ClimateWorks Foundation

Job Type: Contract
Location: San Francisco, California
ClimateWorks Foundation and California Environmental Associates are hiring one or two part time (less than 30 hours per week) graduate student Research Fellow for June-September 2018.

About ClimateWorks
Philanthropy has a critical role to play in solving the climate challenge. A non-governmental organization that works globally, ClimateWorks helps leading funders come together to be more strategic, efficient, and effective in their response to global climate change. We offer a suite of services:

  • Provide research and insights
  • Develop strategies and portfolios of philanthropic investments
  • Facilitate funder collaboration and coordination
  • Fund climate change initiatives
  • Marshal philanthropic resources

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, our staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grant-makers who care passionately about our mission. For more information, please visit: www.climateworks.org

About California Environmental Associates
California Environmental Associates (CEA) supports the work of environmental foundations and nonprofits, as well as sustainability-oriented businesses, with in-depth research and analysis, program design and evaluation, and strategic planning. We assist with both short-term projects and long-term engagements. Our expertise includes marine conservation, climate change, energy policy, sustainable agriculture, land use and conservation, freshwater management, transportation, and urban sustainability.

CEA’s knowledge of environmental issues and the particular challenges facing philanthropies, nonprofits, and sustainability-oriented businesses enables us to provide informed tactical and strategic advice to our clients. We help organizations make smart investments, improve performance, and achieve their conservation goals. For more information, please visit: www.ceaconsulting.com

Project Description
Across the United States, land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF) removes approximately 750 MtCO2/year from the atmosphere, reducing economy-wide emissions by 12 percent. There is, however, significant uncertainty embedded in these estimates.

ClimateWorks Foundation and California Environmental Associates, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation, are launching a multi-phase project to address challenges in estimating LULUCF emissions. The research team will carry out an in-depth audit of the U.S. LULUCF GHG inventory to (1) identify key challenges and gaps in the methodology, data, modeling assumptions and parameters; (2) estimate the scale of uncertainty associated with identified gaps; and (3) outline options for addressing the sources of uncertainty. The final product will be a public report that provides all results and recommendations from the audit, to be disseminated through ClimateWorks and California Environmental Associates, targeting federal agencies, researchers, and stakeholders.

The summer researcher(s) will work closely with the project’s principle investigators to develop a thorough analysis of the sources and propagation of LULUCF inventory uncertainty, and ways in which uncertainty can be reduced.

Desired Skills

  • Research in forest, agriculture, and land use systems, with a focus on climate change mitigation and carbon removal
  • Econometric and statistical analysis, including detailed analysis of uncertainties
  • Knowledge of forest datasets such as the Forestry Inventory and Analysis, National Resource Inventory, and National Land Cover Database
  • Understanding of UNFCCC GHG accounting methodologies and IPCC Guidelines and Guidance
  • Experience with data review, cleaning, and analysis
  • Comfort working independently; be a strong self-starter
  • Current masters or PhD graduate student with 2 to 5 years of professional experience in relevant fields

Compensation and Location

This post is a 3 month paid fellowship, with possible extension for the right candidate. The position is currently open but can start on a flexible basis if needed. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, with an expectation of at least 15 hours per week and less than 30. Commuter benefits are included. This position is located at ClimateWorks headquarters at 235 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California but may include working remotely as the candidate will report to one of two research principals either in Davis or Berkeley, California.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to CEA eileen@ceaconsulting.com by April 6, 2018.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

ClimateWorks Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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