Research Analyst, Forest Carbon Storage

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  


EDF’s Nature-based Climate Solutions (NbCS) project addresses two of the biggest barriers to effective carbon credit markets: lack of clear scientific understanding and consensus on the realizable carbon storage or removal potential of the vast array of natural carbon sinks, and lack of market confidence in the integrity of carbon credits available for purchase. The NbCS team conducts research and convenes stakeholders to find agreement on the science, measurement and accounting standards that underpin high-integrity credits. The project focuses on natural climate solutions where we can accelerate carbon storage most quickly because of the scale of the potential storage and the current interest in those credits. These include the management, use and protection of tropical and temperate forests, agricultural soils and oceans.



The Research Analyst will be a key team member in the Office of the Chief Scientist, conducting basic secondary research and analysis on temperate forest carbon storage opportunities. 


Globally, forests are a critically important carbon storage pool and repository of much of the world’s biodiversity. For years, EDF has focused considerable attention on the critical need to protect tropical forests. This new initiative scales up our science and policy work on temperate forests which similarly play a critical role in the global carbon cycle and have special significance in advancing climate solutions in many of the regions where EDF is based and works most deeply (e.g., US, Europe, China, India).


The Research Analyst will be a part of a team of researchers whose aim it is to create an estimate of realistic carbon storage potential in temperate forest and to elucidate the management practices that can help realize this potential. The results will be used to develop carbon crediting standards and methodologies that can support durable policy and markets to deliver on this potential.


The Research Analyst will report to an Associate Vice President  in the Ecosystems Working Lands program.



  • Perform literature reviews and find, analyze and synthesize scientific information on a wide variety of topics to inform the design and development of this new temperate forest initiative
  • Fact-check and help develop reports, fact sheets, blog posts, website content and other materials for general and specific audiences on a variety of topics
  • Work with a team of staff scientists to summarize and visualize research and project results for staff, partners, donors and peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Apply excellent organizational, communication and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information and helping to coordinate activities among staff members
  • Manage key pieces of ongoing projects with partners from multiple sectors and backgrounds
  • Organize and manage databases, libraries and repositories for project files
  • Build relationships and consult regularly with public agencies, funders, researchers, academics, NGOs, industry representatives, public officials and other partners
  • Represent EDF at external events with a high degree of professionalism
  • Assist in preparing notes from important internal and external meetings
  • Assist with organizing meetings, including scheduling and other logistics as needed
  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant natural resources science field (e.g., forestry, forest ecology, geography, biology, environmental sciences) with 1-3 years of relevant work experience in an environmental science, policy analysis, environmental advocacy or related field
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in performing rigorous analyses
  • Demonstrated skill in synthesizing primary research
  • Ability to summarize and translate scientific information appropriately for a variety of audiences, from senior scientists to the lay public
  • Intellectual agility and comfort with working on a wide variety of environmental topics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with database and GIS software and scientific search tools such as Web of Science and EBSCO; experience with statistical programs (e.g., SPSS/STATA, R) a plus
  • Proficient in the use of PCs and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience
  • Ability to work independently and support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment to plan, prioritize and organize a diverse workload in a fast-paced environment

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.