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23 Feb 2022

Full-Time Project Manager

City Forest Credits – Posted by [email protected] Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

About City Forest Credits

City Forest Credits (CFC) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit carbon registry that seeks to make American cities greener, healthier, and more equitable. We are engaged in the exciting and challenging work of registering our forests and trees in cities across the U.S. to produce urban forest carbon credits. We offer two important tools to contribute to local climate action and enrich our communities. We issue verified carbon offsets for urban forest projects, and we certify  planting projects with health, equity, and environmental impacts.

With rapid urbanization of the country, growth and development of our cities are causing tree loss every year. Public funding for urban forestry is falling far short as cities struggle with pressing human needs, and trees are inequitably distributed across neighborhoods. Our work enables nonprofits and government entities that lead tree planting and preservation projects in metro areas to earn and sell carbon credits in the voluntary carbon market, thus generating a new and much-needed revenue source to support the health and well-being of people and the environment.

Our small team is Seattle-based, but we work with projects in cities and towns across the country. The CFC values are:

  • Innovation – we create new financing pathways
  • Integrity – we are credible and trustworthy
  • Connect– we unite communities, trees, and funding
  • Science-based – we employ technical data from subject matter experts
  • Ambition – we think boldly and act directly to drive change

For more information about us, please visit


Job Title: Project Manager

Employment Type: Full-time, Exempt

Location: Seattle, WA

Start Date: Immediately

Reports To: Director

Annual Compensation: $55,000 – $65,000 USD


The Opportunity

CFC is growing our team to include a Project Manager to support Carbon+ Credits and Impact Certification projects. This position offers growth potential through pioneering work to address the challenge of how to pay for city forests.

Through the Carbon+ Credits Program, we issue third-party verified carbon credits from tree planting or preservation projects. Carbon+ Credits improve air quality, stormwater runoff, and energy costs, while delivering social equity and human health impacts. Through the Impact Certification Program, we certify the design and reporting of high-value tree planting projects in cities. Companies can provide funds for projects that align with corporate social responsibility goals and advance environmental justice.

The primary goal for this position is to contribute to the capacity of the team leading the Carbon+ Credits Program and provide support to the Impact Certification Program, communications, and operations. A typical day in this role may include troubleshooting Project Operator (the entity responsible for the project) questions, generating carbon quantification estimates, drafting impact reports, crafting content for communication platforms, and collaborating with CFC staff to advance carbon projects through the crediting process.

Functions after training include:

  • Carbon Projects (60%)
    • Assist Director and Program Manager in day-to-day management of carbon planting and preservation project portfolio of over 30 projects, including providing guidance for Project Operators from project scoping to credit issuance
    • Prepare carbon quantification estimates using CFC tools and methods
    • Perform general research
    • Complete project validation reports
  • Impact Projects (15%)
    • Assist Director with managing the Impact Certification Program
    • Support Project Operators in filling out templates including applications and project plans
    • Evaluate project plan responses to generate certification reports
  • Operations (15%)
    • Assist Administrative Manager in process improvements and general operations needs
    • Recommend and implement improvements to project templates and carbon quantification tools
    • Administration of website including system updates, creating new project profiles, and updating project pages
  • Communications (10%)
    • Assist Director and consultant firm Parsons + Co. on communications and media strategy
    • Write and publish content on CFC blog and social media platforms such as LinkedIn
    • Manage email distribution lists and media and public relations tracking list

Skill Set

  • At least three years experience assisting on project-level activities on multiple concurrent or complex projects in for-profit, non-profit, or government organizations
  • Technical background such as forestry, carbon, land use, or ecosystem services preferred, but not required
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office products greatly preferred
  • Strong attention to detail, analytical, and quantitative problem-solving talents
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including customer support
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to prioritize and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work with partners from different backgrounds
  • Self-starter with an ability to excel in a professional environment
  • Basic understanding of website management, using WordPress

Successful Candidates

  • Will expand their expertise by working on innovative urban forest carbon programs
  • Will deepen their knowledge through interactions with a dynamic, committed, and focused team of professionals
  • Will be seen as a reliable and capable team member by peers and manager
  • Will receive positive feedback from stakeholders regarding ability to collaborate and find practical solutions to challenges
  • Will possess a curious mindset and approach to learning


  • Colleague Training and Support Time: 90% with Director and 10% with Administrative Manager
  • Within one month:
    • General CFC onboarding with Director and Administrative Manager
    • Read planting and preservation protocols for basic understanding of concepts
    • Learn about the suite of CFC products – Carbon+ Credits and Impact Certification
  • Within three months:
    • Shadow Director on carbon projects to understand crediting process from start to finish
    • Meet Project Operators leading carbon projects
    • Learn carbon quantification methods for basic understanding of concepts
    • Shadow Director on impact projects to understand certification process from start to finish
    • Manage CFC’s website, LinkedIn account, and tracking system for CFC-related media and press
    • Create and update project pages on CFC website for carbon projects
  • Within six month:
    • Assist with management of carbon projects and support Project Operators
    • Complete carbon quantification for both planting and preservation projects
    • Create general website updates and manage website administration
    • Create content for CFC’s blog and LinkedIn account
    • Assist with management of impact projects
    • Create Impact Certification reports
  • Within one year:
    • Manage carbon planting projects, with guidance from Director
    • Manage carbon preservation projects, with guidance from Director
    • Manage impact projects, with guidance from Director

Additional Requirements for Final Candidates

  • Background check
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or negative PCR tests submitted at least weekly (reasonable accommodations will be considered)

Hours and Work Environment

Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. CFC employs a hybrid work environment with weekly in-person team meetings at our Seattle office and flexible remote work schedules. Additional hours may be required at times.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Starting annual salary range is $55,000 – $65,000 USD (monthly pay frequency)
  • Salary increases and/or promotions based on outstanding performance
  • Competitive Paid Time Off (PTO), holidays, sabbatical, and other leave allowances
  • Employer contributions to each employee’s SIMPLE IRA retirement plan / up to 3% per month
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance plan / 90% employer-funded
  • Commuter benefits reimbursement of up to $100 per month
  • Funds to support professional development and job training resources

Equal Opportunity

City Forest Credits is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity, including the diversity of thought and experience. We are committed to building an open and inclusive culture for all employees. We consider all applicants without regard to education, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, skills, level of experience, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local law. We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

Resumes accepted through March 11, 2022. Please email cover letter (not to exceed one page) and resume (not to exceed two pages) to [email protected]. Please reference the job title in the subject line. Successful candidates will be contacted via email for an initial interview. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Job Categories: CO2 / GHG Emissions. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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