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21 May 2019

Full-Time Executive Director

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) – Posted by SAWS Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

The SAWS team is now searching for its new Executive Director (ED), to take the organization into its next phase of growth. We are looking for an action-oriented and collaborative leader to serve as an ambassador for the programs and initiatives that are at core of SAWS’ mission in the protected public lands of Southern Appalachia, particularly in the wild places in SAWS’ current landscape.

The ED will be responsible for building on the organization’s successful stewardship programs, implementing its strategic plan and setting the vision for its future success. To accomplish this, the ED will develop and grow the organization’s talented team, maintain productive relationships with its Board of Directors, and work closely with the U.S. Forest Service and other SAWS partners. Additionally, the ED will work to secure new partnerships and will be the primary lead for expanding SAWS’ programming and funding sources.

We are looking for an effective communicator and relationship-builder, who can make connections with SAWS’ stakeholders and expand the organization’s ties with its community in Southern Appalachia, and with state and national audiences.

The ED will oversee SAWS’ operations and must be a skillful financial manager, who is driven to exceed the organization’s development goals to secure the continued growth and impact of SAWS programs.

Most importantly, we are looking for someone motivated by a passion for SAWS’ mission, who will lead the SAWS team with integrity, creativity, positivity and a sense of humor.

The link to the full Executive Director job description is here.



Mission: Educating, cultivating, and empowering an engaged public for the stewardship of protected public lands.

SAWS is a conservation non-profit dedicated to providing stewardship on public lands in the Southern Appalachian region, including in more than 60 wilderness areas on 9 national forests across Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

Founded in 2010, SAWS serves as a resource for federal agencies, especially the U.S. Forest Service, supplementing existing stewardship efforts and providing partner capacity and support. SAWS is also a member of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), providing paid work experiences for youth and veterans to connect to the outdoors and become the next generation of conservation stewards and natural resource managers. In 2018, SAWS generated over 35,000 stewardship hours on public lands, employed 45 full-time and seasonal staff and crew members, and engaged hundreds of volunteers serving in the Southern Appalachians.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resumé to with the subject line: “Executive Director.” Application deadline: May 31, 2019. Salary: Competitive compensation and benefits package for non-profits of similar size.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: stewardship, Volunteer, and wilderness.

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