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The Maine Woodland Owners is the only statewide organization dedicated to supporting the interests and serving the needs of Maine’s family woodland owners -- those owning from a few to a few thousand acres.

Originally known as the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Maine Woodland Owners is a non-profit organization established in 1975. Begun by a handful of dedicated woodland owners, we have grown and broadened our reach to include not only landowners, but anyone who has an interest in Maine woodlands. In 1990, we established a land trust program for working forest land.  We accept gifts of land, which we manage sustainably, and conservation easements on productive woodland.

Maine Woodland Owners staffing will consist of an Executive Director, a Director of Communication and Outreach, a Land Trust Forester, and an Administrative Assistant.  We also have invested in our development efforts by hiring a development consultant to support us 10-15 hours per week. CFO responsibilities are carried out by the Executive Director. While our experienced staff help landowners with any questions about owning and managing woodland, we remain largely a volunteer organization of several thousand active members. There are ten regional chapters which organize and conduct local educational programs.  In total, the ten chapters hold more than 50 workshops and events per year. We are fully engaged at the State Legislature and with our congressional delegation in a wide range of issues including forestland taxation, wildlife habitat and management, public access to private land, the changing wood industry, and environmental regulation. Members receive our 20 page monthly publication – Maine Woodlands – which contains a wide range of topics and the latest news of interest to woodland owners.  Our land trust has grown to include 8,600 acres of woodland owned in fee and more than 3,500 acres in easements.

With a recent retirement and staff restructuring, we are now in a position to hire a Director of Communication and Outreach. This is a new position that focuses and streamlines responsibilities in new and exciting ways, and offers a leadership opportunity to coordinate key pieces of our communication, education and membership efforts. This position reports to the Executive Director. 

Responsibilities:
  1. Serve as editor-in-chief of the Maine Woodlands monthly publication (creating content, managing contributing author submissions, proofreading, etc.) (20%)
  2. Lead membership recruitment and retention efforts (20%)
  3. Assist Executive Director with legislative advocacy (15%)
  4. Manage website and social media presence (10%)
  5. Coordinate events (e.g., annual meeting, forestry forum, field day, fairs) and volunteers (10%)
  6. Provide staffing and support to regional chapters (10%)
  7. Prepare press releases, publications, and other public relations (5%)
  8. Provide staffing and support to the Membership and Development committees (5%)
  9. Manage contracts related to communication, membership and development (5%)

Desirable qualifications: 

  • Prior work experience in communication, public relations, or related fields 
  • Prior experience producing a newsletter or similar publication
  • Knowledge of forestry and environmental issues
  • Knowledge of social media communication platforms
  • Basic knowledge of publication software
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn communication and membership software
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills

 Modest non-profit benefits including a health insurance and Roth IRA allowance. Desired start date is May 1st, 2019 and can be negotiated to be earlier or later. To apply, please send email cover letter, a resume, two writing samples, list of three references, and salary expectations (anticipated range: $40-50k) by February 28th, 2019 to: info@mainewoodlandowners.org


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