Staff Accountant

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
Target Start Date: May 17, 2021

Amazon Watch is a dynamic nonprofit organization working to protect the rainforest, advance the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, and halt the advancement of the climate crisis. Amazon Watch is a woman of color-led organization that works in partnership and solidarity with Indigenous communities across the Amazon as part of the international climate justice movement. Many of our allies across the Amazon are actively resisting and organizing against climate change related catastrophes, the onslaught of extreme far-right regimes, and the expansion of fossil fuel and other extractive industries.

We are seeking a Staff Accountant who will be responsible for the preparation and execution of many of our day-to-day accounting and reports directly to the Controller. This role requires experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll preparation and assists in general ledger reconciliations.

This is a full-time position based in our Oakland, CA headquarters, however during the COVID-19 pandemic all Amazon Watch staff will work remotely.

Accounts Receivable

  • Works with admin staff to process and deposit incoming checks
  • Records cash receipts, including incoming wires, in Xero
  • Communicates with appropriate staff when donations and grants have been received
  • Processes adjustments to accounts as needed

Accounts Payable

  • Codes, enters and sets up payables in for payment approval
  • Acts as initial contact for vendors
  • New vendor setup, including collecting W-9s; works with our bookkeeping firm on annual submission of 1099s
  • Schedules payable check runs/ePayments of invoices through
  • Prepares domestic and international bank wires using online banking system


  • Assists Controller with payroll preparation
  • Interacts and assist staff with payroll inquiries

Other Duties Include

  • Assists in month end and year end closing, including general ledger
  • Assists with:
    • creating grant financial reports
    • budget and forecast preparation
    • financial statement preparation and finance update presentations
    • annual audit preparation
    • special projects as assigned
  • Attends and participates in Staff, Finance and bookkeeping firm team meetings

Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience with Xero and software is preferred
  • High proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel
  • High proficiency in Google sheets and docs
  • Excellent knowledge of A/P, A/R and Expense Reporting
  • Familiarity, general knowledge of GAAP
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Handles confidential financial information in an appropriate manner
  • Accounting experience: 2 years
  • Accounting-specific education and training


Commensurate with experience. Salary range: $55,000 – $65,000.


Full benefits include family health care (including vision and dental), vacation, sabbatical and employer-matched retirement plan.

How to Apply

Please, no calls. Send résumé, three references, and a cover letter about why you would like to join our team and why you are the best candidate for the job to Please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as:
"Ana_Martinez_Cover_Letter.doc” and “Ana_Martinez_Resume.doc."

Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. We strive to build an organization that is inclusive and representative of our partners and the larger world. To that end, we strongly encourage self-identified people of color, people with disabilities, Indigenous, queer and transgender people to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.



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