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Thanks for your interest in the Natural Capital Project! Our current job openings can be found here on this page. We occasionally hire interns and other short-term or part-time positions in all areas of our work—if you are interested in those positions, please fill out this form. We review submissions based on emerging needs, and at least quarterly (January, March, June, and September). If an opportunity comes up that might fit your qualifications, someone from our team will reach out to you.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the Natural Capital Project. We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization. We therefore encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Job Openings

Project Manager
GIS Analyst
Director of Communications
Natural Capital Postdoctoral Fellow

Project Manager

NatCap is seeking a full-time Project Manager to work directly with NatCap project teams and collaborators from countries and multi-lateral development banks on an exciting new project to mainstream natural capital approaches in policy and finance decisions. The project spans over 15 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa, representing diverse opportunities and urgent needs for mutual learning, technical assistance, and capacity building to support policy and investment leaders committed to harnessing the power of ecosystems to improve human wellbeing. The Project Manager will support the day-to-day operational aspects of each country team’s workplans, including coordination of tasks and communications among team members and across teams. This is a one-year fixed term position. If you are highly motivated, up for a challenge and know how to get things done, this position may be the right career opportunity for you!

Position will be filled as soon as possible. Apply for the position here.


GIS Analyst

The Natural Capital Project is seeking a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist to join our team. This is a one-year fixed term position. The GIS Specialist will perform advanced geospatial data analyses and develop GIS products and workflows including web-based mapping applications using relevant programming languages. The successful candidate will have a willingness to travel internationally when necessary.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the development of GIS spatial products and web applications to meet user needs.
  • Conduct data analysis utilizing GIS tools to clarify and communicate spatial relationships and present results in a clear, appropriate manner.
  • Develop programming scripts and other automated processes to expedite routine data analyses and mapping functions.
  • Identify client requirements and then design, maintain or enhance online, self-service GIS applications for external partners to access information and perform data analysis. May present training sessions on GIS-based tools.


  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • Extensive experience and a solid understanding of GIS applications (such as Python, R, or others).
  • Expertise in scripting languages and relational databases applicable to GIS, spatial database, and web mapping application
  • Possess cartographic aptitude with ability to complete basic mathematical and statistical calculations.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the Stanford Careers website.


Director of Communications

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) seeks an experienced communications professional to assume primary responsibility for promoting the research, initiatives, and expertise of our scholars and practitioners.


NatCap cannot have the impact it intends to have on the targeting of investments in nature without professional communications to elevate its work, communicate with leaders, and tell NatCap stories in diverse and innovative ways. The Director of Communications will create and execute on a strategic plan for NatCap communications, which includes both internal and external audiences. Execution of the plan will include duties such as: conceiving of and producing editorial content and audio/visual collateral such as news releases, research briefs, social media posts and video/animation scripts; curating an internal newsletter; producing the quarterly newsletter for external constituents; growing and measuring the impact of NatCap’s social media presence; overseeing the NatCap website; engaging with media and preparing NatCap scientists for engagement with media; promoting and helping to staff NatCap convenings; assisting the science team with reports to funders; and providing essential day-to-day project management and coordination to ensure the project is effectively leveraging the communications resources of the partnership.

Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


This role is based in Palo Alto at the Stanford Campus.


  • Develop communication deliverables in an area of expertise or for a unit or a complex program.
  • Develop complex communications for various content delivery channels.
  • Develop and design complex materials according to defined requirements using software applications and mediums.
  • Work with vendors to obtain information to evaluate quality, process, and costs to support vendor selection.
  • Maintain knowledge by attending webinars, conferences, networking etc. to remain at the forefront of current industry standards, trends and technology.
  • Contribute to the development of communication strategy for the unit or program.
  • Analyze data and curate illustrations, photos, and pictures for assignments.
  • Work in collaboration with Institutional Communicators on media relations content and other areas.
  • * - Other duties may also be assigned

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the Stanford Careers website.

Natural Capital Postdoctoral Fellow

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Natural Capital Postdoctoral Fellow.

As the Global Science Research Fellow, you will work with Nature-based Solutions Measurement and Evaluation Team (NbS M&E Team) and country teams to evaluate the contributions of nature to people associated with our conservation strategies and management. You will use a variety of qualitative and quantitative assessment tools, including modeling tools using remotely sensed data and information about benefits as defined by local communities, to evaluate the benefits over the life of the project.

As the Global Science Research Fellow, you play a key role in the Natural Capital Project partnership (Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Stockholm Resilience Center, The Nature Conservancy, WWF) , an effort to map, measure, and value nature's contributions to people using a diverse portfolio of modeling tools. You will be expected to collaborate with researchers from the Natural Capital Project and leverage the deep knowledge of the partnership to design and implement a research program to evaluate nature’s contributions to people across the Bezos Environmental Fund project sites. You will report directly to the WWF Chief Scientist.

  • Provides executive-level research and analysis support
  • Conducts innovative research and synthesizes data in a way that delivers practice- and policy-relevant information on nature contributions to people at relevant scales
  • Stays abreast of relevant scientific literature and shares important findings with team
  • Conducts and supports colleagues in conducting research, analyses and synthesis, providing compelling written and visual information to convey key results
  • Serves as a radar function to identify opportunities and emerging science issues
  • Supports high quality distribution of research and analysis across the NbS M&E Team, though learning and knowledge management channels
  • Supports development of proposals and reports
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • 4-6 years research experience + PhD strongly preferred
  • Considerable research and analytical experience, preferable in an environmental discipline
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant, current research methods in natural capital modeling, mapping and synthesis
  • Experience in science communications and proposal writing
  • Strong leadership, project management skills, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, visual and interpersonal communications skills in English
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a decentralized network with a culturally diverse and international team
  • Ability to travel internationally for work in the field as needed
  • • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

To Apply

Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22149

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.