Carbon Project Manager (location flexible)

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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15 days ago


Arlington, Virginia, USA

This position can be located wherever TNC has an established office, but must be within 5 hours of Eastern Time.




The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to achieving high environmental and climate integrity in our carbon projects as well as unlocking new Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) pathways, geographies, and business models. This position is part of a multidisciplinary team and is a role for someone with a strong technical background and the spirit of innovation and adaptability needed to apply that technical expertise to novel challenges. The Carbon Project Manager supports field programs worldwide to design and implement mitigation strategies and options for verified carbon credit projects. They will work with TNC staff as well as a dedicated external carbon development firm to bring promising ideas to fruition to solve the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and equitable development. They are experts on the main Standards and their methodologies relevant to generating such credits from nature-based projects, such as the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard.

This position will support TNC country programs and state chapters and the Natural Climate Solution Accelerator (NCSA) Fund technical team in the design and implementation of carbon projects. NCSA has been building a portfolio of carbon opportunities around the globe and under different Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) pathways. The Carbon Project Manager will serve as a technical resource to support the carbon certification of those opportunities and ensure that the project meets TNC’s criteria for high-quality, high-integrity carbon credits. They will support the project in choosing the most appropriate standard and methodology and navigating through their requirements. They will work with a multidisciplinary team to ensure that all the elements of a carbon project are considered in a timely manner, including assisting the projects in developing and coordinating work plans and Gantt charts.

In addition to providing support to develop Project Description Documents (PDD), and Monitoring and Implementation Reports that fulfill the Standards requirements, they will engage with Validation and Verification bodies (VVB) to perform the carbon certification, and address any potential non-conformance. They may also coordinate with consulting firms to develop PDDs or other key deliverables. They may be responsible for coordinating relevant internal processes to ensure adherence with TNC’s requirements for carbon projects across the Conservancy. They may serve as an advisor in the Carbon Project Review Committee to evaluate and ensure adherence to TNC’s guidelines for high-quality carbon credits.

The location for this position is flexible for countries where TNC has existing staff/offices. The candidate must be located in an area with no more than a 5-hour difference from the US Eastern Standard Time. No relocation, visa, or immigration assistance is available with this position. Candidates that do not meet all desired qualifications yet have a passion for addressing climate change with the power of nature are encouraged to apply.


  • Serve as the Technical Lead for the assigned NCS carbon projects.
  • Provides technical advice, analysis, and support to the design and develop nature-based carbon credit projects.
  • Support the project in choosing the most appropriate carbon standard and methodology and navigating through their requirements, and guide the field team in fulfilling TNC’s requirements for high-quality carbon credits.
  • Support the development of the documentation required for carbon certification, including, PDD, MIR, and Non-Permanence Risk Reports.
  • Advise on risk mitigation strategies to ensure high-quality carbon credits.
  • Collaborate with the field teams on the selection process and engagement with third-party consultants, including VVBs and project developers.
  • May ensure any consultants are delivering services and products in accordance with existing agreements.
  • Assist the project with the validation and verification process of carbon credits.
  • Support the development of tools, frameworks, and templates to facilitate project evaluation, design, and implementation.
  • Facilitate capacity transfer to local stakeholders and field teams, including providing technical training and presentation.
  • Provides technical support to TNC’s internal carbon project approval body.
  • May represent the Conservancy in external events and meetings.
  • Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Will involve domestic and international travel up to 25% of their time.


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, forestry, geography, conservation, ecology, or related field and at least 4 years of related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience designing, evaluating, and/or implementing nature-based carbon and other land-based projects.
  • Understanding of carbon project development cycle and nature-based carbon accounting methodologies, including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS), and/ or American Carbon Registry (ACR).
  • Experience working for a carbon standard, Validation and Verification Bodies, and/ or carbon project developer.
  • Demonstrated carbon project management experience.
  • Experience communicating and presenting technical work to various audiences, including government leaders and local communities.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Demonstrated team player who works effectively across different cultures in a collaborative organization.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills in English.


  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary context.
  • Master’s degree in natural science, forestry, geography, conservation, ecology, or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of forest and biodiversity conservation and international climate policy frameworks.
  • Ability to develop and drive new ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized, and collaborative organization.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills and political savvy.
  • Demonstrated critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to write and speak in languages other than English, such as Spanish, French, or Portuguese, is desirable.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.