Postgraduate Associate - Sustaining Family Forests Initiative

Duration: One year, with the possibility to extend to two 

Preferred start date: May 31, 2017 

Location: 360 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511 

Travel Requirements: average 3-5 days/month 

Additional Benefits: (beyond salary, PTO, health coverage, etc.): 

  • Training in small-group facilitation and social marketing 
  • Opportunities to attend professional conferences and meetings, and build a network of professional connections 
  • Ability to take advantage of opportunities provided by Yale to pursue additional experience and training (e.g. professional development programming; attending classes, lectures, or fieldtrips) 

Postgraduate Associate Status

Because this is a post-grad associate position, there will be a strong emphasis on research and skill-building. The Associate will receive on the job training and experience in social-science aspects of forestry, primarily landowner engagement. This will include researching forest landowners and scientifically-proven methods of conducting effective outreach, learning to facilitate and train groups of natural resource professionals in the social-science aspects of forestry, and studying subsets of landowner groups (e.g. women landowners), through individual research and by engaging with experts. Attendance and participation is encouraged in seminars, courses, and other opportunities to increase knowledge of social science and forestry. The Associate will improve writing and communication skills by giving talks, workshops, and communicating with partner organizations. 

Job Summary

The Associate will support the Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) program, with a significant focus on the Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) project for the first 6-8 months. TELE is a research and education program that uses the principles of social marketing to supply tools, accessible data, and in-person training to improve the ability of natural resource professionals to reach more family woodland owners with effective messaging, services, and programs. The WOW project has emerged from a partnership between TELE and several natural resource professionals specifically working to engage female landowners. Our team is working to meet a pent-up demand for our services across the U.S., while building resources and a cohort of change-agents to support this type of work at local and regional levels. 

This position is ideal for a candidate who has excellent communication and organizational skills, but who wants to gain on-the-job experience, training, and mentoring to move to the next level, gain leadership skills, and establish themselves in this field. The Associate is not expected to have experience in every area of responsibility, but is expected to have a willingness to learn and take on new challenges. The Associate will be an integral part of a small, dedicated team, and will be expected to bring their own background, experiences, and insight to improve the program and provide better services to our audience. The Associate will report to the Program Manager, but will work closely with the whole team. 

Since its founding in 1900, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has been in the forefront of developing a science-based approach to forest management, and in training leaders world-wide. The Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry (GISF), established in 2000, continues this tradition. Its mission is to integrate, strengthen, and direct the School’s forestry research, education, and outreach to address the challenges of sustaining forests in the 21st century and a globalized world. The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative and its TELE program are significant features of GISF. Since 2010, we have trained almost 1,000 natural resource professionals from 25 states, representing over 330 organizations. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate logistics for three 3-day workshops for natural resource professionals 
  • Support workshop content planning
  • Co-coordinate 4-5 groups of external partners working to provide grant deliverables o Facilitate partner meetings and ensure timely progress
    • Ensure grant deliverables are met 
    • Support a regional communication network for natural resource professionals 
  • Facilitate small workgroups at Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively workshops (training provided) 
  • Present at conferences, meetings, and/or mini-workshops 
  • Contribute to resource development for natural resource professionals
    • Case Studies 
    • Others TBD 
  • Contribute to website content 
  • Assist with program evaluation and data management 



  • Master’s degree or two years in related field: natural resources 
  • Experience facilitating multi-partner initiatives 
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with external partners 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to take initiative to further the program 


To Apply

Send your letter of interest and resume to Katherine Hollins ( by Sunday April 30. Include “SFFI Associate Application” in the subject line. 

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