Job Opportunity: Forest Carbon Project Manager

Forest Carbon Project Manager

Company Description

NatureBank is a global leader in the design, development, and implementation of GHG reduction programs at all scales. Our international Land Use division focuses on avoided deforestation, sustainable forest management, and sustainable agriculture. We have developed some of the world’s largest carbon projects including the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, which is North America’s largest Improved Forest Management project and the world’s largest forest carbon project by area, as well as the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Avoided Deforestation project, the largest of its kind in Africa.

We work with private sector clients as well as government agencies and civil society to develop carbon projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Our Land Use division’s core competencies include:

Land Use Carbon Quantification – Over the last 13 years we have successfully validated all types of land use carbon projects including Avoided Deforestation, Afforestation/Reforestation, and Improved Forest Management.
Climate Finance – With a focus on cocoa, coffee and timber, we implement sustainable agroforestry systems for clients throughout Latin America.
Community-Based REDD+ Design – We have designed, implemented, and managed projects in partnership with indigenous stakeholders, bringing carbon revenue to marginalized groups in Central Africa, Colombia, and Canada.

Smallholder Agriculture Systems – In partnership with our not-for-profit partner Taking Root, we work with smallholder farmers, using carbon revenue to incentivize the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices and connecting farmers to markets for sustainable commodities.

 

Role Description

As part of the international land use team, the Forest Carbon Project Manager will play a key role in the development of a variety of forest carbon project types, including: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) projects, sustainable agricultural interventions, and afforestation/reforestation. This role requires a strong understanding of issues around the science of climate change, as well as land use and natural resource management dynamics in the global south. Candidates should have experience working internationally, preferably in the global south, and should have functional fluency is Spanish. The Project Manager may also be responsible for administrative and other support tasks, such as business development and proposal writing. This is a full time position, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada and will report to the director of international land use.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

Forest carbon project development:

Developing Project Design Documents for forest carbon offset projects under voluntary market standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard
Assessing the feasibility of prospective forest carbon projects through desk-based and field research, and preparing feasibility assessment reports
Liaising with clients and field teams in Latin America, contributing to ongoing management of operations in Latin America, and providing English-Spanish translation in meetings and deliverables
Assisting the technical team with geospatial and carbon quantification tasks on an as needed basis
Developing proposals for funding and consulting work for the international land use team
Assisting the director with budgeting and financial modeling on an as needed basis
Contributing to quality assurance / quality control through document review

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental science, forestry, agronomy, political science or related field
Solid understanding of forestry, soil science, and land use dynamics
Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish
2+ years of relevant professional work experience
Experience working internationally
Very strong verbal and written communication skills
Experience with MS Office Suite
Willingness to travel internationally in challenging conditions up to 25% of time
Must be based in Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Desirable Qualifications

Experience with carbon markets, carbon project development
Experience and proficiency using the ESRI suite of products
Knowledge of biometrics and/or Geoinformatics
Field experience with forestry, agronomy, silviculture
Good command of evolving climate policy and regulatory landscape

 

Skills

Strong writing skills
Demonstrates good business principles and possesses strong presentation skills
The ability to work with minimum supervision and to make decisions that ensure the success of the deliverable
Ability to work effectively in resource-constrained and/or unpredictable environments

 

Benefits

We offer a ‘holistic’ benefits package, including:

Competitive salary and performance based bonuses
Flexible work hours
Health benefits package
Flexible work location – work from home or a coffee shop or on the go when you need to
Regular performance reviews and engagement surveys to make sure everyone is challenged and happy
Continual learning – just keeping up with the fast changing sustainability industry keeps us all on our toes. Plus there are opportunities for conferences, webinars, seminars, etc.
Coworkers who are passionate about the environment, their jobs, and life in general.
Key Reporting Relationship: Reports to Director of International Land Use

 

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Apply: Please email applications with resume and cover letter to jobs@naturebank.com

Due Date: Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications will not be viewed until September 3rd.

NatureBank provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or genetics.

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs(at)naturebank.com.

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