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Program Officer - Forestry (American Carbon Registry)

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Sectors Rural Economy, Arboriculture and Agri.
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Winrock International
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The Program Officer 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 project listing applications, 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 Program Officer 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 and other related compliance project types as needed.
  • 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.
  • Have a detailed understanding of technical guidance from the Air Resources Board related to the US Forests Compliance Offset Protocol and the Cap and Trade t types as needed.Regulation affecting Registry processes.
  • Coordinate approval of new methodologies, including review, technical support, assisting with identifying and coordinating technical peer reviewers, setting up meetings, and providing meeting notes.
  • Manage contracting, mobilizing and monitoring short term consultants and peer reviewers.
  • Serve as budget manager for related methodology approval contracts.
  • Liaise with other Winrock divisions for program / project planning, new business development and coordination of jointly implemented activities.
  • Represent ACR at various meetings with clients, regulatory agencies and others organizations.


  • Prepare quality, targeted and accurate proposals including researching and gathering background information, writing and development of budgets.
  • Provide assistance and background information for responses to general client inquiries


Education:          Bachelors or advanced degree in Forestry, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.

Experience:        At least 5 years of experience working with projects in the forestry, carbon, ecosystem, sustainability or other environmental markets as well as expertise with fundamental greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting principles, including verification and auditing standards and procedures of GHG quantification and reporting. The candidate must have at least 2 years of experience working with projects in the carbon market or related fields. Candidates who have completed ARB training and passed the exam in the US Forests Compliance Offset Protocol are preferred.


  • Demonstrated expertise in GHG accounting in the California compliance and voluntary carbon markets with an emphasis on forestry, agriculture and land based projects.
  • Understanding of basic forest mensuration and modeling techniques, and silviculture.
  • Demonstrated skills in project planning and budgeting with ability to manage work flow effectively, to track and meet deadlines for multiple tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, impeccable integrity and trustworthiness, sense of humor, and diplomatic approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to consistently interact with others in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner, maintain a positive attitude and good working relationships, and work effectively in a team setting.
  • Ability to work independently for timely completion of quality deliverables.
  • Strong technical, analytical and statistical skills.
  • Strong speaking, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Fluency in one or more additional languages is an asset

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.

The candidate may not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.


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