Ecosystem Services Analyst

from Winrock International
Closing date: 01 Dec 2019

Ecosystem Services Analyst – Ecosystem Services Unit

The Ecosystem Services Analyst (Analyst) contributes to the Ecosystem Services Unit's global work in the sphere of ecosystem evaluation, carbon accounting, climate change mitigation and adaptation, REDD+, watershed management and environmental services. The Analyst is an early career position that reports to a Program Officer and works with other staff in the Unit to implement and manage Ecosystem Services’ project activities, carrying out and presenting scientific analyses, building capacity of local stakeholders and ensuring timely completion of tasks. This position is based in Arlington, Virginia and cannot be remote.
The Analyst is primarily responsible for carrying out technical analysis, assisting in project management and supporting new business development. The Analyst position will require frequent domestic and international travel (estimated 10-25% of year) to project sites to lead consultations with clients and key stakeholders from government, civil society and private sector, to conduct field work and technical trainings, and to deliver presentations on scientific topics to technical and non-technical audiences.

The position requires excellent English and French writing and communication skills (for writing technical reports, communication materials and proposals), as well as experience in data management and analysis. The candidate must be skilled in Excel and/or other data management software, have experience conducting technical analyses evaluating ecosystem services (at least at a graduate level). This may include carbon accounting, hydrological modeling, or other analyses. The analyst should be able to translate complex scientific concepts to a broader audience.
The selected candidate will become part of a close-knit interdisciplinary team of scientists and geospatial experts working in international development with a focus on climate change, land use, and hydrology. The work environment is collaborative and dynamic, providing growth opportunities in science, project management, and international development. Professional fluency in English and French is required.

This position will accept applications until December 1, 2019.


Project Implementation

  • Support technical analyses focused on ecosystem evaluation
  • Work both independently and in teams; seeking guidance and advice as needed.
  • Assist in the writing and development of reports.
  • Travel both domestically and internationally. This may include field work involving hiking for multiple hours sometimes carrying heavy equipment and staying in less than ideal accommodations.
  • Conduct presentations and trainings to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Support project management duties such as drafting consultant agreements and subaward agreements
  • Maintain positive relationships with clients and development partners through proactive and professional communication.

Ecosystem Services Analyses

  • Capable of conducting data analysis using varied software.
  • Maintain high level of scientific rigor on technical deliverables, including close adherence to the latest best practices and recommendations from the scientific community
  • Track new tools and methodologies focused on ecosystem valuation through participation in professional networks, attendance of industry events, and personal skills development.
  • Train overseas and US-based staff on techniques to ensure skillsets are sustained within Winrock
  • Serve as an ambassador of Winrock to global private and government audiences, emphasizing our unique technical capabilities in addressing interlinked social and environmental issues.

New Business Development

  • Contribute to the development of new business by assisting in proposal writing, coordination, and co-authoring technical sections of several proposals per year.
  • Help identify funding to support the Ecosystem Services Unit through work with government, multilateral agencies, non-government organizations, etc.
  • Draft/edit proposal documents such as past performance references, capabilities statements and CVs.
  • Directly coordinate with other units in the Environment group, as well as other groups at Winrock, to identify opportunities and develop strategies for pursuing interdisciplinary work with Winrock's practices in water, adaptation, clean energy, agriculture, and human rights.


  • Graduate level degree or equivalent work experience in environmental science, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, geography, or a related discipline.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 25% of year, for 1-3 weeks at a time, often to developing countries.
  • Demonstrated advanced aptitude in Excel and other data management software and report writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to present in front of an audience
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific concepts to a broader audience
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English and French.
  • Current and permanent US work authorization.


  • Experience with application of existing scientifically validated models, e.g. hydrologic, biogeochemical or climatic models.
  • Knowledge of climate change and environmental policy
  • Experience writing blogs and in communication to non-expert audiences
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (e.g. twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques in a natural resource management context.
  • Experience working or living in developing countries.
  • Fluency in a third language (particularly Spanish or Portuguese).

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer.