Opportunities at the Natural Capital Project
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- Training Coordinator
Environmental justice and urban ecosystem services
The CREATE Initiative (z.umn.edu/createchange), funded by the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenge program, seeks a post-doctoral researcher to work on community-engaged, anti-racist research on urban environmental change. The position will be based at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Geography, Environment and Society and supervised by Dr. Kate Derickson and Dr. Bonnie Keeler. The position is funded for two years.
CREATE is co-directed by Dr. Bonnie Keeler (Institute on the Environment, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Natural Capital Project) and Dr. Kate Derickson (Dept. of Geography, Environment and Society) in partnership with faculty across the University of Minnesota and a network of community leaders in the U.S. and internationally. CREATE supports research at the intersections of water and equity, particularly with communities whose priorities have historically been underrepresented in academic research. The CREATE Initiative aims to pilot new models of engaged-scholarship, grounded in historical context, that address geographies of racial inequality, infrastructure investments, and the delivery of environmental services. The Initiative also offers training to graduate students from a range of disciplines interested in designing collaborative co-developed research on environmental justice and water issues.
CREATE will build on ongoing collaborations with the Mapping Prejudice Project – a comprehensive spatial visualization of historical racial covenants that have shaped the development of Minneapolis neighborhoods, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and the Natural Capital Project’s Livable Cities program. Working with community-based partners in Atlanta and Minneapolis, the Initiative is conducting research to identify how past urban infrastructure investments continue to shape outcomes with implications for racial equity and future park and water infrastructure planning.
As part of CREATE, the post-doctoral researcher would conduct research to identify how past urban infrastructure investments continue to shape environmental outcomes with implications for racial equity, water quality, and future policy and planning. We seek a motivated and resourceful scholar interested in playing a leadership role in this new initiative, including developing collaborative relationships with external partners, identifying and exploring research questions at the intersection of water, equity, and urban transformations (past and future), and mentoring students in actionable, community-oriented research. The post-doctoral researcher will also assist with designing and teaching a 1-credit course and participate in supervising and facilitating graduate summer research with community-based collaborators. They will also take a leadership role in planning and writing scholarly papers on the basis of the work of the Initiative.
For more information and to apply see: z.umn.edu/praxislab_CREATEpostdoc
Quantifying and mapping urban ecosystem services
The Natural Capital Project at Stanford seeks a creative and independent researcher to support the development of models, tools, and approaches to assess urban ecosystem services. The postdoc will lead the technical development of the models (e.g. habitat quality for biodiversity, noise attenuation, physical and mental health services) and their application in case studies in the U.S. and internationally.
The position will be based with The Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, in the lab of Prof. Gretchen Daily (Biology; Natural Capital Project founder and faculty mentor), and will be co-supervised by project lead Dr. Perrine Hamel and Prof. David Freyberg (Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and project advisor).
The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is developing practical tools and approaches to account for nature’s contributions to society, and mainstreaming these into policy, finance, and management. NatCap is a partnership among Stanford University, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. We are a team of academics, software engineers, and practitioners with the optimism, commitment, and humility to work together. Our common quest is to shine a light on the intimate connections between people and nature, and to reveal, test, and scale ways of securing the well-being of both.
The postdoc will be responsible for: i) developing new models to expand the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) software suite for applicability in urban environments, working closely with software engineers; ii) leading the application of these tools to conduct ecosystem services assessments in pilot cities (e.g. in China and the U.S.); and iii) maintaining and expanding our academic network to collaborate with leading groups in the field of urban ecosystem services, particularly through a working group of experts we are convening to develop and test these models. The initial focus of model development will be on physical and mental health services, habitat quality for biodiversity, and noise attenuation.
The position is funded for 12 months, with potential to extend the appointment depending on funding and performance. The post-doctoral researcher will be encouraged to collaborate on grants and pursue additional partnerships and funding opportunities through the Natural Capital Project and its partners.
