Manager, Reforestation Partnerships
Washington, D.C. or Remote
Type of Job
Dependent on Experience
Mar 4, 2022
About the job
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 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.
We hope you find your future with us.
Reforestation is one of the greatest natural and working lands opportunities to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions both globally and in the U.S. Reforestation practices, including tree planting, have the potential to deliver as much as 37 percent of needed mitigation. Additionally, restoring forest landscapes degraded by land use change or natural disturbances, like severe wildfire, creates numerous environmental co-benefits, such as clean water, reduced flooding, improved soil health, expanded wildlife habitat, and enhanced forest resilience to climate change effects.
Reforesting landscapes also advances socio-economic benefits. For instance, every $1 million invested in rural reforestation in North America supports as much as 27 jobs across the reforestation pipeline from seed collection and storage, tree seedling production at nurseries, preparing sites for planting, and post-planting maintenance and monitoring.
These ecological and economic benefits have generated enthusiasm and momentum for largescale reforestation activities globally including The Bonn Challenge and United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Most recently, the World Economic Forum launched the Trillion Trees Initiative (1t.org), a campaign aimed at conserving, growing and restoring 1 trillion trees globally by 2030. American Forests and the World Economic Forum launched the U.S. Chapter of 1t.org in 2020 to catalyze U.S. action toward the global goal.
There is tremendous potential for reforestation across the U.S. A recent estimatesuggests there are up to 133 million acres of land suitable for reforestation and tree planting in the U.S. These reforestation opportunities exist in every state and across private, public and tribal lands.
Over the last 30 years, American Forests has supported the planting of over 65 million trees. The Reforestation Manager will continue this legacy by helping American Forests restore forests in priority landscapes. This work includes developing new reforestation partnerships, assessing project benefits, conducting project monitoring and site visits, and managing grants.
The Reforestation Manager is responsible for the following duties:
Project Management (50%)
· Manage restoration grants, including solicitation, agreements, tracking, reporting, and payments.
· Maintain internal project database and records to track project outcomes.
· Coordinate closely with Development and Finance Departments to collect information and maintain records on restoration projects.
· Support Development and Communications teams by providing information on projects and outcomes, story lines and costs.
Partner Engagement (30%)
· Build and maintain relationships with restoration partners and forest restoration community.
· Provide technical assistance to partners and forest restoration community on how to develop successful landscape-scale restoration projects using concepts from silviculture, forest ecology, conservation biology, and climate science.
Project Evaluation (20%)
· Use a robust set of models to estimate benefits of forest restoration. Metrics include carbon sequestration, water quantity/quality, air quality and habitat.
· Administer follow-up protocols to document progress, successes and challenges over time, and validate project benefits.
· Develop methods for current and past projects to inform broader restoration strategies.
· Assist in developing program strategies.
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.
· Minimum of 3 years related work experience preferred (e.g., environmental restoration, project management, partnership development, facilitation, program organizing, and technical assistance)
· Experience working with government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
· 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
This position would ideally be based in Washington, D.C., but remote work is an option. 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.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.