Project manager Wool - New South Wales | Victoria

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Freelance
Localisation New South Wales, Australia | Victoria, Australia
Agriculture
Full remote
Posted on 06-14-2024

PUR

Leader in supply chain sustainability. We work with local communities to develop regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, forest conservation and landscape restoration projects worldwide.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE – WOOL INSETTING PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT


Wool insetting Project development & management

Location : Australia (New South Wales or Victoria)

Travel: 25-30% in Australia 

Contractual : 2 years

Beginning : ASAP 2024

PUR Description

PUR is a global, impact-focused B-Corp specializing in supply chain sustainability. We design, develop, and implement nature-based solutions projects to help our corporate partners reduce their environmental footprint and meet their ESG targets. Many of PUR's projects fall within the categories of insetting, regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, forest conservation, and landscape restoration.

These projects aim to introduce more sustainable agricultural practices, regenerate and preserve ecosystems, and socially and economically empower local communities. Today, we employ 200 staff across 16 countries, with key offices in Paris (HQ) and Toronto.

www.pur.co

Industry Description

PUR operates within the dynamic and rapidly evolving sector of environmental consultancy services and nature-based solutions (NbS) markets. The NbS market has recently gained traction as society recognizes the invaluable services provided by nature and the need to preserve, restore and harness these services to mitigate and adapt to environmental challenges. To be considered a nature-based solution, projects must address real societal challenges and offer strong environmental, economic and social benefits for local communities.

Market KPIs:

  • If combined with deep decarbonisation efforts, NbS projects could provide up to 30% of the mitigation needed to limit global warming to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels by 2030 (World Economic Forum, 2023)

  • NbS project credits make up the largest volumes of carbon credits available in the VCM (voluntary carbon markets ) with $9bn invested between 2020 and 2022 (Sylvera, 2023)

  • 5,307 companies have set science-based targets - a 4.2x increase since 2022 – and a significant driver of demand within the NbS and VCM markets (SBTi, 2024)

Wool Insetting Overview

In 2020, PUR launched an Insetting program designed to reduce the carbon emissions and environmental footprint of a wool supply chain for a global fashion client. Together with a large Australian based wool trader, PUR has been onboarded six wool growers into this program and will continue to expand. The key objective of the program is to measure carbon sequestered in soils thanks to rotational grazing, pasture improvement, and other regenerative agriculture practices. A secondary objective is to measure how these activities impact biodiversity on farms including pasture species diversity.

PUR is looking for a contractual Insetting Project Manager to lead our technical field operations and wool grower coordination as part of this program in NSW and VIC, Australia. You will be responsible for managing PUR’s existing wool farmer group, growing the farmer group and furthering the community aspect.

Key Responsibilities 

Managing and growing the wool insetting program 

  • Select, coordinate and manage wool growers in the Insetting program, including explaining all aspects of the program and answering questions, screening new potential growers, contracting, and regular check-ins (virtual and in-person)

  • Coordinating and/or conducting soil and biodiversity sampling and understanding the application of a remote sensing software and platform to inform sampling design

  • Interpreting soil sampling results and providing feedback to growers

  • Reviewing and providing feedback on the design of rotational grazing, pasture improvement, and other regenerative practices for growers in the program

  • Track project KPIs and consolidate annual reports on the activities

  • Manage field operational costs and payments to growers.

Developing the farmer community 

  • Regularly catch-up with the farmers about their farming activity/practices

  • Coordinate training and/or field days by soliciting feedback from growers on desirable training topics; organize and execute educational/training events that deliver high quality content to growers in the program.

  • Organize farmer gatherings to further the connection between the farmers and develop the farmer community.

Profile

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • A degree in Soil science, Agronomy, Environmental Engineering, or Animal Science

  • 5+ years’ experience working in an agricultural setting related to soil science and pasture management systems and/or regenerative agriculture with farming communities in Australia

  • On-farm experience working in wool production is an asset

  • Demonstrated experience in managing multistakeholder initiatives with growers, communities, and partners

  • Experience in taking field measurements and monitoring environmental indicators related to soil, biodiversity, water, and/or greenhouse gas emissions

  • Experience working with GIS or Remote Sensing software

  • Knowledge of Australian carbon markets

  • A valid driver’s licence with the ability to regularly travel around NSW and VIC

LANGUAGE

English – any other language is appreciated but not mandatory