Stand.earth

Seattle, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $47,250 - $55,125 USD
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Stand Research Group, a department of Stand.earth, is seeking a research assistant to play a supporting role in projects we undertake on behalf of Stand.earth and other NGOs around the world.

If you are passionate about Stand.earth’s mission, like taking on big challenges, and are looking to hone your skills as a research assistant, then read on! This might be the perfect role for you.

This position is open until filled and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

About Stand Research Group

Stand Research Group (SRG) specializes in chain of custody research, identifying and tracking raw materials as they move through complex supply chains and eventually become consumer products. We trace environmental destruction and human rights violations all the way from source to end use. Armed with this powerful data, our clients are able to hold corporate actors accountable and, ultimately, change corporate practices. Our work has helped to shift the practices or procurement policies of some of the biggest forest products companies in the world, including Kimberly-Clark, Limited Brands, Staples, Disney and Nestlé. These shifts have led towards improved forest protection initiatives in critical ecosystems around the world, including in Canada, the US, Russia, and the tropical rainforests of South America and Indonesia.

About Stand.earth

Stand.earth is a nonprofit environmental organization working to create a world where respect for people and the environment comes first. Our campaigns challenge destructive corporate and governmental practices, demand accountability, and create solutions that support all of us — and the environment and climate we depend upon. Stand’s strategic approach and fierce determination have yielded extraordinary results: Since 1999, we’ve secured the protection of 65 million acres of wilderness, shifted billions of dollars of corporate purchasing toward responsible options, and changed the environmental practices of more than 100 major U.S. corporations. Stand.earth operates in the United States and Canada.

Stand recognizes and respects the sovereignty of First Nations and tribes, as well as the rights of Indigenous People and frontline communities. These communities are often first and most directly impacted, and they provide critical leadership in developing solutions. 

Stand is an equal opportunity employer; we have a strong commitment to equity and inclusion, and value the leadership and skills of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and people from other historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact equalopportunity@stand.earth

The Position

The Research Assistant will be responsible for supporting research and reporting on a variety of issues. A team-player with an attention to detail who loves challenges, learning new things, and having a positive impact on the planet is the ideal candidate. The position focuses on helping apply analytical approaches to research questions that underpin SRG’s projects for internal and external NGO clients. This is a remote position, with preference for locations on the West Coast of North America. This position reports to the Director of Research and Investigations.

This is an exempt full-time position with excellent benefits.  Salary is commensurate with experience and adjusted based on location, but will likely be within the range of $47,250 - $55,125 USD or $55,283 - $64,496 CAD.

Key Responsibilities of this role:

  • Support research projects with data analysis and clear, elegant data visualizations
  • Support scalable research methodologies that create efficiencies across projects
  • Contribute to project and fundraising proposals
  • Contribute to project deliverables, communicate results, and support SRG outreach and research extension efforts

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a field related to environmental research (preferred) or undergraduate degree with related experience
  • Demonstrated experience using R for data analysis and visualization
  • Experienced in building spreadsheet formulas
  • Experienced in conducting scientific literature reviews
  • Familiarity with one or more of SRG’s key focus areas e.g. deforestation-driver commodities, oil and gas, petrochemicals, supply chains, financial markets, and the environmental and social impacts of natural resources extraction
  • Demonstrated experience conducting analytical research, managing data, using statistics, creating models, and/or developing methodologies
  • A top notch writer, editor and communicator with fluency in English
  • A natural inclination for innovation and lateral thinking
  • A quick learner who can adapt their skill set to new research challenges
  • Highly organized, flexible, and creative
  • Committed to Stand.earth’s principles of equity, authentic communication, and continual learning
  • Incredible attention to detail
  • Good time management
  • Ability​ ​and​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​travel

The following additional qualifications are considered assets, though not mandatory, for this position:

  • Training and experience using GIS and other data visualization technologies
  • Other data analysis, data mining, or visualization skills, including developing Shiny apps or experience with other coding languages such as Python
  • Experience with using financial research tools such as Bloomberg Terminal or Refinitiv Eikon
  • Experience working in/with an NGO (paid or volunteer)
HOW TO APPLY

Please send a 1-page cover letter and resume to workwithus@Stand.earth with your name in the subject line and on each attachment. In your cover letter, tell us what’s motivating you to apply, what skills or expertise you have that will be most important in this role, and which of the “desired, but not required” qualifications you possess (of course, we don’t expect you to have them all). Please also make sure to let us know how you heard about this position. The recruitment and interview process includes a time-bound anonymous task and two rounds of interviews. No phone calls, please. Only those who will be interviewed will be contacted.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.