Join The American Chestnut Foundation in its mission to restore the iconic American chestnut back 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.

TACF is Hiring!


President & CEO

TACF seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates understanding and enthusiasm for the organization’s unique vision and mission. The ideal candidate might come from any one of a variety of professional backgrounds but must, above all, display outstanding leadership skills at multiple levels. The position requires an understanding of relationship-driven philanthropy, partnerships, board governance, and skillful management of both administrative and scientific staff. Such leadership should be coupled with a genuine enthusiasm for the goals of environmental conservation and should motivate staff, membership, and all supporters to meet the challenges involved in restoration of an iconic American forest tree. Because the scientific efforts required for this mission demand the application of a broad range of ever-evolving scientific disciplines, strong candidates should display at least a minimum knowledge of the basic principles of modern biology.

To view the full comprehensive position guide, please click here.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The salary range for this position is $150,000-$175,000. The American Chestnut Foundation offers employees a competitive benefits package commensurate with much larger non-profit organizations including health insurance benefits, and optional dental and vision coverage, beginning on the first day of the month following the date of hire, as well as a 403(b) Retirement Plan. After two years of service, TACF will match eligible employee contributions up to 5% of deferred wages. All amounts from an employee’s contributions and company match are 100% vested. TACF offers generous PTO, along with at least 12 paid holidays and sick time.

To Apply

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction, as soon as possible, to Kittleman & Associates, LLC here. Click “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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