The Senior Program Associate is a mid-level technical role within the American Carbon Registry (ACR), providing support to the Director of Forestry, and other members of ACR staff on all aspects of registry management, including, but not limited to reviewing forestry project listing, data reporting and verification documents; formulating responses to technical questions raised by project developers and verification bodies; supporting business development and outreach activities; and helping to coordinate the development and/or approval of new quantification methodologies.
In December 2012, ACR was approved by the California Air Resources Board as an Offset Project Registry (OPR) and Early Action Offset Program (EAOP) for the California cap-and-trade market. The process of answering client questions, project listing, overseeing verification, and issuance of credits to California compliance and early action projects has become a dominant component of our registry activities, even while significant activity continues in voluntary methodologies and project registration. ACR prides itself on providing technical knowledge and responsive customer service to all our clients. The Forestry Senior Program Associate will have (or quickly obtain) a detailed understanding of the California cap-and-trade regulation and the US Forests Compliance Offset Protocol, and will provide support to ensure that projects move through the Registry process efficiently, while ensuring regulatory compliance and technical rigor and quality.
- Review documents for listing, verification and registration of California compliance forest projects
- Review documents for listing, certification and registration under the ACR voluntary offset program for forestry and other land based offset project types
- Develop technical analyses, presentations, outreach materials, and reports to support the work of the Director of Forestry or other senior ACR staff
- Track and understand technical guidance from the Air Resources Board related to the US Forests Compliance Offset Protocol and Regulation affecting Registry processes.
- Coordinate new methodology development activities, including review, technical support, assisting with identifying and coordinating technical working groups, setting up meetings, and providing meeting notes
- Represent ACR at various meetings with clients, regulatory agencies and others organizations
- Provide assistance and background information for responses to general new business inquiries
- Assist with contracting, mobilizing and monitoring short term consultants and peer reviewers.
- Liaise with other Winrock divisions for new business development and coordination of jointly implemented activities.
- Provide support to proposal preparation including researching and gathering background information and helping write and prepare quality, targeted and accurate proposals.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND
Education: Masters Degree in Forestry
Experience: The candidate must have 3-6 years of experience working with forest projects in the carbon market or related fields. The candidate must have familiarity with fundamental greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting principles, including verification and auditing standards and procedures of GHG quantification and reporting. Candidates who have completed ARB training and passed the exam in the US Forests Compliance Offset Protocol are preferred.
- Proficiency in forest carbon inventory methods, growth and yield modeling and silviculture
- Strong technical, analytical and statistical skills related to forestry and natural science
- Ability to work independently for timely completion of quality deliverables
- Demonstrated skills in project planning and budgeting with ability to manage work flow effectively, to track and meet deadlines for multiple tasks
- Strong speaking, presentation and written communication skills
Other: Must be available to travel domestically for short-term assignments. Commitment to Winrock’s mission and interest in market-based approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions required. Candidate must be comfortable working in a flexible, high-paced environment and able to work well in teams and also independently.
Must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.