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Conservation Finance Research Associate

Location: Boston, MA
Date Posted: 06-22-2017
Position Summary: 
We invite you to consider a position on our team of enthusiastic and talented conservation professionals. This Boston,  Massachusetts-based position is responsible for conducting research, data collection and supporting programmatic work for the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) Conservation Finance Program.

The Conservation Finance Program's mission is to create new public funding for land conservation and parks at the state and local government level by advising on the research, design and passage of ballot measures and legislation. Since 1996, we have passed over 529 ballot measures, achieving an 81% approval rate, while creating almost $70 billion in new voter approved funding for parks, open space, wildlife habitat, and other natural areas. 

We are also the nation's thought leader in conservation finance, producing the following key knowledge resources: State and local feasibility studies,  LandVote®, ParkVote, the Conservation Almanac®, and the National Conservation Easement Database® (NCED), and partnership with the United States Geological Service’s (USGS) Protected Areas Database of the United States.
The Conservation Finance Research Associate will conduct or assist in research, writing, technical analysis, and presentations of reports and data management for a national team of conservation finance experts.  This person will be responsible for the following primary tasks: 1) research for the Conservation Almanac, a comprehensive database of public land conservation activities, programs and policies on a state-by-state basis; 2) research for the National Conservation Easement Database, a comprehensive database to track conservation easements in the United States; 3) research and written reports for the Conservation Finance Program.  These reports will evaluate the potential of state and local governments to design public funding programs for land conservation.

  • Written “Feasibility Studies” assessing the potential for local or state conservation funding throughout jurisdiction around the country.
  • Overall support for TPL’s Conservation Almanac and NCED team in these database building efforts by collecting, creating, managing and serving out GIS data for protected lands in the United States.
  • Contact government agencies to assemble acquisition data, including GIS shape files on local, state and federal land conservation programs nationwide, as well as developing a list of contacts in those states.
  • Functions include supporting the Conservation Almanac team with the viewing of GIS data, responding to questions about the data and the creation of maps and other presentation products, including state return on investment studies and state legislative analyses for the entire Conservation Finance team.
  • Identify and collect information from stakeholders through email and phone contacts; gathering data and qualitative information from existing materials (e.g. journal articles, government reports, legal statutes).  Also to manage project relationships and project documentation.
  • Effectively communicate results to a broad audience
  • Conduct extensive Internet research.
  • Format data for input into online databases.
  • Assess and analyze data to ensure quality control and reconcile discrepancies.
  • Create charts and tables in Excel and other formats.
  • Produce technical memos, reports and marketing materials.
  • Travel to collaborate with Conservation Almanac team members based in Santa Fe, Washington D.C and Seattle offices required 2-4 times a year
  • Some national travel for projects and conferences, 2-4 times per year.
  • Organize newly gathered data in preparation for analysis, and develop draft written products.
  • Assist with the creation of presentation materials such as but not limited to PowerPoint presentations and report statistics and maps.
  • Perform other relevant duties, including writing and administrative tasks, as necessary.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental policy/natural resources or a degree in political science, urban planning, environmental science or related field with a demonstrated interest in the environmental sector.
  • 1-2 years relevant experience.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in public policy, politics, campaigns, and elections. Experience or work in an urban environment in public policy, or through civic or volunteer work is preferred.
  • Experience creating literature reviews, policy statements or involvement in the development of academic research papers is required
  • Experience preparing research and presentation materials for meetings, conferences or presentations. 
  • Knowledge of the basics of GIS is helpful.
  • Experience developing marketing materials (websites, social media blasts, pamphlets, newsletters) is helpful.
  • Demonstrated success working in a team oriented environment.
  • Experience and comfort with communicating in person, in writing, and over the phone with a diverse variety of internal and external audiences.  Experience presenting information at conferences or groups preferred.
  • Mastery of software applications, particularly Excel, Access, Word and Power Point. Experience with database applications and graphics programs (such as InDesign) preferred. Experience with relational databases is a plus.
  • Attention to detail, organization, diligence, and commitment to excellence.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure on multiple projects.
  • Some national travel for projects and conferences, which might be 2-4 times per year.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team. | Conserving Nature Near You
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