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.

American Forests (AF) is proud to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace. These are our shared values. We welcome individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team to help make a difference individually and collectively as we work toward achieving our mission. We are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful and provides opportunities for advancement and professional growth for every team member.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Vice President of GIS and Data Science, the Web Administrator will manage all of American Forests’ websites. This will include developing new website modules, ensuring plugin stability and security, and managing underlying servers and databases.

This role provides a great opportunity for an early career professional with 0-3 years of related work experience to utilize multiple programming, technology, and organizational skills and explore opportunities to specialize at a rapidly growing, mission driven non-profit. The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and work experience with expertise in programming, problem solving, analytics, project management, and critical thinking.  

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

The Web Administrator is responsible for the following:

Website Management (55%) 

  • Plan, implement, manage, monitor, update, and upgrade the American Forests main site and ancillary sites (Vibrant Cities Lab, Forest Climate Working Group, 1t.org U.S. Chapter, and the Women’s Forest Congress) 
  • Develop end-to-end website functionality tests. 
  • Collaborate with American Forests’ Development & Communications teams to develop strategies to grow subscriber base and web traffic metrics. 

Web Development (35%) 

  • Design and maintain internal tools for organizational productivity (ex: automate data imports, email notifications about donations, etc.) 
  • Convert UI mock ups and designs into reusable web components and templates, considering challenges around scaling to different forms of content and ongoing maintenance. 
  • Develop plans for completing larger website projects (refactoring code, updating pages to a new design format, CI/CD deployment) and implementing creative solutions to website challenges. 

Database support (10%) 

  • Work with program staff, AF’s tech consultant, and others to manage and expand American Forests’ CRM and other databases. 
  • Training or directing users on the correct use of modules within the database systems. 

REQUISITE EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Required:

  • Proficient in using HTML, CSS, and Javascript/Typescript to design websites that work across different browsers and devices. 
  • Familiar with firewalls, remote access to machines, MySQL, and PHP for maintaining the infrastructure underlying websites. 
  • Strong understanding of WordPress or other content management systems (CMS) 
  • Experience with databases, networks (LAN, WAN) and patch management 
  • Experience with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) 

Preferred:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, IT, ems engineering, or related field 
  • Working knowledge of JQuery, PHP, REST, and SOAP as well as UI design 
  • Experience working with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software  

LOCATION & WORKING CONDITIONS

The majority of the work will be performed in a general office environment at our headquarters in Washington, DC within walking distance of several metro stations, multiple bus lines, and Capital Bikeshare. Partial or fully remote work will be considered.

Subject to applicable laws, please note that American Forests requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We will consider requests for accommodation to this vaccination requirement during the recruiting process. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS

This position does not have any supervisory requirements.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@americanforests.org. Your cover letter should include responses to the following prompts along with links to work examples:

  • Please describe a time when you built a new feature for a website. 
  • Systems often behave unexpectedly. Please describe an example where a system misbehaved, how you analyzed the problem, and implemented a solution. 
  • Describe why you would like to work for American Forests. 

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.

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