Part-time Biodiversity Program Associate-Pathways to Planetary Health (8-10 hours per week- Remote)

Job Description:

As the Biodiversity Program Associate at the Garrison Institute, you will be responsible for growing and maintaining biodiversity projects under the Pathways to Planetary Health initiative. 

This position is part-time, remote, working 8-10 hours weekly. This position will extend through Spring of 2023.

The Pathways to Planetary Health initiative has identified biodiversity as key lever for change. Building on E.O. Wilson’s Half Earth proposal, the Garrison Institute seeks to increase the rate and amount of conservation funding to support a planet where people and nature thrive. We accomplish this by designing biodiversity funding solutions and building networks across stakeholder groups to pilot these programs. Our vision is to unlock another tier of conservation finance, allowing for greater conservation and improved outcomes for nature.

You will be responsible for continuing work to develop a biodiversity credit market. Working in collaboration with the Jetz Lab at Yale University, Impact Observatory, land trusts, and other organizations, you will drive progress to:

  • Standardize biodiversity measurement, allowing for globally comparable data at high resolution. This effort aligns with the Convention on Biodiversity Post-2020 Framework
  • Align stakeholders and assign financial value to area biodiversity through a new methodology
  • Facilitate initial transactions across buy- and sell-side interests for a biodiversity credit
  • Publish results for communication and adoption

Responsibilities:

  • Work across stakeholder groups to facilitate initial transactions for biodiversity credits
  • Maintain relationships with partner organizations, including our scientific collaborators and advisors
  • Build relationships with new partner organizations, including potential buyers of biodiversity credits
  • Represent the Garrison Institute to private credit certifiers, grantmaking foundations, corporate entities, and other stakeholders as needed
  • Identify, support applications to, and track against awarded grant funding to further this work
  • Work with other Garrison Institute staff, as needed, to report on progress and support grant applications
  • Write white papers, blogs, and other content to communicate our work on biodiversity

Qualifications:

  • Master’s level candidate focused on environment and business with ability to work 8-10 hours weekly (remote).
  • Excellent communication and writing skills with experience in blogs and other social media writing. Grants writing experience preferred. Ability to write professional reports and updates to staff and stakeholders.
  • Strong skills in reading and interpreting scientific journal articles
  • Proficient in MS Office 365, Word, Excel & PowerPoint, plus Google Suite
  • Experience with land trusts and/or carbon markets is a plus
  • GIS experience a plus
  • Strong organizational skills and good business sense
  • Previous related experience required needed.  Personal connection to mindfulness and contemplative practices a plus.

How to Apply:  

To apply, send a cover letter and resume with two references to:  HR Dept. via email to jobs@garrisoninstitute.org. Please, no phone calls.    Salary $20 – $25 an hour depending upon experience.

The Garrison Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer.  Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

About The Garrison Institute:

The Garrison Institute was founded in 2003 to build a more compassionate, resilient future by applying the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns.  As we near two decades of operation, we have seen the transformational potential of our work catalyze real change and measurable outcomes. Notably, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), our earlier Climate Mind Behavior (CMB) Program developed the behavioral wedge model, identifying a path to reducing annual U.S. greenhouse gas usage through personal actions and attitudinal shifts. This work laid the ground for the widespread integration of behavior change as an effective strategy to reduce environmental impacts.  For more information, please visit our website at www.garrisoninstitute.org