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California Reforestation Pipeline Manager

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Feb 24, 2022

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The California State Office implements American Forests’ vision throughout California, leading through collaborative partnerships and climate-smart reforestation projects. With wildfires and climate change threatening the existence of California’s forested lands, we aim to restore and save these landscapes by concentrating our work for the benefit of people, water, wildlife and climate.

The Reforestation Pipeline Partnership (RPP) is a strategic collaboration between the United States Forest Service Region 5 (USFS R5), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE), and American Forests created to address challenges and opportunities in the California Reforestation Pipeline on both public and private lands. The “Reforestation Pipeline” is the system that makes reforestation possible, namely: seed collection, cleaning and storage; nursery production; site prep and planting; post-planting maintenance and monitoring.

The Manager, California Reforestation Pipeline will partner with stakeholders to build and implement reforestation solutions to these challenges. This includes implementing the Reforestation Pipeline Cooperative (RPC). The RPC will focus on identifying pinch points in the Reforestation Pipeline and unlock solutions to address those challenges. The RPC is a multi-year approach that will evolve through three phases: developing communications, collaborating with members between co-op meetings, and advancing development of work products.

This position will work closely with regional partners including the U.S. Forest Service Region 5 (USFS R5), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE), a multitude of nonprofits, and private organizations.


The Manager, California Reforestation Pipeline is responsible for the following duties:

Reforestation Pipeline Cooperative Coordination (35%)

The Manager, California Reforestation Pipeline will work with partners to convene critical conversations and assess the potential for efficiencies throughout the California Reforestation Pipeline by:

  • Convening and hosting regular RPC meetings with a diverse stakeholder group
  • Increasing public-private cooperation
  • Improving coordination and investment in the reliability of California’s reforestation pipeline
  • Working closely with RPC members on developing solutions to bottlenecks in California’s reforestation pipeline.

Collaborative Reforestation Opportunity Assessment (35%)

The Manager, California Reforestation Pipeline will identify needs for addressing capacity limits to reforestation in California and unlock solutions to address these pinch points.

  • Developing an action-oriented strategy for addressing Reforestation Pipeline challenges.

Strategy Support & Implementation (20%)

American Forests will engage with CA agencies, nonprofits, industry professionals and other non-profits as appropriate to execute, support, and/or lead the proposed actions outlined in the CA Reforestation Strategy currently under development. The Manager, California Reforestation Pipeline will work closely with the CA State Director to identify, pursue, and execute opportunities associated with the strategy.

Project Administration (10%)

In addition, the Manager, Reforestation Pipeline Cooperative will be responsible for managing programmatic budgets, engaging with colleagues, and supporting American Forests’ mission as needed.


Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science or related field required or equivalent experience. Master’s is preferred. Working knowledge and experience in forestry, project management, partnership development, facilitation and program organizing is preferred.


This position is based in Central or Northern California. The majority of the work will be performed remotely with some travel requirements throughout California. Most work will be in a general office environment with in-person meetings at various locations throughout the state, as permitted by organizational policies and public health guidelines.


  • 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 has no supervisory requirements.

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.



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