Staff Accountant

Department:  Finance and Administration

Reports to:  Controller

FLSA:  Exempt

Position Summary

The Staff Accountant will assist the Controller in maintaining and overseeing all accounting functions and provide Natural Lands’ staff with accurate and timely financial reporting.

Year one will involve rotating through various positions to develop a broad base of organizational understanding. See ‘Training Rotation’ section below for details.


Primary Functions:

  • Responsible for all monthly close procedures and deadlines.
  • Maintain investment schedule allocations.
  • Assist in the development of internal controls and policies
  • Prepare various monthly and quarterly reporting for management
    1. Monthly budget vs. actual Reports – Identify and report cost variances
    2. Quarterly Operations reports
  • Manage all aspects of the general ledger:
    1. Prepare journal entries
    2. Prepare G/L reconciliations
    3. Report and resolve any identified issues
  • Assist in preparation of annual Budgets and Forecasts
  • Assist in preparation for annual Audit and Tax Return (Form-990)

Secondary Functions:

  • Provide back-up support for all accounting related functions
  • Special Projects as assigned by the VP Finance and Administration and Controller


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related business discipline with at least three years accounting work experience
  • Knowledge of accounting principles and functions
  • Possess strong analytical skills, an eye for details and the ability to problem solve
  • Organized and able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills. Must be proficient with MS Office especially MS Excel.
  • Knowledge of and prior experience with database setup (FileMaker) and Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains a plus.

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

This is an office-based position, requiring frequent sitting for long periods, with occasional periods of walking, standing, bending and reaching. The position requires use of the computer and the telephone and sometimes handling large binders or file boxes.

Training Rotation

Natural Lands is a complex charitable organization with many moving financial parts. The training rotation is designed to expose a candidate to all financial elements in order to obtain a thorough understanding of how these many moving parts fit together. The goal of the rotation will be to develop a broad skill set capable of problem solving across all department disciplines. This position offers a motivated candidate an excellent opportunity to assume greater responsibilities and achieve upward mobility within the organization.


Accounts Payable:

  • Processing Vendor invoices and Employee reimbursements
  • Maintain expense accruals
  • W-9, Insurance Certificates and Insurance waivers, 1099 preparation
  • Various general ledger reconciliations

Accounts Receivable:

  • Process Cash Receipts for donor contributions and invoice payments
  • Applying payments to open receivables
  • Various general ledger reconciliations

Project Accounting:

  • Project setup – (File Folders and Accounting System setup)
  • Project billings – Invoice preparation and accounting system billing
  • Produce project tracking reports
  • Time and benefit tracking and equipment usage

Payroll Processing:

  • Bi-weekly payroll preparation (including tax and retirement plan submissions)
  • Quarterly tax reporting
  • Year-end W-2 preparation and submission

Annual Audit and Tax return preparation:

  • Assist in preparation of various audit and tax support schedules with the goal of gaining a broad understanding of a charitable organizations IRS and FASB requirements

Annual Budget preparation:

  • Collect and analyze department income and expense information
  • Consolidate large amounts of data for reporting and analysis
  • Assist in the preparation of current year forecasted results

General Ledger:

  • Gain understanding of system reporting tools
  • Prepare journal entries
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Bank statement review and reconciliation
  • Various general ledger reconciliations

Other Items:

  • Prepare monthly analysis of organizations Investment holdings
  • Other special projects as determined by the Controller

To Apply

Click here to apply using our online application system. Follow the application instructions to submit your resume and letter of interest. Address correspondence to Jeni W. Albany, Director of Human Resources.