Third-Party Verifier for City Forest Planting Projects – Remote

Third-Party Verifier for City Forest Planting Projects
City Forest Credits

Position Description

City Forest Credits (, a non-profit carbon registry dedicated to urban forest carbon, is seeking Third-Party Verifier candidates to support urban forest carbon projects registered with City Forest Credits (CFC).

Independent verification of carbon projects ensures the integrity and quality of the projects registered under CFC. Third-Party Verifiers, also known as validation/verification bodies (VVBs), verify that carbon projects meet the rules and requirements in the CFC carbon protocols. All VVBs must be qualified and approved by CFC. City Forest Credits will provide to all verifiers a verification checklist, verification documents, and training in its carbon protocols and quantification methods. See qualification statement ( and application form (

Verifiers generally are not required to do on-site inspections of projects. The verifier conducts a desk review of all documents submitted by Project Operators to CFC, including maps, photos, imaging and/or GPS data, the project design document, and quantification data. The verifier will then produce a Verification Report, using the approved CFC template.

Candidates for becoming verifiers for the CFC Tree Planting Protocol should have some experience in forestry or urban forestry, as well as familiarity with the following: Plot sampling, and/or physical inventories of trees (including measurement); Methods of tracking or keeping inventories of urban trees planted; iTree.

Hours per month
Estimate 10 to 12 hours for training on City Forest Credits protocols and tools. Training time is paid at a negotiated hourly rate. Each project takes approximately 4 to 8 hours to complete verification. Estimate 5 to 10 planting projects per year.

Hourly rate ranges $50 to $100/hour depending on experience

Liz Johnston, Director at City Forest Credits,

Additional verification details
Upon receiving a completed Project Design Document with data on eligibility, quantification of carbon, and a request for credits, the Registry will retain a VVB to verify the project’s compliance with the Protocol.

If the information supplied is not sufficient the verifier shall request clarifications or additional information. The verifier will then produce a Verification Report, using the approved CFC template.
Note that CFC also conducts its own validation of projects at three times – first, in the pre-application, second upon receiving the Project Design Document and before third-party verification, and third, after receiving the verification report. The verifier will assess the eligibility, completeness, and accuracy of the Project submittals to provide another layer of review.

CFC Standard and Protocols:

Sample Verification Report:

Contact Name: Rachelle Lim
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 2067756893

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New England Society of American Foresters
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, NH 03301