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Reports to: Director of Programs
Join an established environmental non-profit organization and help contribute to solving climate change, one of the most complex and challenging issues of our generation.
This position, based in Portland, Oregon, will be responsible for expanding The Climate Trust’s Northwest ‘climate friendly’ agricultural initiatives (soil carbon sequestration, biogas production, nutrient management). The position requires an individual with strong proposal, technical and analytical capabilities, interpersonal skills, and project evaluation expertise. This is a highly technical position and individuals with a strong scientific background are encouraged to apply.
We provide a competitive salary, exceptional benefits and a collegial work environment.
• Conduct and collaborate with carbon project and technical experts on examining the potential to design climate friendly projects including but not limited to, improved fertilizer management practices, commercialization of bio-fertilizers, and application of biochar.
• Evaluate the practice change, technological, and human dimension aspects that determine not only the technical potential, but project feasibility of different agricultural carbon sector opportunities.
• Assess environmental service market opportunities in the agricultural sector and evaluate design approaches to creating and implementing climate friendly farming practices that would be eligible to generate fungible environmental credits.
• Conduct outreach to farmers, rural stakeholders and agricultural agents through meetings, conferences, workshops and project-level interactions.
• Prepare technical analysis, and project evaluations as directed to develop and support acquisition efforts and/or advisory services contracts.
• Assist with other duties as assigned such as protocol method development and interpretation, proposal writing, organizational strategy input, presentation support, and other general tasks.
• A bachelor’s or master’s degree (preferred) in natural sciences and 3 to 6 years of professional experience with a preference for ecosystem services related experience.
• Demonstrated experience in the soil sciences.
• Knowledge of carbon project methodology development, project evaluation, monitoring and verification, field experience, and emerging climate change policies.
• High degree of comfort with independently performing research and analysis on new technical concepts and assessing project risks against future uncertainties.
• Experience working under pressure and adapting to changing priorities.
• Strong writing, research and presentation skills with an ability to translate technical concepts into written or oral deliverables that are accessible to non-technical audiences.
• Familiarity with federal Farm Bill incentive programs (e.g. EQIP) and/or federal or state agricultural agencies.
• Willingness to travel.
Personal Attributes and The Climate Trust Principles
• Self motivated and organized leader that easily filters and recognizes opportunities and turns opportunities into value for the organization
• Teamwork orientation and positive outlook that encourages optimism for growth plans in a highly dynamic and changing environment
• Ability to act short-term and think long-term in a way that results in meeting immediate goals while planting seeds of success for meeting future longer term goals
The Climate Trust Mission and Principles
The Climate Trust envisions swift collective action to protect the integrity of the Earth's climate and safeguard against climate impacts to ensure a secure, resilient, and just future. Following this vision, our mission is to provide expertise, financing, and inspiration to accelerate innovative climate solutions that endure.
We believe that our vision and mission can only be accomplished by vigorously pursuing the following principles that guide what we do, why we do it, and how we do it.
• Collective action. We develop productive partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and their stakeholders, that serve as models and that generate lessons learned to inform policy and market development.
• Integrity. We uphold the highest levels of integrity and quality in our work, business transactions, and partnerships.
• Innovation. We strive to find, develop, and promote new services, technologies, and processes to accelerate climate solutions, which require us to manage higher levels of risk.
• Service. We are passionate about providing excellent service to our partners, our communities, and our planet that result in meaningful, quantifiable, and enduring impacts.
• Stewardship. We are responsible stewards of precious global resources—natural, financial, and human—for the benefit of current and future generations.
• Sustainability. We promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability, beginning with our own actions.
Please submit a cover letter and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled.
Please note: Due to the volume of submissions, The Climate Trust may be unable to respond personally to all applicants. We will notify you if you have been selected for an interview.
Thank you for your interest in this position and in The Climate Trust