Deputy Executive Director

Maine Woodland Owners

Opening posted: 07/16/2021 | Expires: 08/15/2021

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Maine Woodland Owners is seeking a person with passion, vision, and energy for our mission.

Maine Woodland Owners is a membership-based statewide organization dedicated to advancing the interests and serving the needs of Maine’s family woodland owners — those owning from a few to a few thousand acres. Established by a handful of dedicated landowners in 1975 as the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Maine Woodland Owners now includes thousands of members, not only landowners but other individuals and businesses who have an interest in maintaining the heritage of small family or individual ownership of woodlands for which our state is known and justly proud. In 1990 we established a land trust program that is unique in that we promote the forest as working land.  We accept gifts of land and easements from owners who wish us to continue their commitment to sustainable forest management and productivity through our land trust. 

Maine Woodland Owners staff currently consists of an Executive Director, a Director of Communication, a part-time Land Trust Forester, and an Administrative Assistant.  We also have invested in our development efforts by hiring a part time development director. While our experienced staff help landowners with any questions about owning and managing woodland, we also rely on volunteers to organize and conduct peer-to-peer educational programs, delivered through ten regional chapters.  On average, we hold more than 50 workshops and events every year. We are fully engaged at the State Legislature, with our congressional delegation, and with state and federal agencies in a wide range of issues including forestland taxation, wildlife habitat and management, public access to private land, the changing wood industry, the role of forest carbon in climate change mitigation, 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.

This is an exciting time to join Maine Woodland Owners. Our land trust, reflective of our organizational commitment to keep Maine’s forests as forests, has grown exponentially from 8,600 acres in 2019 to over 13,000 acres currently, with more donations being accepted on almost a monthly basis. This success is expected to continue as aging landowners who wish for their legacy to be a continuation of well-managed, working forests seek us out.

The Deputy Executive Director is a new, highly visible management position responsible for assisting the Executive Director with the management and growth of the organization. This individual will work with the Executive Director in three key areas; Advocacy, Land Trust growth, and Fundraising and will contribute to all other program, policy and member relation areas of Maine Woodland Owners, as needed. This position serves as a secondary contact person to the Board of Directors and assists in board communications and activities. The Deputy Executive Director serves as the organization’s CEO in the absence of the Executive Director.


  • Coordinate and actively participate with the Executive Director, in advocacy, regulatory and public policy activities.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee in fundraising and donor relations activities.
  • Participate in efforts to expand our Land Trust holdings through fielding inquiries and cultivating prospective donors, and managing the administrative functions of the Land Trust.
  • Act, in the absence of the Executive Director, with full administrative authority.
  • Represent the organization on various task forces, committees, and boards.
  • Assist in the implementation of Maine Woodland Owners’ long-term strategic plan.
  • Work with, and when called upon, manage full and part-time staff, temporary/contract workers, and interns in a collegial manner.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and a variety of outside partners.
  • Ensure completion of reporting requirements, registrations, licenses etc.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience or familiarity with Maine’s forests and with the economic, environmental and political forces at work in them. 
  • Demonstrated interest and strength in advocacy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Successful management experience in public, private or non-profit sectors.
  • Capacity to think strategically about how Maine Woodland Owners fulfills its mission.
  • Ability to translate strategies into practical, executable plans.
  • Personal qualities and interpersonal skills that engender the impassioned support and involvement of the board, staff, and members.
  • Marketing “know-how” to build awareness of, participation in, and advocacy for the organization and its members. 
  • Experience to oversee staffing, structure, systems, and processes to ensure ongoing organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Understanding of functional aspects of the organization (advocacy, education, and land trust conservation), and skills to mentor and guide those areas to continued success.

More information about us can be found at The position is based in Augusta, though there is some ability to work remotely on occasion.  The compensation package, which can include a combination of salary, health insurance, and dental insurance, is anticipated to be in the range of 80k-95k.  To apply, please send email cover letter, a resume, and list of three references, by August 13, 2021 to: