SAF has national advisory committees that have been established by SAF’s Board of Directors to help lead the organization. Committee openings for service starting January 1, 2022, are shown below. 

Committee members broadly represent SAF membership and are selected to ensure diversity of employment, background, and region for broad national representation. If you are interested in being involved in a committee, please send a letter of interest to Lori Rasor by October 15.

Certification Review Board

The CRB develops, establishes, and maintains standards and procedures for individuals to become certified and recertifed under the Certified Forester program. No positions are currently available.


Committee on Accreditation

This committee evaluates and periodically reviews educational programs at colleges and universities across the country, and makes decisions concerning SAF's accreditation of such programs. Two positions are available for non-academic practitioners. Terms are three years.  

Committee on Forest Policy

This committee advises SAF’s Board of Directors on policy issues in forestry and natural resources. Openings are available for several positions. Consultants, private industry, academic, and NGO representation is sought from the Mid-Atlantic, South, and Southwest, although letters of interest from all individuals are welcome. Terms are three years.

Committee on Forest Technology School Accreditation

This committee evaluates and periodically reviews forestry programs at technical schools throughout the United States and makes decisions concerning SAF's accreditation of such programs. No open positions are anticipated for 2022.

Committee on National Convention Programs

This committee develops the program outline for the annual SAF National Convention, including the Call for Presentations. At-large positions are available for the 2023 committee, which begins its work in 2022. Students may apply.

Committee on Professional Recognition

This committee oversees the creation, evaluation, and issuance of national awards and the nomination submissions process. Three positions are open, all three-year terms. Candidates are encouraged from the Northwest and eastern US within the sectors of private industry, government, and academia, although letters of interest from all individuals are welcome. Students may apply.

Educational Policy Review Committee

This committee monitors all aspects of professional and technical forestry and natural resources education, including the SAF accreditation standards and procedures, and advises the Board of Directors on such matters. One to two positions may be available. Faculty members of an SAF accredited program or a prior member of the Committee on Forest Technology School Accreditation are sought.

Ethics Committee

This Committee is responsible for hearing and investigating charges against SAF’s Code of Ethics. One five-year term slot is open. Seeking nominations from academic or state employment sector, although letters of interest from all individuals are welcome.

Forest Science and Technology Board

The FS&TB provides for the effective dissemination and use of forest sciences within the Society. Seeking a Western region representative to serve a three-year term.

Leadership Development Committee

This committee advises SAF’s Board of Directors on programs and training that builds and maintains strong local leaders. No positions currently available.

National Nominating Committee

This committee oversees the call for nominations and supplements petitions with other nominations of persons eligible to hold elective office. Several positions are available with candidates encouraged from nonprofit and local government sectors and from the Northwest and Northeast.

Student Executive Committee

The SEC, composed of 11 student members, one from each SAF voting district, enhances the engagement of student members and organizes student activities during the national convention. Positions roll over annually with term from June 1 through May 31.

Other national-level volunteer opportunities not related to committees

Accreditation Visiting Teams: Visiting teams are not committees and thus do not have terms. Post-secondary natural resource educators with administrative experience and non-academic practitioner team members are selected for their interest, experience, training, and overall knowledge of assessment processes in professional settings. This is a limited time commitment. For information on what is involved, contact Carol Redelsheimer.

Certification Exam Development: Opportunity for 8-12 Certified Foresters to review and develop exam questions during Fall 2021 to ensure a content-valid exam. Another 8-12 Certified Foresters are needed for the standard setting process, which informs the passing score of the exam. This is a limited duration commitment with work set for the first six months of 2022. For additional information, contact Naomi Marcus.