Forest Carbon Research Assistant: Spring/Summer 2014 – Ecosystem Marketplace

Ecosystem Marketplace is seeking a full-time research assistant focusing on the forestry sector for our Carbon Program. The hourly role and work will span an initial 3-month period, with potential for extension for an additional three months.

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 carbon/forest carbon market developments, transparency, social and environmental co-benefits and other mechanisms. For more information about Ecosystem Marketplace, a leading source of information and analysis on environmental markets and payments for ecosystem services, visit 

Forest Carbon 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 (May 2014):

  • Assisting in the development and production of a research product focusing on public-private partnerships for financing REDD projects, including conducting interviews, drafting text and graphics, collaborating with other Forest Trends’ team members to complete the research product, and other tasks as required.

MONTH 2-3 (June-July 2014):

  • Supporting development of the State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013 report, including corresponding with survey contacts, reviewing results and supporting report development, and written contributions to the report as desired and required;
  • Updating the Forest Project Inventory section of Ecosystem Marketplace’s Forest Carbon Portal website:


  • 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 Forest Carbon Portal website, as desired and required;
  • Contributing to updates of the Forest Carbon Portal; supporting transition of Spanish-language content to Ecosystem Marketplace website;
  • 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 forest carbon markets will be highly regarded;
  • Excellent writing, verbal communications, research and organizational skills; journalism skills a plus;
  • Strong Spanish-language speaking and writing skills are ideal, Spanish-language proficiency will be evaluated;
  • Ability to multi-task and work well in a team environment, but also to work well with minimum management;
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Access;
  • Ability to commute to Washington, DC office.

Hourly, negotiable rate based on level of education and experience. Employer benefits are not provided.

Washington, DC

Submit your resume and a cover letter by May 22nd 2014. Early submissions encouraged, as the work period will commence as soon as possible. Please send your materials to:
Gloria Gonzalez, Senior Associate, Carbon Program,

Ecosystem 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.