Director, Forest Carbon Partnerships

The Climate Trust

Portland, Oregon

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 90,000-120,000
Required Experience 7+ years

Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships
Location: Remote

About The Climate Trust
As a pioneer and nationally recognized leader in carbon markets, The Climate Trust develops, manages, and invests in US-based carbon offset projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With 25 years of technical expertise and extensive market experience, The Climate Trust is focused on advancing new strategies to leverage carbon markets to increase the pace and scale of land conservation and ecosystem restoration.

About the Role
In your role as Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships, you will be an integral part of a small and highly motivated team of experts passionate about the role of natural climate solutions in combating climate change. Equally important to our climate work is our commitment to supporting the stewardship and conservation efforts of the land trusts, private forest owners, tribes, ranchers, and other landowners with whom we work. As a small and nimble organization in a rapidly evolving market, your ideas as well as your technical expertise will be highly valued.


The Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships will lead The Climate Trust’s forest carbon partnerships and forest carbon project recruitment efforts. This role will also provide support to forestry staff in project development and reforestation program development. The Director of Forest Carbon Partnerships will work closely with senior staff on organizational strategy and contracting. The position requires excellent personal communication, strategic thinking, and organizational skills.

Establish partnerships and originate and manage forest carbon project pipeline

  • Establish partnerships with landowners and forestry and conservation organizations to support their forest carbon goals
  • Direct and implement forest carbon outreach and project origination strategy
  • Convey complex forest carbon concepts to diverse audiences
  • Build, cultivate and shepherd a robust project pipeline of forest carbon offset projects
  • Work with technical staff on project feasibility studies
  • Conduct due diligence on potential forestry projects and investments
  • Lead new projects through contracting with Executive Director or Chief Operating Officer
  • Work with forest project managers and analysts to troubleshoot technical forestry problems
  • Work with Reforestation Carbon Manager on reforestation project recruitment

Serve as TCT forestry representative

  • Track and advise on forest carbon policy and market related developments
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including landowners, technical experts, registry staff, verifiers, project developers, and NGOs working on forest and grassland conservation
  • Represent the organization at conferences, speaking events, and working groups

Strategic Partnerships and Directions

  • Manage relationships with strategic partners
  • Work with senior management to establish and cultivate new strategic partnerships
  • Identify and assess feasibility of new project development strategies


  • Assist in deliverables outside the forest sector as needed
  • Originate content for Climate Trust articles, blogs, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned such as marketing and communications support, proposal writing, organizational strategy input, presentation support and other general tasks


  • MA or MS in natural sciences, Master of Forestry preferred
  • 8+ years of work experience in the forest and/or conservation sector
  • Knowledge of forestry and conservation sector landowners and organizations
  • Expert knowledge of forestry compliance and voluntary carbon market standards and protocols
  • Expertise in forest management, timber harvesting, and/or property management
  • Strong Excel, database, and quantitative skills
  • Proficiency using ArcGIS
  • Working knowledge of forest mensuration
  • Strong writing, research, and analysis skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to translate technical concepts into written deliverable to non-technical audiences
  • Must be highly collaborative, accountable, and self-motivated
  • Ability to work at a computer for long stretches
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of time
  • Ability to perform field work in steep, rugged terrain, and inclement weather


*Note that because this job requires travel, the employee may be required to perform occasional field work in steep, rugged terrain, and inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is also regularly required to effectively communicate via chat/messaging systems and email. The employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position and occasionally required to move from one location to another, inside or outside of the office. The employee is required to constantly use computer and office productivity equipment such as a desktop computer, laptop, and printer, as well as computer software.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee must frequently lift up to 10 pounds. The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate.

This job posting in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


  • Salary $90,000 - $120,000 commensurate with experience
  • Annual Performance Award
  • 401K- The Climate Trust will match up to 4% of employee compensation
  • Health and Dental- The Climate Trust pays 100% of employee premium and 80% for family members
  • Life, Short Term, and Long-Term Disability as well as a Supplemental Disability Plan
  • Paid Time Off- Employees begin accruing PTO immediately after hire. Full time employees earn 25 PTO days per year.
  • Paid Holidays- Eight paid holidays as well as 2 floating holidays to be used at any time during the calendar year.
  • Flexible Spending Plan
  • Commute and/or Work from Home Stipend
  • Cell stipend
  • Wellness stipend
  • Continued Education and Training Benefits

The Climate Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with anti-discrimination regulations as applicable. People of all genders and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $90,000.00 - $120,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Level of knowledge with forestry compliance and voluntary carbon market protocols.
  • Years of experience originating partnerships for an organization.
  • Please describe your experience building and maintaining a forestry/ conservation professional network.
  • Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.


  • Forestry/Conservation: 8 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote


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Category Admin & Leadership, Forestry, Sustainability
Tags Outreach, Climate Change