Carbon Development Associate, Wildlife Works Carbon LLC

Position: Carbon Development Associate
Term: Full‐time
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Reporting to: VP Carbon Development

Wildlife Works Carbon LLC (WWC) is an innovative start‐up company headquartered in San Francisco, CA, USA that engages with the global carbon market to enhance conservation in tropical countries. WWC has established the world’s first and currently, only internationally VCS/CCB verified ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation’ (REDD) project in Africa in the Rukinga‐Kasigau area of Kenya. WWC is actively conserving 210,000 hectares of important wildlife corridors between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, and achieves this through active land management and an extensive community outreach and alternative livelihoods program.

WWC is currently managing a robust pipeline of prospective REDD projects, is actively involved in several feasibility studies, and is currently expanding to meet the healthy demand and interest in its innovative approach to biodiversity and forest conservation. Recognizing the vital importance of the Carbon Development team in this exciting time, WWC seeks candidates for the position of Carbon Development Associate to assist in the various geographic, remote sensing and forest science tasks necessary to successfully manage avoided deforestation projects the world over. The candidate will ideally be a multi‐talented, spatially‐minded individual, with experience/education in the fields of remote sensing and GIS, and an interest in and/or knowledge of the emerging global carbon market. WWC seeks a team member with remote sensing, GIS and/or forestry experience (in that order of
importance) who can discern the proverbial “forest for the trees”. This position requires not only a classic GIS / remote sensing technician, but an exceptional, passionate associate with excellent communication and skills who can demonstrate proficiency with complicated, rapidly‐changing geospatial challenges. The candidate should also be willing to work for the protection of the planet’s
endangered flora and fauna, supporting WWC’s primary objective to protect the Earth’s creatures and plants from the potentially negative effects of climate change.

The Carbon Development Associate will report directly to the VP Carbon Development. This position will primarily be responsible for assisting in the development of REDD feasibility studies and PDs. The candidate will need to demonstrate good knowledge of remote sensing techniques (including supervised and unsupervised classification, image preparation, geo‐referencing and other core RS skills), GIS (ArcGIS preferred), forestry / biometric techniques including plot sample design, basic statistics, advanced
spreadsheet management, strong technical writing skills, working in a team, and having a great sense of humor. Some international travel will be required, and a desire to experience and interact with a diversity of cultures and personalities is essential.

Candidates should possess at minimum a bachelor’s degree in geography, forestry (with GIS / remote sensing), environmental science or other similar field that involves remote sensing and geospatial problem solving in a natural resource setting. Candidates with at least five years’ relevant work experience will be given preference. An competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate initially for a 6‐month trial period, at which point he/she will be reviewed for permanency.
Review of applications will begin August 9th, 2011 until the position is filled.


  • Remote Sensing: Perform remote various tasks, including Wildlife Works’ novel deforestation modeling techniques, image acquisition, processing and archival; Strong familiarity with Landsat, GeoEye, Quickbird and other high‐resolution imagery and calibration / geo‐registration required.
  • GIS: Practical GIS skills will be utilized every day: cartography, digitization (strong editing skills required), geodatabase management, raster (image) manipulation within the ArcGIS environment; This is NOT a GIScience or programming position … you will be using GIS for real world application, and must demonstrate that you can apply GIS to solve immediate and pressing challenges. Strong users will be favored over programmers.
  • Forestry / Biometrics: Frequent field visits in all types of forest, including navigation using handheld GPS equipment, typical forest biometric measurements (DBH, crown cover, tree height) for the purposes of Carbon inventories. You will assist the VP Carbon Development and other technical team members to train local stakeholders and actors in GPS/mapping/navigation techniques. Knowledge and use of standard forestry equipment preferred.
  • Technical / scientific writing: Assist in writing feasibility reports, Project Descriptions (PDs) for both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCB) and avoided deforestation methodology documentation and revisions; Flawless scientific writing skills are a must; the applicant will be required to provide writing samples.
  • Computer skills: Use of remote sensing packages (ENVI, ERDAS or IDRISI) to support carbon project development. Strong usage of ArcGIS will be required, including geoprocessing, datums and projections and basic cartographic techniques. Everyday use of Microsoft Office products (especially Excel) required; Knowledge of Adobe products (Acrobat, Photoshop) a plus; Programming skills desired, including Python and or .NET for developing GIS add‐ins, but not required. Basic knowledge of computer networking and large image archival also desired.
  • Team: Report directly to the VP Carbon Development as part of a dynamic, growing team of technically proficient, enthusiastic, environmentally‐minded scientists. Frequent interaction with your team, both direct and remotely, as well as with project partners, stakeholders and community members in various international settings is required. Familiarity with other cultures and practices is important. Tolerance and patience is an absolute requirement.


  • Excellence in remote sensing, GIS and forest measurement techniques; Strong computer proficiency required.
  • Ability to work in dynamic, diverse and rapidly growing team environment;
  • Ability to work under often tight deadlines, and accept frequent change in a highly dynamic work environment;
  • Impeccable patience and interpersonal skills, especially with diverse cultures;
  • Strong inter‐cultural and inter‐personal communication skills. Comfortable interacting with diverse people from varied cultures and educational backgrounds;
  • Organized, thorough and detail oriented; Follow‐up and seeing projects to completion is essential.
  • Strong English writing skills and able to articulately communicate ideas to diverse audiences;


  • University qualifications in remote sensing, GIS, environmental science, sustainable development, forestry or other relevant field, ideally with a focus on tropical locations preferred;
  • Five years of full‐time work in the field of conservation or forestry desired;
  • Willingness to travel internationally;
  • Fluent in English with French, Spanish and/or Portuguese a plus. Competency with African languages desired.

Salary Range:

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

Interested candidates, please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining both your interest and how you feel you are qualified for this position to:

Stacy Zechel
US Office Coordinator
Wildlife Works Carbon LLC

Review of applications will begin August 9th, 2011 until the position is filled.