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.

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Woodwell

WE NEED ALL VOICES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.

 


 

Assistant/Associate Scientist — Soil Carbon Science

SUMMARY: This Scientist will join Woodwell’s Carbon Program with existing expertise in forest and soil carbon science. You will collaborate on and further develop an inspiring research program focused on understanding the role soil plays in the global carbon cycle with an emphasis on managing soils for climate benefits. Research directions may include but are not limited to understanding global change impacts on soil organic carbon, advancing soil carbon monitoring systems, and understanding how improved land management can be an effective climate adaptation and mitigation tool via soil carbon sequestration. You will be able to work across scales from the pedon to the globe applying a mix of field, laboratory and computer simulation methods. A strong data science background is desirable. You will be able to apply and communicate basic insights from soil science and biogeochemistry to the critical applied question of how we can better manage soil to meet sustainable development goals. You will collaborate inclusively with Woodwell scientists, the broader scientific and conservation communities, and private sector companies to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to implement nature-based climate mitigation strategies.

Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Motivates and supports project team(s); inspires collaborative culture within project team(s) and Woodwell; holds self and others in the organization accountable for managing risk and delivering results; collaborates cross-functionally and with other organizations; provides critical thinking and innovation for center wide and network initiatives.
  • Create Knowledge: peer-reviewed academic publications, policy research publications, magazine-style pieces, grey literature, and technical reports.
  • Apply Knowledge: attendance and/or presentation at scientific, academic, policy or professional workshops and/or conferences, policy engagement, advisory work, and service to Woodwell.
  • Share Knowledge: public lectures, webinars, talks and engagement outside of usual professional meetings and advisory work, service to the broader and scientific communities, educational and public outreach
  • Management: collaborates and aids direct reports to create, apply and share knowledge; assists and mentors’ staff with individual research projects; supports Performance Management Process objectives and/or career advancement.
  • Fundraising: The Scientist must secure funding at individual, group, and/or Woodwell (institutional) levels. Funding encompasses any activity that provides financial support and enables Woodwell’s mission; including all potential funding streams such as federal research programs, philanthropic foundations, private donors, fundraising events, engaging with venture capital firms, etc.
  • Professional growth: The Scientist is expected to grow in their ability to create, share and apply knowledge, lead Woodwell’s organizational initiatives, manage teams (project and Woodwell-wide), and secure funding.

Required Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Ph.D. and commensurate experience.
  • Record of successful research outcomes.
  • Record of successful funding.
  • Viewed as an emerging leader in their chosen discipline.

Application Deadline: July 30, 2021 or until filled.

Desired Start Date: September 13, 2021 (or flexible)

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Rank and salary are based upon experience. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send (1) a cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, (2) a research plan, (3) curriculum vitae, and (4) contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type PDPI21 in the subject line.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Forest Carbon Monitoring

SUMMARY: Woodwell seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join our forest carbon monitoring team to develop approaches and tools for better understanding global aboveground carbon dynamics. The project will combine field observations, new and existing satellite and airborne image data streams, time-series image analysis, and AI/machine learning algorithms to advance a system for mapping and monitoring changes in aboveground woody carbon storage across time and space. The monitoring system is expected to have research, policy, and market applications.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of new approaches to generate Landsat/Sentinel time-series data streams
  • Efficiently implement and process large-area remote sensing data products from multiple sources/platforms in a high-performance parallel computing environment.
  • Adapt and refine code for time-series analysis, data fusion, and predictive modeling.
  • Lead the authorship of manuscripts describing the analytical approach and its application.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in computer science, computer vision, data science, remote sensing, or related discipline.
  • Mathematical/statistical background including experience with Bayesian dynamic linear models and Kalman filter techniques.
  • Data science skills including proficiency handling large data sets and applying AI/machine learning algorithms.
  • Experience with cloud-computing, parallel processing, and/or Google Earth Engine.
  • Knowledge of/experience with existing and near-future NASA and/or ESA spaceborne optical, lidar, and/or radar platforms.
  • Experience with the R programming language, advanced skills preferred.
  • Experience with C/C++ or comparable programming languages.
  • Knowledge of carbon cycling in terrestrial (forest) ecosystems.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of an established collaborative team.

