Climate and Lands Analyst

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Sierra Club

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11 days ago

Job Title: Climate and Lands Analyst
Department: Program Department
Location: Remote
Reports To: Director of Research, Strategy and Analysis

Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

Scope: The Our Wild America Campaign envisions a world where all people have access to nature, clean air and clean water, where humans respect their interconnectedness to the living environment and treat each other, the earth and all species with humility, care and respect. In this world, an active, powerful grassroots movement thrives, holding decision-makers accountable to consistently protecting communities, biodiversity and the environment. This movement values and respects Indigenous rights, including Indigenous perspectives regarding the fundamental rights of nature, knowledge and sovereignty and believes that social justice is environmental justice. Working hand in hand with Indigenous and front-line communities, we have helped secure lasting protections for public lands, waters and wildlife and promote the rights of nature.

Through our work, we will help reconnect people to the power of nature for healing and empowerment, and ensure that these benefits are accessible to all-particularly those who have historically been excluded from the conservation movement. Our communities benefit from time outside and better connections to nature and to our neighbors, fostering healthier individuals and a healthier and more just society overall.

The Climate and Lands Analyst is an integral part of a team working to protect lands and waters in order to combat the climate crisis, forestall the extinction crisis, and close the nature equity gap. They will be responsible for providing strategic research and analysis to strengthen our advocacy for lands protection and to reduce nature equity gaps by increasing access to public lands among historically marginalized communities. They will work with the Analyst Team and Campaign counterparts to track campaign performance towards goals, such as the 30x30 goal (protecting 30 percent of US lands by 2030), reducing the nature equity gap, and expanding access to the outdoors for 50 million people by 2030. The analyst will disseminate research and analysis both internally and externally and develop maps and other visualizations to communicate key findings and advise on advocacy strategies. This work will be done in alignment with Sierra Club's values and requires highly advanced emotional, relational, and equity skills and practice.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical expertise and analytical support for advocacy protecting lands. The Climate and Lands Analyst will design and carry out research and analysis to assess the overall impact of OWA's work protecting public lands. They will also act as an internal advocate for OWA with other campaigns and provide data for broader analyst projects and presentations. The analyst will track the Sierra Club's contribution to reaching the 30x30 goal and analyze the overall impact of Sierra Club's work protecting public lands relative to the national and global baseline and determine how this work impacts the US's ability to hit its overall climate and biodiversity goals.
  • Provide research and analysis on combating the nature equity gap. The analyst will use data and analysis to support work highlighting how land use issues intersect with frontline communities. They will provide research support to help Campaign staff develop strategies to increase access to public lands, increase equitable access to nature, and bolster city greening efforts. They will serve as a point person for partnerships with other researchers and analysts working on nature equity issues; support campaign leadership by reviewing and distilling relevant studies to keep the campaign informed on new findings and to make sure our data and methods are up to date for internal calculations.
  • Support campaign fundraising efforts. In cooperation with fundraising staff, assist in the development of fundraising proposals and participate in grant making, solicitation efforts, and reports to donors.
  • Collaborate with the Analyst Team to foster data-informed campaigns. Support Director and Analyst team members with workshops and presentations to facilitate content knowledge of lands and waters conservation and how this intersects with broader climate goals; work with Analyst Team to provide original research and other analysis in support of cross-campaign efforts.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Subject matter expertise in geography, natural resources, or other relevant areas. Position requires interest in and aptitude for understanding topics and issues in land use, natural resource management, conservation, ecosystem services, biodiversity and habitat protection, natural carbon sinks, etc. and the ability to understand and translate research, modeling or spatial data and analysis on these topics.
  • Proficiency with geospatial data and analysis. Requires strong quantitative and analytical skills; proficiency with GIS, R/Python and/or other modeling and data analysis tools. Effective with data visualization - creating charts, maps, and slides to convey information.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills. Ability to distill analysis into key results for broad consumption. A desire to grow expertise of self and others through research and analysis. Skilled at analyzing reports and datasets to solve specific research objectives.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills. Comfort with public speaking. Skill at packaging and explaining complex concepts to a wide range of audiences through clear written materials.
  • Ability to work independently and with teams. Entrepreneurial and driven to make change; eager to collaborate within your team and promote learning at all levels of the organization; responsive and deadline driven.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems, and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Familiarity with social science data and/or person-based data.
  • Experience or familiarity with transit and urban design access issues for green spaces.
  • Knowledge and experience with land or water stewardship practices and connections with markets, including common conservation and/or management activities in forestry, farming, and/or fisheries.
  • Background in environmental work.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $85,000 non-negotiable.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 4 exempt, represented position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee's manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., "B.A. Philosophy"), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

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