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Forestry Specialist

Employer
Land Life Company
Location
Stratford, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 7, 2021

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Do you have experience with forestry, ecological research and restoration? Do you have an interest in helping to restore nature through the reforestation of degraded land? Are you interested in working for an international company and expanding reforestation efforts throughout the United States and Canada? Land Life Company may be looking for you!

This is us

Land Life Company is a technology-driven reforestation company with the mission to help restore the worlds' 2 billion hectares of degraded land. We plant trees at scale across the globe to kickstart ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. We are an international scale-up based in the Netherlands with projects in the USA, Canada, Spain, Australia, Ghana and others. In the 2021 planting season, we are restoring over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of land globally, planting over 4 million trees.

In the USA we work with NGOs, federal, state and local governments and communities to restore degraded land. We plant trees and promote biodiversity enhancement and also support conservation efforts for iconic wildlife. Our 2021 projects are in Colorado and British Columbia, for 2022 we are looking to expand in other parts of the USA and Canada.

This is the role

In the USA & Canada, Land Life Company's restoration work is centered around partnerships with companies implementing reforestation projects. The person in this role will review technical plans developed by our partners and will be expected to provide input on optimizing reforestation designs (species mix, density) and techniques and explaining these suggestions to our partners. This person will be the primary point of contact for the scientific team in Amsterdam for any questions with regards to plantings and ecosystems in the USA and Canada. It is expected that the expertise will come from both the individual's experience as well as their ability to research and analyze literature and insights gained from local partners. This role requires a combination of field experience as well as research capabilities.

This person will be based in the greater Sacramento region in Northern California, with occasional travel throughout the USA & Canada for site assessments as well as sporadic travel to Amsterdam headquarters. The Forest Specialist reports to the Partnerships lead in the USA and works closely with the Operations and Technical teams in Europe.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Forest Specialist will include but will not be limited to:

Develop from scratch or challenge and improve technical planting designs, including:
  • Assess quality of potential sites and areas for forest and nature restoration considering carbon capture and biodiversity;
  • Determine suitable species- and provenance selection in relation to anticipated climate change impacts;
  • Advice on and seed selection and collection protocols;
  • Analyze existing literature on best practices in nature restoration in specific areas;
  • Constructively challenge partners on their plans and help them improve the plans to design a project that is well suited for the ecosystem and the project goals;


Support scientific research and field work (led by the technical team in Amsterdam):
  • Analyze and answer specific questions from the scientific team on planting methods, site specific details and others to facilitate carbon forecasting;
  • Develop sampling designs for specific planting areas based on centrally developed planting protocol in line with accreditation standards;
  • Coordinate (external) teams that performs field work by visiting and assessing pre/post reforestation planting sites;
  • Support data collection efforts for internal/external reporting on planting success and provide local context any key learnings that can be drawn from these plantings;
  • Work with Universities to plan and execute research projects related to our mission;
  • Lead implementation of experiments developed to optimize learnings from our plantings;


Profile

The following outlines our target profile; however, we are interested in candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are excited about what we do.
  • 5-10 years of relevant work experience in forestry, ecology or related fields;
  • University degree in forestry engineering, environmental sciences, ecology or similar;
  • Expert in native ecology and/or woodland species in different parts of the USA;
  • Understanding of plant functional ecology, response- and effect diversity in relation to forest functioning and resilience of forests to environmental drivers
  • Expertise in forest and nature restoration projects considering multiple ecosystem services
  • Ability to assess the quality and suitability of areas for forest and nature restoration for multiple ecosystem services, though with emphasis on carbon sequestration
  • Proficiency with Google Earth, QGIS and other relevant cartography and GIS software
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written;
  • Ability to work autonomously, with a proactive and innovative approach;
  • Fluency in English and currently working in the USA;


Process

Please submit your CV and cover letter to Jessica Daugherty at j.daugherty@landlifecompany.com.

Candidates will be analyzed as their applications arrive. We aim to onboard the new Forest Specialist as soon as possible.
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