EFM Seeking a Manager of Forest Information Systems

October 21st, 2022

TITLE: Forest Information Systems Manager



EFM is seeking a forestry professional to join a small, innovative, and collaborative team to participate in a wide range of forestland investment and management activities. The successful candidate will manage EFM’s forest information systems while working with the investments team to provide analytical and modeling support for current and future forestland under management through growth and yield modeling, harvest scheduling, carbon feasibility analyses, and property valuations. In addition, this position will support forest management planning that will include alternative silviculture, carbon offsets, conservation easements, and other non-timber income sources. They will also be responsible for performing timber inventory updates, designing, and managing carbon & timber cruises and supporting the various forestry resource information needs of the organization.

EFM is open to applications from individuals with varying years of experience and expect that there will be considerable growth opportunities in this role with exposure to investment underwriting, investment management, and acquisitions/dispositions. The role offers flexibility of location with a strong preference for a presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Growth and yield modeling and valuation

  • Model short-term and long-term ecological & industrial forest management options for EFM lands.
  • Support acquisition due diligence by analyzing wood flows and performing comparative valuations under various scenarios, and creating maps and memos summarizing property characteristics, and timber or carbon analysis results.
  • Obtain and review seller inventory for acquisitions, conduct data quality review, and manage inventory verification and check-cruise process on potential acquisitions.
  • Manage outsourced appraisals for year-end valuations and third-party opinions of value.

Inventory management and GIS

  • Oversee all forest inventory data management, including cruise information, database and file organization.
  • Maintain and expand all company spatial data in support of operations, acquisition, marketing and planning
  • Oversee EFM’s GIS including data layer updates/storage/distribution, assigning projects with GIS consultant(s) as needed.
  • Use EFM GIS systems to present & manage inventory related data, forestry information, and carbon analysis
  • Oversee timber inventory for existing properties, including cruise design, cruise contract administration & oversight, check-cruises, model updates (growth & depletions) and associated GIS layer updates. Cruise execution will be outsourced to vendors but would be managed by this position.
  • Secure mobile mapping tools to support forestry operations, monitoring, investor tours, and other applications.
  • Package and review GIS data and maps to support acquisitions and dispositions.


  • Design cruises and inventory protocols for potential carbon projects, manage cruise contractors and QA/QC processes, stratification, ensure data quality meets protocol statistical standards.
  • Overtime, and with support from external consultants, this individual is expected to contribute to the carbon project development and verification process.


  • Contribute to property and fund level investor metrics reporting of non-financial information.

Desired Qualifications

The Forest Information Systems Manager should possess strong initiative and a commitment to conservation as well as be a creative thinker.  The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills, and highly developed analytical skills.  They must be able to work at all levels in an organization, have excellent relationship building skills, possess a strong work ethic, and should demonstrate the commitment to fellow co-workers necessary to excel in a team environment while also being able to work independently.  They are results-oriented, highly organized, and able to efficiently manage several diverse tasks at the same time to meet demanding deadlines.  Finally, the ideal candidate will be excited to contribute to the near and long-term success of this keenly focused and accomplished forestland investment management firm.

  • 5 years experience in forestry information analysis, with at least 2+ years in the private sector
  • Advanced level ArcGIS skills with preference for experience with mobile data collection systems. Interest in latest remote sensing applications in forestry a plus.
  • Experience working with forest projection and growth and yield applications including Forest Projection System (FPS) and/or Forest Vegetation System (FVS). Harvest scheduling experience within FPS a plus.
  • Solid foundation in Access database management and programming including VBA.
  • Coursework/training in forest biometrics.
  • Experience managing all aspects of a forest inventory—design, installation, compilation, and reporting.
  • Exposure to and/or experience developing or managing inventories of forest carbon projects a plus.
  • Minimum of B.S in forestry, M.S. in forestry ideal.
  • Enthusiastic about the role of forests to address climate change.
  • Ability to travel and perform occasional field diligence, including work in remote, steep rugged terrain and inclement weather.

Terms and benefits

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Full‐time 40 hours per week with flexible scheduling
  • 401(k) retirement plan with generous company match on contributions
  • Dog-friendly workplace, supportive of a hybrid work-from-home preference
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Position based in Portland, OR; can be partly or fully remote for the right candidate
  • Company vehicle


Candidates should submit the following to Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

  • Short cover letter describing your interest in the position and corresponding
  • Resume or CV

EFM is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, protected veteran status, disability, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, or religion. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

About EFM

EFM is a real asset investment manager that invests in natural climate solutions in the Americas. Our investments in forests, farms, and ecosystems use climate-smart management approaches to create carbon sinks, protect biodiversity, improve water quality, and support rural livelihoods.

EFM stewards 150,000 acres across the western U.S. and has ~$250M in private capital (under management and advisement). Since 2004, we have been pioneering impact investment strategies that use blended capital and conservation finance to create long-term financial value and enduring social and environmental impact.