Executive Director

What do they do? Direct the day-to-day operations of a forestry advocacy program.

Description: Strong people skills, flexibility, and the ability to focus on a goal are the hallmarks of the executive director, who oversees the operations of a nonprofit organization and carries out the objectives of a board of directors while holding firmly to the organization’s mission statement. Self-starters who are passionately devoted to their causes, executive directors rely on a wide range of skills and experience in their work. Networking, fund-raising, and written and verbal communication skills are essential to success in this often demanding position. Knowledge of trees is helpful but not essential; many directors learn more about forestry as they gain experience in their careers.

Education: Four-year college degree.

Salary: Ranges from $30,000 to start. Larger foundations can pay $60,000 or more for experience.