Field Operations Manager

Willowsford Conservancy Published: March 13, 2019
Aldie, Virginia
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ Willowsford Conservancy is the steward of 2,000 acres of open space within Willowsford’s four villages.  Conservancy lands comprise woodlands, meadows, ponds and wetlands, agricultural land, and 35 miles of multi-surface trails. ~

Position Overview

The Conservancy seeks a dynamic hands-on Field Operations Manager for the day-to-day maintenance and operations of land resources, trails and infrastructure.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Field Operations Manager is supported by two full-time employees, volunteers, and contract labor, and works closely with the Land Stewardship Manager.  The position is predominantly field-based and performs hands-on work along with planning, administration and supervision.  Working in a collaborative team environment, the Manager will be a strategic thinker who participates in long-term planning and implements strategies and best management practices; enjoys working with the public; and brings a passion for the Conservancy’s mission and principles of conservation, stewardship sustainability.


Facilities, Equipment and Land Resources Management:

  • Oversee maintenance and operation of open space, trails, equipment, buildings and amenities.  Perform tree work, trail mowing, and hands-on maintenance
  • Manage inventories, projects, work orders, budgets and records
  • Manage projects and contracts
  • Forecast budgets and ensure on-budget operations
  • Implement safety program, policies and procedures
  • Operate and maintain equipment, vehicles and tools; perform minor repairs and routine maintenance
  • Collaborate with Land Stewardship Manager on arboriculture work including tree removal; and land conservation work


  • Develop and implement occasional educational programs
  • Engage with residents and visitors promoting the Conservancy and community and maintaining positive public relations
  • Supervise staff, interns, volunteers and contractors


  • BA degree in a relevant field and at least 4 years’ of progressively responsible experience with open space, facilities and infrastructure management and conservation work involving parks, trails and natural open space
  • Proven supervisory and management experience
  • Arborist certification strongly preferred; pesticide applicator’s license required
  • Proven experience operating and maintaining equipment
  • Ability to maintain records, develop and implement schedules, standards, policies and procedures
  • Budgeting and purchasing experience
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in commonly used computer software and hardware
  • Valid drivers’ license and clean driving record; First Aid and CPR certifications
  • The position requires extensive physical activity over extended periods of time, including walking over rough terrain, standing, stooping, pushing, pulling, heavy lifting, and operating equipment.  Work is performed primarily outdoors in variable weather and work conditions
  • Some weekend and evening work required


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits include medical and dental coverage, FSA and 401(k) retirement plan

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