AFOLU Carbon Quantification and Development Specialist

Position: AFOLU Carbon Quantification and Development Specialist
Term: Full-time
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Deadline: January 31, 2010


  • Review technical aspects of AFOLU carbon projects and provide guidance to project developers regarding project typology, eligible methodologies and mechanics of carbon monitoring, reporting and verification.
  • Execute ex-ante and actual carbon calculations of AFOLU carbon projects.
  • Develop feasibility reports, project design documents and monitoring reports of AFOLU projects, and review such documents.
  • Visit remote project sites and organize/manage field-work to support forest-based carbon projects (e.g., conducting biomass inventories).
  • Collect in-situ land use and land cover data for calibration and validation of remote sensing assisted classification techniques.
  • Conduct field surveys and social appraisals to assess the biophysical, and socio-economic feasibility of land-based carbon projects.
  • Assist in developing and reviewing AFOLU carbon project methodologies.
  • Assist and review the work of the remote sensing analysis team, including standard remote sensing procedures (e.g., execution of geometric and radiometric corrections, classification, GIS-based post-classification procedures).

Necessary Qualifications

  • Minimally 5 years of professional experience in environmental consulting.
  • Minimally 2 years of experience with carbon projects, including an affinity with accreditation programs and standards like the CDM, VCS, and CAR.
  • Excellent and proven written skills in English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is strongly preferred.
  • Familiar with basic biogeochemistry in forest ecosystems, including understanding of terrestrial carbon quantification.
  • Practical understanding of mathematical and statistical concepts.
  • Exceptionally computer literate, including complete mastering of Microsoft Excel and Word.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an international environment, in developing countries.
  • Experience with biomass inventories in forest systems.
  • Experience with a Remote Sensing analysis software package, preferably ENVI.
  • Proficient in spatial analysis procedures in ArcGIS.
  • Competencies
  • Organized, market focused and results-oriented.
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team environment, but self-manage deliverables.
  • Willing and able to work under physically challenging circumstances.
  • Affinity for cultural idiosyncrasies while working abroad.

Educational Requirements

  • MSc or PhD in applied natural sciences such as forestry, ecology, natural resources, biogeochemistry, GIS or remote sensing.
  • Coursework in GIS analysis, remote sensing, and tropical forest systems is preferred.

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