World Resources Institute (WRI)

Carbon Management Associate

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description

In this role, your primary responsibility is to contribute to the goals of the Carbon Management team, including: 1. Working with senior researchers to advance the field of carbon management by determining policy, funding, and cost-reduction opportunities to deploy new technologies and overcome technological barriers 2. Support collaborations with corporate stakeholders of an upcoming “Corporate Carbon Removal Hub,” which will advance efforts by major US corporations to reach net-zero or net-negative carbon emissions goals. 3. Develop knowledge products and outreach and communication to the Hill and peer organizations, with the objectives of increasing policymaker understanding of CDR and coalescence around key policy needs to advance it. 4. Mobilizing peer organizations and others around research findings and policy options. 5. Conveying the opportunity for technological innovation in this area in ways that facilitate increased R&D investment.

Job Responsibilities:

Research and Analysis (70% effort)

  • Lead and support development of knowledge products such as working papers, blogs, and external communication materials for the Carbon Management team. This includes leading or supporting along the entire process from Desk Research to external consultations and Data Analysis, internal and external review, production and publication in Coordination with the rest of the team, reviewers, and Core Comms

  • Review peer publications (working papers, reports) as needed. External Engagement and Communications (30% effort) • Present research findings publicly, including speaking at events both internally at WRI and for external audiences and preparing relevant materials.

  • Conduct consultations with external experts, as part of research process for working papers and other knowledge products. • Liaise and coordinate with external consultants to author knowledge products

  • Collaborate with external organizations on content and review of working papers and other knowledge projects.

  • Participate in briefings and meetings on Hill to provide background information on carbon removal and/or present recent research findings.

  • Prepare outreach and communications materials with communications manager and core communications team, including 2-pagers, charts, infographics, videos, etc.

  • Liaise with funder(s) as necessary to communicate updates to work and propose new work.

  • Respond to external inquiries on knowledge products.

  • Build and maintain relationship with WRI’s ocean and global climate teams.

Job Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.

  • Master’s degree, preferably in Environmental Policy, Natural Sciences, Sustainability Science, International Relations, Economics or related or with substantial professional work to demonstrate the relevance of that experience.

  • Subject matter expertise on carbon removal approaches, including both natural and technological; familiarity with CCS technology a plus.

  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with at least 3-5 years of hands-on experience, ideally within an international nonprofit organization.

  • Strong computer skills and experience in Microsoft suite, Database Management, cloud- and web-based communications. Advanced Excel skills required.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work under pressure with tight deadlines. Flexible and capable of working with minimal direction and supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team

  • Extremely well-organized and efficient; strong initiative to identify upcoming tasks and problems and take pre-emptive action

  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:

WRI-U.S. works to advance practical solutions to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, deploy Clean Energy solutions, improve resilience to climate impacts, and achieve a strong, clean economy that benefits all Americans. We do so through rigorous peer-reviewed expert analysis, consultation, convening, coalition building, and clear communications. We work at all levels of government and with leading businesses across the United States. Our experience, reputation and connections in the policy arena, the private sector and beyond place us in a unique position to help shape federal and state climate policy and generate new ideas and practices for low-Carbon Development over the coming years.

Currently there is still a large gap between our current emissions trajectory and what is laid out in the Paris Agreement. Closing this gap will require achieving net-zero emissions in the United States (and globally) by mid-century, which, in turn, will require continued efforts to deeply decarbonize the economy as well as carbon removal to directly remove carbon from the atmosphere that is left unabated at that point. WRI’s Carbon Management Team is an interdisciplinary and cross-programmatic team that works to scale up U.S. investment in carbon removal—including terrestrial carbon capture (e.g., tree restoration and agricultural soil carbon management), technological carbon removal (e.g., direct air capture and carbon mineralization), and emerging ocean-based carbon removal approaches.

The team is actively supporting policy development and stakeholder engagement efforts at the federal level to unlock investment in carbon removal at the billion-dollar scale.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute(WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: Climate Change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact. WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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