[Sust-mar] Community Forest Co-op Manager, f/t, Caledonia/Queens County, Nova Scotia

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Manager, Medway Community Forest Co-op

Position: Manager
Organization: Medway Community Forest Co-op
Website: http://www.facebook.com/medwaycommunityforest
Location: Caledonia, Nova Scotia

The Medway Community Forest Cooperative (MCFC) is an exciting new company with a mission to support local community through sustainable and ecologically based forest management.

The MCFC has successfully secured a pilot project, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, to establish the Province’s first Community Forest. Through the project, MCFC has a license agreement for the management of approximately 15,000 ha of Crown land in Annapolis County.

In addition to managing lands under a Crown license agreement, the MCFC will be developing programs and services to support private woodlot owners in the sustainable management of their land.

The MCFC is building creative new models for forest-based business. Success depends on cultivating a broad level of community collaboration and an entrepreneurial approach to maximize economic, social and environmental values associated with forest management. The MCFC will actively promote new product development, start-up ventures, and community investment.

Under the direction of the MCFC Board of Directors, the core responsibilities of the Manager will include:
• Development and implementation of a community engagement program to promote participation in management planning and invite MCFC membership.
• Development and implementation of a Forest Management Plan for the MCFC license area in consultation with First Nations, stakeholders and the public.
• Administration and direct supervision of all MCFC activities including contract tenders associated with pre-treatment assessments and forest operations.
• Maintenance of FSC and SFI certification on the MCFC license area.
• Liaison with NSDNR and other partners and community organizations to develop new business opportunities associated with timber and non-timber forest products, as well as the diversification of forest use.
• Development of collaborative programs to build capacity for good forest management on private woodlots in the local area.

Candidates will be assessed based on their understanding, interest and experience in the following:
• An understanding and appreciation of social values within the forest, including First Nation rights and interests
• Budgeting and financial reporting
• Communications, web, and social media
• Community forestry
• Community outreach and engagement
• Conservation planning
• Ecologically-based forest management
• Forest certification
• Forest management planning
• Forestry operations
• Innovative business development
• Private woodlot management
• Rural communities in Nova Scotia
• Technical ability relating to GIS, GPS

The successful candidate must have a degree in forestry and either be a Registered Professional Forester in Nova Scotia or eligible to become registered within 6 months of accepting the position.

Base salary for the Manager position will be $51,500 per year with additions negotiable based on experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will be required to provide a vehicle suitable for woods travel and will be compensated for use on MCFC business.

The position will be based in Caledonia, Queens County N.S. and will start as soon as possible.

Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send applications to: 
jobs at medwaycommunityforest.com

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