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LEAD FORESTER

Please send applications to jobs@funga.earth with the subject line "[Your Name] - Lead Forester". Please include a CV and a one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in this position. Do not contact the hiring manager directly; only applications sent via email will be considered.

Applications will be open through June 28, 2024, with an anticipated start date as early as late July 2024.

Reports to: Lead Forest Scientist

Location: Remote in Southeast US

About Funga

Funga is a public benefit corporation harnessing forest fungal networks to address the climate crisis. We combine modern DNA sequencing and machine learning technology with breakthrough research on the forest microbiome to put the right native, biodiverse communities of mycorrhizal fungi in the right place. This leads to more quality wood created more quickly, more carbon sequestered, and more resilient forests. We serve land partners seeking to implement regenerative forestry practices that improve productivity and sustainability, and corporate carbon buyers building high-quality carbon removal portfolios with strong social and biodiversity outcomes. We’re a team of passionate scientists and builders on a mission to draw down at least three gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2050.

 

If you are excited by starting new things, learning as you go, and being hands-on in applying your work to the private sector, you will dig working with us. We encourage you to apply even if only some of the below criteria are met - just make sure to tell us why you’re excited about Funga!

About the Role

We are hiring a Lead Forester to oversee implementation of our carbon forestry programs, including sampling campaigns, field trials, and operational plantings. We seek an accomplished forester with experience hiring and leading field crews to get trees in the ground, while also generating high quality forest dynamics data. Our partner landowners are key to Funga’s success, and the Lead Forester will build and maintain strong relationships with these stakeholders and their teams. We are looking for someone who is willing to question traditions in forestry as we develop new ways to understand and manage forests. Our programs are initially focused in the Southeastern US Loblolly pine footprint, and we expect a significant amount of field travel throughout the southeast. Our future expansion plans include the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

 

We are a small team, and each of us operates beyond our roles on a daily basis. We are looking for someone excited to implement new approaches, problem solve, and think creatively. We need a leader who can motivate field crews, with a vision for ultimately scaling our field programs. This role is an opportunity to help develop an on-the-ground forestry team within the southeast and address one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

In This Role, You Will

  • Build and lead forestry field crews to increase our operational footprint.

  • Lead and manage the scale-up of our plantings across thousands of acres each year.

  • Coordinate and manage cruise inventories and soil sampling across hundreds of forestry sites.

  • Coordinate and manage planting schedules and large project plantings.

  • Coordinate and manage field geospatial data and data products (maps, geo-referenced field data, plot monumentation, Lidar products, etc.)

  • Coordinate and manage field data collection and data quality.

  • Operate a high precision GPS (Trimble, etc).

  • Communicate seamlessly with our Lead Forest Scientist and associated Applied Science, Data Science, and Operations teams.

  • Maintain excellent relationships with our partner land holders, including creating feedback loops to Funga leadership so we may best meet their needs.

 

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have

  • Southeastern US Forestry.

  • Building and leading forestry field crews.

  • Land and forestry partner engagement.

  • Forest Biometrics and data management.

  • Mapping with ArcGIS, QGIS, R Maptools or similar.

  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new things, roll up your sleeves and take on new roles to push the company forward.

  • Team leadership including strategic planning and professional development.

Please apply if you feel you are qualified, but don’t necessarily meet all of the above criteria!

Why Join Funga?

  • Make a meaningful impact: Contribute to innovative solutions addressing one of the most pressing global challenges - climate change.

  • Collaborative environment: Work closely with a diverse team of scientists, foresters, and business leaders who share a common passion for sustainability.

  • Career growth: Be part of a pioneering company with opportunities for professional development and leadership within forestry and forestry research.

  • Hands-on experience: Apply your forestry skills directly to environmental conservation and forest management.

  • Participate in comprehensive healthcare benefits and employee equity programs.

Salary and Benefits

The expected salary range for this role is $75,000-95,000 USD, with actual salary based on qualifications and experience.

 

Funga offers a competitive benefits package including equity in our fast-growing startup; a flexible time off policy; medical, dental, and vision benefits; and a wellness reimbursement program. Our team is in a dynamic growth phase. By joining us at this stage, you can shape our benefits and culture, and participate in our business success!

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