Project Accountant - Silvaseed (Tacoma - 30 min south in Roy, WA)

Roy, Washington /
Finance – Accounting /
Contract
About DroneSeed/Silvaseed: 

Our mission is simple: Make reforestation scalable to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Trees are highly effective at carbon removal, but scaling reforestation has significant obstacles--and that gets our team fired up about how we can build solutions using technology.  We’ve built DroneSeed, and acquired and combined it with 130-year-old Silvaseed to be a one-stop-shop for reforestation and remove obstacles at each of four steps: 
- Seed. Natural regeneration after wildfire is in decline due to climate change resulting in larger fires of higher severity. These factors eliminate seed stored in the soil for regeneration. This creates challenges for seed supply. To respond we’ve expanded Silvaseed to become the largest private seed bank in the west and the first call for land managers affected by fire.  
- Grow space. There’s not enough nursery greenhouse capacity to grow seedlings (link). We’re currently growing millions of seedlings per year at Silvaseed and, while we’re doubling that output, we’re creating a replicable method to scale further.  
- Better tools for labor. We need better tools to accomplish more reforestation faster. DroneSeed is utilizing heavy lift drone swarms to deliver seed vessels after wildfire and boost seed establishment in combination with seedlings that are interplanted later. 
- Finance. For the last 20 years, carbon offsets haven’t provided capital for the high-up front costs of reforestation. Landowners have had to rely on limited grant funding. Repayment periods were 25 years or more and reforestation projects were exceedingly rare. That changed two years ago when third-party certifier Climate Action Reserve (CAR) announced the Climate Forward protocol to conservatively forecast the carbon tonne removals as reforested trees grow. DroneSeed is developing one of the first projects using this protocol. This and future projects following the protocol will be protected by legal easements on replanted and re-seeded land, monitored by state-accredited land trusts, and have insurance buffer pools in place in case fire occurs again. Under the CAR protocol, DroneSeed is generating the most transparent, highest-quality forestry-based carbon offsets on the market from reforestation projects. 

We need to overcome these four reforestation challenges to build back--even a fraction of--the forests we lose from wildfires every year. That's why we set out to build a model to make reforestation scaleable, which requires expanding the supply chain systems and financial flywheels behind them. That is the mission: make reforestation scalable to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.   


Highlights

DroneSeed HQ: Ballard Brewery District, Seattle, WA  
Silvaseed HQ: Roy, WA 

Team Size: ~100
Leadership Team: Grant Canary (CEO), Ben Reilly (CTO), John Hall (VP Ops & Finance), Cassie Meigs (Director of Account Management), Matthew Aghai (Senior Director of Bio R&D), Arnoud de Villegas (Senior Director of Business Development), Katherine Wong-Velasco (Director of Talent Acquisition) and Mary Caroline Pruitt (Senior Director of Marketing & Communications) 
Funding: $36M Series A from Social Capital, Seven Seven Six, DBL, Spero VC, TechstarsTechCrunch.
Notable Investors: Marc Tarpenning co-founder Tesla, Tobi Lutke CEO Shopify, Alexis Ohanian co-founder Reddit, Marc Benioff, Court Lorenzini 1st CEO DocuSign 
Market: $277B Carbon Offset Market (Refinitiv Analysis, Bloomberg NEF)
Revenue: Data will be shared with qualified candidates
Clients: 3 of 5 largest timber companies, Non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy, Tribal Nations, state and federal agencies, small family forests
Media: CNN, Mark Rober, National Geographic,  Today Show, Bloomberg

Project Accountant

We’re in search of a Project Accountant to support our 8-acre building project, an expansion of facilities to support the growth of tree seedlings.  Reporting to the VP of Finance & Operations and Corporate Controller, the Project Accountant is responsible for all the matters related to accounting and finance for the expansion project.  The ideal candidate will have prior work experience in a construction project management setting. Some key tasks include overseeing the modification of contracts/agreements, compliance, payments, reports, and any other finance or accounting duties related to the project.  

Key Responsibilities:

    • Manage all accounting related functions for the assigned projects
    • Coordinate with internal accounting/finance teams, external accountants, banks, and lending institutions.
    • Assist the project team with any needs related to accounting or financial management.
    • Manage invoices, payments, and compliance with project financial milestones.
    • Coordinate directly with lending and/or finance institutions to provide all necessary progress reporting.
    • Collect and track all compliance documents.
    • Process vendor invoices accurately and within assigned timelines.
    • Generate internal reports including AP, aging, contract status, job costing, and other financial reporting related to the project.
    • Ensure accounting, materials receiving, inventory, and procurement processes are effectively coordinated and followed.
    • Prepare expenditure reports with detailed supporting documentation, and compile final report summaries.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree in accounting or similar business degree
    • Minimum 2 years prior experience working as an accountant or bookkeeper
    • Experience in the construction industry strongly preferred
    • Proficient in data entry, accounts payable, vendor payments, and project costing techniques
    • Experience with Quickbooks Online (preferred), Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets (preferred), and project management software
    • Strong communication skills and ability to create and present project financial data to internal and external parties
Benefits of working at Silvaseed/DroneSeed: We believe taking care of your health comes first. We cover 75% of your medical, dental, and vision premiums.  Life outside of work matters. DroneSeed has a flexible vacation policy, so take the time off you need.

Other Information:  Candidates must be eligible to work at Silvaseed HQ in Roy, WA. This position may require travel domestically (US) and abroad, therefore requiring the candidate to have a US driver’s license as well as a passport and status conducive to international travel.  In any application cover letter, please highlight what motivated you to reach out to DroneSeed/ Silvaseed versus other opportunities.  If you’re deeply committed to our mission and capable of helping us rapidly scale our accounting capabilities, we’d love to speak with you.