About Pacific Forest Trust

We sustain America's forests for all their public benefits of wood, water, wildlife, and people's well-being in cooperation with landowners and communities.

Career Opportunities

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.

Available Positions:

Forest Conservation Director

Pacific Forest Trust is looking for an energetic and accomplished conservation professional to lead the next generation of Pacific Forest Trust’s partnerships and projects, working with our able Conservation and Stewardship staff to leverage 25 years of success. Learn more and apply.

Project Manager: Healthy Watersheds California

Pacific Forest Trust is seeking an ambitious Project Manager to help develop the financing mechanisms, implementation approach and on-the-ground projects for the comprehensive restoration and conservation of the primary watersheds supplying California’s water system, specifically those watersheds supplying the Oroville and Shasta reservoirs. The Manager will play the lead role in proposing and developing financing, including federal and state loans; assist in developing the structuring of implementation; and play a lead role in stakeholder outreach and relationships, including with water contractors and agencies as well as public and private financing bodies.  A well-qualified applicant will have strong project finance skills, solid experience in project management, be an excellent communicator and skillful in organizing stakeholders.

Healthy Watersheds California (HWC) is an innovative initiative to finance the comprehensive restoration and conservation of source watersheds as essential components of water infrastructure systems. PFT is developing the policies, technical assessments, financing, and implementation plans needed to leverage public and private capital to invest in comprehensive source watershed protection and restoration, similarly as to how built infrastructure is financed. This project will increase the climate resilience of key watersheds and enhance water security for 28 million water consumers, eight million acres of irrigated agricultural land and the freshwater for San Francisco Bay. Click here to apply.

Stewardship Manager

Do you love forests and the people, critters and communities who depend on them?  Are you an accomplished land conservation stewardship professional that wants to make a lasting impact with your work? Do you enjoy working with landowners and other partners to achieve shared conservation goals?

Pacific Forest Trust has a rare opening for a seasoned conservation easement stewardship professional to join our exemplary team. PFT holds 28 conservation easements protecting close to 100,000 acres and has facilitated the permanent protection of another 150,000 more.  PFT owns 1450 acres; and we also manage 12,500 acres for other conservation-minded owners. The right candidate knows how conservation easements work and understands what it takes to methodological monitor them to assure they last.  You are nimble, resourceful, forest-management savvy.  You have a knack for working with landowners and other stakeholders. You love data and the details of land stewardship. Learn more and apply.

Conservation Project Manager

Are you an accomplished land conservation professional that wants to make a lasting impact with your work at the landscape scale? Are you a successful, detail-oriented manager and a skilled conservation easement negotiator with a proven track record?

PFT has a rare opening for a conservation easement professional to join our exemplary conservation and stewardship team. PFT holds 28 conservation easements protecting close to 100,000 acres and has facilitated the permanent protection of another 150,000 more —with many significant projects in the pipeline.  We have expanded the use and quality of working forest conservation in California, Oregon and across the nation through creative partnerships with landowners, public agencies and communities. The right candidate understands how to facilitate conservation easement projects from inception to closing.  He or she loves natural forest landscapes, but also sees the importance of sustaining working forests with wild qualities. She or he is nimble, resourceful, and has a knack for working with landowners, key funders, and agency stakeholders. Learn more and apply.