About Aurora Sustainable Lands

Carbon-first forest conservation

Aurora Sustainable Lands is a carbon-first company that invests in industrially harvested forests to deliver high-integrity, verifiable carbon credits to climate conscious companies.

 

Leaders in Sustainable Land Management

By managing historically industrial U.S. forestlands with a carbon-first strategy, Aurora protects the planet’s oldest and most cost-effective carbon removal tool, trees, to provide nature-based carbon credits with unrivaled reliability, durability, and quality. Anew Climate markets the carbon credits generated from Aurora’s projects.

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Aurora's history

Established in 2021 and completed approximately $1.7 billion in transformative acquisitions to date, Aurora, formerly Blue Source Sustainable Forests Company, is a joint venture between Anew Climate and a group of equity investors led by Oak Hill Advisors and including AB CarVal, EIG and GenZero, among other leading financial sponsors.

Aurora’s mission

To actively manage and conserve forestlands to maximize impact and remove and store carbon from the atmosphere.

Board of Managers

Bill Easter
Bill Easter

Independent

Adam Kertzner
Adam Kertzner

Oak Hill Advisors

Greg Leveto
Greg Leveto

Oak Hill Advisors

Angela  Schwarz
Angela Schwarz

Anew Climate

Bill Townsend
Bill Townsend

Anew Climate

Current Open Positions
Location
Houston, Texas

About Aurora: Aurora Sustainable Lands (Aurora) is one of the world’s leading carbon removals platforms and climate-focused asset managers. To date, Aurora has acquired over 1.6 million acres of U.S. forestland with a history of industrial logging and now manages these lands with a “carbon first” management strategy that focuses on maximizing natural carbon removal and storage potential. By actively managing with this strategy and utilizing cutting edge proprietary technologies (e.g., satellite imagery, remote sensing and machine learning), Aurora taps into the oldest and most effective carbon removal tool, trees, to offer nature-based carbon credits with unrivaled reliability, durability, and quality and at an unprecedent scale.
Aurora was founded in the fall of 2021 by Anew Climate, a leading climate solutions provider, and a group of equity investors led by Oak Hill Advisors and including AB CarVal, EIG and GenZero, among other leading financial sponsors, with the objective of uniting land ownership with deep forest carbon and asset management expertise to lead an evolution in forestry and land management.
To date, Aurora has raised over $1.7 billion in debt and equity capital to support its mission to actively manage and conserve American forestlands to maximize impact and remove and store carbon from the atmosphere.

Job Summary: Aurora seeks an Associate General Counsel to support the General Counsel and the company’s broader legal, business development and growth objectives. This is a unique opportunity to join a growth company that is working to reinvent two industries and lead a paradigm shift in the way land and forests in particular are managed.
The Associate General Counsel would also act as a trusted legal advisor to the Aurora senior leadership team, the board and investors. For the right candidate, the position can provide the opportunity to grow into strategic and commercial leadership roles within the company.
A successful candidate will have top academic and practice credentials. Success at Aurora will require a high degree of energy, creativity, intellectual curiosity and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to independently lead complex projects and transactions from inception to closing.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable spending most of their time in the Houston office but will also enjoy opportunities to put on work boots and visit the woods.

Requirements:

  • J.D. from a top 25 law school.
  • 4-8 years of transactional experience practicing at an Am Law 50 corporate law firm.
  • Either private equity/M&A/capital markets experience or asset and land transactional experience.
  • Active bar license in the state in which you currently reside.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with carbon, environmental markets and/or nature-based climate solutions.
  • Experience with forestry, CCUS, renewables and/or energy transition.
  • MBA or master's in forestry or environmental science.
Location
remote

Aurora Sustainable Lands (Aurora, fka Bluesource Sustainable Forests Company), was formed in the fall of 2021 as a joint venture of the global Investment firm Oak Hill Advisors and Anew Climate, LLC, the largest marketer and originator of carbon and environmental credits in North America. Aurora’s mission is to purchase and more sustainably manage high value forestland. In total, Aurora now owns and manages some 1.8 million acres of forestland spread over 17 U.S. Eastern states, and the firm is now one of the 10 largest forestland owners in the U.S.

The Senior Accountant will report to the Controller and will be an integral part of a small accounting and finance team.

Primary Responsibilities and Competencies:

  • Assist in preparation of financial statements and supporting schedules under USGAAP Operating Company guidelines on a quarterly basis
  • Actively participate in annual audit and tax preparation process
  • Prepare journal entries and account reconciliations
  • Analyze cash and other general ledger accounts
  • Contribute to the onboarding and development of new or amended accounting systems, programs, policies, and procedures with a special focus on finding efficiencies and controls
  • Assist in preparation and analysis of budgets and cash flow forecasts
  • Support for AR AP as a preparer and/or reviewer
  • Participate in Ad-Hoc projects as needed

Required Education, Experience and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or similar. CPA or advanced degree preferred
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience, with timberland and/or carbon development experience a plus
  • Solid working knowledge of USGAAP and Financial Statements
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with Intacct accounting software a plus
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to be responsive, attentive, creative, friendly and speak in a professional manner
  • Effectively communicate while exhibiting the ability to engage in active listening and communicate complex technical accounting information in layman’s terms
  • Experience working with a remote team
  • Ability to research complex accounting issues and self-solve with the guidance of manager
  • Willingness to be a team player by doing functions that may be outside of normal accounting/job responsibilities

Our partners

Anew Climate
CarVal
EIG
GenZero
Oak Hill Advisors

Aurora news

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AURORA SUSTAINABLE LANDS
Dec 4, 2023
Blue Source Sustainable Forests Co. advances its carbon-first strategy and rebrands the company Aurora Sustainable Lands™
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AURORA SUSTAINABLE LANDS
Nov 2, 2022
Anew and OHA-Led Investor Consortium Acquire 1.7 Million Acre Timberland Portfolio to Expand Improved Forestry Management for Climate Action
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AURORA SUSTAINABLE LANDS
Apr 12, 2022
Bluesource Sustainable Forests Co. (Joint Venture between Bluesource and Oak Hill Advisors) Acquires 52,000-acre Adirondack Forestland