The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range. The American chestnut was once the dominant hardwood tree in the eastern U.S. but was killed by an exotic fungus (chestnut blight) during the early 1900s. TACF is developing an American chestnut tree resistant to the chestnut blight and is currently planting and evaluating potentially disease-resistant trees in our eastern forests.

Founded in 1983, The American Chestnut Foundation is a 5,000-member non-profit scientific research organization headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, with 16 volunteer-operated state chapters and three regional science offices located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Burlington, Vermont, and State College, Pennsylvania. The organization’s research farm in Meadowview, Virginia has had over 60,000 trees planted at various stages of breeding. TACF has more than 60 formal partnerships with academia, government agencies, and private landowners and is recognized as a lead organization for tree species restoration.  TACF’s research and operations is 94% funded through private philanthropic foundations and generous individuals who are hopeful that the American chestnut can be restored to our Eastern forests.





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

We are seeking a skilled and detail-oriented Land Maintenance Specialist to be based at our flagship Meadowview Research Farms, in Meadowview, VA. 

Reporting to the Director of Land Management, the Land Maintenance Specialist is responsible for performing field, shop, and office tasks related to the development of blight-resistant American chestnut seed orchards.  This position requires a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50 pounds.  There is some travel and weekend work required with this position.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume, including references, to  No phone calls will be accepted. Applications for this position will be accepted through end of day Monday, January 31, 2022. Only candidates forwarded in the process will receive communication regarding interviews.




The American Chestnut Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who are seeking employment with TACF and to all current employees.   TACF does not discriminate on the basis of 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.


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