Opportunities at the Natural Capital Project

Join the NatCap team

Software Engineer

The Natural Capital Project, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Natural Capital Project, an interdisciplinary partnership among academics, scientists and policy makers, is seeking engineers to join our small software team at Stanford University to help us maintain our existing tools and develop our next-generation platform.

Our software team develops and maintains a family of open-source software tools and libraries including InVEST, our suite of ecosystem service models, and PyGeoprocessing, our geoprocessing pipeline, as well as several other related projects. We also provide support for data processing, numerical computation, server maintenance, and whatever other tasks ease a scientist’s workload. Our daily work includes design documents, source control, code reviews and test suites and our software toolkit includes Python, BitBucket and a bit of Google Cloud. We’re fans of “The Soul of a New Machine”, “The Pragmatic Programmer”, and “JavaScript: The Good Parts”.

Our software team has been working at the Natural Capital Project for the last 8 years and we are hiring engineers to help us develop our next-generation platform that will address critical issues common to ecosystem service analyses. This platform includes the integration of cloud data services into InVEST, distributed computational infrastructure and an end-user workbench. We’re seeking engineers with experience in scientific software development, numerical programming, user interface implementation and cloud development, but we’re especially open to engineers with a track record of developing and deploying any kind of significant software project.

To apply, submit a traditional resume or CV with work and school experience, as well as a cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position. If possible, please include examples of a code portfolio or links to any software you have developed. We’re also interested in other things you’ve created such as books, art, designs, anything that shows a standing dedication to long-term projects, even dating back to childhood.

Our main offices are located on the beautiful Stanford University campus, and we offer a relaxed and flexible work environment.

Feel free to check out our work on BitBucket (https://bitbucket.org/natcap) and on GitHub (https://github.com/natcap).


  • BS, MS, or Ph.D. in Computer Science or equivalent required
  • Experience developing and deploying a significant software project


  • Experience in open source software development or software for scientific applications
  • Experience scripting or programming in GIS especially the GDAL and OGR libraries
  • Experience with distributed computing, container technologies or cloud development
  • Experience in user interface design and implementation, especially with Qt5 or a modern web-based UI framework such as React or Angular
  • Experience developing desktop software for multiple operating systems

For more details, and to submit an application, see requisitions #84955 and #84925 on the Stanford Careers website.

Life Science Research Professional 2

The Natural Capital Project, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is a partnership among Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Stockholm Resilience Center. We are pioneering science, technology, and partnerships that enable people and nature to thrive. Among other things, we develop and apply tools (e.g., InVEST) to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the flow of multiple ecosystem services across land-and seascapes. We seek a creative, collaborative, and talented life science research professional to 1) apply InVEST ecosystem service models in our engagements and 2) serve as a key member of our capacity-building team and help train practitioners around the world in using NatCap’s approaches and tools.

The life science research professional will compile input data for ecosystem service models; learn to use InVEST models; work within teams to elicit stakeholder input; perform routine spatial data analyses; test model outputs; create and maintain spatial databases; contribute maps, graphics,and text for reports summarizing methods and major findings; and present findings to stakeholders. In addition, this position will develop course material and deliver training to practitioners in the use of NatCap’s approach and tools. The specialist will work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team. This position requires excellent technical, organizational, communication, and independent research skills, as well as an aptitude for teamwork and collaboration. The position likely includes travel to multiple times per year to interface with local partners, stakeholders, researchers, students, and practitioners. Please note this position is fixed-term for 12months with a possibility of reappointment based on programmatic needs and funding availability.We prefer the position to be based in our office in Seattle, Washington, but will consider applicants interested in working from our office on campus at Stanford.

The Natural Capital Project is operationally housed in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and is based at Stanford University.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications. Please visit the Stanford Careers website at https://careersearch.stanford.edu/, Job ID #84906. To be considered, applicants will provide a cover letter and resume.

Administrative Associate 

Administrative Associate 2

Benefits eligible position, full time or 50% – 80% time

The Natural Capital Project at Stanford seeks a flexible, creative individual to join our busy, enthusiastic, and widely-dispersed team to provide administrative and operational support.

The Administrative Associate will be a first point of contact in the Natural Capital Project and will help strengthen our partnerships by managing the logistical details of interactions, insuring they are smooth, warm, and meet the goals of the interaction. The Administrative Associate will provide ad hoc support to staff and collaborators, greet visitors, set up meeting space and support, maintain office tools and supplies, assist with travel arrangements and visas, and serve as a team member for NatCap events, including the large annual Natural Capital Symposium. Email and Slack messaging is frequently central to communicating with our widely dispersed team and collaborators. Working within Stanford University, the Administrative Associate will follow Stanford policies, and use a wide range of administrative systems.

Please note this position is benefits-eligible and fixed-term for 12 months, with reappointment likely, but contingent on programmatic and funding needs.

Cover letter required, and should include an example of a large organizational task for which you have been responsible. This could be from either your professional or your personal life, such as a family reunion, for example. Also, please tell us why you are interested in this position. If you are interested in a less than full time position, please let us know in your cover letter.

For more details, and to submit an application, see requisition # 83058 on the Stanford Careers website.

More details on Stanford Careers website