Forestry Technician – Pacific Forest Trust, Inc

Central Coast of Oregon

About Pacific Forest Trust:

Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) delivers landscape-scale private forest conservation in the West and develops innovative incentives for forest conservation and stewardship at the national level. We do so in ways that reward private landowners for managing public benefits, i.e. clean water, a healthy climate, and habitat for abundant native wildlife, as well as private return. Our work sustains rural communities and restores resilient forest landscapes across ownership boundaries. PFT is recognized nationally as a leader in developing new payment systems for ecosystems services, from climate to carbon, working forest conservation easements, watershed and habitat services, and sustainable, renewable biomass energy.

PFT has led the conservation of over 350,000 acres of forestland and developed, acquired, and stewards conservation easements on 118,000 acres. PFT owns 2,100 acres and manages 14,000 acres for sustained timber, water, 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. PFT is thrice accredited by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Learn more at 

About the Opportunity:

We are seeking a talented and passionate Forestry Technician to join our team at Pacific Forest Trust, a leading forest conservation organization. As a Forestry Technician, you will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of our on-the-ground forest management across a number of our managed properties. Additionally, you will be engaged in mapping, modelling and inventory work, while also contributing to the analyses associated with both our conservation easements and fee title acquistions.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Stewardship Forester, coordinate and implement PFT’s restoration forest stewardship programs on PFT managed forests to accelerate the attainment of our long-term ecological goals.
  • Manage/carry-out all aspects of field and operational forestry including inventory, contractor solicitation and supervision, permitting, and coordination with sub-contractors, including loggers, cruisers, road contractors, biologists, and others as needed.
  • Identify ecological restoration opportunities and help secure funding to implement projects.
  • Engage with neighboring landowners and monitor and enforce trespass issues as needed.
  • Travel frequently to the various tracts of PFT managed forests. Travel may be 60% of time
  • Be able to spend full days working in the field.

Desired Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental studies, or related field.
  • At least 2 years technical/field forestry experience in Oregon/California, including silvicultural practices, operational aspects and costs, log markets, and forest inventory.
  • Strong spatial and quantitative/tabular data skills as they relate to forest inventory, data management, and growth-and-yield modeling.
  • Proficient with software programs including Microsoft products, ArcGIS Pro, and forest inventory management programs such as FVS, FPS, etc.
  • Experience in implementing timber management plans.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of private working forest conservation and climate resilient management practices is a plus.
  • Familiarity with fire and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) community is helpful.
  • Self-motivated with passion for well-managed working forests.

If you are a motivated and dedicated individual with a passion for long-term forest management and restoration, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity to make a difference in the world. As a Forestry Technician, you will have a unique chance to help advance our mission and contribute to a more sustainable future.


Frequent local travel, with some regional travel required. Must own a vehicle suitable for travel on native surface forest roads and have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Applicant must be willing and comfortable working and hiking in adverse terrain and weather conditions.


Central-central coastal Oregon. This job requires extensive time in central coastal and southern Oregon as well as some time in northern California.


$50,000 – $65,000, with full benefits

To Apply:

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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