Join Team AFRC: Fighting for Sustainable Forests and Healthy Communities

Opportunity: AFRC Southwest Oregon Field Forester

Is this the right job for you?

Do you love being outdoors and in the woods?  Are you looking for a challenging – but rewarding – job that is different every day and exposes you to new learning opportunities?  Are you passionate about the local forest products industry and its contributions to economic and environmental sustainability in Western Oregon?  Do you want to work for a team-oriented organization with a work-life balance that is making a difference in public land management?  If so, the American Forest Resource Council might be the right fit for you.

Who is the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC)?

AFRC is one of the nation’s leading non-profit trade associations representing the forest products industry.  Our mission is simple: help ensure our members have an adequate, reliable supply of timber from public lands to manufacture the wood products every American uses every day.

Our membership is diverse and dynamic.  AFRC members directly employ over 20,000 people, own and operate more than 110 modern, efficient sawmills, and sustainably manage more than 3.3 million acres of forestland.  We work in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California to monitor over 75 million acres of public forests.  We represent both small and large businesses who make plywood, veneer, dimensional lumber, cross-laminated timber, and other specialty wood products.

As a dynamic team, we are obsessive about responsible and sustainable forest management, the future of our public forests, and the plight of rural communities.  In fact, AFRC and its members recently put our money where our mouth is by partnering with Habitat for Humanity to use local wood products manufactured by our members to build an affordable home for a deserving family in Springfield, Oregon.  Check out the project, which captures the passion and philosophy of AFRC, here.

What would I be doing? 

Your main job as a Field Forester will be to advocate for a robust timber program on public lands in Southwest Oregon.  That means you will be on the road – in some of the most beautiful parts of the state – monitoring Forest Service and BLM timber projects, writing reports for AFRC members and staff, reviewing and commenting on environmental documents, meeting with federal agency staff and managers, and organizing regularly scheduled meetings with federal land managers to review each forest or BLM district timber program.  If you have the passion, enthusiasm, energy, and intelligence, we will provide you with the right technical tools to be an immediate and major contributor to AFRC’s mission.

What are the minimum requirements?

We are looking for someone with passion, commitment, self-motivation, and high energy.  But, you should also have a bachelor’s degree in forestry or natural resources and three years of work experience in forest management that demonstrates the experience and skills to perform the duties of this position.  Familiarity with the Northwest Forest Plan, BLM Resource Management Plans, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Forest Management Act, and Federal Land and Management Policy Act will give you a leg up.

Top Reasons to Join AFRC:

  • Join one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic forest products trade associations
  • Enjoy a work-life balance with generous compensation, health, travel, and leave benefits
  • Live and work in Eugene, Oregon, a beautiful college town with numerous outdoor activities
  • Make a difference in struggling rural communities and for the renewable wood products industry
  • Advocate for science based management of our public forests; learn every day

How do I apply? 

If you are interested, apply immediately!  We are currently accepting applications and are looking to fill the new position as soon as possible.  To apply, please send a 1) cover letter, 2) resume and 3) three professional references to