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Assistant, Southeast Family Forest Project

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.

Rainforest Alliance’s Southeast Family Project, known as the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance, is a partnership with leading forest products companies and brands designed to engage private woodlands owners around sustainable forest management in the Southern and Central Appalachians while working with the forest products industry and other stakeholders to develop new ways to provide assurance of good practices to the marketplace, growing the marketplace for products from well-managed forests, while advancing healthy forest ecosystems through positive impact forestry.

Position summary:

The Assistant will be responsible for providing project support including administrative and operational oversight and support to the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance project with staff located in North Carolina, Minnesota, Delaware and Vermont. S/he will work with Project Manager and project partners to implement a multi-year project to advance the uptake of sustainable forest management of private woodland owners across the region.


  • Coordinate meeting preparations for project partners and working groups, including communications with relevant staff, logistics, agendas and materials preparation, as well as meeting follow-up and assisting in in tracking implementation of follow-up;
  • Assist Project Manager by drafting letters, reports and other documents, collecting and analyzing information as needed;
  • Conduct research projects and support specific initiatives such as research on key topics, follow up with contacts from meetings and tradeshows, etc.;
  • Support team in collecting data to monitor the impacts of project activities and;
  • Support creation of effective and usable information illustrating impacts and results of project activities and services, including graphs and other forms of visual presentation;
  • Assist in developing external program presentations in PowerPoint and other formats, and maintaining an inventory of existing presentations;
  • Draft and edit reports and memos;
  • Maintain the project website and internal SharePoint pages up to date (checking content and links, notifying web team of changes, etc.);
  • Ability to work within a team structure as well as independently, be creative, take initiative, be attentive to detail and possess excellent interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA or BS Degree in Natural Resource related field (i.e. Forestry, Wildlife, and Biology);
  • 1-2 years’ experience in forestry, environmental policy or sustainability issues;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Familiarity with GIS mapping;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;
  • Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices; and
  • Willingness Ability to travel up to 20% per year across the project area.


Commensurate with experience.


We believe that all employees, regardless of location or title, should have access to benefits. We strive to provide programs that provide the following:

  • Health/medical coverage for staff and family
  • Retirement savings plans;
  • Paid time off for holidays/vacations, illness, and personal needs;
  • Assistance for adverse situations that might arise while on business travel; and
  • Insurance for unfortunate circumstances.

Benefits vary, depending on location. Please talk to your recruiter during your interview about specific benefits for your location.


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