Program Manager

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Compensation: $42,000-$47,000, depending on experience

About Wild Seed Project: Wild Seed Project (WSP) promotes the use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaptation in the face of climate change, safeguard wildlife habitat, and create pollination and migration corridors for insects and birds. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME, Wild Seed Project sells seeds of locally grown native plants, publishes an annual magazine, Wild Seed, and educates the public so that a wide range of community members can participate in increasing native plant populations.

About the position: Wild Seed Project seeks a full-time (40 hours/week) Program Manager to advance our current programming, and to develop and execute new programming. The successful candidate will be passionate about our mission and working in the non-profit sector, and will have deep experience in the fields of native plant horticulture, design, ecology, and education. The Program Manager will work closely with the Executive Director on all matters, and must be willing to engage at all levels of organizational activities to ensure programmatic success.


  • Serving as a key, public-facing representative and champion of Wild Seed Project to promote our mission and programs at a variety of events, including professional conferences and seminars
  • Regularly engaging with Wild Seed Project members, donors, volunteers, and other supporters on both programmatic and philanthropic levels
  • Developing and leading new programs as outlined in WSP’s new 10 year strategic plan
  • Writing and developing articles, blogs, and eNewsletter and social media content about native plant horticulture, ecology, natural history, and design
  • Working closely with our Development & Communications Assistant in event scheduling, publicity, planning, and volunteer coordination
  • Assisting Executive Director and Managing Editor of Wild Seed magazine with content and design
  • Coordinating outreach and collaboration with other organizations
  • Regularly working with other staff and volunteers who assist in program delivery


  • BA/BS degree with at least 5 years of experience in native plant horticulture, ecology, and education
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and enthusiasm for engaging with our supporters on a daily basis
  • Experience with and interest in creating engaging, thoughtful content for a variety of audiences through web-based platforms and print publications
  • Highly organized and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and follow through
  • Enjoys working independently and as part of a small team
  • Familiarity with working in software such as Microsoft Office, Google apps, Salesforce, and social media platforms, or the willingness and comfort level with technology to learn
  • Reliable and dependable, with a willingness to regularly work on nights and weekends for WSP events

Additional Information

Salary/benefits: This is a salaried, exempt position with annual compensation ranging from $42,000-$47,000, depending on experience. Current benefits include eight paid holidays, two weeks of earned time off, three personal/sick days, and 50% employer contribution to health plan.

How to apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Heather McCargo, Executive Director, at Please submit all materials by 9am on Monday, April 6, 2020. Review of applications will begin on March 25th and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Wild Seed Project
Contact Name: Heather McCargo
Website: Apply Online