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by Monica Allaby on November 6, 2019

Community Forests International leads climate change adaptation and mitigation by empowering rural communities to thrive with nature. Since 2011, we have protected over 1,200 acres of endangered forest in the Canadian Maritimes and, internationally, improved livelihood and ecological outcomes for 40,000 beneficiaries in the vulnerable region of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The organization has worked alongside dozens of communities to plant over 3 million trees; innovate climate-smart farming and green building technologies; construct renewable energy and rainwater harvesting infrastructure; and set in motion much needed carbon storage ventures that leverage the vitality of natural forests.

The Opportunity

The Project Coordinator will work with a deeply collaborative team to grow the impact of Community Forests International’s forest conservation and restoration projects. We are currently expanding our Acadian Forest Program—including our carbon offsets initiative—as a way to both mitigate climate change and support forest-dependent communities; the Project Coordinator will assist with these scale-up efforts, working closely with other staff to secure funding, steward project partnerships, and deliver key projects and activities. This position will involve a high degree of on-the-job training in the emerging field of ecosystem service valuation. We are looking for someone who is curious, eager, and adaptable. This is a 1-year full-time position with opportunity for extension; due to funding requirements, the successful applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (see below for additional employment conditions).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Program Director, identify forest conservation and restoration opportunities;
  • Work in collaboration with other team members to expand the organization’s forest carbon offsets program and forest regeneration program;
  • Represent the organization’s forest conservation and restoration initiatives at public events, such as conferences and trade-shows;
  • Steward relationships with existing external partners;
  • Ensure timely project reporting to external partners.

This position can be tailored to the successful candidate’s unique skillset and interests; however, we are looking for someone with some of the following skills or experience:

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Post-secondary degree or training in forestry, environmental sciences, business, marketing, public relations or related field considered an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with MS Office, Dropbox, Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress, CRMs and social media.
  • Experience managing a sales or donor pipeline using a CRM would be considered an asset.
  • Experience with ArcGIS would be considered an asset

Community Forests International is committed to diversity in our workplace and encourages applications from traditionally marginalized groups such as, but not limited to: racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are a member of a marginalized community.

Employment Details

  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • 35 hours/week at $19.00/hour
  • 1-year contract with possibility of extension
  • Access to health insurance contribution
  • The successful candidate will work from Forests Intl.’s office at 10 School Lane in Sackville, NB. We share an open-plan office with moderate noise level.
  • We offer a supportive and inclusive working environment, and can provide flexibility regarding working location and hours.

Conditions of Employment

This position is supported through a youth employment program; as such the following conditions of employment apply:

Currently unemployed or underemployed
Intend to lead an environmental career in STEM or natural resources
Have not previously participated in a federal youth employment program
Graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution with a 2-year diploma or 4 year degree
30 years of age or younger, Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status

To apply: Please send a cover letter and a copy of your resumé to Daimen Hardie, Executive Director at jobs@forestsinternational.org by Thursday, November 20th at midnight.

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