Research Associate, Carbon Projects

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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8 days ago

Program Overview:

In 2021, WRI launched the Land and Carbon Lab, a major new initiative that uses land and carbon monitoring to catalyze the land-based actions, policies, incentives and governance reforms needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. WRI and partners will leverage satellites, field measurements and other cutting-edge technologies to monitor all the world’s lands, natural ecosystems, working lands and associated carbon stocks and flows. The initiative builds on WRI's existing monitoring initiatives and data platforms such Global Forest Watch and Resource Watch. The system will provide communities, governments, investors, non-government organizations, and others with high-quality data to help them pursue nature-based solutions that address the climate crisis in ways that also support economic recovery, promote equity, protect biodiversity, and enhance resilience.


This position will begin as remote due to Covid-19 but will be a hybrid model of remote and in-office.


Job Summary:

WRI is seeking a mid-level professional with a background in climate/Earth system science to join a rapidly growing team of researchers and geospatial analysts focused on improved monitoring of land and associated carbon fluxes from project- to global-scale. To succeed in this role, the applicant should have a broad familiarity with a range of carbon project accounting methodologies and standards, strong writing and analytical skills including statistical uncertainty analysis, and experience collecting and analyzing plot-level measurements of biomass carbon stocks.


Job Responsibilities:

Research and Analysis (80%)

Perform literature reviews and synthesize information on various aspects of carbon accounting methodologies and data requirements - Compile, organize and synthesize existing data from various sources including government, NGOs and academic research related to biomass quantification across different landscapes - Develop baseline and project monitoring methodologies and documentation for tree-related restoration projects focused primarily (but not exclusively) in sub-Saharan Africa - Develop Excel and other user-friendly tools to assess carbon benefits from activities related to nature-based climate solutions such as agroforestry, afforestation, reforestation, and improved agricultural management

Communications and Outreach (20%)

Serve as research team liaison between WRI's global and international offices to coordinate activities related to carbon project development and implementation - Generate clear, concise reports and other communications materials (blogs, slide decks, etc.) to synthesize results and ideas for distribution to WRI's organizational leadership, other technical experts, and the general public - Serve role as technical expert in client relationships and communications

Job Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of full-time work experience, or master's degree - Familiarity with VCS and/or ART/TREES methodologies related to REDD+, particularly those involving carbon removals from afforestation/reforestion and agroforestry - Experience with vegetation inventory sampling, analysis and monitoring - Basic experience with GIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and/or QGIS is a plus


Potential Salary: $53,000 - $68,000 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.


About Us: Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

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