Forest Carbon Analyst

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The Nature Conservancy

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30+ days ago


United States

Location is flexible to any place in the US where TNC has an already established office.




Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

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TNC has shown that natural climate solutions (NCS)—protecting, sustainably managing, and restoring forests and other natural and working lands—can provide up to a third of the solution needed by 2030 to avoid the worst impacts from climate change. As public concern about climate change drives corporate and other net-zero commitments, interest in carbon markets is growing exponentially. Around the world, TNC is working with land managers and with leading companies to help them meet their net-zero commitments through voluntary and compliance carbon market projects.


The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region is expanding our capacity to conduct rigorous applied scientific investigations of the impacts of forest management on carbon and natural resource production on private lands in the United States. The Forest Carbon Analyst provides technical and scientific support for a carbon program aimed at incentivizing forest landowners to improve their management activities. The Forest Carbon Analyst will work within a highly collaborative, driven, team of foresters, scientists, policy and financial experts, and programmatic staff at TNC and our partner organizations. They will work at the direction of the US and Canada Carbon Market Science Director to conduct timely applied scientific investigations to inform implementation carbon projects. The Analyst’s time will be focused on supporting the development of the Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCOP). a partnership TNC and American Forest Foundation program

This position is funded for two years, and it is anticipated that the position will end at that time. An extension may be possible based on needs and funding availability.

The location for this position is flexible to any place in the US where TNC has an already established office.


The Forest Carbon Analyst works collaboratively within the North America Region, and in close collaboration with members of the NCS Science Team, to process and analyze data, build remote sensing and forest management models, interpret and synthesize results, draft reports, build analytical tools, and disseminate key results to TNC field teams and partners. They will work primarily on topics related to the impact of forest management on standing carbon stocks. Their work will focus largely on analysis of forest inventory data, growth and yield modeling, and determining the additionality of IFM carbon mitigation projects. The Forest Carbon Analyst will lead all modeling necessary to support this work at the direction of the US and Canada Carbon Market Science Director and other TNC scientists. The ideal candidate will be a competent statistician and experienced coder; comfortable working in R; familiar with forest inventory and vegetation data, especially USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis data; experienced using growth and yield models like the Forest Vegetation Simulator; who is also conversant with ArcGIS and comfortable leading basic GIS analyses; and a committed and passionate team player


  • Work collaboratively within TNC and the American Forest Foundation’s FFCP teams and with other TNC scientists and conservation practitioners to develop analytical methods and deliverables that improve our understanding of how forest management impacts standing carbon stocks.
  • Acquire, process, quality control, and manage spatial and tabular data, coordinating data delivery to and from collaborators.
  • Conduct independent analyses of data, interpret results, and synthesize findings.
  • Collaboratively draft and edit reports and publications based on the data collected and analyzed.
  • Communicate results in a clearly interpretable manned to a mixed audience of foresters, administrators, policy and financial experts, and landowners.


  • Master's Degree in forestry, natural resources or a related field and at least 2 years of experience in a professional, scientific or analytical setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with forest inventory and other vegetation data.
  • Experience using the following tools:
    • R to manipulate and analyze tabular data.
    • Forest Vegetation simulator for growth and yield modeling.
    • GIS, e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS, to complete basic geospatial analyses.
  • Experience contributing to the development of tools to assist non-scientific staff in understanding the results of detailed scientific investigations.
  • Experience with technical writing and delivering information to technical and lay audiences.


  • PhD in natural resources or geospatial science related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis dataset.
  • General familiarity with the breadth of forestry practices across the US.
  • Collaborative, detail-oriented person with the ability to stay organized and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed environment, on a cross-organization team, across multiple geographic regions.
  • Ability to think and work creatively, and to proactively identify and solve analytical and methodological problems.
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
  • Experience using additional code-driven analytical tools, e.g., Google Earth Engine or Python.
  • Familiarity with remotely sensed data, land use and land cover change mapping, and the intersection of tabular and remote sensing datasets.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


This position is funded for two years, and it is anticipated that the position will end at that time. An extension may be possible based on needs and funding availability.

The location for this position is flexible to any place in the US where TNC has an already established office.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

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