Workforce Development Coordinator

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

Our Mission
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

Our Approach
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.


The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Workforce Development Coordinator to advance the organization’s leading-edge forest restoration workforce development and training program designed to equip rural and Tribal community members with the skills and opportunities to pursue a career in forest restoration.

Job Duties
The Workforce Development Coordinator position will be integral to the Sierra Institute’s workforce development program and must be deeply committed to environmental justice and the well-being of rural and Tribal communities. This position will support the full spectrum of programmatic activities to grow and sustain a forest restoration workforce in the Sierra Nevada and surrounding regions. The Coordinator will work one on one with entry-level restoration crew members to provide opportunity and support as they increase their skills, obtain new certifications and credentials and advance professionally. Additionally, the Coordinator will work with a range of partner organizations and entities, including non-profits, state agencies, Tribal governments, and others, to implement the program. The Coordinator position will work with both rural community development and collaborative forestry staff at Sierra Institute, helping us achieve our goal of stewarding forests and watersheds while building capacity and economic opportunity for rural forested communities.



• Flexible, adaptable and willing to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment;
• Interest and/or experience in environmental justice, forestry and landscape stewardship;
• An undergraduate or advanced degree;
• Excellent interpersonal and organization skills;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel);
• A willingness to work and live in a rural, mountainous area that receives snow and ice in winter;
• A team-oriented perspective with a productive level of self-guidance and initiative;
• An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the workplace;
• Experience working with underserved communities;
• A personal vehicle for transportation outside of work;
• Experience living and/or working in a rural setting and a strong desire to learn about rural issues.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Skills or experiences that can fill in for desired qualifications may be considered.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send your resume, cover letter, and the contact information for your references as one pdf to [email protected] with the position title you are applying for in the subject line.

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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