Position Announcement: Reservation Stewardship: Facilities Manager

The non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks an experienced, well-organized, articulate, and motivated individual for the position of Facilities Manager. The successful candidate will have a four-year college degree in an applicable discipline, at least 3 – 5 years of facilities management experience including managing tenant relationships and leases, and either knowledge of or the willingness to learn how to manage a LEED certified building. 

This is a full-time regular position based at the Conservation Center in Concord, NH with some travel to other Forest Society facilities.  The Facilities Manager is primarily responsible for the management of all Forest Society buildings and leases including maintenance plans for all buildings. The position requires some evening and weekend work.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a statewide land conservation organization that was founded in 1901 to protect New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its renewable natural resources.  Today, with 9,600 member households and over 40 employees, the Forest Society owns 180 reservations in 102 communities across the state, and has interests and monitoring responsibilities for over 800 conservation easements and deed restrictions.  With ongoing programs in advocacy, land protection and sustainable forest management, the Forest Society consistently ranks among the nation’s top land trusts and has been a leader in setting the standard for American land protection.    If you enjoy working both independently and in a cooperative team-approach in a challenging, at times fast-paced, but always rewarding, setting you may be the right person for this position.  A copy of the full job description is available below.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.  The Forest Society offers an excellent benefits package and an extraordinary office environment in our award-winning, energy-efficient suite of office buildings overlooking the adjacent Merrimack River Conservation Area.


If you’re interested in becoming a member of the dedicated Forest Society staff email a resume and cover letter by September 30, 2016 to Rita Carroll rcarroll@forestsociety.org

The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.   

No phone calls please.



Facilities Manager

Reports to:  VP for Policy & Reservation Stewardship      Salary Range: $50,000

Exempt            Full time              


Position Summary:

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of the Conservation Center in Concord, and for oversight and management of leases at Creek Farm in Portsmouth and Lost River Gorge in Woodstock.  In addition, the Facilities Manager is responsible for collaborating with the Director of North Country Property for the management and maintenance of the building facilities at The Rocks Estate. A primary objective for the Facilities Manager is to sustain efficient operation of all buildings and facilities owned by the organization and to assure safety and comfort for all building occupants and visitors.  The Facilities Manager uses Best Management Practices established by the US Green Buildings Council to guide management of the Conservation Center. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversees operation and maintenance of the 26,000 square foot Conservation Center (including a LEED Gold Certified office building), including:

Daily operations of the building and its systems (including Chip-Tec wood gasifier)

Future planning for facility improvements

Responding to facility requests of Forest Society staff and tenants

Budgeting and procurement for the facility

Supervise part-time building and grounds and maintenance staff

Managing work done by outside contractors

Maintaining waste management, composting and recycling systems and programs

Oversight of all landscaping, exterior lighting, winter snow removal and safe passage on pedestrian walkways

Maintenance of parking lots, storm drains and on site signage

Coordinates and conducts educational tours and information distribution for the Conservation Center, to promote green building and sustainable energy practices

Oversight of security and alarm systems and responses to alarms

Coordinates facility safety and security planning and training

Assures that facility is locked and secured at the end of each workday

Oversees relationships with lessees at Lost River Gorge, Creek Farm and the Conservation Center, including oversight of lease renewals and recruiting new tenants when necessary

Collaborates with other Forest Society staff to assure that all Forest Society owned buildings are properly maintained and managed according to a written maintenance plan for all buildings and facilities owned by the organization.

Leads planning underway for major renovations at the Conservation Center to make the facility more comfortable for employees, tenants and visitors and to implement and display the latest technology to secure maximum energy efficiency at the Conservation Center

Manages Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Recreation Area including:

Supervises seasonal flood plain rangers

Manages relationships with neighbors, users, and other constituents

Handles usage issues, including illegal uses, in concert with the Concord Police Department

Responsible for creation and maintenance of signage and kiosks at Forest Society reservations, in collaboration with Reservation Stewardship staff



The Facilities Manage will:

Ensure that all Forest Society owned buildings are properly operated and maintained for the safety and comfort of occupants and visitors

Prepare and maintain a multi-year capital maintenance plan for all buildings and facilities

Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of current developments in green building science and how emerging building technologies may be appropriately applied to Forest Society facilities

Manage all facility leases on Forest Society owned properties to ensure the leases are well managed, provide appropriate revenue to the Forest Society and are compatible with the Forest Society’s mission.


Qualifications and Skills Required:


Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

3-5 years of experience in facilities management

1 – 3 years of supervisory experience

Training in building science (green buildings in particular) highly desirable

Experience managing tenant relationships and leases

Proficient with Microsoft suite, email and calendar programs

Proven ability to engage others including staff, tenants and the public

Good organizational skills and attention to detail, including managing multiple people and projects simultaneously

Capacity to make concise, interesting and informative public presentations

Good sense of humor

Reliable vehicle, proof of auto insurance and a clean driving record

Has, or can get, a medical card

The ability to drive a 1 Ton dump truck


Working Conditions:


The position is based in Concord, NH at the Conservation Center, but the Facilities Manager will need to travel to other Forest Society owned buildings and rental properties in other parts of the state on a regular basis.

There are some evening and weekend hours required.

The position is on-call (or must coordinate others to be on call) after regular business hours to be the lead responder to emergencies and incidents at the Conservation Center, Creek Farm and Lost River.

Physical Requirements:


The Facilities Manager must be in good physical condition, must have the ability to move furniture, boxes of supplies and grounds keeping materials, and must be willing to deal directly with septic and plumbing issues, composting toilet maintenance, removal and sorting of refuse and waste  


Direct Reports:

Conservation Center maintenance assistant (part time)

Conservation Center buildings and grounds assistant (part time)

Flood plain rangers (seasonal)