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Community Landscape Forester

Green Infrastructure Center, Inc.
Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Job Description:

 The Community Landscape Forester (CLF) position requires strong science knowledge to help communities determine how to achieve conservation goals. The CLF works with local governments, state agencies, land trusts and community groups to help them recognize the location and values of their natural resources. The CLP assists clients with assessing and conserving their natural assets using skills such as, landscape design, facilitating community charrettes and evaluating land cover maps. They also review codes and ordinances, to determine gaps and options for better meeting conservation goals and forest management. The CLF also develops attractive graphics, reports, slide shows and social media posts to communicate key messages and results.

Administrative duties include project coordination, budgeting and preparing grant reports. The position requires coordinating work flows amongst multiple partner clients. It also requires coordinating training workshops, conferences and community events, as well as periodic technical support for clients.


Academic: Bachelor of Science degree in one or more of the following fields: environmental science, ecology, landscape architecture or forestry. Planners who also possess a science degree are encouraged to apply. A Master’s Degree is strongly desired, but commensurate experience may be substituted.

Professional Experience: At least five years of relevant, professional work experience in one or more of the above fields. This experience must be in addition to any years of experience within academia.

Science Skills: Basic knowledge concerning soils, landscape ecology, natural resources and geography.

Computer Mapping and Design Skills: Basic skills in using geographic information systems (ArcGIS), as well as fluency with statistical analysis. MS office suite is required (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MSAccess) as well as Abode Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Editor). Applicants possessing strong graphic design skills are preferred.

Communications: Strong oral and written communication for presenting findings at workshops and meetings, leading group discussions and client meetings and writing grant reports, brochures, guides, posters and web content. The CPA must be very comfortable leading groups and speaking in public.

Physical/LogisticalThis position requires field visits and physical fitness ability for hiking over rough terrain and up and down slopes. It also requires frequent travel (often weekly trips of 1-2 days, up to an entire week, dependent on distance to client site). Travel is usually planned far in advance and for some weeks there is no travel.


The Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) is a nonprofit company located in Charlottesville Virginia and working across the U.S. Founded in 2006, GIC is the leading designer of landscape conservation modeling and forest conservation strategies for national, regional, state and local applications. The GIC is seeking a motivated, self-directed, creative individual with a commitment to science-based and data-driven community planning to join its growing, innovative team.

The GIC provides planning, mapping and design services to assist communities in protecting or restoring their green infrastructure. Green Infrastructure includes intact forests, urban tree canopy, wetlands, springs, parks and rivers and agricultural soils that provide clean water, air quality, wildlife habitat, recreation and food. These resources are ‘green infrastructure’ because they create healthful communities, sustain the economy and support cultural values. GIC helps communities create conservation plans and set goals to expand access to natural resources.

The GIC’s clients include federal, regional, state and local government agencies, land trusts and conservation groups. The GIC’s staff consists of planners, geographers, foresters and natural resource experts. The GIC is dedicated to growing the practice of green infrastructure planning and regularly shares its knowledge through workshops, courses, webinars and publications.

$55,000 to $65,000 dependent on experience and level of education
How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, relevant work examples/portfolio, references (3 minimum) to the address below or send my email to This position is open until filled, with hiring planned for early 2020.

No calls please. Only the top qualified applicants will be invited to interview. The GIC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis. Prior to applying, applicants should visit the GIC’s website to learn more about the firm at

The Green Infrastructure Center Inc., 440 Premier Circle, Suite 220, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901