Auditor, Forest Management

Wellington, Wellington, NZ
14 days ago
Full time role


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Job Description


The Forest Management auditor’s primary service is to conduct Forest Management and Chain of Custody audits for a network of clients. This is a contract position located in Australia or New Zealand.

Relevant Chain of Custody Services/Schemes

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Responsible Wood (RW)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)
  • Other Chain of Custody Program services, as applicable

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Conduct robust and detailed Forest Management and Chain of Custody audits
  • Perform audits in a variety of forest, industrial, and urban settings at companies such as timber companies, government land managers, sawmills, pellet mills, furniture manufacturers, paper distributors, printers, etc.
  • Generate high-quality audit reports, ensuring accurate, detailed, and consistent descriptions of evidence and findings
  • Independently, or with teams, assess management practices of organizations related to applicable certification standards
  • Be proficient in program and certification requirements, ensuring a pragmatic approach to a wide range of auditing circumstances while maintaining the integrity of the certification scheme (e.g. FSC, RW, PEFC, etc.)


  • Communicate standard requirements to clients clearly, effectively, and concisely
  • Communicate regularly with clients ensuring that Corrective Action Requests are closed within appropriate deadlines
  • Communicate promptly with SCS staff on the scheduling of audits and revisions to draft reports, if needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, sustainability, environmental studies, or a related field
  • ISO training certification or willingness to complete the ISO training offered by SCS
  • 5+ years of professional experience in forestry, natural resource management, or related field
  • Fluency in English with work experience that involves professional and technical written communication in English
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong customer service and teamwork orientation
  • Initiative, good judgment, ability to work independently, and responsive/adaptive personality
  • Applied experience in auditing and/or quality assurance
  • Proficient with business software including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Information Communication Technology tools (Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc.)
  • Ability to travel throughout Australia and New Zealand for on-site audits

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Currently qualified as an FSC, RW, and/or PEFC Lead Auditor

Physical Requirements

This is a home office-based job and requires travel for on-site audits with our clients 75% of the time. Must be able to physically travel to audit sites, and a driver's license is required. Primarily computer-based work, and must be able to speak and listen in person and on the phone.

Work Environment

Home office and on-site client visits. Site visits may include assessing manufacturers, distributors, storage facilities, and ports. Appropriate work attire and safety gear are expected (e.g., closed-toed shoes, field PPE, etc.).


Since 1984, SCS has been a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainability standards and third-party certification, working across ...

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