Restoration Programs Manager – Forests Ontario

Forests Ontario’s mission is to foster a greener and healthier future for Ontario through large-scale forest and grassland restoration and management projects across the province. In addition, Forests Ontario delivers a wide range of educational and awareness initiatives to increase the public’s appreciation and understanding of the social, economic, and ecological importance of forests and grasslands.

Reporting to Forests Ontario’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Restoration Programs Manager:
Provides leadership and oversees the development, management, and coordination of forestry and restoration programs including Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (60%), Forest Recovery Canada (15%), the Grassland Stewardship Initiative (25%), and various special projects
Manages a team of forestry/restoration staff, extension staff, contractors, and summer students to implement forestry and restoration programs throughout Ontario and across Canada – Develops, manages, and coordinates all aspects of program budgets, partner payments, and other program accounting tasks
Engages with a large network of restoration partners, technical experts, landowners and program participants, funding partners, and government agencies; provides a high degree of customer service
Oversees the collection, coordination, and management of program and partner data utilizing online data reporting systems, Sales Force, and various other sources
Assists the Director of Business Development with partnerships, grant writing, and reporting to assist the organization secure appropriate short-term and long-term funding from governments, foundations, and corporations
Assists the Director of Marketing and Communications with the development of program outreach material for various audiences (landowners, supporters, partners, government agencies, stakeholders, funders, etc.); directs program communication efforts and manages program communications budgets
Manage program outreach, engagement, and technical events (virtual and in person) for various audiences (landowners, partners, funders, general public, etc.)
Participates in committees and/or manages various working groups
Works closely with the CEO, COO, and other staff managing the work of the restoration department

The candidate must have:
A minimum of 5 years of relevant management experience, preferably experience in the non-profit and/or restoration or forestry sector
Experience in the management and coordination of program budgets across multiple programs and/or projects including budget development, invoicing, payment tracking and coordination, reporting to stakeholders and funding sources, and preparing for audits
A relevant degree or diploma (Forestry/Restoration/Environmental Science) with experience working in the non-profit and/or restoration sector
Experience working with and providing customer service to a wide range of individuals and organizations including landowners and members of the public, partners and partner organizations, funding sources, and/or government agencies
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent leadership, judgment, and decision-making abilities, including strong presentation, organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently and to a deadline
An understanding of the environment, habitat restoration, forestry, resource management, and a demonstrated commitment to a healthy environment is a definite asset
WORK LOCATION: Main office is 15 Maple Avenue, Unit 103 Barrie, Ontario. However, arrangements for working from home may be available.
JOB TYPE & DURATION: Full-time, permanent position
WORK HOURS: Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week
SALARY: Based on years of relevant experience and qualifications.
CLOSING DATE: Monday February 28, 2022.

Please send cover letter and resume to and include “Restoration Programs Manager” as the subject line.
We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.