Agriculture Project Analyst, Working Lands – Environmental Defense Fund

EDF’s Land, Water, Wildlife Program works with agriculture producers, foresters and ranchers to improve management practices on private lands. We seek to provide economic incentives for these producers to adopt environmentally-beneficial practices. Our team has worked for several years to develop farming practices that generate greenhouse gas reductions, accounting systems that quantify these reductions, and policies to allow offsets to be sold in voluntary and compliance markets. In addition, EDF has led ground-breaking greenhouse gas protocol development and pilot projects for rice production, rangeland grazing, and fertilizer management to test these incentive opportunities by working with agriculture stakeholders, scientists, and policymakers across the nation. Our goal is to achieve 100 MMT of offset credits from the agriculture and forestry sectors by 2020, worth at least $1 billion in revenue for producers. Our three-pronged strategy is: 1)  development of sound science and rigorous accounting for agriculture carbon offsets; 2) promotion of policies to stimulate agricultural carbon offsets, particularly in California; and 3) strategic communications targeting the agriculture sector, the environmental community, the offset buyer community, regulated companies, regulatory agencies and other key decision makers.

  • The Project Analyst shall manage and/or support the Director with the suite of agriculture GHG projects. The Project Analyst will help set the goals, objectives and strategies and develop and track work plans and manage relationships and collaborating activities with partners, including consultants.
  • Under the overall supervision of the Working Lands Director, lead the day-to-day operations of 1 to 3 projects, monitor the progress of the projects and produce quarterly financial reports and semiannual milestone reports, manage relationships with partner organizations, liaise with stakeholders, provide materials for workshops and EDF communications, and keep interested EDF staff updated on relevant work.
  • In conjunction with internal and external stakeholders, share information from EDF projects with external groups and coordinate with partners to harmonize accounting methods used for the carbon market when conducting pilot projects
  • Assist the Director in setting goals, objectives and strategies and translating those into work plans and in evaluating progress and effectiveness of EDF staff, as well as partners, in meeting the goals and objectives.
  • Consult with EDF staff and partners regarding progress and obstacles in achieving program milestones and deliverables; report and make recommendations to Director regarding progress, obstacles, and resource needs.
  • Track work plan and grant deliverables, draft grant reports, and work with EDF government and foundation grants staff to produce reports and invoices for relevant grants that fund the projects he/she coordinates.
  • Maintain ongoing partner coordination meeting agendas, schedule and lead meetings as appropriate
  • Under direction of Director, manage consultant contracts, including monitoring contract deliverables for timeliness and quality and ensuring that invoices are processed in a timely way.
  • Assist Director in responding to requests from the Executive Team, Development, Finance or other EDF departments for information or assistance.  Become sufficiently knowledgeable about the scope and breadth of the Working Land program’s activities to participate effectively in science, policy, and communications discussions.
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in economics/policy, natural resource management, or science.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills and experience in performing rigorous analyses.
  • At least two years experience translating social and natural science information into public policy/recommendations.
  • Understanding of technical issues in agriculture and climate science and ability to translate technical topics to lay audiences in ways that transfer understanding and public policy implications.
  • Expertise in carbon markets and other markets for ecosystem services.
  • Ability to make sound decisions on legal, financial, scientific issues.  
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
  • Ability to recognize and build on political opportunities for progress.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience.
  • Able to prioritize and be flexible.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Open until filled. 

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