Pacific Forest Trust
Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Pacific Forest Trust serves as grantee on a portfolio comprising over 100,000 acres of working forest conservation easements (CEs). This position is responsible for the stewardship of PFT’s CE interests under the supervision of senior staff. Consistent with PFT policies and procedures, and best practices promulgated by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the Stewardship Associate will monitor PFT’s eased forest properties consistent with approved Monitoring Plans, review management plans and timber harvest plans for conservation easement properties, undertake monitoring using both field and remote sensing, contribute to the management and implementation of property information systems, contribute to property baseline development, develop monitoring plans for new acquisitions, and other related CE monitoring and management goals and tasks. In addition, this position provides opportunities to contribute to planning of habitat enhancement and forest resilience projects on our landowners’ properties.
Reports to: Co-CEO; works collaboratively with other Stewardship staff.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Annual Stewardship: Achieve annual goals for each CE property consistent with PFT policies and property history. Implement annual stewardship tasks for existing CE interests, including: landowner communications; comprehensive annual monitoring and site visits; pre- and post-timber harvest or other specialized site visits as may be required under the terms of a conservation easement; responses to landowner requests for approvals or questions on easement terms; and related tasks. Coordinate landowner relationship management with Stewardship Manager.
Monitoring Plans: For each acquired CE, prepare the appropriate monitoring plan consistent with PFT policies, procedures and models. Prepare periodic updates as necessary.
Forest Management and Timber Harvest Plans: Contribute to PFT’s internal review of landowner plans for consistency with CE terms. This includes review and approval of Safe Harbor Agreements entered into by the landowner, consistent with CE terms, to achieve regulatory certainty in management for listed threatened species.
GIS and other data analysis: Contribute to GIS database management, analysis and map-making for PFT Conservation and Stewardship program. Help manage and utilize PFT data for CE properties to monitor compliance with CE terms.
Conservation Easement Violations: Consistent with PFT’s CE Defense and Enforcement Policy, identify actual or potential violations and contribute to managing a successful resolution or CE defense.
Conservation Easement Amendments: Consistent with PFT’s CE Amendment Policy, assure coordination with appropriate Conservation team members for management of amendment process, including support for negotiation of amended terms and obtaining necessary approvals by the parties, under direction of Co-CEO or her designee.
Habitat Enhancement and Collaborative Stewardship Projects: Contribute as needed to development and implementation of habitat restoration, enhancement, and related projects (including fuels management) on CE properties.
Conservation Scoping: As needed, conduct research (including obtaining, organizing and analyzing public and landowner data), fieldwork and mapping for conservation assessment of privately owned forest tracts under consideration by PFT for acquisition of either a conservation easement or fee title interest.
Project Information, Mapping, Baseline Report: As needed, identify and map forest and other natural resources, vegetation types, other characteristics and land uses on candidate properties. Write property and resource descriptions for baseline reports of conserved forests. Prepare necessary maps and tables.
Property Information Systems: For each conservation property, as it is acquired and for on-going stewardship, obtain, organize, analyze and maintain data and other information regarding the property’s resources, management and on-going stewardship.
Outreach: Participate in PFT outreach and general communication efforts with landowners, foresters and other natural resource professionals. Manage/participate in field trips to candidate properties and portfolio properties.
Other tasks as may be required.
Natural resource science and management experience, preferably in the fields of conservation, forestry, or wildlife biology.
A minimum 2 years’ work experience in related field.
Masters degree in natural resource science/management, conservation biology, land use planning or similar required; professional qualifications or other certifications may substitute for advanced degree.
Strong field, research, data analysis and GIS skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Results-orientation with a keen understanding of the steps necessary to achieve goals on deadline and within budget.
Strong initiative and work ethic, with perseverance, resilience and sustained energy.
Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Personable and flexible with a strong capacity to manage time and competing priorities.
Must be available for extensive travel (on average 30%+/- time); able to drive, hike in steep and uneven terrain and carry 25 pounds.
Understanding of ecosystem dynamics and impacts of forest management are highly valued.
Excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills
Fluent with relevant computer applications, e.g., Arc GIS, Access, growth and yield models, as well as Microsoft Office.
Commitment to creative conservation and grasp of overall mission of PFT.
TRAVEL: Significant travel is required. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
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Pacific Forest Trust
Portland, Oregon, USA
This position will play a central role in building and managing PFT’s portfolio of forest conservation projects in Oregon and regionally. The Project Manager will engage with landowners, key funders, and agency stakeholders to identify, initiate, and manage conservation projects and transactions. Particular emphasis will be on advancing our outreach and building our constituency and support in Oregon. PFT’s projects are often large-scale and complex, and involve collaboration with multiple public and private partners. This position will lead and facilitate these projects from inception to closing.
The Project Manager will plan for strategic acquisitions and manage/assist in the completion of easement and fee title projects from outreach through development to closing. All activities will be performed in a manner consistent with PFT’s overall program priorities, policies and procedures as a twice-accredited land trust and publicly supported charity and with our commitment to the highest ethical standards.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Identify and cultivate partnerships through outreach to private forestland owners, foresters, public agencies, elected officials, other resource managers, and other forest stakeholders. This includes one-on-one visits; organizing, attending and/or presenting at meetings, conferences and workshops (including PFT’s own); participating in regional collaboratives of which PFT is a member; and collaborating with other PFT staff on articles and other media.
Actively source and develop conservation easements and fee title projects in PFT priority areas, consistent with PFT’s acquisition policies and procedures.
Develop and implement funding plans for acquisitions by cultivating financial support for PFT at the state, national and local level. Understand and be able to successfully access all potential government funding sources (state, federal, other), as well as philanthropic and private sector financial sources and structures. Prepare proposals and financial analyses. Fulfill reporting requirements of funders.
Negotiate and manage conservation easement acquisitions, including drafting and quality assurance of conservation plans or assessments for the property; supervising property due diligence, including title investigation, site characterization, and environmental assessment; negotiation and drafting of conservation easement deeds; and oversight of transaction closing processes.
Play a key role within PFT’s Conservation and Stewardship team, collaborating with other conservation and stewardship staff.
Minimum of 10 years working in land conservation, including at least 5 years in conservation easement transactions. Forestry or other related resource management background preferred.
Demonstrated success negotiating, financing and managing conservation easement acquisitions.
An understanding of, commitment to, and experience meeting the high standards of land trust accreditation.
Advanced degree, preferably in relevant field of law, resource management or business.
Strong track record of collaboration and partnership with varying stakeholders to develop successful conservation projects.
Expertise and success obtaining funds from public and private sources for land and conservation easement acquisitions and fulfilling funding requirements, including reporting.
Excellent written and oral communication skills to effectively articulate the benefits of working forest conservation to engage potential and existing partners, including forest owners, government agencies and community stakeholders.
Experience building long-term partnerships with stakeholders to develop successful conservation projects.
Experience managing and leading teams.
A commitment to high standards and personal accountability, with strong initiative, perseverance, and resilience.
Commitment to Pacific Forest Trust’s mission and desire to make an enduring contribution to the field of conservation and sustainable forestry.
Fluent with basic computer applications, e.g., Microsoft Office, ArcGIS
Personable and flexible. Able to work under pressure and to manage time and competing priorities. Comfortable and effective working in a small, busy organization.
Must be able to lift 20 pounds and hike across sometimes steep or uneven terrain.
PFT President ; works closely with the Conservation and Stewardship team and Oregon Program Director.
Significant travel is required. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
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