General Manager, Forest Nursery and Seed Division

Olympia, WA /
General & Administrative – Executive /
About DroneSeed:
DroneSeed is transforming a 300-million-acre global landscape deforested since the 1990s.  Our mission is simple: we want to make reforestation scalable.  With the largest forestry company in the world planting only 1-million-acres per year (400-million to 700-million trees) it would take several hundred years to replant this deficit with current tools.  That’s where our technology using drone swarms, survey and data collection, and proprietary seed delivery vessels can substantially help.  We work primarily in post-wildfire environments to support revegetation using heavy lift drone swarms.  We’ve pioneered seed vessels and tailored them to survive in different ecosystems.  Our aerial survey and data collection process allows us to microsite terrain and deliver the right seed prescription to precise ground locations. We continually integrate rapidly evolving aircraft and hardware technology which enables us to operate in some of the world’s most challenging terrain environments.     

We also use our tools to support critical elements of the forest regeneration pipeline, specifically for production of seed and seedlings for reforestation. This is a growing part of our business, and demands the same urgency and and focus on scalability that we apply to our pioneering drone operations. 

DroneSeed is focused on a future in which seed, seedlings, and drone operations are utilized to reforest after wildfire and generate carbon credits. DroneSeed is focused on becoming the largest generator of carbon credits from natural based solutions. Carbon credits are already a $200B+ industry in the EU and the $4B US industry is expected to grow as already major forest managers have converted areas to ‘Carbon Farms’ to finance operations in other areas. In addition to the financial opportunity, DroneSeed is focused on the ecological imperative to develop better tools to reduce the growing reforestation debt in which 13% of US Forest Land has few to no trees--much of this on government land.   

DroneSeed is a Techstars alumni founded in 2016 to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. We work with 3 of the 5 largest timber companies in the United States, other private landowners, State and Federal entities, and are backed by partners like Social Capital, Spero Ventures, the 1st CEO of DocuSign, and others focused on solving the world’s hardest problems. 

What you'll be doing:

As General Manager you will lead the company's high volume forest nursery and seed division that provides seed services, seedling production and distribution, as well as contract administration for an international client base. You will be responsible for directing and managing business activities and developing and implementing strategies to meet surging customer demand. Your background and vision will assist our organization in maintaining relationships with clients, generating new business, increasing team productivity, improving service, and significantly scaling the business.

Role & Responsibilities:

    • Oversee daily business operations
    • Create and lead a deliberate company culture
    • Develop and implement growth strategies
    • Hire & develop a team of A-Players focused on our mission
    • P&L responsibility
    • Research and identify growth opportunities
    • Evaluate performance and productivity
    • Generate reports and presentations

Desired Skills & Experience:

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Advanced degree in business or forestry science a plus
    • 10+ years of professional/business experience
    • 6+ years of experience managing managers and leaders of teams / organizations
    • Strong analytics and quantitative skills - ability to use data to develop and measure program results
    • Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive
    • Proven people development, influence management, and budgeting skills
    • Ability to thrive in a high growth/scale start-up like environment
    • Management of regulatory and employee safety programs
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (Spanish is a plus).
Benefits of working at DroneSeed: We're focused on making a positive impact on the environment.  We value a highly diverse team, have an awesome office culture, support and encourage collaboration, and have locations in Seattle (Ballard) and Olympia. Taking care of your health comes first. We cover 75% of your medical, dental, and vision premiums.  We have a flexible vacation policy, so take the time off you need; we don’t track vacation or sick time.

Other Information:
Candidates must be eligible to work at the DroneSeed Forest Nursery located near Olympia, WA.
DroneSeed is an equal-opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse team.  If you’re deeply committed to our mission and capable of leading the expansion of a high volume forest nursery and seed operation, we’d love to speak with you.