Forest Carbon Auditor, Rainforest Alliance


Consultant Need: Forest Carbon Auditor
Reports to: Carbon Technical Specialist – Rainforest Alliance SmartWood Program
Duration: 3 months with a retainer of 2 days per week averaged over the month guaranteed, with some weeks requiring up to 7 days.

The Rainforest Alliance is a world leader in promoting sustainable forestry and sustainable agriculture. We have certified sustainable practices that protect forest cover and biodiversity on more than 130 million acres worldwide. Because of our efforts to promote sustainable production, we estimate that over one billion tons of carbon is maintained in forest stocks on certified forest properties.

The Rainforest Alliance now provides credible third-party auditing to assess whether forest projects meet voluntary carbon standards for sequestering carbon dioxide, reducing greenhouse emissions and providing community and biodiversity co-benefits. We are currently accepted as a validation/verification body by the following organizations:

  • Climate Action Reserve
  • Voluntary Carbon Standard Association
  • Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance
  • Plan Vivo
  • CarbonFix Standard
  • American Carbon Registry

As the voluntary carbon market grows and with potential for compliance forest carbon systems, we expect the demand for assessment of forest carbon projects and methodologies to continue to rise. To meet anticipated demands, the SmartWood Program seeks a consultant to conduct carbon validation and verification audits of forest carbon projects within the voluntary carbon market.
SmartWood (SW), a program of the Rainforest Alliance, is the world’s leading Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest management certifier, setting the international gold standard for credibility in auditing environmentally and socially responsible forestry.

SmartWood offers a diverse set of certification and verification services, including FSC certification, legality verification, SmartLogging and carbon validation and verification. Today more than 3000 operations spanning 73 countries have been certified by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program.

Consultant Assignment:
The Forest Carbon Auditor will be responsible for support, coordination, and leadership in carbon auditing against six different voluntary carbon standards. The work will include both traveling to project locations to assist in field validation and verification assessments, as well as remote support of global carbon audit teams through desk-based reviews. The consultant will work closely with the Carbon Technical Specialist of the SmartWood Program, and the Climate Technical Specialist of the Climate Program to ensure consistent application of auditing throughout all Rainforest Alliance regions. The consultant should be willing and able to travel internationally to participate in field assessments of forest based carbon projects. The consultant will represent RA/SW to clients, NGOs, and other stakeholders.


  • Consultant will be expected to:
  • Perform as an active participant on audit teams;
  • Produce audit reports in conformance with SW policies and procedures for specific carbon validation and verification audits performed throughout the duration of the consultancy;
  • Provide critical analysis and technical review of audit documents and reports.


  • Provision of a minimum of 2 days per week during the consultancy period. Due to the nature of field auditing, the availability to work 5-8 days in a row, including weekend work/travel will be necessary;
  • Assist in the delivery of SW carbon validation and verification audits throughout all RA regions;
  • Provide technical input and leadership during field and desk audits for forest carbon project validations and verifications to six voluntary carbon standards (primarily VCS and CCB);
  • Write audit reports using the SW report writing format for both field and desk-based audits;
  • Provide remote technical reviews of reports written by audit teams;
  • In coordination with SW and the Climate Program, keep current with climate and carbon auditing policy issues as well as new carbon verification methodologies and tools and standards;
  • Provide support to regions in the recruitment of clients, particularly in explaining technical aspects of carbon measurement; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BS required, MS preferred; preferably in environmental science, forestry, or ecology;
  • 3-5 years of experience in forest carbon modeling/calculations and/or forest carbon projects/standards;
  • Strong understanding of carbon modeling for forestry and land use projects;
  • Strong understanding of voluntary carbon standards;
  • Auditing experience preferred;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish and/or French is preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals;
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint);
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices;
  • Experience in a not-for-profit and international environment preferred; and
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 25% per year, nationally and internationally.
  • Experience with international travel to rural locations, and working with diverse cultures preferred.

Daily rate commensurate with experience. Two days per week guaranteed, but significantly more time is expected dependent on the auditing schedule. A maximum of 20 days per month would be required.

To apply:
Send resume, cover letter and salary history to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance, 665 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY 10012; Fax: 212-677-2187; E-mail: If emailing, use the following format in the subject line: first name and last name, job title and position you are applying for.