Senior Project Coordinator, North America AFOLU Project Development: Agriculture and Grasslands

San Francisco, United States
about 1 month ago
Full time role


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Job Description

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions, we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Project Development team is at the forefront of developing and managing climate mitigation activities. By working closely with project owners and developers as well as their local communities, we manage the complete registration, verification and evaluation of carbon projects to enable the issuance of emission-reduction certificates, in line with official carbon standards. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

South Pole is looking for a biometrician to support the company’s carbon project development for Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) project types, with an emphasis on agricultural land management and grasslands projects. As Senior Coordinator of AFOLU Project Development in North America, you will contribute to the technical aspects of project design to ensure the effective generation and delivery of emission reductions throughout full project cycles in the US and Canada, from origination through verification. Reporting directly to the North America Manager of AFOLU Project Development, you will be responsible for inventory design, data interpretation, growth and yield modeling, and another modeling. Occasional travel to offices and rugged locations may be required. The successful candidate will have a unique mix of technical and practical skills, be a fast learner, and have a passion for carbon-driven natural resource management.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Support the Sourcing and Project Development teams by modelling changes in soil carbon, database management, and quantification of carbon offsets generated by nature-based solutions
  • Perform statistical analyses of inventory and other data sets using regression modelling and descriptive statistics
  • Use soil carbon modelling software to project changes in soil organic carbon stocks under a variety of management scenarios for Agricultural Land Management and Grasslands projects
  • Assist in the preparation of offset project data reports and verification documentation
  • Conduct feasibility studies to estimate project performance and valuation of forest carbon assets for new and existing clients
  • Assist with soil sampling inventory design
  • Manage and standardize inventory data across the portfolio
  • Create, automate, and document process flows
  • Travel occasionally and when necessary to project sites, team training meetings, and /or conferences


Essential -

  • University Degree in forestry or forest science, agriculture, natural resource management, environmental studies, and/or geospatial sciences, preferably both bachelor’s and master’s degrees; professional experience in excess of the minimum may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree
  • Relevant work experience in forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, climate change mitigation/adaptation, or related fields
  • Experience with growth and yield models such as CENTURY/DAYCENT, DNDC, or EPIC/APEX
  • Knowledge of the soil carbon dynamic, and agricultural land management/grasslands
  • Strong statistical skills
  • Proficient with R or other statistical software
  • Experience with inventory design
  • Capacity to solve complex project-related problems independently, and receive general direction on new assignments or projects
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate science to a wide audience
  • Advanced user of MS Excel and MS Access for inventory data management
  • Enthusiasm for using environmental markets to address critical climate challenges
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Occasional travel within the US and Canada
  • National, or holder of a valid work visa in the USA or Canada

Desirable -

  • Proficiency with Forest Vegetation Simulator is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of forest carbon policy and carbon standards like ACR, CAR, VERRA, CDM, GS4GG, etc
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS, QGIS, or a similar geospatial information system is a strong plus
  • Proficiency in data queries and analysis (e.g., SQL), and experience automating GIS processes using scripting (e.g., Python)
  • Certified Forester credential including state licensure and/or SAF Certified Forester or Association of Consulting Foresters membership is valued
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French.

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make; South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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