The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 30 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.
NRDC is seeking a Nature Carbon Solutions Project Officer to work with the nature team in our Beijing office. This Officer will work closely with the nature and international teams to develop nature-based carbon sequestration opportunities and advance nature conservation and climate mitigation efforts within China and internationally. The Officer’s work will cover a broad spectrum of activities ranging from conducting technical and advisory analyses, to leading a field carbon project, to presenting project results at conferences. The Officer will work with both China and U.S.-based team members and report to the China Conservation Director.
Work with the team to design and implement nature carbon policies and projects in alignment with biodiversity, climate mitigation, and other NRDC priorities.
Meet regularly with Chinese and international officials to provide NRDC’s perspective on nature-based solution (NBS) issues and, ideally, develop joint efforts to conserve nature;
Advocate in furtherance of NRDC’s nature and climate goals with government officials, scientists, and others from various countries at international and domestic meetings;
Develop and write reports for NRDC analyzing Chinese law, policies, and practices concerning forest carbon and NBS;
Help organize and attend relevant meetings, symposia, and conferences;
Develop fact sheets, blogs, and other materials on NBS in Chinese and translate documents from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, as needed.
Other related duties assigned by the team.
Advanced degree in environment or related environmental/natural resource studies;
Experience working in native ecosystem management;
Expertise or experience in nature-based carbon sequestration and ecosystem functioning;
Minimum 3-5 years of relevant work experience;
Self-motivated with a strong work ethic;
Proven technical abilities to research and recommend solutions for conservation and climate problems;
Experience working with Chinese government agencies;
Ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholders (government, research institutes, other NGOs, industry, and local communities);
Clear communication skills with excellent English oral and written skills and high-level of technical writing proficiency;
Excellent public speaking skills; and
Ability to work independently and as part of the team, with flexibility in taking international calls at odd hours.
Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment.
We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience.
To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter, in which salary expectation and availability are stated, through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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