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Want to be a part of the WILDCOAST team? Opportunities to work with us will be posted below whenever they're available.

If you are interested in the position below, please send your resume and cover letter to rosa@costasalvaje.com.

COMPANY SUMMARY

WILDCOAST is an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife.  Our conservation strategies include establishing and managing protected areas, communications campaigns, developing conservation policy and building conservation capacity among communities and management agencies.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE SPECIALIST

Position Name:

CLIMATE CHANGE SPECIALIST

Supervisor: WILDCOAST Mexico Director. Location: Ensenada, Baja California. 

POSITION SUMMARY

Mangrove ecosystems provide essential habitat for biodiversity and offer important opportunities for climate change adaption and mitigation including atmospheric carbon intake and coastal protection against storms and sea level rise. Thus, their conservation is a global priority. 

This position will be responsible for independently and efficiently conducting and coordinating actions to conduct scientific studies necessary to quantify mangrove carbon stocks contained in mangroves in the Gulf of California and the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula. This position will also complete the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methodology that sets out procedures for quantifying the greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions of a current WILDCOAST mangrove conservation project (using VCS methodology VM0007 V1.6).

The Climate Change Specialist will work closely with our Mexico Director and Deputy Director in Ensenada BC as well as with our Coastal Conservation Coordinator in the City of La Paz, BCS and our Conservation Liaison in Mexico City.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Overall management to collect mangrove samples and data from mangrove conservation sites in the Gulf of California and the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula.
  • Coordinate mangrove samples processing with other team members and partner laboratories and generate a geographic database with attained information.
  • Secure advice from partner scientists to produce a detailed report about carbon stock and carbon intake for the project.
  • Perform a feasibility assessment about the requirements of the VCS methodology and the VCS rules against which the certification of carbon credits will take place.
  • Complete a VCS project description by gathering all base documentation needed to perform a carbon credits certification audit.
  • Develop a mangrove conservation GIS and a knowledge database that will allow the completion of the VCS methodology to quantify GHG emission reductions of this mangrove conservation project.
  • Proposal and report writing for donors in Spanish and English.
  • Compile financial reports and manage project budgets.
  • Negotiate to help reach agreements with government agencies and other organizations to promote our mangrove conservation project as a climate change/blue carbon national policy.
  • Communicate the impact and results of our Project to key stakeholders as well as the media.
  • Produce internal reports (monthly, expense, travel, etc.).

REQUIRED SKILLS: 

Essential:

  • M.S. or Ph.D in Environmental Sciences or related field.
  • Three to five years of working experience and good knowledge about the management of NGO-government conservation partnerships.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Spanish.
  • Proficiency in GIS skills (Arc Map or open source software).
  • Demonstrated field experience in mangrove ecology and biology.
  • Knowledge of the measurement of soil organic carbon and three DBH measurements. Including experience of working in a laboratory.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic, dynamic, and hardworking.
  • Ability to write professionally written grant reports, proposals, technical papers and give high-quality presentations
  • Excellent knowledge of the geography, ecology, and culture of Mexican coasts and oceans, with emphasis on mangroves and other coastal wetlands.

Desired:

  • Leadership and team oriented performance.
  • Knowledge of international and Mexican climate change and conservation policies.
  • Travel 33% of the time.
  • Skills in field work, camping, off-road driving, first aid, etc.

SALARY: TBD.

APPLICATION:        

Applicants should be sent by email to rosa@costasalvaje.com.

  • Send a cover letter and a CV in English, specially prepared for this application, with full address, telephone and e-mail contact details of the applicant of three professional referees.
  • Include the reference Climate Change Specialist in the subject line of the email, failing to do so, will mean that your application won’t be even considered for the application process.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday, August 20th, 2017.
  • Applicants selected for the first round of interviews will be contacted on August 30th, 2017.