Carbon Markets Program Research Assistant

Organization: Forest Trends Location: Washington District of Columbia United States Added on December 17, 2013 Expires on January 17, 2014

Carbon Markets Program Research Assistant: Winter/Spring 2014 

Ecosystem Marketplace is seeking a full-time research assistant for our Carbon Program, who will also support Valorando our Spanish-language sister site. The position will run for an initial 3-month contract, with potential for extension into Spring 2014.

About Ecosystem Marketplace’s Carbon Program
Ecosystem Marketplace’s Carbon Program produces a range of qualitative and quantitative analyses of the voluntary and forest carbon markets. Our products include original news articles, annual marketplace reports, periodic topical reports, newsletters, a resource library and tracking carbon offset projects. For more information about Ecosystem Marketplace, a leading source of information and analysis on environmental markets and payments for ecosystem services, visit

In addition to these online references, the Ecosystem Marketplace Carbon Program also works to link market participants with each other and advises companies, governments and other NGOs on carbon market development, transparency, social and environmental co-benefits and other mechanisms. 

The Carbon Program seeks a research assistant to conduct research, analysis and writing in support of these activities – focusing on voluntary and compliance-based demand for carbon offsets – including offsets from forest carbon sequestration and other payments for forest-based ecosystem services.

Valorando Naturaleza is the Ecosystem Marketplace’s sister Spanish-language website, focused on providing information services for Latin American audiences on carbon, water and biodiversity markets.

Carbon Program Research Assistant Description: 
The Carbon Program research assistant will be able to commit to 30-40 hours per week to support the range of activities under the Ecosystem Marketplace Carbon Markets Program. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Support in preparation of the State of the Forest Carbon/Voluntary Carbon Markets reports, including corresponding with survey contacts and reviewing results
  • Data collection for the annual State of reports and other carbon publications, including some Spanish-language outreach
  • Story identification and summary writing for weekly news briefs, in English and Spanish, reaching >10,000 readers
  • Researching carbon news and events to contribute to Ecosystem Marketplace and Valorando Naturaleza website’s news, feature stories, event listings and blog
  • Contributing to updates of Ecosystem Marketplace Marketwatch website sections and the Forest Carbon Portal
  • Representing the Ecosystem Marketplace Carbon Program at relevant conferences and/or events in the Washington, DC region
  • And other tasks that arise


  • Graduate degree a plus 
  • Interest in conservation finance/payments for ecosystem services and basic knowledge of the carbon markets or another ecosystem service market
  • Excellent writing, research and organizational skills; journalism skills a plus
  • Native Spanish-language speaking and writing skills are ideal, Spanish-language proficiency will be evaluated
  • Ability to multi-task and work well in a team environment, but also to work well with minimum management
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Access
  • Ability to commute to Washington, DC office


$10-$15/hour depending on level of education and experience. Employer benefits are not provided.


Washington, DC 


Submit your resume and a cover letter by January 3, 2014. Early submissions encouraged, as the position will (ideally) commence in late January. Please send your materials to:

Gloria Gonzalez, Senior Associate, Carbon Program,

Ecosystem Marketplace is an initiative of Forest Trends, a Washington DC-based international non-profit organization that works to promote the conservation of forested ecosystems and the lives of those who depend on them through markets and payments for ecosystem services.