PhD in urban ecology, environmental science or engineering, or related field
Experience with environmental modeling in the urban environment
Interest in producing impactful and decision-relevant work
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications skills
Experience working internationally and with diverse non-academic audiences
Experience with ArcGIS or other GIS software and/or processing remotely sensed products
Experience developing models in environmental engineering or science
Experience with programming languages or applications (MatLab, R, python)
Experience supervising interns or undergraduate research assistants
International travel experience and foreign language skills
Start date: June 2018, negotiable
Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension
Compensation: Stanford offers a competitive postdoc salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience
How to apply:
Email your CV and a cover letter describing your experience and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with URBAN POSTDOC in the subject. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we expect to make a decision by mid May.
Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority persons and women with appropriate qualifications. More information on the project can be found at www.naturalcapitalproject.org.
Symposium Assistant (Part-time/Temporary)
Based at Stanford University
The Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is currently seeking to hire a temporary administrative associate for 10-20 hours per week effective upon start this fall until April 30, 2019, excluding the winter closure of December 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019. There is some flexibility on the exact number of hours; we will guarantee 10 hours a week, but above that hours will vary from week to week, increasing as the event dates (March 19-22, 2018) approach. In past years, this position has worked 20+ hours a week from January. The week of the event itself, March 18-21, will be at least 40 hours (with potential for pre-approved overtime), working on-site at an annual conference held at The Munger Conference Center at Stanford. We are a team of academics, software engineers, and real-world professionals with the optimism, commitment, and humility to work together. Our common quest is to shine a light on the intimate connections between people and nature, and to reveal, test, and scale ways of securing the wellbeing of both. It is a small office and the schedule can be quite flexible for this person, who will report to the Lead for Outreach & Training.
Under general supervision, event planning and general office support including but not limited to:
– Assisting with event logistics/seminar planning/room reservations/catering/organization
– Responding to email and phone inquiries about the event
– Updating and maintaining Symposium planning documents, and helping others find this information
– Coordinating with session leads to ensure that all speakers have been identified, confirmed, and registered
– Coordinating scholarship application submissions, receipt, review, and responses
– Coordinating the open call for abstracts and submissions, including working with session leads to place speakers
– Document design with Microsoft Word and/or Adobe Acrobat, potentially including design and printing of event schedule, session abstracts, and speaker information documents
– Arranging travel for visitors and scholarship recipients (via Stanford Travel or other travel agency)
– Coordinating visitor reimbursement process and collating/preparing reimbursement documents for processing
– Other similar administrative or coordinative duties related to event preparation
– Volunteer coordination
– Extreme attention to detail
– Working knowledge of Google Docs, Word, and Excel
– Interest in or experience with natural capital, ecosystem services, or other related fields
– Experience in event planning and production, especially in an academic setting
– Experience with document design, especially using Adobe Creative Suite software
– Trained to use Stanford University administrative systems (Oracle)
– Experience processing travel reimbursements in the Stanford system
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork
or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.
* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations;
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns;
Uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned;
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel
policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The Natural Capital Project is committed to including a diversity of people and organizations in our work to develop robust solutions to environmental challenges. We aim to make our projects inclusive, to engage diverse perspectives and to equitably represent those whom our solutions affect. We strive to nurture diversity in the workplace because we understand that diversity is critical for achieving our organization’s mission and vision. Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
HOW TO APPLY: If interested in applying, please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, job posted until filled.
Based at Stanford University
The Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is currently seeking to hire a professional Training Coordinator (Events Planner 1) to be a key actor in the implementation of NatCap’s outreach and training strategies (a critical element of #3, above). This role is the point person for outside organizations that are interested in NatCap’s training program. The Chief Strategy Officer will rely on the Training Coordinator as a key partner in the execution of our outreach and training strategy. This is a one-year fixed term position with the possibility of renewal based on performance and funding.
The Training Coordinator leads the annual Natural Capital Symposium, as well as other NatCap-hosted training/outreach events, managing numerous aspects of the event planning, coordination, and implementation, from making major decisions about content and logistics in partnership with the steering committee, to coordinating registration, facilities, and other logistics with Stanford Conference Services. This role collaborates with team members across the Natural Capital Project—in particular the Chief Strategy Officer and other content experts—to develop and refine training program engagement practices and projects. The Training Coordinator helps bridge big-picture thinking and operational details. The Training Coordinator will work to understand NatCap’s overall strategy to help implement the training/convening portions of it, have a solid understanding of our goals and objectives for the program as a whole and for each specific training or event, creatively match strategy with tactics, and ensure that NatCap trainings, workshops, and courses are professional and accomplishing desired objectives.
