Hard jobs for solving difficult problems

Join OpenForests and help reconnect people with nature!

Not changing directions will likely make you arrive where you have started.

Dr. Patrick Ribeiro
CEO and Founder OpenForests

No pampering and perks

We do not want to lure you in with kale smoothies, special perks, table football, or a hip start-up feel-good atmosphere.

We’re looking for committed people who are able to work in a team but can also work self-organized, and location-independent. The tasks are very demanding and the results we achieve depend on our joint efforts, and sometimes we may even fail to see the changes we intend.

Jointly we set the goals, but you are free to explore the best way to achieve the results. What we offer is working on the hardest problem of our time. (I am not talking about flying to Mars!):

Ending the destruction of nature, restoring degraded ecosystems, and building a better future.

We believe that another world is possible and that restoration of healthy forests and landscapes are part of the solution. If you feel that you want to be part of this journey, we encourage you to join us!

We celebrate differences

At OpenForests we appreciate controversial debates as an opportunity to widen our perspective. Solving hard problems does not only require having the right skills, rather it requires being part of a strong team that appreciates:

  • Different cultures
  • Different opinions and characters
  • Different and complementary skill sets

We take risks

We know that choosing new paths to explore and solving the pressing problems of our time, such as the ecological crisis, requires new tools and systems. Exploring these new territories of technological applications and pioneering solutions involves risks and setbacks. The path to a solution involves iterative learning. But without choosing these new directions, we will likely arrive where we have started. You will be part of a strong and supportive team and join us on this journey together.

Remote but together

OpenForests has been working remotely for more than 10 years. For a smooth collaboration, we have put together a fleet of different digital tools allowing efficient communication, joint brainstorming sessions, strategic planning, and data exchange. 

However, a few times a year we all get together. Either in a tiny wooden house somewhere in a forest or in one of the beautiful project locations you find on explorer.land. During these gatherings, we respect the location, its human and non-human inhabitants, plant trees, have nature immersive walks, meditate, play, cook tasty food, envision the future together, plan the next steps, reconnect with team members and with the nature that hosts us.

Through relieving from the stress and burden of daily life, re-opening our eyes and hearts, listening to the future that calls us, feeling the support of the team, we return with renewed inspiration – we know better what our work will be about, and more importantly, WHY we do it!

Joint work instead of job interviews

Finding the right person for the right job is difficult. We can’t judge your ability in a one-hour interview, nor you can get to know our team, our processes, focus areas, and our technologies. Therefore, we do not solely rely on job interviews when choosing the right members of the team. We believe in paid and joined lived work experience.

Through real work conditions and the experience of working within the team, you can check us out and we can check out you too 😉 After a short time of joint work, both parties sit together and openly discuss whether there is a good match and sufficient differences for a long-term collaboration.

We are hiring for the long haul!

Alexander Watson
CEO and Founder OpenForests

Characteristics we value

Please read the following list of characteristics and only apply if you think that your skills and attitudes match the second one on each row, as these are the ones we are valuing:

  • Follow vs. lead
  • Copy vs. innovate
  • Authority vs. responsibility
  • Compete vs. cooperate
  • Comply vs. invent
  • Answer vs. ask
  • Correct vs. possible

We are curious to get to know you, learn from and together with you!