Research Assistant, Impact Evaluation

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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29 days ago

Research Assistant, Impact Evaluation

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.


In 2021, Conservation International (CI) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) launched the Arnhold UC Santa Barbara-Conservation International Climate Solutions Collaborative to unify their demonstrated expertise and networks to conduct cutting-edge applied research to yield tangible, progressive solutions, and propel the careers of emerging environmental professionals. Through this partnership, CI and the Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) at UCSB and launched several applied collaborative research projects pushing the boundaries on the resilient ocean and land conservation, natural climate solutions (NCS), and the frontier of impact investing in the blue economy.

This Impact Evaluation research assistant will provide project and technical support for two collaborative projects focused on impact evaluation of natural climate solutions and integrating remote sensing into randomized control trials (RCTs) to measure the impacts of NCS. Project and analytical support will include data collection, data processing, and visualization, performing statistical and/or econometric analyses, literature review, systematic review, and contributing to technical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and project management as needed.

This is a one-year fixed-term position with the possibility of extension.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the UCBS-CI Projects “Comparing the Impacts of Natural Climate Solutions” and “Integrating Remote Sensing to Measure the Impacts of Natural Climate Solutions”.
  • Provide support for quantitative, qualitative, and GIS data collection and data management.
  • Provide support for data processing, descriptive statistics, and impact evaluation analysis.
  • Write and document programming scripts automatizing data processing, analyzes, and data science visualization.
  • Support visualization and presentation of findings
  • Collect research articles, review scientific literature, and identify and code articles and reports for literature synthesis and systematic review.
  • Contribute to writing research articles.
  • Provide support to write quarterly and annual reports and collect and synthesize social science team performance tracking indicators.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provide support in writing proposals and managing activities related to the design of rigorous experiments (e.g., Randomized Control Trial) testing the effectiveness of Natural Climate Solutions Interventions.
  • Provide support in writing data collection protocols and collecting information through survey and qualitative methods.
  • Perform interviews and other qualitative research techniques related to research needs.
  • Assist in preparing reports and developing materials for internal decision-makers and external parties.
  • Ensure consistency with CI’s intellectual property rights prior to publication and/or release of data.
  • Maintain project files and related databases. Secure information and data with appropriate backup procedures.
  • Organize technical meetings, manage correspondence, and write meeting minutes.
  • Work closely with an assigned partner to help effectively exchange and disseminate information with key internal and external science partners.
  • Assist in identifying and developing tools and resources that help build capacity and advance CI’s science agenda.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is based in Arlington, VA, Santa Barbara, CA, or remote.
  • Typical office environment or remote work.
  • No travel is expected but a willingness to work flexible hours to support conferences and meetings in different time zones.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.



  • Bachelor’s degree in science, natural resources, economics, or a related field.
  • Geographic Information Systems or data science skills (data processing and visualization).
  • Highly organized and able to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and work cooperatively with internal and external partners.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office or Google Docs.
  • Familiarity with software systems, terminology, and procedures. Proficient in learning new software applications


  • 2-4 years of related research experience, preferably in conservation, GIS, data science, or impact evaluation.
  • Statistics and econometric skills, preferably causal inference and impact evaluation.
  • Knowledge of environmental science and practice, conservation biology, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of performing research on land and natural resources management in developing countries, including on indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Ability to expose ideas to non-technical audiences.
  • Some reading, writing, or speaking abilities in foreign languages relevant for CI work (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese).
  • Experience in qualitative data collection (focus groups, interviews,…) and analysis

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

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Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled