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Director, Natural Climate Solutions

DroneSeed

DroneSeed

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024
About Mast Reforestation (Mast):
As the leading end-to-end reforestation company in the U.S., Mast is on a mission to make reforestation scalable. As bigger and hotter fires destroy more forestland every year, Mast provides fast, resilient forest restoration for landowners impacted by devastating wildfires. As the only vertically-integrated reforestation company in the industry, Mast has removed the financial, procedural, and seed supply barriers that typically stand in the way of getting reforestation done. Mast collects native, diverse seed species and manages site preparation, planting, and ongoing monitoring, delivering high quality projects. By assembling first-of-its-kind third party capital, Mast delivers these projects at no-cost to landowners. With trusted forestry companies Silvaseed and Cal Forest in its portfolio, Mast is the largest seed bank and reforestation container stock producer in the Western U.S. Mast is also an innovation center for the non-timber forestry supply chain, developing various biological and technical products for achieving land management goals more efficiently. To learn more, visit www.mastreforest.com and watch this video of our recent Montana project (hyperlink: https://www.mastreforest.com/reforestation)
If you’re inspired by our work, we’d encourage you to apply!
This is an opportunity to be a pioneer in the field of carbon removal credit development from nature based systems. The preferred candidate will be interested in leveraging their significant natural resource and carbon background to advance how humanity values nature by connecting the human economy to the natural economy of ecosystem services. Success in this role will be measured by your ability to help our team expand and enhance our carbon product offerings to deliver high-integrity carbon removals that are commercially attractive to carbon buyers. This dynamic role will require engagement with four critical elements of the contemporary carbon marketplace - the scientific community, other project developers, corporate buyers, and landowners (hosts to land management work and technologies).

About You:

  • You have direct experience working with nature-based solutions, specifically in forests or with relevant experience in agriculture, agroforestry, or other active terrestrial management activities.
  • You have a deep understanding of forest asset management in temperate ecosystems (e.g. North America, Europe, New Zealand).
  • You follow the carbon regulatory environment and have experience navigating the methodologies under the major carbon credit registries including: Verra, Gold Standard, Climate Action Reserve, Puro.earth, and American Carbon Registry.
  • You’re actively or interested in tracking the policy evolution of organizations and coalitions in the carbon space such as SBTI, ICVCM, and are connected and capable of interfacing to provide information on how the company is evolving its product to these groups.
  • You have a fundamental understanding of forestry assets and wood products markets, including an understanding of traditional forestry assets like timberland holdings and their revenue opportunities.
  • You are experienced or well-informed on North American timber and fiber economics and associated financing mechanisms and return profiles.
  • You’re experienced in iterative product development and collaborating across internal and external expert teams, providing technical expertise and ultimately helping deliver a product to market by achieving consistent and sustainable customer sales.
  • You are a strong strategist who is able to contribute to the company's long-term vision and inform our product and market evolutions.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Serve as a key technical expert in developing nature-based carbon removal offerings informed by and responsive to carbon credit buyer feedback.
  • Play a critical role as a subject matter expert in the development, testing, and execution of our biomass carbon product strategy and roadmap. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to deliver innovative products that align with business objectives and market needs.
  • Become the go-to expert on certification-related subjects for the products you help develop and keep our company’s standard knowledge up to date across departments.
  • Track relevant carbon standards’ latest developments and (co-)craft the appropriate perspectives, responses, processes or actions for Mast. Serve as a technical expert who works closely with our Carbon Markets Team to address carbon buyer questions through their detailed due diligence processes.
  • Lend technical expertise to develop and maintain Mast’s detailed due diligence hub that addresses frequently asked buyer questions with answers that provide comprehensive details behind the scientific integrity of our offering.
  • Serve as technical connective tissue between the Product Manager(s), Carbon Development team, and Sales Organizations.
  • Work with internal and external experts to understand and influence regulatory compliance to guide the physical implementation of projects across 11 western states.

Experience & Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in carbon markets and a proven working knowledge of at least two carbon certification standards for reforestation, biochar, biomass burial projects (e.g., CAR, Verra, GS, ACR, Puro.earth, etc.).
  • A graduate degree relevant to forestry, ecology, soil science, environmental or sustainability management OR comparable knowledge in relevant fields
  • Proven ability to work and communicate cross-functionally across diverse disciplines from science to economics/ finance to sales
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Strategic mindset that allows you to translate standards/methodologies and market signals into concrete product objectives, actions and desired outcomes.

Highly desirable if you have:

  • You have direct hands-on experience in biochar production, and/or biomass burial and the evaluation, exploration and/or development of forest biomass related carbon sequestration products.
  • Substantive work experience in forestry, agroforestry, civil engineering, waste management, physical/biological/hardware product development
  • Experience scaling a business in an early or mid-stage company
  • Worked in asset-intensive industries
Mast Reforestation, Silvaseed & Cal Forest offer:
- Competitive salary
- Location-based compensation
- 80% health insurance coverage for Full-Time non-seasonal employees, including Medical, Dental & Vision insurance plans
- Voluntary insurance plans with competitive premium rates: Pet insurance, Life insurance, Accidents.
- Company paid Short Term Disability insurance and Group Term Life insurance
- Company’s incentive stock options (ISO) for eligible employee groups
- Retirement saving plan: Sustainable 401(k) and Roth 401(k) with climate-focused investment options.
- Commuter Benefits in eligible cities
- 6 paid holidays. Two company-wide closing weeks per year.
- Flexible PTO for Salaried employees. Generous PTO accrual for Hourly employees.
- Allowances for out-of-state employees
- Relocation support for out-of-state employees
- Our Seattle office is dog friendly!