Earthworm Foundation (EF) is an international, dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

EF is seeking a motivated Forest Program Manager for the US and Canada, based in Seattle, WA, or other continental US location to be approved, with experience in forest product supply chains, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a passion for working with local producers and communities to generate value, and a desire for a fast-paced career with an international non-profit that builds relationships across companies, governments, and civil society to bring responsible products to market.

The Forest Program Manager drives innovation at all levels of the forest product supply chain by working with forest managers, forestry associations, mills, buyers, and brands to understand their business, improve their collaboration, and drive responsible forest production. They will join the US Forest Team and the Global Pulp & Paper Team to design and implement solutions to some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges in working forests such as those in British Columbia and the US Southeast (primary geographies for this role.)

The EF US team works closely with companies based in North America that source raw and processed forest products from around the globe. The Forest Program Manager will serve as a guide to these companies as they develop robust policies, identify environmental and social issues within their supply chains, and take meaningful action in producer countries spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

The successful candidate will be an outgoing relationship builder, a thoughtful and persuasive communicator, critical thinker, pragmatic problem solver, a team player, and a self-starter who thrives in a dynamic and diverse work environment.

What We Offer

·        A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.

·        An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team of passionate people.

·        The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business.

Responsibilities and Scope

·        Collaborate with companies, forest managers, NGOs, government agencies, civil society, and internal teams to shape our approach to forest products in the US and Canada (primary geographies for this role)

·        Support the Global Pulp & Paper Team’s supply chain work for North American companies in producer countries spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia

·        Create compelling solutions that drive sustainability impacts, have a clear value-add, and that industry and producers can adopt

·        Manage key relationships with Member companies, including preparing proposals, negotiating contracts, coordinating complex, multi-year work plans, and tracking progress against agreed upon goals and budgets

·        Identify prospective companies which present the opportunity to increase our impact on responsible forest production

·        Build strong relationships with current and prospective Members, partner organizations, experts, and other stakeholders

·        Serve as a subject matter expert on temperate and boreal forests as well as pulp, paper and biomass and keep up with relevant news in order to adjust forest product strategies as necessary

·        Effectively represent EF at industry events and conferences

·        Support Members and partners in supply chain environmental and social risk and opportunity analysis, mapping, and reporting

·        Support Members on stakeholder, supplier and customer engagement

·        Develop Member-related communication tools and documents

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

·        Combined academic and workplace experience equivalent to 4+ years in forestry, forest product supply chains, environmental management, or a related field

·        Expertise in temperate and/or boreal forests (the forest ecosystems within our primary geographies)

·        Professional experience in social impact initiatives, community & indigenous rights, and/or labor rights

·        Proven success in fundraising, sales, marketing or relationship management

·        Demonstrated ability to coordinate teams to deliver on complex projects

·        Clear passion and understanding for environmental, labor and social responsibility issues

·        Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

·        Excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail

·        Ability to apply strategic thinking to help drive sustainability initiatives in company procurement systems

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint and Word

·        Ability to work autonomously and manage multiple projects

·        Commitment to client confidentiality

Additional desired qualifications:

·        Knowledge of biomass products and supply chains

·        Knowledge of international forest product certification programs

·        Experience in international supply chain management

·        International work experience

·        Experience in business development

·        Experience in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives

·        Lived or working experience with Indigenous or First Nations communities

Language skills:

·        Fluency in English (written and spoken)

Personal characteristics:

·        Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, resilience, and supply chains

·        Adept at animating companies and catalyzing multi-stakeholder collaborations

·        Hands-on, practical, innovative

·        Flexibility, initiative and a positive attitude

·        Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team

·        Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously

·        Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:

o   Focus on action and on-the-ground results

o   Entrepreneurial spirit

o   Client-focused

o   Open collaboration and communication

o   Humble

o   Respect for each other

Working conditions / Physical effort:

·        Based in Seattle, WA, or working remotely from another continental US location to be approved

·        Air travel with maximum frequency of once per month within the US and Canada, with possible infrequent international travel

·        Scheduling flexibility to accommodate calls and meetings across global time zones while maintaining healthy work/life balance

·        Reports to Country Head for US and Canada

Other information:

·        Full-time position (40 hours/week)

·        Immediate start

·        Valid US work authorization required


·        25 days paid leave per year

·        10 paid public holidays

·        Paid sick and safe time

·        10 weeks paid parental leave (supplemental to state parental leave programs)

·        Short/Long term disability and Life insurance

·        Employer subsidized medical and dental insurance

·        Simple IRA pension plan with employer match

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to usa.recruitment@earthworm.org by Friday, January 7, 2022. Please put your last name and FPM2021 in the subject line of the email, and let us know how you first learned of this vacancy.  Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Tagged as: biomass, environmental management, forestry, pulp and paper, stakeholder engagement

About Earthworm Foundation

EF currently has presence in 16 countries including the United States, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling and scalable solutions. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging, and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing policy advice based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges faced by companies and communities.