The Forest Stewards Guild seeks a proactive, full-time Fireshed Coordinator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dedicated to facilitating the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition and coordinating the Guild’s Community Wildfire Defense program within the Fireshed. In this role, you will conduct comprehensive home hazard assessments, implement high-priority fuel mitigation treatments, drive impactful public outreach campaigns, facilitate Coalition meetings, represent the Fireshed in media and public platforms, and handle additional delegated tasks. As a key member of our team driving the Community Wildfire Defense program, your efforts will be instrumental in ensuring that our projects align with the overarching objectives of watershed restoration, building fire adapted communities and promoting forest health, particularly by expanding wildfire mitigation efforts within the critical landscape surrounding Santa Fe. Your work will directly contribute to the realization of objectives outlined in the 2020 Santa Fe County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Ideal candidates will possess a proven track record in coordinating collaborative partnerships, coupled with exceptional organizational and facilitation skills. They should demonstrate effective communication abilities and possess knowledge and experience in forestry, wildfire mitigation, or fostering fire-adapted communities. A personable and outgoing disposition, combined with strategic thinking capabilities, is essential for success in this role. As project needs emerge, the Project Coordinator will collaborate with staff and partners to devise innovative solutions that drive project outcomes forward.

The Fireshed Coordinator will work in the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed landscape to address the goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, through restoring and maintaining landscapes by expanding mitigation work in the priority landscape, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed; and
creating fire adapted communities by coordinating the Fireshed Coalition to accelerate mitigation and increase community fire adaptation through education and outreach.

The Fireshed Coordinator will play a pivotal role in leading the Fireshed Coalition. Responsibilities include providing administrative leadership to the Coalition, convening Coalition partners, conducting extensive public outreach, and actively supporting the implementation of the Fireshed’s Neighborhood Ambassador program. Additionally, the Coordinator will work with the Program Manager to oversee Community Wildfire Defense mitigation treatments, facilitate the hiring of implementation contractors, and manage budgets while ensuring meticulous project tracking for the Guild’s Community Wildfire Defense Project. Furthermore, the Coordinator may support the Program Manager in executing various Fire Adapted Communities projects across the region as needed. This position will be based at the Santa Fe, NM office.

Tagged as: Conservation


Experience writing grant proposals and grant administration
Experience with disseminating scientific and complex project information to the public
Forestry and/or ecological knowledge or experience in southwest ecosystems
Experience with implementing or contracting forestry or wildfire mitigation treatments
Experience with developing Fire Adapted Communities, and conducting home hazard assessments

Required Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in science communication, forestry, environmental science, natural resource management or other applicable field, or five years equivalent experience of professional work
Strong experience in partnership building and collaborating with multiple, diverse partners, stakeholders and funders
Experience with multi-year collaborative projects
Clear verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work both independently and with a team
Leadership skills and self-direction

About The Forest Stewards Guild

The Forest Stewards Guild, a national organization of foresters and allied natural resource professionals, is dedicated to practicing and promoting responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. We use innovative, science-based solutions to meet the challenges of forest conservation and management. The Guild has over 700 members, over half of whom are professionals who manage over 42 million acres of forestland in the United States and Canada. The Guild maintains regional offices in New Mexico, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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