Pacific Forest Trust

WOOD, WATER, WILDLIFE, AND WONDER. Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) delivers landscape-scale private forest conservation in the West and develops innovative incentives for forest conservation at the national level. PFT works to conserve irreplaceable private forest landscapes—60% of all forests in the U.S.—and secure the vital forest resources we all depend on. We do so in ways that reward private landowners for managing for public benefits like clean water, a healthy climate, and abundant native wildlife. Our work boosts local economies and restores resilient forest landscapes across ownership boundaries. PFT pioneers new payments for ecosystems services in multiple ways, from climate policy to carbon markets, to working forest conservation easements, to regulatory efficiencies, watershed services, and renewable energy policies.

Headquartered in the verdant Presidio of San Francisco, PFT is a collegial environment filled with bright minds that generate groundbreaking ideas and work hard to implement them. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package. We also understand the value of work/life balance.

Pacific Forest Trust San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Aug 11, 2018
POLICY ASSOCIATE Pacific Forest Trust’s small-yet-mighty, collaborative, creative, and product-oriented policy team requires a nimble staff member who can manage multiple and frequently competing priorities, and produce creatively under pressure—with grace and humor. The Policy Associate role is crucial to helping understand simply and tangibly the complex, often technical issues that confront forest landowners and stakeholders alike in our rapidly changing world. In particular, the Associate will play a key role in furthering PFT’s goals and objectives to expand the role of forests in meeting state, regional and national targets for reductions of CO2   emissions, both at the compliance offset and the sector level. This is a diverse, hands-on position that requires initiative, critical thinking, and playing well with others. The Associate must balance research, analysis, advocacy, communication and organizational tasks with complex, deadline-driven projects. The overarching job goals are to: Research and analyze key issues affecting PFT’s priority policy initiatives; Communicate these simply and effectively; Help formulate positions; and Advocate PFT’s solutions-oriented approach to advancing them.  The right candidate will be a team player in advancing and helping shape PFT’s policy initiatives. TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Research, analyze and report on state and federal legislation and regulations regarding forests, land use, climate change initiatives, tax incentives, and other policy issues related to private forestland management and conservation (e.g., watershed, fish and wildlife, habitat, etc.). Within this, there is a specific focus on forest and climate policy initiatives at the state level for California, Oregon and Washington. Summarize and report on scientific studies and literature regarding climate change, adaptation, ecosystem services and conservation issues related to PFT’s initiatives. Represent PFT in collaborative efforts to initiate new incentives, maintain and improve key state and federal conservation funding and support PFT coalitions in such efforts. Facilitate state and federal legislative and agency engagement with PFT conservation projects. Develop clear, compelling information materials such as white papers, fact sheets, web content, and other educational materials. Participate as part of the PFT policy team, and collaborate with the Conservation, Development and Communication departments on various projects. Assist in other policy initiatives as needed and directed.  QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. Master’s degree in relevant field of forest ecology, climate policy with a forest focus, conservation biology, policy or economics preferred 2-5 years relevant employment experience. Excellent research, writing and analytical skills required. Ability to understand and assimilate complex environmental issues and policies effectively and quickly, convey them simply, and advocate effectively are desired attributes. Proficiency in Macintosh environment needed, with facility in standard computer programs essential. A commitment to creative conservation and the mission of The Pacific Forest Trust, along with humor and a positive, enthusiastic attitude, will distinguish the successful candidate. Valid drivers license and ability to lift 25 pounds are required Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Pacific Forest Trust San Francisco, CA 94129
Aug 11, 2018
Full time
Position Summary Pacific Forest Trust seeks a detail-oriented, collaborative, and experienced leader to manage the acquisition of new conservation easements and the stewardship of those already in PFT’s portfolio and build on our 25 years of success. PFT’s projects are often large-scale and sophisticated and involve collaboration with public and private partners. The Conservation and Stewardship Director will lead and facilitate these conservation easement projects from inception to closing; and oversee their perpetual stewardship by PFT. Specific tasks include participating in forest landowner outreach and constituency building for conservation projects; conservation easement and fee title negotiation and acquisition; agency representation; identifying funding sources and building collaborative partnerships; managing and reviewing appraisals, budgeting and financial reporting; and providing overall project-management consistent with PFT’s policies and our commitment to the highest ethical standards. This position offers a tremendous career opportunity for an energetic and accomplished conservation professional to lead the next generation of Pacific Forest Trust’s partnerships and projects. The Conservation and Stewardship Director will lead the Conservation and Stewardship team consisting of a project manager and a stewardship manager, and utilizing forestry and other natural resource consultants. S/he will work from PFT’s headquarters in the verdant Presidio of San Francisco and report to the President and Co-founder. Key Responsibilities Negotiate, finance and manage PFT’s conservation easement acquisitions. This includes: drafting and quality assurance of conservation plans or assessments for a property; supervising property due diligence, including title investigation; negotiation and drafting of conservation easement deeds; negotiation of option or purchase agreements; management and review of appraisals Identify and cultivate partnerships through outreach to private forestland owners, foresters, public agencies, elected officials, other resource managers, and other forest stakeholders Actively source and develop conservation easements and fee title projects in PFT priority areas, consistent with PFT’s acquisition policies and procedures Effectively manage stewarding, monitoring and compliance of PFT’s previously acquired interests, consistent with PFT’s stewardship related policies and procedures Represent PFT’s Conservation and Stewardship program in stakeholder meetings and other fora Develop and implement funding plans for specific acquisitions by cultivating financial support for PFT at the national and local level through grant writing and management Manage a team of committed colleagues and lead the Conservation and Stewardship team to achieve PFT’s strategic and annual goals Maintain and improve PFT’s conservation and stewardship policies, procedures and detailed, meticulous records in compliance with PFT’s National Land Trust Accreditation Qualifications Significant experience in conservation easement with a track record of negotiating, financing and managing conservation easement acquisitions. Excellent communication skills to effectively articulate the benefits of working forest conservation to engage PFT’s potential and existing partners, including forest owners, government agencies and community stakeholders. Experience building long-term partnerships with stakeholders to develop successful conservation projects Expertise and success obtaining funds from public and private sources for land and conservation easement acquisitions; with fulfillment of funding requirements, including reporting. Experience managing and leading teams A commitment to high standards and personal accountability and a passion for excellence Strong commitment to Pacific Forest Trust’s mission and passion to ensure the permanence of conservation easement stewardship Desire to make an enduring contribution to the field of conservation and sustainable forestry Advanced degree or equivalent professional training in natural resource management (especially forestry), conservation real estate, and/or law Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com