Does the opportunity to keep Washington the Evergreen State motivate and inspire you? Are you excited to stand with local communities to protect forests so we have clean water to drink, and healthy lands that support fish, wildlife, and people? If so, join our team!
The Forest Program Director leads Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters’ forest work. This position will supervise a talented team of two full-time staff members and one part-time contractor, and reports to the Chief Policy Officer. They determine the forest program’s overall strategic direction and are responsible for achieving the program’s goals. They represent the program externally with partners and funders for WEC and WCV and serve on multiple committees and coalitions that address forest management on state and private lands.
WEC and WCV’s forest program works to improve management of state and private forests through policy tools and advocacy that value the full range of benefits from our forests. In recent years, we have focused on actions like expanding access to conservation finance, recognizing the role of natural and working lands in addressing climate change within state policy and ensuring that clean water and endangered species are protected by the state’s forest practices. This position is one of three policy program directors at WEC and WCV and is a member of the Senior Management Team.
Who we are
Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.
Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. WCV is committed to making sure all people in Washington have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.
By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of 35 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period of time. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our downtown office.
We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $75k – $85k depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including employer paid medical, vision and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical.