Opportunities at the Natural Capital Project

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Post-doctoral Researcher

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

Postdoctoral Associate

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.

Required Qualifications:
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

Preferred Qualifications:
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 perrine.hamel@stanford.edu 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.
Frequently sitting.
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 borrebach@stanford.edu. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, job posted until filled.

Administrative Associate 

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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