Land use and Forestry Specialist

Aether is a niche environmental consultancy specialising in the compilation, reporting, and review of emission inventories and projections and the development of sectoral policies and measures at a city, regional and national level. We have built a strong reputation with customers and collaborators around the world by delivering innovation and technical excellence.  

Aether specialises in climate change data collection, processing and analysis and the development of transparent reporting systems that underpin the development and assessment of climate strategies, policies and action plans. Aether has a large portfolio of projects related to Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in support of the Paris agreement and UNFCCC reporting mechanisms. We are also actively involved in several research programmes supporting the development of new approaches.

Our experience reflects many years of working in this field for the UK Government, the European Commission, UNFCCC, UNDP and other donors, and working directly for governments in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. In the private sector we work across a broad range of sectors including hospitality, entertainment, transport and community development.  

As a result of the growth in our international climate change business, we are looking for Consultants to join our team.

The Role

The successful candidates will work with our company Directors and Business Area Leads to deliver across our portfolio of international projects and support new business development. You would be working closely with national consultants, supporting their development of greenhouse gas inventories and MRV systems, through capacity building and training. Your specialist knowledge will allow you to lead the delivery of technical work in the forestry and land use sectors, whilst guiding and supporting the work of junior staff and associates.

This work can be very rewarding and often provides the opportunity to really make a difference. The role offers excellent opportunities to expand your climate change career to engage decision makers across international institutions, funding agencies and decision makers.

Required Experience and Skills

We are seeking consultants who can operate in a small and dynamic consultancy. 

Working alongside our founders we are looking for individuals who: have an understanding of the signals coming from climate science, can support the long-term development of technical teams, can gather and analyse data and produce high quality outputs, and are familiar with the broad commitments of countries under the Paris Agreement. 

Experience in estimating or researching emissions (and removals) from forestry and land is expected. GIS and REDD+ experience is an advantage.

As a ‘hands on’ business, the role will be directly working with clients around the world, delivering projects with complex stakeholder groups in international markets. Experience of project management, building client relationships and strong commercial acumen is critical. The preferred candidate will have developed a strong track record of presenting complexity in a way that is easily understood by clients and stakeholders, through both written and verbal formats in fluent English.

Working for Aether

Aether is committed to bringing the best technical knowledge and data management to deliver high quality services and enable our customers to make good decisions. We have a strong company ethos, and have built long-term relationships with our clients and a strong forward pipeline of projects. 

We have a flexible work model with staff located across the UK, with hubs in Oxford and Bristol. Our flexible model aims to support a work/life blend that meets the career aspirations of our staff and the needs of our clients. 

Aether is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion at every level of the business, and is a Disability Confident Employer.

As members of the scheme, Aether will ensure that any applicant who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is eligible to request that their application be considered for a guaranteed interview for any role, providing the applicant meets the essential role criteria set out in the job description.

Please contact recruit@aether-uk.com for further information and to discuss reasonable adjustments needed regarding your application.

Renumeration

We offer competitive salaries based on the skills, experience, capabilities and role of each of our consultants.  

Application

To apply for this position, please email your CV and a covering letter to recruit@aether-uk.com, clearly stating “Land use and Forestry Specialist” in the email subject.

Applicants should be eligible to live and work in the UK, however consideration will be given to exceptional applications received from non-UK residents.

Testimonial

Don't just take our word for it...

“Chris was excellent to work with and always very pro active in making suggestions, taking work forward and applying his considerable technical knowledge in effective ways.”

Robert Vaughan, Defra Air Quality Team

“I must congratulate each of you for your professional and tireless efforts. Let me point out that this has been the 'neatest' in-country review expert review team I have coordinated, and it has been a real pleasure.”

UNFCCC Secretariat

“Aether delivered training workshops and generated learning materials for our SSN members, providing technical content in a manageable and comprehendible format. We particularly benefitted from their extensive knowledge and ability to interpret the needs of our members into the training materials.”

Jennifer Anderson, Sustainable Scotland Network

“A heartfelt thank you to all the Aether team for this very comprehensive review – this is certainly turning out to be one of the most beneficial capacity building projects I have ever been involved in.”

Saviour Vassallo, Senior Environment Protection Officer, Malta Resources Authority

“The support provided by Aether for this project was especially remarkable considering the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tools and methods used in order to engage local stakeholders really added value to the capacity building of the national team.”

Shanna Emmanuel, Saint Lucia BUR Project Coordinator

“Aether is a great partner for work in the area of European Air Emissions. The team was committed, reliable, well organised and had a deep technical understanding and motivated other partners with their good spirit.”

Umweltbundesamt: Environment Agency Austria

“The Aether team were a joy to work with and I would recommend the consultancy - the service provided throughout the process was exceptional. Where there were problems, they provided solutions. The team were working to very short time scales but were able to deliver a high quality piece of work within the specified time frame.”

Sefton Council - for the Merseyside Atmospheric Emissions Inventory

“Engaging Aether to support us to develop the first GHG Inventory System and first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the United Republic of Tanzania has been a rewarding experience due to their high level of professionalism, creativity, timeliness and value for money. We will definitely consider Aether in our future initiatives.”

Abbas Kitogo, Programme Specialist Energy and Climate Change, UNDP Tanzania

“Aether's approach to couple innovative visualisation with high expertise manpower delivered valuable insights for our inventory work.”

Umweltbundesamt (Germany)

“The Aether team were a joy to work with and I would recommend the consultancy - the service provided throughout the process was exceptional.”

Clare Bayley, Defra

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