Forest Program Assoc. (Sustainable Northwest) Closes 12/23/2015

Job Announcement: Forest Program Associate

Background: Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive. We work to create healthy and productive landscapes that benefit both human and natural communities. Our vision is a Northwest where rural communities thrive in harmony with the landscape. In all of our work, we promote: 1) collaborative, community-based solutions, 2) networks that connect people and ideas, and foster innovation, 3) business models and markets that are sized appropriately to the sustainable natural resource base, and 4) public policy that supports sustainable natural resources management. This is an exciting time as collaboration and innovation are strongly influencing natural resource management in the Northwest, and Sustainable Northwest is at the forefront of using these approaches to benefit wildlife and people.

Job summary: The Forest Program Associate will work as part of a team and independently at Sustainable Northwest. The Program Associate will work to increase the team’s effectiveness and impact. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to working with diverse stakeholders, agencies, academic institutions, and funders to: 1) research and convey the newest forestry-related science, technology, and policy; 2) assist in the development and delivery of well-organized and transparent collaborative processes and educational programs; 3) facilitate and plan forest collaborative meetings and field tours that work to advance agreements on forest restoration projects; and 4) support fundraising activities in the Forest Program. This position is based in Portland, Oregon.

Qualifications: The Forest Program Associate should possess the following:  Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree in environmental sciences, social sciences, forestry or related discipline preferred;  At least two (2) years’ experience in the practical application of public lands management, human-dimensions of forestry, and natural resource policy;  Working knowledge of forest-related issues in the West, including federal forest management preferred;  Excellent written and oral communication skills;  Existing relationships, or the proven ability to develop relationships, with key stakeholders representing industry, community, academic, government, tribal, and environmental organizations.  Facilitation experience, with the ability to empower diverse interests, potentially with conflicting views, to find areas of common ground;  Experience planning meetings, events, workshops, and conferences;  Ability to effectively work independently, in a team, and with people of diverse backgrounds;  Fundraising experience, including grant writing and reporting;  Experience working or living in rural communities preferred; and  The ability for travel across the Pacific Northwest.

Compensation: The salary range is from $40,000 - $45,000 commensurate with experience. Sustainable Northwest offers generous benefits including full medical, dental and vision insurance, employer contributions to a 403b account, annual TriMet pass, and a bike commuter maintenance benefit.

Equal opportunity employer: Sustainable Northwest is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status entitled to protection under federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and your qualifications by December 23, 2015 to: Andrew Spaeth, aspaeth@sustainablenorthwest.org. No phone calls.