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Forest Biometrician at GHD

Forest Biometrician

GHD Houston, TX Full-Time

Join a global professional services leader. We are committed to solving the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanization.

Are you an experienced forest biometrician? If so, your next career opportunity awaits you! Our North American business is looking for a Forest Biometrician to join our growing Natural Resources team. The geographic location of this role is flexible to any of our North American offices and can include in-office, hybrid or remote work arrangements.

As a forest biometrician at GHD, you will be a core team member within the Natural Resources Service Line supporting our growing base of forest carbon projects in Canada, the US, and beyond. You are a motivated, experienced forestry professional with expertise in forest biometrics/statistics and passionate about applying your skills to help fight climate change within a global consulting firm. The forest biometrician will provide a broad range of quantitative forestry support on forest carbon project verification/validations for GHG offset projects, forest management plans and other natural resources projects.

Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Develop and maintain proficiencies in GHG offset project protocols and regulations, including California Air Resources Board (CARB), American Carbon Registry (ACR), Climate Action Reserve (CAR), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
  • Apply forest growth and yield models that integrate forest stand dynamics, silvicultural practices and local forest management standards to create long-term projections of forest stand volume.
  • Design and review forest inventories and sampling protocols for GHG offset projects and forest management plans.
  • Design and review modelling tools to calculate carbon stocks from forest inventory and forest growth and yield model outputs
  • Design workflow and database management tools and frameworks
  • Conduct statistical analyses of forest inventories and other data
  • Working with peers, intermediate and senior staff in all aspects of project work including project development, scheduling, budgeting, analysis and reporting
You should have:
  • Masters or Ph.D. in Forestry, or a closely related science, with a focus on biometrics, growth and yield modelling, and statistics.
  • Fluency with sampling design, and regression analysis, multivariate analysis, variance estimation.
  • Experience working with one or more Canadian and US growth and yield models – FVS equivalents, etc.
  • Familiarity with Canadian and US Forest Inventory systems (national/state/provincial).
  • 2+ years of experience working with forest inventory data and forest growth and yield modelling
  • Experience working with either Python or R and experience writing SQL queries.
  • Familiarity with forest carbon offset programs and principles
  • Strong problem-solving skills and experience applying creative approaches to difficult problems.
  • Familiarity and experience working with the CFS-CBM3 carbon model.
  • Familiarity with typical Canadian and/or US silvicultural and forest management practices.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work remotely and collaborate with a remote team.
Nice to Have Skills or Experience
  • Registered Professional Forester or Society of American Foresters designation or ability to acquire.
  • Skills, experience, and/or curiosity about ecological or biological field surveys, environmental regulations and policy, impact assessment analysis and reporting, site remediation, or related field.
  • Experience with geospatial and remote sensing analyses and datasets.
  • Business development

If you’re interested in pursuing this opportunity, please submit your application below!

Why GHD?

Being the best we can be is in our culture.

We are a family of smart, innovative and creative problem solvers. In our employee-owned company, everything feels like it matters more. Challenge us and help us come up with new solutions to ensure water, energy and urbanization are made sustainable for generations to come.

Our commitment to you

Commitment is a powerful word that defines how we do business, how we serve our clients and how we care for one another. We will support your needs by giving you the tools to do your best work and then recognize achievements. We will set your curiosity free to allow brilliant minds to do their best work. We will invest in new insights, removing barriers where we can. Finally, we will encourage you to collaborate with thousands of a diverse group of people across our global business.

Who we are

We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanization. GHD is a global professional services company that is a leader in engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Established in 1928, we remain wholly owned by our people. We are 10,000+ diverse and skilled individuals, yet we are proudly ‘One GHD’ across more than 200 offices, spanning five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific region. Delivering outstanding social and economic outcomes, we are passionate about building lasting relationships with our partners and clients.

As a diverse and inclusive organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, GHD will provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process.

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Why GHD? 

Being the best we can be is in our culture.  
We are a family of smart, innovative and creative problem solvers. In our employee-owned company, everything feels like it matters more. Challenge us and help us come up with new solutions to ensure water, energy and urbanisation are made sustainable for generations to come.  

Our commitment to you 

Commitment is a powerful word that defines how we do business, how we serve our clients and how we care for one another. We will support your needs by giving you the tools to do your best work and then recognise achievements. We will set your curiosity free to allow brilliant minds to do their best work. We will invest in new ideas, removing barriers where we can. Finally, we will encourage you to collaborate with thousands of diverse people across our global business. 

Who we are 

We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanisation. GHD is a global professional services company that is a leader in engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Established in 1928, we remain wholly owned by our people. We are 10,000+ diverse and skilled individuals, yet we are proudly ‘One GHD’ across more than 200 offices, spanning five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific region. Delivering extraordinary social and economic outcomes, we are passionate about building lasting relationships with our partners and clients. 

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