Application Deadline: July 9, 2021 or until filled.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt, fixed-term position, with a competitive salary range. The salary range is $65,000 to $68,000. This is an 18-month fixed-term role with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred, remote possible.

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 WWPD21 in the subject line.

 


 

Development Coordinator for Foundations Relations

SUMMARY: We seek a Development Coordinator for Foundation Relations to support the Senior Director of Foundation Relations (SDFR) and Woodwell’s Office of Development by performing a variety of philanthropic related tasks. This position reports to the SDFR.

Responsibilities:

Foundation Relations (70%)

  • Support the SDFR and other Philanthropic frontline fundraisers with researching foundations and individuals for various projects and initiatives at Woodwell, across all program areas and other intuitional priority areas
  • Based on research and knowledge of projects, qualify foundations and working with the SDFR assist with developing a strategy for each
  • Support the SDFR with drafting emails to introduce projects to foundations
  • Help prepare LOIs and concepts to foundations as requested
  • Enter foundation information into RE, such as but not limited to: creating new records; entering proposals submitted and updating status; entering communication with foundations
  • Updating pending/submitted/declined proposal list on Intranet
  • Record grant reporting schedules and send reminders to Woodwell’s Scientists
  • Track interim and final reports that need to be submitted; following up to insure they were sent.
  • Schedule, support and record notes for meetings with PIs and teams for proposal development and activity tracking

General Development administrative support (30%)

  • Maintain Organizational Files: Philanthropic Office Documents/Administration and provide copies to team as requested for:
    • Banking and Wire Instructions
    • Woodwell Brand Standards (templates and letterheads)
    • E-Signatures
    • Accounting Forms (PO and Check Requests)
  • Update Constant Contact (add subscribers)
  • Track Event Attendees:
    • create mailing lists
    • monitor RSVPs
    • add attendees to Raisers Edge
    • add to newsletter list in Constant Contact
  • Assist with preparation and implementation for donor events
  • Help coordinate on-site community events and selected off-site cultivation events

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • College Degree
  • 1+ years’ experience working in fundraising or project organization (internship experience is applicable)
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several projects efficiently
  • Professional written and interpersonal skills are essential when communicating cross-functionally, with donors, vendors, and team members
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to handle large data sets with accuracy
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office, Raisers Edge, and Constant Contact
  • Excellent attention to detail, conscientious work ethic
  • Excellent ability to multi-task, prioritize projects, and work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Positive and proactive demeanor
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • A desire to understand how administrative projects connect to broader philanthropic goals and strategy

Application review will begin on October 29, 2021

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $45,000 to $50,000. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts, hybrid remote in office and work from home possible.

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use Development Coordinator for Foundation Relations on all correspondence.

 


 

Recruiting & Hiring Specialist

SUMMARY: We seek a Recruiting & Hiring Specialist to manage full lifecycle recruiting, all facets of onboarding processes, including welcoming new hires, entering and maintaining accurate data in the HRIS system. The Specialist reviews all hiring practices and policies to ensure Woodwell hiring practices are inclusive and mitigate unconscious bias. They will craft job descriptions and opportunity postings incorporating Woodwell’s mission using inclusive language. The Specialist will champion unconscious bias hiring practices throughout the organization and structure recruiting processes that promote diverse applicant pools. This position will create engaging, inclusive employee and new hire communications. Serves as a back-up for Payroll, Reporting, Benefits, Worker’s Compensation, employee engagement events and other departmental work as required. This position is an integral part of the People & Culture Department at Woodwell and reports to the Chief People & Culture Officer.

