ABOUT AMERICAN FORESTS:
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.
The California State Manager serves as the point person between American Forests California State Director and the successful execution of on-the-ground project work. In this capacity, the California State Manager provides administrative support, grant/project management, and engagement responsibilities. The California State Manager role is ideal for highly organized and detail-oriented candidates that are able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously. The California State Manager has the opportunity to gain diverse experiences and skills around forest restoration and social issues while making a positive impact. Specific responsibilities can be found below.
Ability to demonstrate equivalent education and/or experience in the field of natural resources, forest management, environmental science or other applicable fields. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required. Experience, trainings, or certification in project management, grant writing/management, or financial management is a plus. Experience in California forest restoration project or program activities is favorable. A combination of education and experience will be considered in determining relative candidate qualifications.
- Oral and written communication skills
- Juggle competing priorities
- Work effectively with teams
- Strong project management skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel & Power Point)
WORKING CONDITIONS & LOCATION:
The majority of work is performed in a general office environment, with occasional opportunities to travel or be in the field. American Forests headquarters is in Washington D.C. however the California office is located in North Fork California which is an hour north of Fresno and 40 minutes south of Yosemite National Park (south entrance).
TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will remain open until adequate and competitive candidates submit apply. Please note that we are hoping to fill the position ASAP. *American Forests in an equal opportunity employer.
- Project Management and Administration (60%)
- Provide oversight on projects, including tracking project progress and documenting outcomes and deliverables
- Review, create and manage contracts
- Participate and enhance climate adaptation planning processes while incorporating and tracking scientific information from project efforts
- Direct management support for California grants including but not limited to Climate Change Response Framework initiatives.
- Prepare and review program budgets and financial reporting
- Science Engagement (20%)
- Contribute to climate adaptation science development and implementation efforts
- Analyzed and summarize research projects for scientific publications and reports
- Develop, research and/or synthesis research program needs
- Community/Partner Engagement (15%)
- Run/host public meetings and all pre/post meeting logistics (i.e. meeting prep, meeting minutes, follow up communications or research)
- Support or assist public forums/workshops
- Represent American Forests CA State Director in partner meetings
- Build and maintain relationships with nonprofit conservation organizations, federal agencies and other forest conservation stakeholders.
- Other (5%)
- Support California State Director on a multitude of initiatives
- Participate in/on fundraising opportunities
- Engage in program development efforts
- Conduct site visits to evaluate restoration projects
- Other duties as assigned
About our Work
California’s forests 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 California 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.
While American Forests is actively engaged in activities across the country, leadership has prioritized California as both an area of concern and opportunity. As such, American Forests has committed resources to best accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration efforts through collaborative conservation. As a non-governmental organization that can truly work across landscapes (public and private lands with public and private funds), American Forests hopes to provide support, innovative science-based solutions, technical assistance, and policy insights to build upon state-wide efforts.
Currently the California office of American Forests is having critical conversations with organizations across the state. Efforts include but are not limited to:
- Program and project development with landowners throughout the Sierra Nevada to best leverage resources and expand on-the-ground impacts that provide key ecosystem services around water and carbon for the entire state.
- Working with public land managers to execute large scale reforestation efforts on iconic fire scars across the state while encouraging climate-smart site preparations and planting techniques.
- Designing and executing a climate-smart planning process for the Sierra National Forest through Climate Change Investment funds.
- Playing a leadership role in state-wide discussions, including the involvement in the Governors Forest Management Task Force.
American Forests has a long history of partnering with the USDA Forest Service, State of California, Conservation Districts and other partners to implement restoration projects. Since 1991, the work has led to the planting 6 million trees in the state. This position will play a key role in strengthening and deepening American Forests’ role in California.
For more information, visit https://www.americanforests.org/our-work/american-releaf/california/