Climate Innovation Job Posting
Position: Project Developer, Climate Innovation
Location: Climate Innovation team is based in Vancouver, BC, and the position will require travel throughout Canada in the future. Position may be located elsewhere in Canada, with the understanding that some meetings will be coordinated according to Pacific Time.
Start Date: April/May 2021
Position Status: Full Time (37.5 hours/week), Salaried.
Salary Range: $65,000-$80,000 annually, depending on experience. Generous benefits package available after three months.
About Ecotrust Canada
Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising non-profit that works with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities toward building an economy that provides for a healthy and resilient natural environment; sustainable and abundant energy, food, and housing; prosperous and meaningful livelihoods; and vibrant cultures and inclusive societies. We call this approach building an economy that provides for life. Our on-the-ground work and systems approach is entrepreneurial, partnership-based, and relentlessly practical.
Ecotrust Canada’s Climate Innovation Initiative has three focal areas:
- Community Action is at the core of our work with First Nations, rural and resource-dependent communities. Priority work on this front supports Ecotrust Canada’s long-standing work in the North East Superior region of Ontario to enable First Nations communities in driving community-led climate action, with an emphasis on forest carbon management on their traditional territories.
- Infrastructure and Policy work strives to unlock the climate opportunity created by Canada’s inclusion of forest carbon in its Paris Agreement commitments, which places forest carbon emissions on par with fossil fuel emissions as both a problem, and a solution. Our vision at Ecotrust Canada is to create opportunities to deliver Natural Climate Solutions that empower and benefit forest-based communities, while giving governments an entirely new, cost effective, path for investment into emission reductions across Canada.
- Blockchain for Climate, Ecotrust Canada and Blockchain for Climate Foundation have partnered to develop tools to link Canada’s National Carbon Account to the Paris Agreement via the Ethereum blockchain. This is the initial national deployment of the Foundation’s work to “put the Paris Agreement on the blockchain,” connecting the national carbon of the world to enable cross border collaboration on emissions reductions.
Our Climate Innovation initiative is growing and we seek a Project Developer to drive successful execution of carbon project development, deep community engagement with our rural, remote, and Indigenous partner communities, and, climate policy development with a focus on Natural Climate Solutions. We are seeking a highly organized individual with strong project development skills and relevant industry and policy experience. The Project Director will report directly to Ecotrust Canada’s Director of Climate Innovation.
Project Development Responsibilities:
- Work with Climate Innovation team to develop emissions reductions and carbon offset projects, which focus on Natural Climate Solutions with Canada’s rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.
- Lead development of technical climate impact and carbon modeling documentation as part of carbon offset and other emissions reductions projects.
- Lead research and report-writing activities including data collection, writing, and analysis as needed to successfully execute climate projects
- Develop and maintain constructive relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations, industry leaders, technology providers, thought leaders, other NGOS, and government.
Community Engagement Responsibilities:
- Support engagement with Climate Innovation Initiative’s rural, remote, and Indigenous community partners both on the ground and from Vancouver office.
- Support development of meetings and educational events for community partners and broader climate solutions stakeholders.
- Support Climate Innovation Initiative’s engagement with broad Canadian climate community, as well as with Natural Climate Solutions community.
- Support community engagement and project coordination activities as required.
Policy Development Responsibilities
- Support outreach to policymakers and decision-makers including development of meeting materials and coordination of meetings with key decision-makers.
- Support grant writing and reporting activities of the Climate Innovation Initiative.
- Support development of the “Forest Carbon Economy Fund” under development by Ecotrust Canada’s Climate Innovation Initiative – proposing new pathway to fund verified climate action in Canada’s forests.
- Support development of forest carbon offset standards and protocols across Canada.
Skills and Qualifications
Candidates must clearly reflect, with examples, the following skills and experience in their application.
- Minimum of an undergraduate degree in Biology, Forestry, Engineering, Social Sciences, or a related field.
- Self-motivated and results-oriented, with the ability to take initiative and work independently with minimum supervision.
- At least two years of experience conducting complex project development.
- Demonstrated ability to design, manage, and develop carbon offset projects and/or forestry projects.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
- Understanding/willingness to learn about Canada’s colonial history, its ongoing impacts on Indigenous communities, and a commitment to Reconciliation.
- Understanding of emissions reductions project development.
- Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and social change through educational, professional, and volunteer experiences.
- Ability to communicate complex technical matters in plain language.
- Ability and willingness to travel (estimated one-two weeks per quarter-year.)
Other Valuable Qualifications:
- A master’s degree in Biology, Forestry, Engineering, Social Sciences, or a related field.
- Experience in working with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities on issues of forest management and land planning.
- Experience in the successful execution of public-facing policy or advocacy delivery, especially in the areas of emissions reductions projects and/or climate policy.
- Experience in facilitation and/or chairing meetings and group processes.
- Understanding of the role of Provincial and Federal climate regulations and carbon pricing policy.
Please create one PDF combining cover letter and resume, and title it in the following format: “Last Name, First Name_ProjectDeveloper.” Applications due by 9pm PST, April 26th, 2021 but will be reviewed as they are received.