Senior Operations Forester

Pacific Northwest Region /
Operations – Ground Operations /
Full-time
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

**Location: Remote in the Pacific Northwest / Northern California with Frequent Travel**

About You: As the Senior Operations Forester, you are a reliable, diligent professional with a background in managing and contracting projects related to forestry and natural resources. You are an assertive leader who always equips your team with the training, knowledge, and certifications necessary for success. You are well-organized and plan projects with a great deal of forethought, using data to guide you. You are a detail-oriented individual who respects regulations and operates with a safety-first mindset.

We’re looking for someone who has:

    • A completed undergraduate degree in environmental science, forestry, or a related field.
    • 10 or more years of experience as a practicing field operations forester, or the equivalent academic or research experience.
    • Physical capability to work in forested environments and adverse terrain in all weather conditions.
    • Operational understanding of artificial regeneration and/or restoration of forested ecosystems.
    • Operational understanding of silviculture practices in Eastside and Westside forest types.
    • Comfort with sourcing and organizing forest management crews.
    • Understanding of silviculture and forest mensuration.
    • Prior experience in post-fire forest management, and ideally regeneration.A technical understanding of site planning, site preparation and civil engineering for forest operations.
    • Operational experience with GIS experience working with the interdisciplinary team on complex and multi-phase projects.
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
    • Passionate and self-motivated attitude and a penchant for innovation.
    • The ability to embrace change and modify behavior and plans to effectively achieve goals. Adaptability, flexibility, and change agility are necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • M.Sc., PhD or equivalent experience in the realm of applied forest ecology, forestry or wildland management.
    • Licensed Registered Professional Forester or equivalent certification or expertise in California, Oregon, and/or Washington state is preferred, but not required.
    • A functional understanding of seed procurement and processing and nursery seedling production.
    • A functional understanding of seed biology and seedling ecophysiology
    • Bonus for fluency in Spanish.

What you’ll be doing:

    • Assisting with the coordination and implementation of forest and wildland regeneration projects.
    • Developing fluency with DroneSeed products and serving as a technical expert on forest regeneration operations.
    • Reporting to VP Operations and working under the guidance of the Sales team to develop and execute projects with diverse clientele.
    • Developing a network and working with regional consulting foresters on writing forest regeneration prescriptions.
    • Sourcing forest management contractors and their crews, including the planning and overseeing of hiring events.
    • Performing operational-level training and supervision of contractors and their crews, including as they relate to cone collections, vegetation management, seedling outplanting, and surveying.
    • Coordinating work schedules and locations for contractor crews, and overseeing their operations.
    • Handling all contractor relations including administrative functions like invoicing. 
    • Interfacing with landowners on operational issues as they relate to project implementation. 
    • Planning and directing forest surveys and related studies and preparing reports and recommendations. 
    • Representing DroneSeed at forestry meetings and conferences.
    • Monitoring contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.
    • Making frequent visits to project sites across Washington, Oregon, and California.
Benefits of working at DroneSeed:
We're focused on making a positive impact on the environment.  We value a highly diverse team, have a supportive and collaborative office culture conveniently located in north Seattle (Ballard). Taking care of your health comes first. We cover 75% of your medical, dental, and vision premiums.  We have a flexible vacation policy, so take the time off you need; we don’t track vacation or sick time.

Other Information:
Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and willing to make frequent visits to client sites. DroneSeed is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse team.  If you’re deeply committed to our mission and ready to bring your problem-solving skills to teams focused on multi-vehicle, heavy-lift drone operations in some of the world’s most challenging terrain environments, we’d love to speak with you.