Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Technical Carbon Operations Lead (Remote)



IT, Operations
Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023
The Role:
Pachama is looking for a Technical Carbon Operations Lead to help develop new forest carbon projects. In this role you’ll be responsible, alongside our Origination Operations team, for the technical design and development of new projects. You would help to design projects to meet specific methodology requirements, support collection and management of a wide variety of project data, conduct analyses to quantify true carbon benefits, and contribute to project documents and verifications.
You would be excited about this role if you love the idea of rolling up your sleeves to assess, design and implement the highest quality forest carbon projects. You have a demonstrated interest in climate tech, experience implementing or verifying forest carbon projects, exceptional problem solving skills, and a hunger for impact.
This role is fully remote. However a location in the US, Mexico or Brazil is preferred given that some travel to project sites will be required. Experience with Latin American forest biomes is a plus.
Who We Are:
Pachama harnesses AI and satellite data to empower companies to confidently invest in nature. Using the latest technological advances, Pachama delivers continuous insight into how forests sequester carbon, protect wildlife and benefit local communities. These insights enable leading companies to find the world’s best projects and track their impact over time while also helping land stewards earn an income with tools to develop carbon projects and secure funds.
Pachama has evaluated hundreds of nature-based carbon projects around the world and originated its own Pachama Originals projects across Brazil, Mexico and the United States, driving funding to protect and restore millions of hectares of land. The company has served climate leaders such as Salesforce, Nespresso, Shopify and Boston Consulting Group and is backed by investors including Lowercarbon Capital, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Future Positive, Amazon Climate Pledge Fund, Y Combinator and Deutsche Telekom.

What You Will Help Us With:

  • Support project sourcing activities, including conducting eligibility, additionality and financial feasibility assessments.
  • Work with internal teams and external partners to execute a range of quantitative and spatial analyses necessary at each phase of carbon project development, including developing project boundaries, conducting site suitability and eligibility assessments, and quantifying true carbon benefits.
  • Generate, collect and manage a wide variety of project data, including field biomass inventories, carbon quantification parameters, eligibility criteria and different types of remote sensing/spatial data.
  • Product written technical reports to assist in project development and internal project evaluation, and contribute to Project Description Documents and Monitoring Reports.
  • Work directly with partners and contractors to ensure that data collection and project quantification procedures align with registry requirements, and participate in project validation and verification activities.
  • Conduct technical evaluation of data and reports received from project partners or other third parties.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to provide insights and contribute to the development of tools, products and procedures for Pachama to scale to hundreds of Originals projects.

Experience & Skills We're Looking For:

  • University degree or equivalent experience in forestry, forestry engineering, environmental science or other related fields
  • Experience developing forest carbon projects, preferably under Verra for conservation and reforestation projects
  • Experience with field data collection and applying tree growth models and allometric equations
  • Strong quantitative and spatial analysis skills, including experience with GEE, QGIS, ArcGIS, or similar tools
  • Ability to effectively operate with flexibility in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, ambiguous, team environment
  • Resourcefulness and tenacity with a strong sense of curiosity and passion for learning
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese a plus
  • A willingness to travel
Even if you don’t meet all these requirements, we encourage you to apply if this job description excites you. We are looking for ambitious people to help make an impact on climate change. That purpose requires us to bring together a diverse set of people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to create solutions that work for all.