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. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building. We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people. Established in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. working to restore urban forests and forested landscapes.
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The forest resilience needs in the western U.S. are growing. The combined effects of climate change, fire exclusion policy, and other factors have left forests of the inland and coastal northwest vulnerable to increasingly large and severe wildfires, drought, and insects and disease outbreaks. At stake is the integrity of drinking water, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration and storage, and cultural and economic values.
American Forests is working with public agencies, tribes, and regional non-governmental organizations to advance forest resilience scientific assessments, strategic planning, and on-the-ground forest restoration projects. We are seeking a Pacific Northwest Senior Manager to help anchor our work in this important region. The right candidate will have the opportunity to lead and support programs focused on:
- Assessing reforestation needs and associated workforce and nursery capacity needs;
- Directing American Forests’ field-based restoration staff and contractors working on post-fire restoration on public and private lands;
- Developing long-range strategic plans for forest restoration (pre- and post-fire);
- Advancing forest climate mitigation science, policy, and practice;
- Developing and managing existing and new place-based reforestation projects;
- Advancing inter-governmental coordination and private sector involvement in accelerated forest restoration initiatives;
- Deployment of climate-adapted reforestation.
In coordination with other members of American Forests’ Resilient Forests Team, the Pacific Northwest Senior Manager will help lead and grow our work in Oregon and Washington. This includes managing existing projects and developing new priority projects and partnerships, supporting fundraising, helping advance scientific and policy analyses to support accelerated adoption of climate-adapted post-fire restoration and other resilience treatments. The Pacific Northwest Senior Manager will be directly responsible for managing projects and associated budgets, representing American Forests in regional networks, and leading the coordination of communications, fundraising, and program strategy in the region.
Project Management and Leadership (50%)
The Senior Manager Pacific Northwest will manage existing projects and partnerships and lead project execution. This will include developing project work plans; managing budgets and project timelines; securing and supervising contractors and seasonal staff; supervising staff as directed; completing project deliverables.
Project Development (35%)
Work with regional partners and American Forests’ leadership to develop new projects, including project scoping and team development, proposal writing, and identifying reforestation partnership opportunities.
Regional Coordination of American Forests’ Reforest America Initiative (15%)
American Forests’ Reforest America initiative has supported the planting of over 65 million trees over the last 30 years. We have active reforestation partnerships in the Pacific Northwest. The Senior Manager will coordinate with other American Forests’ staff and place-based partners.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
While we do not expect any one candidate to possess all of these qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal skills and qualities:
A college degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Science or a related field is required. Advanced degree a plus.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in developing and leading partnerships with public agencies, tribes, private landowners, and/or non-profits. Experience working with such partnerships in Washington and Oregon is highly desired. Competitive candidates will possess at least seven (7) years of experience in natural resource policy or management, with significant project/program management experience. Candidates with comparable experience and skill sets will also be considered. We highly value a proven ability to get things done and a proven track record of excellence in project management and execution. The ideal candidate will be a self-starting problem solver with a background in forest science and management, forest policy, and/or collaborative conservation. Anability to learn and adapt quickly is also important.
- Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated reliability, and attention to detail.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Experience and comfort using technical software applications and spreadsheets.
- Ability to work in a fast paced/high volume environment.
LOCATION & WORKING CONDITIONS
The position will focus on work in Oregon or Washington and will require local travel to engage with partners and assess projects in both states. The position will be remotely based in Oregon or Washington. The position will travel throughout the region and occasionally to Washington D.C. to engage with colleagues. This position will be approximately an even split between fieldwork and office work.
- Must be comfortable with prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing at a desk and working on a computer.
- Must be able to lift up to 10-15 pounds at a time.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to provide access to all individuals along the continuum of human ability and experience.
This position will supervise restoration crews and other staff as needed.
American Forests is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.
If you are unable to submit your resume due to a disability, contact American Forests to request an accommodation or alternate application process.