Low Impact Forestry Specialist – Unity, Maine

Low Impact Forestry Specialist
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Unity, Maine

MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry (LIF) Specialist works to engage diverse stakeholders throughout Maine and New England to enchance the ecological integrity of Maine forests by providing education about low-impact forestry principles and fostering public and professional networks to cultivate a community of forest stewards.

The Specialist coordinates LIF events throughout the year, including chainsaw safety courses, draft animal and small machinery logging workshops, presentations at MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair, and other related educational events in consultation with the Education Department.

Title: MOFGA Low Impact Forestry Specialist

Primary Responsibilities: Supporting MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry Program (LIF) activities and its network; helping to expand the scope and capacity of MOFGA’s LIF Program.

Supervisor: Educational Programs Director

Work Week: This is a year round position, requiring 20 hours of work per week (1040 hours per year). Exact schedule will be determined by LIF program needs and work plan, in consultation with the Educational Programs Director. Great flexibility is necessary as more time will be needed surrounding workshops and events and will frequently require evening and weekend hours.

Position: The position is salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

Understanding of current and historical practices in forestry, the commercial forest industry and the extraction of forest products
Ability to think critically and creatively around current forestry practices, the forest products industry and their relationship to ecosystems and human communities
Ability to work well independently as well as with staff, volunteers and the public
Effective management and organizational skills including experience managing volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
Strong oral and written communication skills including understanding of and ability to work with various electronic communications channels
Ability to work effectively within a non-profit structure
Understanding and commitment to the mission and vision of MOFGA and the LIF program
Ability to manage many short- and long-term projects simultaneously
Demonstrable leadership experience
Physical ability to traverse a forest in all seasons and all weather conditions
Access to a personal vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to travel long distances for meetings and program activities.


Plan and implement all LIF events and workshops, including LIF activities at the Common Ground Country Fair
Coordinate LIF press releases, announcements, mailings, social media and website activities with MOFGA Communications team
Engage with other MOFGA program areas to develop collaborative programs, coordinate activities and represent LIF
Perform outreach with other private and public organizations to support LIF offerings
Communicate with MOFGA membership regarding LIF activities and practices, including:
Serve as primary contact for MOFGA membership with forestry concerns
Manage content for LIF column in quarterly MOF&G
Serve as primary staff liaison to the LIF Program Steering Committee
Report regular program updates to Educational Programs Director as needed for reporting, program development and updating the Board of Directors
Work with MOFGA Education and Development Departments to secure funding for LIF activities
Assist in the planning of capital improvements, maintenance, and special projects on the MOFGA grounds relevant to LIF
Carry out the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Other duties as assigned.

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees earn 12 days of vacation during their first year of employment and four weeks of vacation annually in subsequent years, plus 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually. Benefits are pro-rated for part-time employees.
MOFGA strives for a diverse workplace and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to Ryan Dennett at hiring@mofga.org. Review of candidates will begin immediately, and position will remain open until filled.

Additional Information: http://mofga.org/Portals/2/Jobs/2019_JD%20LIF%20Specialist.pdf

Contact Name: Ryan Dennett
Contact Email: hiring@mofga.org

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Concord, NH 03301