Ecosystem Marketplace is seeking a full-time research assistant for our Carbon Program. The role will span an initial 3-month period, with potential for extension for an additional three months, with compensation provided at an hourly rate.
About Ecosystem Marketplace’s Carbon Program
Ecosystem Marketplace’s Carbon Program produces a range of qualitative and quantitative analyses of the voluntary and forest carbon markets, as well as a suite of other mechanisms for financing forest conservation. Our products include original news articles, annual marketplace reports, periodic topical reports, news briefs, a resource library and tracking carbon offset projects. Additional activities occasionally include providing specialized market and policy consultative services, leading in-person and remote educational lectures and hosting regional to international events.
Ecosystem Marketplace works to link practitioners and decision-makers with each other and advises companies, governments and other NGOs on voluntary carbon/forest carbon market developments, transparency, social and environmental co-benefits and other mechanisms. For more information about Ecosystem Marketplace, Research Assistant Description: 
The Carbon Program research assistant will be able to commit to 35-40 hours per week to support the range of activities under the Ecosystem Marketplace Carbon Markets Program.

Responsibilities may include:

MONTH 1 (January 2015):
  • Assisting in the development of the survey contact list and drafting outreach content for a series of reports on the voluntary and forest carbon markets
  • Collaborating with other Ecosystem Marketplace team members to complete, revise and update the associated surveys
  • Updating forest carbon project profiles in Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Portal database
MONTH 2-3 (Feb-March 2015):
  • Contributing to outreach efforts to gather data and insights relevant to the reports, including following up with project developers in English and Spanish to personally encourage responses and answer questions
  • Compiling data and inputting into Excel spreadsheets and conducting data analysis
  • Interviewing and writing contributions to the reports as desired and required
  • Story identification and summary writing for weekly news briefs, reaching >10,000 readers;
  • Researching carbon news and events to contribute to Ecosystem Marketplace and Forest Carbon Portal website news, feature stories, event listing and other online content platforms;
  • Writing articles for publication on the Ecosystem Marketplace website, as desired and required;
  • Providing additional contributions (written, strategic or otherwise) to future research products as desired and required;
  • And other tasks that arise.
  • Graduate degree a plus;
  • Interest in conservation finance/payments for ecosystem services and knowledge of the carbon markets or another ecosystem service market; expertise in voluntary and forest carbon markets will be highly regarded;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills; comfortable with phone survey outreach
  • Strong understanding and experience with complicated Excel formulas;
  • Good writing, verbal communications, research and organizational skills; journalism skills a plus;
·         Ability to multi-task and work well in a team environment
  • Ability to commute to Washington, DC office;
·         Spanish-language speakers strongly encouraged to apply.
Hourly, negotiable rate based on level of education and experience. Employer benefits are not provided.Location

Washington, DCDeadline

Submit your resume and a cover letter by January 5th. Early submissions encouraged as the work period will commence in mid to late January. Please send your materials to:
Gloria Gonzalez, Senior Associate, Carbon Program, Marketplace is an initiative of Forest Trends, a Washington DC-based international non-profit organization that works to promote the conservation of forested ecosystems and the lives of those who depend on them through markets and payments for ecosystem services