Director of Forest Restoration Operations and Biomass Utilization

Job ID



Ecological Restoration Inst.

Full/Part Time




Special Information

  • Position is subject to funding
  • Incumbent is not eligible for layoff or recall status
  • This position reports to the Executive Director
  • This position requires frequent travel.  Hours of work may vary to include early mornings, late evenings, and weekends


Job Description

The Director of Forest Restoration Operations and Biomass Utilization (DFO) is responsible for  the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all the ERI’s forest operations and biomass utilization programs in accordance with the ERI and NAU strategic plans and annual work plans set out by the organization. As a member of the senior management team, the DFO participates in strategic planning and budgeting initiatives; works collaboratively to develop outreach strategies to meet goals; supports on-going ERI research and outreach on federal, state, tribal, and private lands; and will assist in the development of forest operations and wood utilization innovation strategies. Collaboration and program leadership with all federal and state land management agencies, industry partners, the public, and other affected organizations is paramount in accomplishing implementation of the forest operations and biomass utilization campus at NAU. He/she works within the guidelines, policies and mission of the ERI and Northern Arizona University and will be accountable and responsible for specific projects as assigned.

Duties and responsibilities:


  • Assist in the creation, implementation, and analysis of a forest operations and biomass utilization campus for NAU located at Camp Navajo.
  • Set goals for the work unit and acquire and organize resources to achieve the goals.
  • Supervise and lead professional and support staff.
  • Responsible for providing strategic reports and recommendations to NAU administration on the activity in assigned areas.
  • External Delivery and Outreach responsibilities
    • Identify key audiences and develop and maintain networks for the ERI and the forest operations and biomass utilization campus.
    • Serve as spokesperson on topics related to forest operations and biomass utilization.
  • ERI Internal responsibilities:
    • Identify and develop learning workshops, webinars or training opportunities for land management staff and private industry partners
    • Communicate and collaborate with Research and Development Director and staff on land management research gaps and appropriate methods to address gaps.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relations with collaborators in the NAU College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, the College of Business, and other cognizant experts across campus
  • Other duties assigned as needed

Human resource management

  • Organize and attend weekly departmental meetings to maintain effective communication; attend or direct staff to attend other Director meetings to ensure cross-departmental communication.
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, responsible for the selection, hiring, coaching, and discipline of the future program employees.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Biology, or Natural Resources or related field and 10 years of directly related work experience in forest operations or other experience pertinent to this position;  OR
  • Master’s degree in Forestry, Biology, or Natural Resources or related and 5 years of directly related work experience in forest operations or other experience pertinent to this position;  OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or work experience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Forestry, Biology, or Natural Resources or related field and 5 years of directly related work experience.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Strong problem solving and group work leadership skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of secondary research techniques such as systematic reviews of the literature to provide up-to-date information for restoration and conservation practitioners.
  • Able to communicate what the ERI does and what it needs to be successful to a wide spectrum of interests
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and direction of primary research initiatives in ecological restoration in partnership with professional staff and external collaborators.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising professional foresters and ecologists, temporary staff, and student workers.
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a member of a leadership team.
  • Demonstrated success in developing new proposals for external funding to meet stakeholder needs in collaboration with ERI staff and outside partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing reports, peer reviewed publications, and outreach materials. 
  • Demonstrated experience in giving presentations to audiences of scientists, natural resource managers, policymakers, private industry, and the public.
  • Knowledge of, experience with, and commitment to working in a culturally diverse environment with people from a variety of diverse backgrounds. 


Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment.  You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing. 

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at:  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.



Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.


FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.



This is a Service Professional (SPF) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service, which may be found at:

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan).  New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date.  Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment.  More information is available at:


Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development.  New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days ( If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.  In addition to the development classes offered in-person, every NAU employee receives a free subscription to From this site you can access more than 1,400 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video, home computing, and web design and development.  


Application Deadline

July 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm.


How to Apply

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If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ  86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.