Location: Remote. Must be willing to travel to project sites throughout the country.
Reports to: Natasha Nurse, Head of Talent & Equity
Salary: 75k-95k, dependent on experience
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible; priority application deadline September 1st.
The Indigenous Community & Tribal Liaison works as a liaison between Blue Forest, our partners, and tribes throughout projects across the Western United States. The Indigenous Community & Tribal Liaison will be leading partnership efforts with tribal communities and working to support and amplify the voice of Native American peoples, past and present, to the forefront of conservation and land stewardship work. This position is responsible for creating annual plans that focus on building on, learning from, engaging with and enhancing relationships with tribal nations in each of our projects. In addition, the Indigenous Community & Tribal Liaison is responsible for coordinating with regional, program, and organizational leaders to request appropriate tribal approvals for data collection, analysis and publication (e.g. regional needs and assets, programmatic data and research and evaluation).
Responsibilities & Duties
National and Regional Strategy and Partnership Development (40%)
- Identify key members to establish a Native American advisory group, manage meetings and lead activities involved in existing and future project work across the United States
- Support development and implementation of organizational partnership goals to amplify indigenous community perspectives regarding landscape conservation projects
- Provide strategic guidance on the consideration and inclusion of tribal issues in the development of project plans, programs, and policies
- Implement processes and oversee project timelines to ensure that tribes are consulted at appropriate levels with and included in local, regional, and nationwide plans and initiatives
- Bring opportunities, concerns, and feedback from tribal communities to key internal and external stakeholders as appropriate
- Facilitate appropriate meetings between the project stakeholders and tribal representatives to support positive relationships and advance organizational goals
- Identify proposed projects that can accomplish landscape climate resilience goals while stewarding lands through practices consistent with local indigenous community knowledge and goals
- Establish a place-based profile for promising project opportunities
Communications and Outreach (40%)
- Serve as the key point of contact and assist tribes in navigating communications and project work with the organization
- Develop and implement internal processes to better support communication outreach efforts with external stakeholders, indigenous and tribal communities
- Present how the Forest Resilience Bond works, conservation finance, and the ecosystem services benefits of conservation practices, to indigenous communities and other potential project partners to support an economically viable vision to achieve landscape resilience
- Facilitate collaborations between new and existing tribal communities with Blue Forest to build trust, enhance understanding and improve the quality and effectiveness of organizational programs
- Develop communications materials like 2-pagers, story maps, and explainers for projects, initiatives, and research project deliverables that may support conservation and climate resilience projects
- Work with Blue Forest communications staff to develop outreach strategies
- Contribute to the newsletter and other email and social media campaigns where appropriate and where material can elevate key partners and/or project visibility
Company Culture, Leadership, and Growth (20%)
- Be a champion for company culture, values, and inclusion
- Build competency and baseline understanding with internal team members for project development considerations when working with indigenous and tribal communities
- Proactively identify opportunities and recommend approaches to improve Blue Forest working environment, collaboration, trust, and coordination
- Promote and improve cultural learning, cultural humility, cultural responsiveness, cultural competency, and promote educational and community training with our partners to assure understanding of tribal issues that impact the effectiveness and inclusiveness of organizational programs
- Support team member development/growth and help build a culture where staff are empowered to bring their unique contributions to the team
- Project Management: Project management experience including scoping, managing and executing multiple activities simultaneously, meeting deadlines, and financial management. Excellent time management, prioritization skills, and managing internal and external teams.
- Communication: Strong written and oral communication skills, including distilling and communicating complex processes into presentations and written memos, facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborative discussions, creating effective storytelling products, etc.
- Strategic Leadership and Comfort with Ambiguity: Strategic mindset and ability to prioritize among many needs, bring structure to ambiguous situations, proactively identify innovative solutions, and navigate difficult situations. Excitement to drive and execute both the day-to-day operations and strategy.
- Partnership Driven and Community Engagement Experience: Strong relationship management skills, with demonstrated experience successfully engaging with various Tribal nations.
- People Management: Excitement and ability to manage and coach others on project management and development, navigating verbal and written ambiguity, relationship management, collaborative processes, ecosystem services, etc. Strong ability to engage and translate the needs of various Tribal nations for the current and future success of Blue Forest projects.
- Conservation Practices: Familiar with watershed management, forestry management, stream restoration and aquatic habitat rehabilitation, and/or other conservation practices, the science supporting and outcomes and goals of such work.
Conservation Finance, Ecosystem Services, Utilities or Forestry Expertise: Passionate and understanding of conservation finance, modeling ecosystem services, water and electric utilities, forestry, or other relevant fields. Experience working with the U.S. Forest Service
- Flexible, Collaborative and Innovative: Self-starter and self-motivated. Ability to work independently and also have a team mindset. Willingness to try things and also ask for thought partnership.
- Work Location and Travel: Remote work based, with ability to travel 20-40%. Additionally, Blue Forest hosts an in-person team retreat each year, and team members may also have optional opportunities to visit project sites across the U.S. as needed.
- 100% Employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage
- 401k retirement plan with 4% employer match
- Starting 3 weeks paid vacation and 17 paid holidays
- Paid sick leave
- Long term disability coverage
- Public Land Exploration 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
COVID VACCINE REQUIREMENT
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.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this position, submit a resume and cover letter on Bamboo HR. 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 September 1st, 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 equal 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.
About Blue Forest
About Blue Forest and the Forest Resilience Bond
Blue Forest is an innovative climate finance non-profit that addresses pressing environmental challenges by developing ecological investment opportunities. In partnership with the US Forest Service and the World Resources Institute, Blue Forest developed our signature environmental product, the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), to overcome the funding gap for forest management. As a first of its kind public-private partnership, the FRB enables private capital to catalyze public land management on National Forest land, thereby reducing wildfire risk and promoting ecological sustainability, by valuing the resulting ecosystem services.
Blue Forest is 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. As we grow and develop new financial solutions to pressing environmental problems, we are working to dismantle discrimination and racism in our environmental work and seek to amplify the voices of historically excluded voices in the burgeoning field of conservation finance.