Careers

The following positions are currently open at Woodwell Climate Research Center:

Woodwell Climate Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or because they are a protected veteran.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to join a multi-institute team working to better understand how soil carbon can be properly accounted for as a climate mitigation tool. You will work in direct collaboration with a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Defense Fund to build a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches for accounting for climate mitigation in agriculture with a focus on soil carbon. Ultimately, we will deliver a set of recommendations, with an eye towards US federal policy, for minimum guidelines that should be considered to ensure emission reductions around managing for soil carbon are real and verifiable.

Responsibilities:

  • Summarize existing soil carbon protocols and scientific literature on soil sampling design
  • Use various datasets (real and synthetic) to evaluate effectiveness of protocols
  • Literature review and synthesis of soil amendments proposed for climate mitigation
  • Identify minimum requirements of a MRV process for the different classes of soil amendments
  • Identify the necessary elements of a MRV process that could be implemented at a regional scale
  • Develop manuscript(s) on the potential for carbon storage in agricultural soils and necessary components of a carbon crediting system

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in soil science, agronomy, environmental science/studies, or related disciple
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate mitigation in land use sector
  • Knowledge of soil carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Working knowledge of agroecosystem and soil carbon models
  • Knowledge and practical experience with statistical design and error propagation
  • Superior oral and written communication and networking skills
  • Interest in and demonstrated capacity for translating scientific theory into real-world applications and practice
  • Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative team in a fast-paced environment

Application Deadline: December 31, 2020, or until filled

Desired Start Date: January 11, 2021

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred, remote possible through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000. This is a 1-year appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell Climate offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to jobopenings@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type JSPD20-2 in the subject line.

 


 

Research Assistant

SUMMARY: We seek a Research Assistant to support several projects related to the impact of climate change on arctic and boreal terrestrial ecosystems. The primary responsibilities are to combine remotely sensed data, process model output, and field-based observations to evaluate recent and future changes in arctic and boreal ecosystems with a focus on disturbances, landscape change, carbon cycling, and climate feedbacks. This requires data visualization and manipulation in GIS, and the ability to acquire and manage large datasets with python, R, or Google Earth Engine, often requiring the use of high-performance computing systems. The research assistant will be expected to work on several projects simultaneously and collaboratively with members of the Woodwell Arctic-boreal group.

Responsibilities:

  • Process and analyze multi-temporal and multidimensional process model output, remote sensing data, and other geospatial data, taking advantage of available supercomputing facilities.
  • Develop remote sensing-based products related to wildfire, landscape change, carbon cycling, and climate feedbacks.
  • Execute a variety of complex, non-routine research procedures with little supervision.
  • Schedule own work and lead project implementation with minimal supervision.
  • Assist in project planning and contribute to data analysis, interpretation, and manuscript preparation.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.S. (minimum) or M.S. (preferred) degree in environmental science, geography, ecology, earth system science, forestry, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with multi-dimensional process model output, GIS, remote sensing (e.g., Landsat or MODIS) and/or other earth observation data, advanced statistical techniques, and manipulating large data sets.
  • Knowledge of forest, disturbance, carbon cycling, and energy budget dynamics is preferred, particularly in arctic and boreal ecosystems.
  • Advanced computational and programming skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021, or until filled

Desired Start Date: June 1, 2021 or earlier

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred, remote possible through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, fixed-term, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $48,000 to $55,000 depending upon experience. This position is for a 2-year fixed-term with the potential to extend dependent upon funding. Woodwell Climate offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type BRRA20 in the subject line.

 


 

Research Assistants – Physical Climate Risk

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate seeks to hire a group of research assistants (up to four) to join our growing climate risk group. Your role will be in support of ongoing efforts to understand the nature and extent of near-term physical risk to ecosystems, economies and societies. You will work with a range of external partners; from municipalities to businesses, asset management companies, environmental nongovernmental organizations and national security think tanks. Successful candidates will have experience using global/regional climate model simulations and Earth observations to quantify physical risk across a suite of climate perils: from flooding to famines, hurricanes to heat stress, and sea level rise to severe wildfire risk. This position requires familiarity in working with geospatial data, “big data” analytics and advanced programming skills—with emphasis on familiarity with Linux and cloud-based computing using Google Cloud Platform and Google Earth Engine.

Responsibilities:

  • Process and analyze multi-temporal geospatial data, primarily climate model output and climate observations.
  • Develop metrics of climate stress to inform physical risk and downstream consequences on human systems.
  • Harmonize global climate model output with observational databases.
  • Develop current and future maps of various climate risk indices.
  • Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • M.S. (preferred) or B.S. (with commensurate experience) degree in physical or environmental science, geography, mathematics or a related discipline, with demonstrated strong data analysis skills.
  • Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment and/or Google Earth Engine and/or other cloud-based platform.
  • Ability to develop programming code (e.g., R, Python, and/or Matlab) and to learn new skills as needed.
  • Knowledge and interest in global climate change research.
  • Ability to assess and implement appropriate computational needs
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Experience using a hydrodynamic or flood risk model (ideally LISFLOOD) is preferred.

