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Ecosystem Carbon Specialist

Ecosystem Carbon Specialist

Washington D.C. (Hybrid) - Full Time, Mid to Senior Level


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Ecosystem Carbon Specialist.


Help WWF in producing solutions to the world’s largest environmental problems – biodiversity loss and climate change – at the intersection of science and practice. The Ecosystem Carbon Specialist (ECS) will join the Global Science team, working with the Global Climate Lead Scientist and the Senior Director for Forest Carbon Science in assessing the climate impacts of WWF’s portfolio of projects and initiatives. The ECS will support global and country Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) teams and partners in estimating carbon emissions, carbon sequestration, and other climate indicators associated with nature-based solutions (NbS) activities. NbS activities include the conservation, restoration, and management of forests, mangroves, and other ecosystems. This is a unique opportunity to connect cutting edge science and research, modeling, spatial, and field-based quantification methodologies, to practical work across various countries. The ECS will be instrumental in helping build WWF’s capacities in estimating ecosystem-based contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.


  • Develops frameworks and related protocols to systematically assess climate impacts across the portfolio of projects funded by the Bezos Earth Fund (BEF) grant (includes mangrove conservation and restoration, and area-based conservation across forest, savanna and marine ecosystems).
  • Performs calculations of carbon stocks and fluxes using spatial (e.g. remotely sensed) and field based data, with an initial emphasis on mangrove forests. Clearly communicates findings.
  • Collaborates with the carbon science team in the monitoring and evaluation of climate impacts of nature-based solutions in the WWF network, beyond the BEF grant. This includes the design, implementation of carbon measurements, and assessment of findings across various projects, countries, and ecosystems. Also contributes to assessments of non-carbon climate impacts and responses (e.g. evapotranspiration, vegetation survival/mortality) 
  • Conducts research, providing thought leadership and publishing scientific papers or reports on climate & conservation-related topics relevant for the WWF network. Uses spatial and field-based data from WWF projects to help answer science questions
  • Contributes to building the capacity of WWF staff to apply carbon estimation methods and protocols, including traveling to the field to conduct trainings and support with field campaigns.
  • Collaborates with WWF network teams and external partners (e.g. academia, other NGOs, government agencies, etc.) to access and produce relevant datasets, and refine and/or develop methodological approaches, protocols, and tools to be used in ecosystem carbon assessments
  • Critically assesses the science of methodologies and approaches to carbon measurement and accounting at various scales (plot, project, country)
  • Keeps up to date with scientific literature, tools, and other relevant developments (e.g. academic research, standard development, IPCC guidelines, relevant reporting frameworks)
  • Preforms other duties as assigned


  • 2 to 4 years of professional experience in ecosystem carbon measurement, including methodologies of above and belowground biomass and soil. Advanced degree (Master or PhD) in Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Biology, Remote Sensing, or other field relevant to measuring ecosystem carbon
  • Proficient in spatial analysis, modeling, and statistics, with capacity to process and interpret spatial (e.g. remotely sensed) data for the estimation of carbon stocks and fluxes, ideally with both active (e.g. SAR, LiDAR) and passive optical data use and processing
  • Skilled in programming using relevant languages, platforms, and code repositories, and using geospatial data processing software including: Python, R, GitHub, Google Earth Engine, QGIS, ArcGis, GDAL, ERDAS, ENVI, IDL, etc.
  • Experience in field data collection (e.g. biomass and soil carbon, carbon flux); bonus for experience collecting biodiversity or other biological/biophysical data
  • Experience in using and processing field data to estimate rates of carbon emissions and sequestration, including allometric models and inventory techniques
  • General knowledge and understanding of carbon accounting methods, including frameworks and standards/guidelines (e.g. UNFCC, IPCC 2006 guidelines, GFOI methodological guidance, FCPF methodological framework, ART-TREES, Gold Standard, Verra-VCS, CORSIA, etc).
  • Interest in global carbon cycle dynamics and trends, climate modeling, and using spatial and field data to project future carbon stock changes; bonus for experience using Dynamic Vegetation Models and Earth System Models
  • Eager to learn from and collaborate with colleagues across practices and disciplines
  • Ability to work independently to design and implement solutions to problems
  • Ability to set priorities, manage a multitude of details simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines and commitments
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams. 
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration: 
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.


  • Experience monitoring mangrove forests
  • Experience in delivering technical training to others
  • Fluency in at least one additional language: Spanish, French for field interactions
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary/multicultural environment
  • International work/research experience


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #22133
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone


As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Masters, Doctoral

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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