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Open Positions

We are a partnership among Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund, developing approaches and tools to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the flow of multiple ecosystem services across land- and seascapes.

There are currently several open positions at The Natural Capital Project:


Software Engineer

The Software Engineer will support the development of existing and new software that the Natural Capital Project uses to assist policy makers in making science based decisions about environmental policies. This includes the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) toolkit, RIOS (Resource Investment Optimization System) a land planning software suite, and a host of new online software components under development. Day to day development involves implementing mathematical models of environmental services with a focus on correctness, usability, and performance. Other traditional engineer job functions include developing test suites, implementing new features on existing models, user support, and supporting internal project management tools for the development team.

The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative software projects for the social good.

For the full position description and to apply, visit Stanford University's Career Page, and search for Job Number 61340.


Senior Software Engineer

The Senior Software Engineer will develop and make key design decisions on existing and new software that the Natural Capital Project uses to assist policy makers in making science based decisions about environmental policies. This includes the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) toolkit, RIOS (Resource Investment Optimization System) a land planning software suite, and a host of new online software components under development. Day to day development involves implementing mathematical models of environmental services with a focus on correctness, usability, and performance. Other traditional engineer job functions include developing test suites, implementing new features on existing models, user support, and supporting internal project management tools for the development team, and mentoring junior engineers.

The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative software projects for the social good.

For the full position description and to apply, visit Stanford University's Career Page, and search for Job Number 61341.


Software Technical Lead

The Software Technical Lead will direct and coordinate complex programming and analysis work as well as exercise multi-project leadership on existing and new software that the Natural Capital Project uses to assist policy makers in making science based decisions about environmental policies. This includes the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) toolkit, RIOS (Resource Investment Optimization System) a land planning software suite, and a host of new online software components under development. The technical lead will contribute to all phases of a project, including systems analysis, program design, development, and implementation and work directly with research scientists and environmentalists in the field to develop new models and software.

The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative software projects for the social good.

For the full position description and to apply, visit Stanford University's Career Page, and search for Job Number 61345.



Social Media Intern

NatCap seeks a creative and artistic individual to work with our communications team, primarily on social and digital media.

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is looking to hire a science communications intern to work with us to implement our outreach and communication strategy. The intern will help update and edit content for our website, provide content and monitor our social media streams, edit handouts and brochures, and create new outreach and education materials. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and can manage their time effectively. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your writing skills and your artistic eye while working with a team dedicated to improving the state of biodiversity and human wellbeing by motivating greater and more cost-effective investments in both.


Desired Qualifications

  • A strong and demonstrated interest in the environment
  • An undergraduate degree in science or communications, or a student in good standing majoring in one of these fields
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in layout and design, working with social media, and photo and video editing
  • Familiarity with social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+
  • Ability to effectively work with Microsoft Office and Adobe Design software

How to Apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample to Elizabeth Rauer (elizabeth.rauer@stanford.edu) with "Communications Intern Application" listed in the subject line. If you are a Stanford University student, please also provide your availability and inform us of any other jobs you have on campus. This position is intended to be a summer internship, but we will also consider applications for the spring and fall. The position will remain opened until filled, early application is strongly encouraged.



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.