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Forest Trends is an international non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to expand the value of forests to society. We work to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and enterprises in these new markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around critical ecosystems. We analyze strategic market and policy issues, catalyze connections between forward-looking producers, communities and investors, and develop new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people.

We are seeking a talented and energetic staff accountant to join our Finance Team and take on a broad range of responsibilities with a focus on managing Accounts Payable processes and supporting the Accounting & Finance Manager. The Staff Accountant will also have the opportunity to support financial reporting, grant reporting, annual audit and tax compliance functions, while working as an integral part of the Finance Team with our staff across all Forest Trends initiatives.  

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Manage and process Accounts Payable
  2. Support Accounting & Finance Manager
  3. Review and Process staff Timesheets and expense reports.
  4. Assist with Month-End closing process.
  5. Provide assistance with financial reporting.
  6. Process semi-monthly payroll through third-party processor to include review of quarterly/annual payroll tax reports and W-2s.

 General Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain and organize historical records, vendor files, bank reconciliations and journal entries.
  2. Review General Ledger for accuracy and compliance.
  3. Provide support for grant project audits and annual organizational audit.
  4. Assist with Accounts Receivable process.
  5. Ad-hoc reporting and other duties as assigned.

Preparation and Experience Required:

  • Strong non-profit accounting experience with an understanding of federal grant accounting, procurement rules and regulations required
  • BS/BA Degree in U.S.-based Accounting/ Finance
  • At least 3-5 years of experience with U.S. General Accounting Principles (GAAP), accounts payable, accounts receivable, and third-party payroll processing.

Skills Required

  • Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Experience with Non Profit accounting preferred.
  • Strong and effective communications and inter-personal skills.
  • Energetic, self-starter, with strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Committed to the mission of Forest Trends.


  • Generous package of benefits including 401K, subsidized healthcare and professional development.

To apply please send us your CV and cover letter by December 22, 2017 to cv[at]forest-trends.org. Please indicate "Staff Accountant" on the subject line of your email.

Location : Washington, D.C.

Employee Type : Full-Time

Industry : Not for Profit - Charitable

Manages Others : No

Job Type General Accounting

Education : BS/BA Degree US based Accounting Degree preferred

Experience : At least 3-5 year(s) and Not-for-profit accounting experience preferred

Travel :  None

Posted by Forest Trends at 10:38am on 22 December 2017

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