Head of Talent & Equity – Job Description

Application Timeline: Rolling, position open until filled. April 16th Priority Deadline.

Location: Remote; Northern California or Pacific Northwest preferred.

Reports to: Nick Wobbrock, Chief Operating Officer

Compensation Package: Compensation $100-$130k, dependent on experience.

Position Summary

The primary responsibilities of the Head of Talent & Equity at Blue Forest are to help lead Blue Forest’s efforts to create an inclusive organizational culture, increase hiring across a more diverse pool of candidates, and strengthen people operations best practices. This includes ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion is embedded in hiring, retention, investing in our current team members’ growth, onboarding, benefits and compensation, and culture. To date, Blue Forest has hosted quarterly DEI workshops for 18-months and started 3 DEI working groups on topics of Hiring, DEI Principles, and Tribal Engagement. With the expectation of hiring an additional 10+ team members in 2022, we are looking for a Head of Talent & Equity to ramp up this hiring and bring in a diverse slate of candidates to help expand the diversity of the Blue Forest team while building company culture with a DEI lens. Success for the Head of Talent & Equity will be accomplished by incorporating equity into every aspect of human resource management, organizational culture, and supporting organizational partnerships. Blue Forest looks forward to learning how the performance objectives below could center equity and inclusion with an intentional and proactive management vision.

Performance Objectives:

Managing the Full Talent Life Cycle

Facilitate recruitment, interview process, and coordination
Employ best practices to solicit candidates from as broad and diverse a range as possible
Develop job descriptions with managers to meet anticipated needs of Blue Forest
Recommend tools, systems, platforms to support and streamline the recruitment/hiring process
Provide leadership support in the development of department goals and talent acquisition strategies that will favorably impact our efforts and overall business plans
Formalize a formal and supportive employee performance review and professional development process

Leading and Performing Human Resources Operations

Onboard new employees with company systems, orientations, paperwork, and benefits
Process and manage all payroll tasks, interfacing with ADP payroll service
Manage and administrate company benefits portfolio and employee enrollments, including ongoing evaluation of company benefits through an equity lens and making recommendations to improve and support employee benefit programs
Evaluate industry compensation and establish competitive and equitable compensation bands and benefits with approval from the leadership team and board of directors
Manage company policies for employer / employee compliance and compliance with funding sources such as federal government, state agency, and private foundations
Help support resource planning and anticipate future company hiring needs

Strengthening Company Culture

Be a champion for company culture, values, and inclusion
Plan team gatherings, and support a fun and dynamic remote work environment
Support and lead company DEI initiatives such as leading workshops or trainings
Identify opportunities and recommend approaches to improve Blue Forest working environment, collaboration, trust, and coordination
Help to establish working norms and expectations within Blue Forest and collaborative partnerships

Skills/Experience You Possess:

5+ years HR experience, non-profit preferred
Experience embedding equity and racial justice throughout talent life cycle & HR functions
Ability to recruit, coach, and support the development of diverse, values-aligned, and driven talent
Human resource credentials, such as ​​ SHRM or SPHR, are preferred but not required
An interest in environmental and/or conservation work
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail and a commitment to operational development
The ability to work across internal departments to foster relations, community, and company cohesion
You are a self-starter & self-motivated, both able to work independently and within teams
The interest and ability to work remotely


100% Employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage
401k retirement plan with 4% employer match
3 weeks paid vacation and 17 paid holidays
Sick time
Long term disability coverage
Explore the Outdoors Stipend (reimbursements for visits to National Parks & National Forests)
Monthly Home Office Stipend or Co-Working Space provided
Additional stipend  to cover home internet and cell service
3 months paid family leave
Professional development stipend
Option for non-taxable contributions towards repayment of student loan debt, up to $5,250 per year, in lieu of salary


All Blue Forest staff are required to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines that term. Proof of full vaccination shall be a condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work, except where prohibited by law. Blue Forest is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and the company will engage in the interactive process regarding reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability/medical condition; a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance; or a claimed exemption under applicable state law.


To apply to this position, submit a resume and cover letter on Bamboo HR. The cover letter should reference your interest and experience managing people operations and the opportunity for how you would lead equity initiatives at Blue Forest. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. People from historically underrepresented populations and candidates with non-traditional career paths are especially encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and those submitted by Sunday, April 16th, will be given priority consideration.

If participating in the interview process would require you to incur additional expenses to participate, such as childcare, please let us know and we are happy to reimburse for reasonable expenses incurred up to $30/hour for twice the length of each interview in which you participate. There will be space to request this reimbursement upon offer of an interview.

Blue Forest provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.

Tagged as: DEI, diversity, equity, talent

About Blue Forest Conservation

About Blue Forest:

Blue Forest is an innovative conservation finance non-profit that develops financial tools and investment opportunities to address pressing environmental challenges. We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, foresters, finance, and communications professionals committed to the mission of “Financial Innovation for Sustainable Solutions” through our culture of learning, collaboration, diligence, and innovation.

Blue Forest recognizes that the fields of both finance and public land conservation have histories of exclusion and discrimination based on race, ability, gender, socio-economic background, and sexual orientation. Today, Blue Forest works towards being an environmental organization actively working to dismantle discrimination and racism in our teams and environmental work. As the Head of Talent and Equity  you would play a key role in our committment to embedding equity throughout our work, inclusive practices, and growing as an anti-racist organization. We acknowledge that DEI work is an ongoing process that we have and will continue to seek to implement throughout our organization. As we grow and develop new financial solutions to pressing environmental problems, we are seeking to amplify the voices of historically excluded voices in the burgeoning field of conservation finance. Blue Forest has identified the following three areas as priorities in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work: (i) Recruitment, Hiring and Retention, (ii) Culture Alignment with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles, and (iii) Engagement with Tribal and Native Nations.