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Director of Science and Certification, Forest Stewardship Council – Minnesota

Organization: Forest Stewardship Council

Position Title: Director of Science and Certification

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Application Deadline: August 7, 2015

Description: The FSC US Director of Science and Certification will supervise a team of 2-­3 staff dedicated to development and application of FSC policies and standards in the United States.

Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for the following activities:

  • The management of the FSC US Forest Management Standard including its every five-­year review and revision
  • The management of the FSC Controlled Wood US National Risk Assessment including its regular review and revision
  • Working with and assisting FSC International on development, maintenance, and revision of FSC global standards and policies including Forest Management, Controlled Wood, Chain of Custody, accreditation, and other standards
  • Collaborate regularly with and provide support to our sister office in Canada
  • Representing FSC and FSC US at national and international meetings
  • Working with Certification Bodies to facilitate consistent application of FSC standards
  • Working with leading third‐party sustainability initiatives to ensure that key forest conservation values are recognized and supported
  • Working directly with FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody certificate holders including State Agencies, TIMOs, REITs, other large landowners, and forest product manufacturers including large paper, tissue and solid wood manufacturers


The ideal candidate will have a strong background in forestry, ecology, or other natural resource field, and will have demonstrated experience in the field of forest certification.


  • Advanced degree in forestry, natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, or similar science field
  • Broad knowledge of forestry, forest management, forest ecology, and wildlife biology
  • Knowledge of FSC and other certification programs and standards, particularly as they relate to development processes and application
  • Have at least five years of project management and leadership experience
  • Experience organizing and facilitating meetings between diverse stakeholder perspectives

Preferred skills:

  • Analytical proficiency including application of environmental and social science in policy development
  • Ability to relate to and collaborate with a diversity of stakeholders, manage conflict and achieve consensus
  • Comfort working with international stakeholders and cross-­culturally to achieve results
  • Ability to lead, manage and continue to develop a team of 2-­3 staff dedicated to policy and standards
  • Ability to confidently and positively represent FSC values in public including in challenging situations
  • Capacity for organizing and multi-‐tasking including ability to manage long-­term projects while also addressing immediate situations faced by stakeholders
  • Experience developing national and international-­level policies and standards, preferably forest certification standards

How to Apply: To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to FSC US at [email protected]. Please reference “Director of Science and Certification” in the subject line.

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