Senior Manager, Restoration and Geospatial Science

American Forests Published: May 11, 2023
Western states
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Program Management / Scientific

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American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building.

We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people. Established in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. working to restoring urban forests and forested landscapes for nearly 150 years.

American Forests is proud to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace. These are our shared values. We welcome individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team to help make a difference individually and collectively as we work toward achieving our mission. We are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful and provides opportunities for advancement and professional growth for every team member.


More severe wildfires and drier hotter conditions are threatening the resilience of western forests, leading to forest loss and post-fire transitions to non-forest vegetation types. These transitions have profound impacts on biodiversity, water provisioning, carbon sequestration, local economies, and other ecosystem services. The good news is that strategic restoration activities that consider climate change impacts can improve forest resilience and decrease the probability of forest loss. American Forests is working with public agencies, tribes, NGOs, and other partners to develop innovative landscape-scale restoration and reforestation strategies intended to create climate and fire resilient forests and conduct state of the field research on how to best adapt our forests to future climates.

We are seeking a Senior Manager, Restoration and Geospatial Science, for our growing science program to support our work to integrate science. The right candidate will have the opportunity to support programs focused on:

  • Supporting the development of innovative restoration and reforestation strategies in partnership with public agencies, tribes, and NGOs;
  • Advancing climate informed restoration research with diverse partners;
  • Conducting assessments of reforestation opportunity and associated workforce and nursery capacity needs;
  • Add to a growing body of literature to support forest management approaches that incorporate adaptation to climate change

More broadly, in coordination with other members of American Forests’ Resilient Forests Team, the Senior Manager, Geospatial and Forest Science will help grow our developing portfolio of post-fire restoration and reforestation strategies, and develop science initiatives that can improve reforestation outcomes in the face of climate change and guide policy.


Manage new and existing geospatial analysis and modeling projects (80%)

  • Work with the Director of Forest and Restoration Science, GIS Team, and external partners to develop geospatial analysis and modeling frameworks to support reforestation strategy development and other initiatives.
  • Aggregate existing geospatial datasets, conduct geospatial analysis, and develop geospatial models to assess restoration needs across large post-fire landscapes.
  • Support writing and submission peer review journal articles, and reports for land managers and partners.
  • Conduct site visits, participate in stakeholder meetings, and present findings as relevant.

Science Support (20%)

  • Support the development and implementation of research to advance knowledge about how to manage forests to support resilience and adaptation to climate change
  • Work with the Resilient Forests Team and external partners to develop and implement research that supports expanding restoration and reforestation work on public and private lands
  • Assist with developing protocols to implement adaptive management approaches for reforestation and restoration


While we do not expect any one candidate to possess all of these qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal skills and qualities:

  • Advanced degree in natural resources, forestry, environmental sciences, or forest ecology is preferred.
  • Knowledge of forest ecology, forest regeneration, post-fire reforestation techniques, and climate informed restoration strategies
  • Strong geospatial processing, analysis, and modeling skills in ArcGIS, R, Google Earth Engine, or similar.
  • Proficient with programming and scripting in R, Python, or similar
  • Ability to collect and aggregate disparate data sources and manage a variety of data types
  • Experience working with big data
  • Ability to conduct general data management and data analysis
  • Proven report and peer review article writing
  • Experience with study design and field-based data collection
  • Understanding of reforestation and restoration of western US forests
  • Ability and willingness to work with a diverse array of partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced/high volume environment.

Travel Requirements

Work will be focused primarily across the western United States and up to 15% of travel may be required to engage with partners and colleagues, assess projects, and/or conduct fieldwork.

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