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Location: Remote or Falmouth, Massachusetts; remote required through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appointment: This is a three-year fixed-term position, with the possibility of extending the fixed-term dependent on funding.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Woodwell Climate offers a generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in one PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Please type CSRA21 in the subject line.

 


 

Senior Major Gift Officer

About the Position: The Senior Major Gift Officer (SMGO) reports to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and collaborates with members of Woodwell Climate’s leadership, principal investigators, staff, Board members, affinity group members, major gift donors and prospects, friends and volunteers, with the primary focus of major donor engagement and solicitation.

The SMGO drives strategy, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of approximately 125 donors, focused on gifts of $10,000 or more, with a goal of expanding the pool of donors and increasing their giving to $25,000 or more. This role maximizes donor discovery donor research, direct donor engagement, and stewardship strategies to develop and grow their major gifts portfolio, taking advantage of untapped potential. The SMGO develops tailored and targeted cases for the organization’s vital climate science research programs, and effectively utilizes moves management systems to advance direct solicitations for major gifts in support of the Woodwell Climate strategic priorities.

The SMGO works with the CDO to grow the President’s Council, which is an engine for cultivating, engaging and stewarding major and principal gift donors.

The SMGO is expected to be on the Woodwell Climate campus in Falmouth, MA a minimum of two days per week when not traveling on behalf of Woodwell Climate and at all on-campus development events.

Key Responsibilities:

Fundraising

  • Develop and implement rigorous strategies and schedules for identifying and researching new prospects, and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift donors
  • Maintain an active schedule of in-person donor engagements, maximizing direct donor interaction
  • Work with the Development team, Communications team, Woodwell Climate’s leadership, program area scientists (Arctic, Carbon, Risk, Tropics, and Water), and board and President’s council members to actively engage donors to meet and exceed fundraising goals
  • Build, grow and maintain a portfolio of donors with an emphasis on gifts of $10,000, or greater, in support of Woodwell Climate’s strategic priorities while also supporting the President, Board and scientists with solicitations
  • Develop customized briefing documents, solicitation materials, proposals, correspondence, and gift acknowledgements, all consistent, with Woodwell Climate’s strategic messaging
  • Regularly attend and provide hands-on support for Woodwell Climate events in Falmouth, MA and across the country during the evenings and outside of regular business hours
  • Actively contribute to bi-weekly prospect review sessions with the CDO and others
  • Collaborate with the Senior Associate for Development Operations to follow policies and procedures for all data entry and utilizing Raiser’s Edge to run reports and other information as needed
  • Develop and manage an annual individual fundraising goal while also contributing to the overarching unrestricted annual department goal in collaboration with the Director of Annual Giving & Donor Engagement
  • Partner with the Director of Board Relations & Stewardship on legacy gift planning to effectively utilize appropriate donor-centered giving vehicles, follow up on requests for information about legacy giving and the George Perkins Marsh Society
  • Help to grow a culture of philanthropy among Woodwell Climate’s networks and constituents

 Development and Growth of the President’s Council

  • Work in collaboration with the CDO and the Director of Board Relations & Stewardship to grow the President’s Council (PC) as an engine for cultivating, engaging and stewarding major and principal gift donors
  • Collaborate in developing programming for the PC Members and recruit leadership donors for key volunteer roles on the council to providing guidance and engagement for the greater group
  • Provide ongoing individual communication and updates on Woodwell Climate’s research and activities to keep PC members apprised of ongoing progress toward mitigating climate change, and Woodwell Climate’s powerful role in utilizing natural climate solutions to sequester carbon and remove it from the atmosphere

Key Qualifications:

  • 8-10 years of frontline fundraising experience in a complex, multilayered setting without a built-in constituency, as well as a track record of successfully securing major gifts, annual gifts and legacy gifts and exceeding income goals in a competitive fundraising environment
  • Proven track record of strategically using moves management to maximize revenue and donor retention
  • Sincere enthusiasm for preserving our planet earth and securing a safe and healthy environment for future generations
  • Experience with volunteer leadership and committees
  • Personable, highly organized, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial
  • The ability to grasp and effectively communicate about scientific research and an authentic curiosity and interest in learning about climate science and related issues
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Must be willing to travel
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database
  • Ability to be tactical and strategic, using limited resources
  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese an added benefit

More information: Please visit www.developmentguild.com.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to: WoodwellSMGO@developmentguild.com