Project Manager (Healthy Watersheds California)

Pacific Forest Trust

San Francisco, CA, United States 🇺🇸


The Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) is seeking an ambitious Project Manager to help develop the financing mechanisms, implementation approach and on-the-ground projects for the comprehensive restoration and conservation of the primary watersheds supplying California’s water system, specifically those watersheds supplying the Oroville and Shasta reservoirs. The Manager will play the lead role in proposing and developing financing, including federal and state loans; assist in developing the structuring of implementation; and play a lead role in stakeholder outreach and relationships, including with water contractors and agencies as well as public and private financing bodies.  A well-qualified applicant will have strong project finance skills, solid experience in project management, be an excellent communicator and skillful in organizing stakeholders.

Healthy Watersheds California (HWC) is an innovative initiative to finance the comprehensive restoration and conservation of source watersheds as essential components of water infrastructure systems. PFT is developing the policies, technical assessments, financing, and implementation plans needed to leverage public and private capital to invest in comprehensive source watershed protection and restoration, similarly as to how built infrastructure is financed. This project will increase the climate resilience of key watersheds and enhance water security for 28 million water consumers, eight million acres of irrigated agricultural land and the freshwater for San Francisco Bay.

PFT is a nationally recognized leader in developing new payment systems for ecosystems services, from climate policy to carbon markets, to working forest conservation easements, water services, and renewable energy. PFT has conserved over 265,000 acres, holds and stewards conservation easements on 100,000 acres of forestland in California and Oregon and manages 12,000 acres for timber, water, and habitat values. Headquartered in the verdant Presidio of San Francisco, PFT is a collegial environment filled with bright minds that generate groundbreaking ideas and work hard to implement them. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Reports to the President, works with PFT’s HWC team, including the DC infrastructure finance representative, pro-bono and other advisors.  Responsibilities include:

  • Lead refinement and finalization of financing plan for both public and private sources.
  • Assist in development of implementation plan, including the structuring of an implementing entity to generate financing and oversee project implementation.
  • Assist in raising public, private and philanthropic funding for pre-implementation work.
  • Help develop and manage positive relationships with key stakeholders, in both the financial, governmental and water communities.
  • Assist as a spokesperson for HWC, communicating the importance, need for, and effectiveness of this project.
  • Proposals, interim and final reports are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on work implementation for use in both internal and external communications.


  • Experience in developing and managing relevant public infrastructure loan applications and projects.
  • Undergraduate degree in finance, natural resources or environmental management, with MBA or JD in relevant area preferred.
  • Excellent communications skills both spoken and written.
  • Demonstrated excellent, project management skills.
  • Ability to work against strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Interest in protecting the environment and developing new funds for resource conservation/restoration.
  • Possess a good sense of humor and comfort in establishing new models.


This position is based in San Francisco, CA. at Pacific Forest Trust’s main office, with statewide and some national travel.

TERM: This is an annual contract position, renewable.

How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter and compensation expectations to:

The Pacific Forest Trust

Attn: Project Manager, Healthy Watersheds California

1001A O’Reilly Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94129

Or email: [email protected]

Subject: Project Manager, Healthy Watersheds California