Forest Stewardship Council US: Forest Management (FM) Specialist

Forest Stewardship Council US

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States


The Forest Stewardship Council-US a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is seeking a remote US based Forest Management Specialist to support the development and implementation of FSC policies (focused most closely on policies that have direct, in-forest impacts) and support our customers in the United States.   

Are you passionate about the environment?  Do you like the idea of helping companies, forest managers, and other stakeholders in achieving their environmental and social goals? FSC-US is a remote team collaborating with more than 400 FSC-International colleagues worldwide, national and multinational companies, environmental and social non-governmental organizations, governments, and philanthropies.  

We are the world’s first and most trusted forest certification program, with over 220 million hectares certified to our standard worldwide, working to connect humanity with nature through sustainable forestry and delivering nature-based solutions to climate change. Working at FSC, you’ll be surrounded by diverse perspectives and problems, inspiring and allowing you to be extraordinary.

As part of the FSC US Policy & Standards team, reporting to the FSC-US Director of Science & Certification, this position supports development of policy solutions that work for US companies and forest managers that are interested or already engaged in forest certification, with an overall goal of promoting responsible forest management.

Essential duties and responsibilities: 

The Forest Management Specialist supports the Policy & Standards team’s efforts on policy development, revision and implementation, and customer service provision related to forest management certification. FSC policies include a large suite of standards, procedures and other normative documents.


What you’ll do:

Policy Development, Revision & Implementation

  • Support development and implementation of US-specific FSC policies
  • Help to analyze proposed FSC policy changes, develop written feedback, and identify other opportunities to advocate for for effective and coherent policies
  • Support engagement with stakeholders in the U.S. to inform this analysis and response
  • Communicate with customers and other U.S. stakeholders about opportunities to provide feedback on international FSC policies and facilitate their input into these processes
  • Gather and analyze data/information and use it to inform proposals for FSC policy changes
  • Support diverse working groups with customers, experts and other stakeholders that are addressing policy issues

Customer Service

  • Answer questions from existing and potential customers regarding FSC’s policy framework
  • Support development of accurate and understandable guidance for FSC policy implementation
  • Support development and implementation of tools and other resources that will create efficiencies, and increase accuracy and consistency of FSC policy implementation
  • Support development and implementation of communication and education materials and events that will increase awareness and understanding of FSC policies amongst existing and potential customers and other interested parties

You may be expected to contribute to our success by performing additional duties that support our vision, mission, and values.

Key Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in an applicable program OR Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years’ experience in a relevant professional role.
  • Preferred: A working level proficiency with ArcGIS.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to organize time and information, manage diverse activities and meet deadlines; demonstrated flexibility to changing situations and priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to adapt as needed to different audiences; confident and effective in representing FSC US in both virtual and in-person settings
  • A professional, customer service mindset, including the ability to be courteous, personable, and tactful when dealing with FSC’s full range of stakeholders
  • Strategic and analytical, but creative in seeking innovative solutions to complex challenges
  • Committed to working collaboratively as a team, but also self-motivated and able to work effectively independently; takes initiative and able to make decisions appropriate to position
  • Ability to occasionally work hours that accommodate colleagues in different time zones around the world.
  • Ability to travel approximately 5-10% of the time within the US for meetings and events.


  • We value a learning mindset and individuals who are invested in our mission.
  • We are a fully remote organization.
  • Our salaries are competitive with similar nonprofits and are adjusted to reflect local living costs. 
  • We provide 100% coverage for employee medical and dental insurance at no charge, with partial coverage for your dependents.
  • Other benefits include generous PTO, an employer-matched 401k retirement account, and work-from-home tools & equipment to support your at-home office needs.

Please note we are only able to consider US-based candidates for this position. The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $85,000 annually, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The deadline for submitting applications is July 26, 2024.

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