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Indigenous Fellow

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Ecotrust invites American Indian and Alaska Native community members who are either recent college or university graduates, graduate students, or have commensurate work experience to apply for the 2020 Ecotrust Indigenous Fellowship Program.  

Who WAre 

Ecotrust creates and accelerates triple-bottom-line innovations to benefit our region and inspire the world. On the farm, at the coast, in the forest, and across our cities, we are working in partnership towards an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future for all. Learn more at www.ecotrust.org.  

Equity at the Center 

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives and lived experiences that we believe foster learning, creativity, innovation, and equity.  

About the Fellowship Projects 

The Ecotrust Indigenous Fellowship Program provides a 6-month career enrichment opportunity for Native American Fellow to help catalyze a shift toward more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems. The Fellowship works with one or more of Ecotrust’s programs (Forestry, Food & Farms, Fisheries, or Knowledge Systems) and/or functional teams (Communications, Finance/Operations, Development) and is intended to advance the Fellow’s career goals and professional interests. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the three project offerings listed below and choose one that best suits their interests and skills. Alternatively, an Ecotrust-aligned, independent project initiated by the Fellow can also be considered. If interested in this independent option, please include 2-page project proposal attached to your application that describes the area of inquiry and related activities.  

The Fellow will be managed and mentored bthe project’s Program Director who will work with the Fellow to develop a work plan and identify training opportunities that align with the Fellow’s professional development and career goals. 


Three project options are available

1. Accounting Associate (Finance Team) 

Working closely with the Financial Analyst, the Accounting Associate will work across three Ecotrust functions – Finance, Development, and Events. This position provides the Fellow with broad exposure and hands-on experience to many accounting processes in both non-profit and for-profit contexts and can expand depending on the Fellow’s areas of interest. The Fellow will gain experience working with Microsoft Office, primarily Excel, Outlook, Word, and SharePoint, as well as Dynamics SL, Salesforce, and Raiser’s Edge. Responsibilities include working with: cash receipts; monthly reconciliations of private contributions, grants, and event revenue; accounts payable; financial and grant reporting; audit preparation; outreach efforts in support of the Development team; and, special projects as assigned. In addition, the Fellow will have opportunities to participate in staff-specific programs to increase their content knowledge of Ecotrust programs and focus areas. 

  • Required Qualifications: Interest in and enthusiasm for crunching numbers, a curiosity about the nuts and bolts of how a business operates, along with a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and general tech savviness. 
  • Preferred Qualifications: An associate’s degree or higher, in a businessrelated field (accounting, finance, business administration, or related discipline) and experience with any accounting software. Individuals with commensurate work experience are eligible to apply. 

2. Climate Economics Research Assistant (Knowledge Systems Program) 

The Fellow will help to conduct a range of economic and impact analyses related to climate change and equitable economic development. Projects may include: (1) assisting Ecotrust’s Climate Working Group to measure the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Ecotrust’s internal operations, and/or (2) assessing the viability of tribal investments in climate-smart agriculture. The Fellow will assist in identifying internal and external data sources, working with relevant Ecotrust staff to access these data, downloading, summarizing, analyzing, tracking, and visualizing the data, and reporting out findings. The work may include visualizing the flow of carbon through Ecotrust, cleaning and analyzing Excel spreadsheet data; co-designing, disseminating, and analyzing the results of surveys; and reporting-out on findings. All of the Fellow’s work will be conducted in close collaboration with the Director of Evaluation and the Measurement & Evaluation (M&E) Analyst.  

  • Required Qualifications: Interest in and enthusiasm for numerical data analysis and curiosity about economic analysis and/or program impact evaluation. 
  • Preferred Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in a data-oriented discipline (such as economics, statistics, data science, business, sociology, biology, computer science, etc.) and experience in visualizing data (e.g. bar graphs, pie charts, scatterplots, etc.). Individuals with commensurate work experience are eligible to apply. 

3. Guardian Network Strategist (Knowledge Systems Program) 

Ecotrust is working with Native communities and partners from California to Alaska to develop Guardian-Watchmen programs that promote and strengthen Indigenous stewardship. This network of networks will provide the technical and social support necessary to grow the collective capacity of tribes to monitor and manage lands and waters with a common voice. Ecotrust’s role is to support the network by providing a suite of services that are designed based on a shared vision, reflecting the voice, needs, and local knowledge of the participating communities. This work includes further developing a TEK/ITK database to support an emerging network in California. The Fellowship responsibilities include collaborating on strategy to develop Ecotrust’s approach to supporting Guardian networks, developing Standard Operating Procedures for use of the TEK/ITK database, and participating in the Guardian Development Sub-team for the Seacoast Trust in Southeast Alaska.   

  • Required QualificationsFamiliarity with databases and structureknowledge of TEK/ITK protocols and sensitivities, and understanding of inter-governmental processes and relationships related to co-management principles. 
  • Preferred Qualifications: Experience supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities in addressing environmental issues which may include leading community outreach and engagement and educational activities. Individuals with commensurate work experience are eligible to apply. 


Every applicant must: 

  • Be a recent college or university graduate, graduate student, or have commensurate work experience;  
  • Possess exceptional problem-solving and communications skills both in writing and in person; 
  • Demonstrate creative problem-solving ability and have solid follow-up skills; and, 
  • Have a collaborative spirit, willingness to take initiative, and be part of a team. 

How To Apply:

Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to: with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.

Ecotrust hosted an informal information session about this position on June 23, 2020, to answer questions about the three projects and/or Ecotrust in general. Listen to the recording.  

If you would like to submit question in advance of the session to be answered during this time, please email it to lwatt@ecotrust.org by Friday, June 19 at 5 pm. The session will be recorded and posted on the Ecotrust website two to three days after the session.   

Additional Information:

The compensation is between $3,000 and $3,500 per month, dependent on experience, plus a $750 monthly housing stipend. This is a fixed 6-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position. Ecotrust offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage.  

The goal is to have the Fellow in the Portland office, working with the team and engaging with the Ecotrust staff but it will be dependent on the status of COVID-19. If the office remains closed, the Fellow will telework from their home until it is safe to come to Portland. Training and travel funds to participate in professional development opportunities, such as conferences and workshops, are included in the package but will also be dependent on the status of COVID-19.