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Director of Land Conservation
Category: Manager

The Dawes Arboretum
Newark, OH

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014

Director of Land Conservation
The Dawes Arboretum

The Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio is in search of an experienced Director of Land Conservation to provide leadership, strategic direction, oversight and growth of the Arboretum’s natural areas land conservation, restoration and management programs. 

Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum is dedicated to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world.  Located 30 miles east of Columbus, landholdings comprise nearly 1,850 acres of living plant collections, natural areas and conservation agriculture. Habitats include multiple wetlands, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows and woodlands.  Programs and events centered on trees, history and the natural world take place throughout the year.  Currently, the Arboretum hosts 260,000 visitors and over 20,000 program participants annually.

The Director of Conservation is a management team position that reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with senior staff as part of the management team.  This position directs and oversees the Natural Resource division and its day-to-day functions including leading the development and implementation of best management practices in land conservation.  You will provide leadership in the identification of opportunities and strategies that further our conservation efforts both on and off grounds as well as ensuring a strong conservation element of The Arboretum’s mission. 

Knowledge of Ohio River Valley flora and fauna is required as is demonstrated experience and leadership skills in the management and restoration of habitats associated within this region.  Candidate must be a visionary who is passionate about plant conservation and habitat restoration with the ability to educate a variety of audiences about their importance.  A thorough understanding of and relevant experience in the implementation of the best management practices of land conservation is a must.   


• Develop, implement and oversee comprehensive land management strategies that support The Dawes Arboretum’s mission to increase the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world
• Serve on The Arboretum’s Management Team and Programs Committee
• Provide oversight, direction and growth of the Ohio Native Plant Network
• Develop strategic collaborations to further land conservation goals and objectives
• Oversee The Arboretum’s invasive plant awareness and control program
• Initiate inventories and monitoring of Arboretum native flora and fauna
• Oversee staff including Natural Resource technicians, interns, seasonal staff and volunteers. 
• Work closely with The Arboretum’s Botanist and Propagator
• Participate in relevant conservation associations
• Support fundraising and outreach efforts through event participation, public speaking, grant strategizing and writing
• Contribute relevant writing and editing to Arboretum communications
• Develop and oversee the Natural Resource division budget
• Select target plants for propagation for use in restoration


• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in natural resource management, environmental science, botany or related field
• Minimum of five years of directly related supervisory experience including experience in the field leading or coordinating habitat restoration and management 
• Demonstrated knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Ohio Valley including field identification and nomenclature
• Leadership, oversight and development of conservation staff
• Requires strong organizational skills
• Direct budget development and management
• Able to identify  and successfully write grants relevant to our strategies and mission
• Excellent communication skills including written, verbal and editing
• Demonstrated experience in habitat restoration and management
• Proficient with Microsoft Office and GIS
• Able to operate equipment, tools and machinery commonly associated with landscaping,  habitat management and restoration
• Requires extensive time outdoors in less than ideal weather conditions
• Able to cope with allergies
• Outgoing and friendly personality required
• Occasional evenings and weekends required
• Requires occasional overnight travel

Deadline for consideration is September 19, 2014.  Submit cover letter, salary requirement and resume to: 

HR Director/DLC
The Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Rd
Newark, OH 43056



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