on project and receive guidance on the project.
6. Prepare quarterly progress reports to measure progress and document accomplishments.
7. Maintain detailed financial records, and, in consultation with the Association's Treasurer, ensure that any auditing requirements are fulfilled.
8. With assistance of the Board, pursue avenues towards financial sustainability for the Association, including additional funding from DNR, other funding sources, and a fee-for-service program for services offered to woodlot owners.
9. Ensure development of a new website for the Association, with direction from the Board.
10. Ensure creation of new promotional and education material for the Association.
11. Research, develop and maintain an effective membership database.
12. Assist the Board as necessary with the Association's newsletter and other communications to members.
13. Respond to questions and other correspondence from the public and members.
14. Participate in media interviews as necessary (and with permission of the NSWOOA's chair) to communicate the NSWOOA's mission and vision to the public and to respond to issues of the day.
15. Send out press-releases and other media material as directed by the Board.

Detailed project deliverables will be discussed with short-listed candidates.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a résumé, cover letter, and 3 references to nswooa at gmail.com by February 1st, 2012. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview.

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