Policy Associate

  • Pacific Forest Trust
  • San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
  • Aug 11, 2018
Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Research

Job Description


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.


  • 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. 


  • 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

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