Director of Forest Carbon Position

Nov 11, 2021

The Forestland Group LLC (“TFG”), formed in 1995, is an independent forestland investment management organization that specializes in naturally regenerating broadleaf forest systems.  TFG currently manages approximately 1.9 million acres in 20 U.S. states as well as in Costa Rica and Panama.  TFG is the largest institutional seller of forest carbon offset credits in the US.

Position Title: Director of Forest Carbon

Company Name: The Forestland Group LLC

Location: Chapel Hill, NC (preferred)

Required Travel: Significant domestic and international travel is expected.

The Role: The Director of Forest Carbon will lead the management of forest carbon projects on properties in TFG’s portfolios, including evaluating the financial, legal, and ecological impacts of existing projects. Additionally, the position will direct the development and management of new forest carbon projects on existing and future assets in TFG’s investment portfolios. The Director will work with TFG’s sustainability, valuation, forest management, and transaction teams as well as working with external carbon project developers.

Responsibilities:

      • Business Development
        • Identify and direct the development of new forest carbon projects on existing TFG assets and lead the underwriting and development of projects on future investments
        • Develop, manage, and optimize forest carbon projects for financial, sustainability, and forest operations goals
        • Engage with transactions team on forest carbon analysis and valuation
        • Maintain the integrity of TFG’s forest carbon program
        • Frame and articulate the climate benefits of natural forests, TFG’s carbon track record, and future carbon products to investors and other external audiences
        • Contribute to fundraising strategy and engage with target investors
        • Relationship building with domestic and international carbon market participants
      • Project Management and Development
        • Direct and coordinate carbon project development, reporting, and verification
        • Contribute to the development and shaping of voluntary and compliance market methodologies and protocols for natural forests
        • Routinely provide carbon data and reports for portfolio management and impact reporting.
        • Manage CITSS, carbon exchanges, and other registry accounts
        • Collaborate with forest operations to optimize revenues from the annual harvest budget and carbon sales.

     Required Qualifications: 

      • Undergraduate or graduate degree in forestry or closely related natural resources field
      • 5+ years of experience in forest carbon project development
      • Experience with field data collection methodology and procedures
      • Experience with corporate-level investment committee engagement
      • Excellent writing and communication skills
      • Ability to travel and work in remote areas and in challenging field conditions
      • Working knowledge of current climate science and GHG offset markets
      • Demonstrated experience with CARB regulatory framework and Forestry Protocol
      • Experience with the American Carbon Registry, Verra, and other voluntary carbon project frameworks
      • Familiarity and experience with FVS, FIA, and carbon modeling
      • Experience with GIS software
      • Excellent research and analytical skills
      • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently and as part of a team

    Preferred Experience: 

      • Designing and funding a forest-carbon focused program, project, strategy
      • Managing a small staff and identifying/ filling staffing needs
      • International forest carbon offset protocols and markets
      • Timberland investment and management
      • Designing, implementing, and analyzing forest inventories

    To apply, please send one document with your name in the file name, which includes your cover letter and your resume to Leslie Lee at leslie@forestlandgroup.comReferences will be required from finalists. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2021, or until the position is filled.  All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.

    TFG is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with applicant skills and experience.

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