Conservation Economics and Finance Research Associate

The Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Finance Program is the national leader in creating new public funding for land conservation and parks, through its work researching, designing and passing ballot measures and legislation that create funding for land conservation. Since 1998, we have passed more than 400 ballot measures totaling $35 billion, while achieving an 83% approval rate for our measures. At the heart of this success is our research team, which provides mission critical research in conservation finance and conservation economics that enables us to design winning ballot measures.

Conservation Economics is an integral part of the Conservation Finance Program and is focused on demonstrating the economic benefits of land conservation programs at the local, state, and federal levels. The position’s primary focus is to support the Director of Conservation Economics by conducting or assisting in economic research, writing, technical analysis, and presentations of reports and data management. In addition, the Research Associate will also assist in research for the Conservation Finance program generally.

Essential Functions

– Supports Conservation Economics Program with research on the economic impacts of land conservation.

– Gathers original data (e.g., from state agency staff) and information from existing materials (e.g., journal articles and government reports) on land conservation.

– Organizes data in preparation for analysis.

– Evaluates data and effectively communicate results to Director of Conservation Economics.

– Assists in developing outreach materials, including factsheets, presentations, exhibit materials, and reports.

– Assists in preparing grant proposals and reports; assists in meeting reporting deadlines.

– Communicates complex economic concepts and analysis results for a general audience through written products.


– Bachelor’s degree in economics, environmental studies/science, statistics, or public policy strongly preferred. Master’s degree strongly preferred.

– Minimum 2 years related work experience.

– Superior written and oral communications skills as well as presentation skills

– Strong academic qualitative and quantitative research and analytic skills.

– Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

– Highly proficient with software applications such as Excel, Access, Power Point, database programs, statistical programs; knowledge of GIS software (ARC GIS) a plus

– Experience with developing and formatting marketing and communications materials preferred (newsletters, fact sheets, abstracts, promotional materials, etc.)

– Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

– Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.

– Demonstrated commitment to parks, open space and land preservation a plus.

– Ability to use good judgment, takes initiative, and makes recommendations in resolving problems.

– Available for occasional overnight travel


Submit resume and cover letter via the following website:

Boston, Massachusetts
The Trust for Public Land
Human Resources