Position Title: Program Manager for the Climate Smart Land Network, Manomet
Position Posting: https://www.manomet.org/jobs/
Manomet, Inc. is seeking a program manager to help grow the Climate Smart Land Network (CSLN), a major multi-stakeholder initiative to increase climate change resilience of working forests and maximize opportunities for climate change mitigation. By synthesizing current science on key issues around climate change impacts and management responses for working forests, providing interactive educational opportunities, and promoting a North America-wide community of practice, the CSLN helps land managers integrate climate change into silvicultural decision-making and forest management planning. Existing CSLN members manage over 30 million acres of forest throughout the US and Canada, including many of North America’s largest timberland managers. We are looking for a program manager to help grow the CSLN in exciting new directions, including:
- Expanding CSLN membership, particularly in western North America and the U.S. southeast.
- Diversifying programming to include webinar-based online learning opportunities, and content on non-timber ecosystem services and compliance with voluntary climate change reporting requirements.
- Assisting in expanding the existing CSLN model to include rangeland and agriculture.
The CSLN program manager will also assist in other key natural resource management functions at Manomet. In particular, the program manager will:
- Develop a manual of best practices for climate-smart harvest operations as part of an ongoing natural climate solutions project for industrial timberlands.
- Contribute to the integration of climate change considerations across Manomet’s diverse programming.
Support the operation and expansion of the CSLN:
- Coordinate the CSLN with CSLN members ensure that the CSLN maximizes its potential as an information hub and educational resource.
- Prepare semi-technical bulletins on topics related to climate change impacts for forestry and other natural resource managers.
- Revise and expand a climate change management manual aimed at foresters.
- Develop content on climate change risks to forest management targeted at investors and owners of forestland assets.
- Organize regular educational webinars by scientists in academia, federal and state agencies, and other institutions for CSLN members.
- Lead the organization of annual in-person CSLN member gatherings, including research and coordination on venues, guest speakers, and subject matter.
- Work with Manomet’s Director of Applied Science to recruit new members to the CSLN and prepare grant applications to secure additional funding.
- Remain abreast of key developments in climate science and forest management for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Prepare ongoing bibliographies of recently-released, peer-reviewed literature on relevant topics for CSLN members.Develop a manual on best practices for climate-smart harvest operations:
- Draw on existing literature on a variety of topics pertaining to timber harvesting operations to develop guidance on reducing emissions from equipment, vegetation, and soils during the harvesting process. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, forest roads, harvesting methods and equipment, transport of harvested timber, and relationships between key stakeholders in the operations process.
- Work with a subset of CSLN members to identify best practices for harvest operations currently employed within the forest industry, which could be used in the best practices manual.
- Work with Manomet’s Director of Applied Science to derive performance metrics for individual elements of the best practices manual, including metrics of relative emissions reduction potential, feasibility, and implementation cost.Support, as time permits, the integration of climate change across Manomet’s programming:
- Support strategies for growing the CSLN into other arenas.
- Engage in cross-programming workgroups.
- Provide feedback to program development and planning across programs.
- Contribute to grant applications to obtain funding from foundations, government, and corporate sources.
- Masters or Ph.D. in forestry with course work in climate change and environmental or forest economics. Broad-based understanding of forest management issues relating to climate change across a variety of forest ecosystems and land-use categories would be an asset. Knowledge of carbon markets and their accounting protocols would also be a plus.
- Proven ability to synthesize complex forest system, climate, and economic information to provide insight on regional climate change impacts, appropriate management response, and economic ramifications.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work respectfully with a broad range of forest landowners, managers, and other stakeholders.
- Experience or proven capacity for program management and organization of meetings, seminars and events.
- Strong analytic skills and the ability to work across disciplines.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong understanding of current governmental, non-governmental, and private climate change programs and voluntary reporting programs as they relate to managed lands.
- Computer skills associated with data analysis and word processing. Proficiency with ESRI GIS software for analytical mapping would be a plus.
- Adaptability and interest in gaining experience of strategic development through the incorporation of climate change considerations into across programs at Manomet.
- Highly motivated to build a professional reputation and program, and able to work independently and in teams.
- Ability to create and manage contracts and annual budgets and write successful proposals for growing the climate change program into the future.
- Establish relationships with the stakeholders in the forestry, agriculture and/or conservation sectors would be an asset, although not essential. More important is the ability to cultivate relationships with new and prospective partners.
- Ability to build relationships with new NGO partners to improve delivery.
Physical demands that must be met in order to complete the essential functions of the job successfully:
- Ability to lift 20 lbs.
- Some travel may be required.
- Some weekend and evening events may be required.
Manomet is a 501(c) (3) organization that empowers stakeholders through science and works with partners to make a world where ecosystems and human communities thrive. Since Manomet’s beginnings as a bird banding operation in 1969, its science and research have expanded to focus on ecosystem management and resilience, shorebird conservation, and educating tomorrow’s leaders about the importance of the natural world. Diversity, science, and climate change are the fundamental principles driving Manomet’s work today.
With an annual budget of $6 million, Manomet has more than 30 scientists and support staff working from the north slope of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina. Manomet offers an entrepreneurial atmosphere of dedicated professionals who support each other in a common vision of creating a more sustainable world. Our headquarters is located in Plymouth, MA on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay, about 45 miles south of Boston. Manomet also has offices in Maine, Vermont, Chile, and Paraguay.
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How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter as attachments to email@example.com. Please reference the job title in the subject line. The position is available immediately and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by September 24th, 2021.
Manomet offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive package of benefits.
Manomet is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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