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Forest Planning Project Coordinator

Website outdooralliance Outdoor Alliance

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Employment Type: Contract

Job Title: Forest Planning Project Coordinator

Reports to: Land Use Planning and GIS Director

Location: Remote in Pacific or Mountain time zone preferred; or other remote location strongly considered.

About Outdoor Alliance: Outdoor Alliance works to engage the human-powered outdoor recreation community to drive policy outcomes that support conservation and sustainable and equitable recreation access. Outdoor Alliance is a coalition of human-powered outdoor recreation nonprofits, including Access Fund, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Mountaineers, American Alpine Club, Colorado Mountain Club, the Mazamas, and Surfrider Foundation. We unite the voices of the outdoor community to conserve public lands and ensure those lands are managed in a way that embraces the human-powered experience. We work with the policy experts from our national member groups to track important issues, lead advocacy, and give the outdoor community meaningful opportunities to engage and make a difference. We believe that a unified outdoor recreation community makes a crucial contribution to protecting the outdoors. Visit www.outdooralliance.org to learn more.


Position Description:

Outdoor Alliance is looking for a dynamic and dedicated Project Coordinator to join our Forest Planning team in protecting public lands and waters to improve equitable access to outdoor recreation and ensure climate resilient ecosystems and communities. If you are looking for a chance to make a meaningful and enduring difference in the health of public lands and waters and nearby communities, consider this exciting opportunity.

Outdoor Alliance’s forest planning work includes seven national forests across six states – covering more than 15 million acres. The forest plan revision process spans four to six years on average and includes opportunities for public involvement at different stages of the process. The two core priorities of this position are to: 1) provide support the Land Use Planning Director regarding project management tasks associated with Outdoor Alliance’s Forest Planning Program, and 2) ensure that grassroots leaders and community stakeholders are supported in driving long-term forest planning work through collaborative engagement and NEPA related public involvement opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be proficient in project management and must be able to balance concurrent forest planning processes, and also have experience navigating diverse interests in a collaborative setting and working with a variety of constituents to develop consensus. Through consensus building, the Forest Planning Project Coordinator will work with grasstops leaders, partners, Tribes, agencies, and other constituents to help develop a blueprint for what sustainable recreation, equitable access, climate change resiliency, and conservation designations look like in Outdoor Alliance priority forests.

This will be a remote position, with opportunities for travel and the chance to develop a diverse, professional network with local, regional, and national groups. There will be ample opportunities to gain policy experience and make a difference across 15 million acres of public land.

As we work to build an inclusive outdoors, we strongly value candidates who bring a diversity of perspectives and outdoor experiences to the role. Outdoor Alliance is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are considered. As an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.


About our Land Use Planning and GIS Program:

  • Outdoor Alliance’s current land management priorities include:
  • Developing robust forest plans in priority forests that contain sustainable recreation, equitable access, climate change resiliency, and conservation designations that are informed by community values and priorities and are broadly supported;
  • Use forest planning as the headwaters for legislative protective designation campaigns that will permanently protect more land and water;
  • Continue our work to engage both Tribal governments and Indigenous communities during land management planning efforts; and
  • Making public lands and waters a part of climate solutions.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating forest planning activities with Outdoor Alliance member organization staff and grasstops leaders, including:
    • Coordinating forest planning work plans;
    • Convening grasstops leaders and working group members through regular meetings (i.e., professional “cat herder”);
    • Communicating changes and progress of forest planning work plans for the purposes of grant reporting;
  • Participating and leading regular meetings with collaborative groups and partners;
  • Building and sustaining key relationships within the geographical region;
  • Providing bi-weekly updates to Director; and
  • Assist in the technical review of forest plan revision public documents and contribute to drafting comments on priorities for sustainable recreation, equitable access, climate change resiliency, and conservation designations.

Required Attributes:

  • Experience coordinating concurrent projects with multiple partners/stakeholders and experience working directly with community members from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate with diverse communities in an authentic way.
  • A project management mindset.
  • A strong self-starter with excellent time management, patience, and a positive attitude.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Professionalism. Approaches others in a tactful manner; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; and follows through on commitments.
  • Teamwork. Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; and contributes to building a positive team spirit.
  • Passion for outdoor adventure, conservation, and equitable access to the outdoors.

Preferred Attributes:

  • Experience working with Tribal Nations or Indigenous community members on land management planning processes.
  • Experience drafting forest plan revision comment letters.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or web-based mapping platforms conducting spatial analysis, creating data visualizations, developing web maps, or managing geospatial data.

Remote work and travel: Candidates will need to furnish their own computer with video/web camera and have access to reliable internet service. Video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams are regularly used. Any business travel expenses associated with the position will be covered by Outdoor Alliance.

Estimated work hours: 80 hours per month. Candidate must be available to work during normal business hours in Pacific Time Zone (typically between 10 am – 3 pm PT).

Contract Salary: $2,500 – $2,900 monthly, depending on experience

How to Apply:

Applications are due November 28. Please send a cover letter, resume, and one short writing sample to employment@outdooralliance.org with “Forest Planning Project Coordinator – [Your Last Name]” in the subject line. The writing sample should be for a technical or professional audience (e.g., comment letter, testimony, research paper). Please attach all documents as a single pdf file, and include your last name in the name of the document.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@outdooralliance.org

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