Join The American Chestnut Foundation in its mission to restore the iconic American chestnut to its native range!

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is a nonprofit conservation, education, and scientific organization with 20+ staff members located from Vermont to North Carolina, an 18-member board, and an annual budget of 3 million dollars. Founded in 1983 and based in Asheville, NC, TACF and its 16 state chapters are employing traditional breeding and modern genomics to develop, and ultimately restore, American chestnut populations. TACF is primarily supported by private philanthropy and targeted research funding. TACF is dedicated to prioritizing a diverse and inclusive workplace and continually integrates Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) into our corporate culture.

The American chestnut is a symbol for the hope that exists for all threatened species. TACF has played the lead role in rescuing this species through its innovative breeding and genetic research for four decades. TACF’s long-term goal is to create self-sustaining populations, with disease-resistant trees growing stronger in each succeeding generation. TACF is restoring a growing legacy for decades and centuries to come.

Open Postions


Director of Business Operations

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) seeks to hire an experienced, full-time Director of Business Operations to be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the foundation in alignment with its mission and vision by ensuring that the organization runs efficiently and that all members of the team have what they need to succeed (such as equipment, supplies, recordkeeping and a safe, supportive work environment). The Director of Business Operations will also coordinate communication and information flow among and between TACF’s key stakeholders: executive management, staff, and vendors and contractors. The incumbent works with the chief executive and other members of the leadership team to set the organization’s strategic goals then translates these into specific operational objectives by determining what resources are needed and creating then regularly monitoring a process to assess how objectives are being achieved. This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

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Application Process

Interested candidates should apply via this form. Please include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. Application close date is September 25, 2023. TACF will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Note that we are not accepting phone inquiries regarding this open position, so please do not contact TACF via phone.

TACF’s COVID Statement

Out of an abundance of concern for our staff and the communities that we serve, TACF continues to closely monitor COVID 19 pandemic developments and adjust our actions according to CDC and statutory guidelines.  As a science-based organization, we request all applicants be fully vaccinated for this disease unless there is a legal exemption.


TACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who are seeking employment, and to all current employees. A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) ethic is a priority and is being continually integrated into TACF’s corporate culture which is dedicated to supporting a diverse, inclusive workplace. TACF does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual or gender preference, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or related condition, ancestry, medical condition, physical handicap, or any other protected class or status.

TACF is a certified living wage employer dedicated to a just and sustainable economy.

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