State Forest Policy Director

Job Locations US-OR-Salem

Company Summary

Hampton Lumber is a family-owned wood products company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. With over 1,700 employees, we operate ten sawmills in Western Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. We also manage timberland and operate a wholesale and export division. With nearly 80 years in the sawmill business, we are proud to have cultivated the knowledge and experience needed to grow and prosper, even in challenging times.  We always look to the future and invest in our people, new technologies, and continuous improvement processes and techniques.


 The State Forest Policy Director will be dedicated to advocating Hamptons’ interests in State Forest management to ensure a sustainable supply of timber supporting the operational and financial success of Hampton sawmills in Oregon. The position will lead engagement efforts on State Forest management policy and execution, to maximize the sustainable harvest of timber in compliance with state and federal requirements, and State Forest regulations and plans. The position will collaborate with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)  staff, advisory committees, stakeholders, and decision-makers to achieve favorable terms and execution of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) under consideration.   The role will include engagement on Washington State forest policy issues as opportunities and needs are presented. This position will report directly to the VP of Resources for Hampton Lumber and be located in the Salem, Oregon office.

Benefits Highlights

Generous company-paid assistance for Medical and Dental insurance premiums; cost-effective co-pays & deductibles. Vision, Short Term Disability, Roth and pre-tax 401k, with a 2% company match and an additional 5% annual employer contribution, fully vested after three years. 


  • Serve as an expert of the State Forests FMP, Implementation Plans (IP), Annual Operation Plans (AOP), and forest inventory database
  • Establish collaborative relationships to facilitate field and database monitoring, tracking, and reporting of ODF performance metrics
  • Engage in the State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan development of strategies to maximize the long-term availability of timber volume for harvest, and meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act
  • Coordinate analysis and input of timber harvest and conservation measure models employed to determine the outputs of State Forest plans
  • Advocate via written and oral testimony on State Forest management policy and practices
  • Educate and inform policy decision-makers of the forest industry contributions vital to the economic and social health of Oregon communities
  • Identify and develop advocacy positions for emerging issues of climate and carbon as related to state forest management planning
  • Communicate and coordinate efforts with OFIC, state timber purchasers, and related organizations
  • Travel to western Oregon and Washington communities and forests, inclusive of some evening hours for meetings as needed
  • Management may modify, add or reallocate job responsibilities to better accommodate the needs of the business


  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry or natural resources preferred
  • Professional experience with public or government affairs required
  • Possess knowledge of Federal and Oregon legislative and regulatory processes
  • Proven experience as a credible public speaker with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Robust interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies, including co-workers, business and community leaders, partners, board members, volunteers, public officials, and the public at large, in a wide variety of settings
  • Strong work ethic, sense of commitment, team-oriented, customer-focused and willingness to embrace change that strives for continuous improvement while exemplifying the highest level of honesty and integrity
  • Self-starter with the ability to accept or take on additional responsibility and develop their agenda to support requirements of internal customers

More About Us

Learn more at, or follow us on Facebook: @HamptonLumber.  You can also learn about our company and our priorities by visiting our blog. 

EEO Statement

Hampton Lumber is an equal opportunity employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by law.


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