Director, Forest Carbon Partnerships

Oregon Climate Trust
Job Category
Full time Positions
90,000-120,000 annually
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
About The Climate Trust As a pioneer and nationally recognized leader in carbon markets, The Climate Trust develops, manages, and invests in US-based carbon offset projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With 25 years of technical expertise and extensive market experience, The Climate Trust is focused on advancing new strategies to leverage carbon markets to increase the pace and scale of land conservation and ecosystem restoration. About the Role In your role as Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships, you will be an integral part of a small and highly motivated team of experts passionate about the role of natural climate solutions in combating climate change. Equally important to our climate work is our commitment to supporting the stewardship and conservation efforts of the land trusts, private forest owners, tribes, ranchers, and other landowners with whom we work. As a small and nimble organization in a rapidly evolving market, your ideas as well as your technical expertise will be highly valued. JOB SUMMARY The Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships will lead The Climate Trust’s forest carbon partnerships and forest carbon project recruitment efforts. This role will also provide support to forestry staff in project development and reforestation program development. The Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships will work closely with senior staff on organizational strategy and contracting. The position requires excellent personal communication, strategic thinking, and organizational skills. ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES • Establish partnerships and originate and manage forest carbon project pipeline • Establish partnerships with landowners and forestry and conservation organizations to support their forest carbon goals • Direct and implement forest carbon outreach and project origination strategy • Convey complex forest carbon concepts to diverse audiences • Build, cultivate and shepherd a robust project pipeline of forest carbon offset projects • Work with technical staff on project feasibility studies • Conduct due diligence on potential forestry projects and investments • Lead new projects through contracting with Executive Director or Chief Operating Officer • Work with forest project managers and analysts to troubleshoot technical forestry problems • Work with Reforestation Carbon Manager on reforestation project recruitment • Serve as TCT forestry representative • Track and advise on forest carbon policy and market related developments • Cultivate and maintain relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including landowners, technical experts, registry staff, verifiers, project developers, and NGOs working on forest and grassland conservation • Represent the organization at conferences, speaking events, and working groups Strategic Partnerships and Directions • Manage relationships with strategic partners • Work with senior management to establish and cultivate new strategic partnerships • Identify and assess feasibility of new project development strategies
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS ROLE: • MA or MS in natural sciences, Master of Forestry preferred • 8+ years of work experience in the forest and/or conservation sector • Knowledge of forestry and conservation sector landowners and organizations • Expert knowledge of forestry compliance and voluntary carbon market standards and protocols • Expertise in forest management, timber harvesting, and/or property management • Strong Excel, database, and quantitative skills • Proficiency using ArcGIS • Working knowledge of forest mensuration • Strong writing, research, and analysis skills • Strong communication skills • Ability to translate technical concepts into written deliverable to non-technical audiences • Must be highly collaborative, accountable, and self-motivated • Ability to work at a computer for long stretches • Ability to travel up to 20% of time • Ability to perform field work in steep, rugged terrain, and inclement weather PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT *Note that because this job requires travel, the employee may be required to perform occasional field work in steep, rugged terrain, and inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is also regularly required to effectively communicate via chat/messaging systems and email. The employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position and occasionally required to move from one location to another, inside or outside of the office. The employee is required to constantly use computer and office productivity equipment such as a desktop computer, laptop, and printer, as well as computer software. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee must frequently lift up to 10 pounds. The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate.
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