Responsibilities:

Full lifecycle recruiting:

  • Work with hiring managers to draft job postings.
  • Post opportunities internally and to external job boards, organizing and filing applicant data, networking with unrepresented groups, schools, soliciting referrals, attending career fairs and other networking events as requested, leveraging social media with communications, and sourcing passive candidates.
  • Build a robust college recruiting program.
  • Reviews applications, screening candidates, coordinates video and in-person interviews, creates agendas, arranges travel and coordinates candidate reimbursement
  • Communicates with applicants throughout the recruiting process
  • Coordinate hiring committee materials including: use of unconscious bias interview rubric, applicant packages, and inclusive opportunity postings.
  • Write offer letters for signature.
  • Coordinate with immigration attorneys to secure work visas for international staff.

Onboarding:

  • Enters information into the HRIS systems
  • Follows up with the Welcome to Woodwell internal team
  • Create welcoming and engaging onboarding experience, follow up with new hires post-start required
  • Assign buddy.

Communications:

  • Create branded hiring committee and candidate materials.
  • Update and edit job descriptions.
  • Draft new hire and other employee announcements.
  • Update organizational charts.

Other:

  • Member of the People & Culture Department.
  • Member of the Diversity, Inclusion, Retention and Equity Committee.
  • Serve as back-up for the Payroll & Benefits Specialist.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Communications, Marketing, Business or other related discipline, required.
  • 3+ years’ experience in Human Resources, with a focus on recruiting.
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP preferred.
  • Maintains confidentiality and integrity at all times, being cognizant of when to consult with People & Culture management.
  • Understand organizational recruiting needs, with an eye toward hiring for diversity.
  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now and/or any applicant tracking system (ATS).
  • Customer / employee focused attitude.
  • Must be diplomatic and engaging to ensure recruiting and onboarding efforts move forward.
  • Diversity training is a plus.
  • Payroll experience is a plus.

Application review will begin on November 8, 2021 and applications will be accepted after that date.

Desired Start Date: December 13, 2021

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

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts, remote possible.

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use R&HS 21 on all correspondence.

 


 

Scientific Computing Lead

SUMMARY: We seek an experienced Scientific Computing Lead (SCL) to manage public and private cloud resources for members of the Arctic program. This position supports research related to the impact of permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and the global climate. The successful candidate will work closely with scientists to optimize processing workflows, which include mechanistic ecosystem modeling, utilizing satellite remote sensing data, statistical modeling, and data assimilation. The person in this role is excited working with about cloud computing, coding, data science, and climate solutions. The SCL reports to the Arctic Project Scientist.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with scientists to streamline scientific computing workflows for cloud computing environments.
  • Design, develop, and deliver scalable data management and processing architectures.
  • Manage and optimize cloud billing and resource usage at the project level.
  • Identify technology gaps/risks and establish mitigation strategies.
  • Generate metrics to facilitate an understanding of computational strategies and efficiency.
  • Maintain and optimize custom software stack.
  • Write tutorials and lead training sessions on cloud computing and data/software management best practices.
  • Remain up to date with current methods and proactively work to implement them at Woodwell.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or other quantitative fields.
  • Administration experience with Google Cloud (preferred) or other major LaaS providers.
  • Proven track record of implementing cloud-based processing techniques.
  • A passion for coding and data science including knowledge of at least one programming language. Python, R, and C++ are preferred.
  • Experience handling large volumes of spatiotemporal data.
  • Proven deep technical background including Linux administration.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with many stakeholders, independently.
  • Familiarity with database usage and basic administration tasks. SQL preferred.
  • Experience leveraging established distributed computing frameworks such as Apache Spark and Hadoop.
  • Ability to design informative and accessible technical training materials.

Application review will begin on November 1, 2021

Desired Start Date: January 2022 or sooner, if possible

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Woodwell offers a competitive salary as well as a very generous benefits package and work-life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type SCL-Arctic on all correspondence.