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Job Posting: Senior Manager for Western Forest Science


American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. Established in 1875, American Forests has been restoring forests for more than 140 years. And, while we may be the oldest national conservation organization, our work today is more important than ever. Our projects, which have taken place in all 50 states, have recovered hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, safeguarded vital watersheds, absorbed millions of tons of greenhouse gases and protected some of the most stunning landscapes in America.


America’s forests are a critical natural climate solution. Forests and forest products currently offset 15% of the emissions from burning fossil fuels in the United States. Recent research has shown that there is potential to nearly double carbon storage, but climate change is diminishing the ability of forests to store and sequester carbon across the North America.

American Forests is currently managing projects in collaboration with public land management agencies and engaging partners to scale-up the use of climate-informed restoration techniques. Projects include developing and implementing a reforestation plan for the Bureau of Land Management on the Camp Fire scar, implementing reforestation strategies on the King Fire scar on the Eldorado National Forest, and implementing priority whitebark pine restoration strategies in Montana and Idaho. American Forests’ projects use science-based project plans that integrate climate change data in a manner that facilitates climate-informed restoration treatments and dialogue on forest management strategies with agencies and the public. The Senior Manager for Western Forest Science will be an integral member of a team developing and implementing such activities.

The Senior Manager for Western Forest Science will support and build on this growing set of climate-informed restoration projects, evaluate project outcomes, author articles and papers, evaluate and advise on policy and programmatic strategies, and engage with science partners. The Manager will also support the continued growth and development of our national restoration program and provide technical assistance to our policy team working to scale up forest restoration.

The Manager will report to the Senior Director of Forest Restoration and support field staff in the Western United States with a focus on California, Pacific Northwest, and Rocky Mountains.


Ability to demonstrate equivalent education and/or experience in the field of forest management, environmental science, forest ecology or other applicable fields. Three years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree are required. A Graduate degree is preferred. Experience in western forest restoration project or program activities is favorable, as is experience developing science-based restoration landscape prioritizations. A history with interdisciplinary projects in natural and social sciences is also desirable. Skills and experience with spatial analysis and ecological process modelling is greatly desired. A combination of education and experience will be considered in determining relative candidate qualifications.


The majority of work is performed in a general office environment, with seasonal travel to western field sites and Washington D.C. Ideally, the Senior Manager for Western Forest Science will be located in either California or the Pacific Northwest. American Forests has field staff in North Fork, California, Portland, Oregon, and Colorado.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to *American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.


  1. Science Support for Restoration Projects (75%)
    • Engage with partners to design climate-informed restoration projects and plans.
    • Participate in and enhance climate adaptation planning processes while incorporating and tracking scientific information from project efforts.
    • Direct support for restoration projects including quality control and establishment of monitoring protocols.
    • Analyze and summarize research projects for scientific publications and reports.
    • Develop, research and/or synthesize research program needs.
    • Follow on-going research and engage in science networks, distill and summarize science for a dynamic programs, policy, and communications teams.
  1. Community/Partner Engagement (15%)
    • Run/host stakeholder meetings
    • Support or assist public forums/workshops
    • Represent American Forests California State Director in partner meetings
    • Build and maintain relationships with nonprofit conservation organizations, federal agencies and other forest conservation stakeholders.
  1. Other (10%)
    • Support Senior Director of Forest Restoration on a multitude of initiatives
    • Proposal writing and management
    • Budgeting and other administrative tasks
    • Participate in fundraising opportunities
    • Engage in program development efforts
    • Other duties as assigned

About our Work 

The forests of the Western United States are facing unprecedented threats from rising temperatures, increased and prolonged drought, and larger and more intense wildfires. The combined effects of these changes and extreme events are severely stressing the region’s iconic forests and diminishing the natural benefits of forests provide including carbon sequestration, water supply and quality, wildlife habitat, recreation, and timber production. The science is clear that action is needed now to protect these natural benefits.

American Forests is committed accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration efforts through collaborative conservation. As a non-governmental organization that can truly work across landscapes, American Forests hopes to provide support, innovative science-based solutions, technical assistance, and policy insights to accelerate climate informed restoration.

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October 21st, 2020|Categories: Employment, Media Release|Tags: , |