Plan and execute Natural Capital Project events, such as trainings, workshops, and conferences. Consult with stakeholders and plan logistics, including registration and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support, and pre- and post-event evaluations.
- Design, plan, implement, and coordinate customized events.
- Implement training program and capacity-building strategies as developed in close collaboration with the Chief Strategy Officer and other NatCap staff.
- Facilitate training workshops hosted by partner organizations, traveling to other locations as necessary
- Evaluate and select vendors and providers of services considering stakeholder requests and requirements.
- Serve as a member of an events team, and contribute in a wide variety of functional areas including decisions around budget allocation, event logistics and facilities.
- Manage all aspects of planning, logistics (coordinating scheduling, working with trainers to prepare agendas and supplies, and booking hotels, meeting space, and catering; preparing and tracking budgets), and documentation for NatCap-hosted training and capacity-building events, with special focus on the Natural Capital Symposium, ensuring that long-term strategic goals are being met.
- Collaborate with partnering host institutions around the world to scope, plan, budget, and implement training workshops at host locations.
- Consult with stakeholders to determine objectives and requirements.
- Provide project management for the development and on-going improvement to NatCap capacity-building efforts and projects, managing multiple projects on rolling deadlines with long-term strategic goals in mind
- Inspect event facilities to ensure they conform to the event needs.
- Manage accounting operations relating to registration, including daily accounting procedures and reports, final monetary summaries, and/or account transfers.
- May serve as project leader on smaller scale events, coordinating teams that plan, implement, and manage all aspects of events or manage program elements of larger scale events.
- Maximize the visibility and impact of external events, including connecting NatCap events to social media, and coordinate the NatCap Webinar series, in collaboration with the Communications Manager.
- Utilize and/or maintain complex databases. May use specialized event planning software.
- May inspect event facilities for maintenance, janitorial and fire safety issues.
* – Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience: Associate degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Preference is Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated success planning events.
- Experience in managing the logistics of 1-5 day events for 5 to 500 attendees
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Independent, proactive, and has initiative. Able and willing to learn quickly. Must be able to identify priorities and maintain awareness of multiple deadlines.
- Strong team-oriented player with demonstrated interpersonal skills. Team leadership and project management experience required
- Ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
- Demonstrated creativity, problem solving skills, taking initiative, judgment, and decision-making skills.
- Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management, and customer service skills. Must be well organized and detailed oriented.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and other online documents, such as Google Docs.
- Working knowledge web design and comfort in learning new software tools.
- Skill with Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Google docs, Google calendar, and Stanford systems a plus.
- Familiarity with application of social media and online content development experience a plus.
- Experience with Stanford reimbursement systems a plus.
- Ability to interact and successfully collaborate with a broad spectrum of contributing groups and customers.
Certifications and Licenses:
Valid Non-Commercial Class California Driver’s License. (not applicable)
- Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, and use a telephone.
- Occasionally kneel/crawl, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21-40 pounds.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class license and drive day or night.
* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
May require some travel and working evenings and weekends.
- When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications. To be considered, applicants will provide a cover letter and resume.
All final candidates are subject to a background check.
Scientists interested in pursuing research that aligns with the mission and programs of the Natural Capital Project can engage with us as a NatCap Fellow. This mechanism provides mid- to late-career researchers and professionals with the opportunity to work with NatCap for a short time. It is intended for researchers who have defined a specific project to work on in collaboration with NatCap, and a position to which they will return following this Fellowship (e.g., an academic sabbatical). The Fellowship is designed to provide a self-directed and mutually beneficial learning environment, we hope to learn as much from you and your research as you do from us. Fellows are initiated only after mutual agreement and identification of a primary liaison from NatCap, who will foster mutual learning with other researchers and the broader NatCap team.
If you are interested in engaging with NatCap as a Fellow, discuss first with one of our Lead Scientists or co-founders, and we can take the discussions from there!