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 and secure the vital forest resources on which we all depend. We do so in ways that reward private landowners, boost local economies, and restore resilient forest ecosystems. PFT has pioneered payments for ecosystem services in multiple ways, from climate, water, and energy policy, to carbon markets, to working forest conservation easements and regulatory efficiencies.
PFT has conserved 265,000 acres regionally, and developed, acquired, and stewarded conservation easements on more than 105,000 acres of forestland in California and Oregon. We also manage 12,000 acres for timber, water, climate, and habitat values. Our projects are outstanding not only for their scale, but for their landscape impacts and high standards for delivering multiple public benefits.
Headquartered in the verdant Presidio of San Francisco, PFT has satellite offices in Sacramento, CA and Portland, OR. PFT has a collegial environment filled with bright minds that generate groundbreaking ideas and work hard to implement them. We also appreciate the value of work/life balance.
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 goals of this position 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.
This position supports PFT’s policy programs to develop and implement practical incentives for private forest conservation and sustainable management. The position’s primary focus is research, analysis and supporting policy development for private forestland conservation incentives in California, Oregon, and Washington with a secondary focus on federal policies.
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.
- 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
PFT’s main office in San Francisco, CA. Travel of up to 10% within California likely, with occasional additional travel.
Submit resume and cover letter to:
Attn: Director of Finance & Administration
The Pacific Forest Trust
1001A O’Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate “Policy Associate” in the subject line.