Manager (Nature-based Climate Solutions)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Various, , US

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Manager, Nature-based Climate Solutions

Variable or Remote [San Francisco, CA, Austin, TX, New York, NY, Washington, DC, Boston, MA, Boulder, CO]

 EDF’s Nature-based Climate Solutions (NbCS) project addresses two of the biggest barriers to effective carbon credit markets: lack of clear scientific understanding and consensus on the realizable carbon storage or removal potential of the vast array of natural carbon sinks, and lack of market confidence in the integrity of carbon credits available for purchase. EDF’s NbCS team conducts research and convenes stakeholders to find agreement on the science, and the measurement and accounting standards that underpin high-integrity credits. The project focuses on natural climate solutions where we can accelerate carbon storage most quickly because of the scale of the potential storage and the current interest in those credits. These include the management, use and protection of tropical and temperate forests, agricultural soils and oceans.

Overall Function

The Manager will be responsible for implementing key aspects of this project, including managing committees with outside partners, both academic and corporate. S/he will develop partnerships and foster collaboration among NGO’s, companies, and academics and provide management support to a growing project whose overall goal is understanding the realistic magnitude of carbon storage in agricultural soil and changes in soil carbon over time.  Under the leadership of the Associate Vice President in the Office of Chief Scientist, the Manager uses experience and knowledge to manage scientific collaborations and processes involving multiple outside entities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage complex science-based projects that touch multiple EDF programs, create project workplans and ensure that varied teams stay on track to meet deliverables and objectives; develop and apply appropriate means for measuring project success; work with program financial analysts to track project budget.
  • Manage relationships, write and negotiate agreements and scopes of work with technical vendors, academic partners, and corporate partners.
  • Support hiring new team members, including working with HR to post, recruit and evaluate candidates.
  • Independently troubleshoot problems where precedents are not always available using an original arrangement or interpretation of complex information or activities to arrive at logical conclusions.
  • Identify and develop relationships with key stakeholders in regulatory, academic, and non-profit sectors with the goal of fostering relationships, gathering information, developing project ideas, recruiting partners, and advancing the overall strategic vision of the project through partnerships and collaboration.
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff from various internal programs and external organizations, with members across multiple time zones, including internationally. Set up and lead group meetings.
  • Serve as EDF representative in external settings such as conferences, workshops, and partnerships. Communicate various project goals and results to EDF leadership and staff, donors, companies, policymakers, environmental groups, the media and the public through reports and other methods.
  • Translate program and project needs into actionable items to advance program decision-making and liaise with programs to facilitate information sharing, identify synergies, and improve collaboration.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values. This includes fostering equitable systems and empowering diverse constituencies both internally and externally.
  • Be an integral team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial program by supporting fundraising efforts, evaluating and recommending new project ideas, and  other relevant activities.
  • Be a part of the Office of Chief Scientist’s growing project management and operations team.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least six years program or related experience, or advanced degree with at least 4 years of direct experience required.  Experience or education related to environmental science a plus;
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail required;
  • Independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diverse workload;
  • Experience balancing the needs of multiple diverse stakeholders including regulators and community organizations;
  • Strong ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams in a dynamic, fast-paced and creative environment;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work;
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific, economic, and technical information in an advocacy setting both to internal and external audiences in writing and orally;
  • Strong oral presentation skills for both small and large audiences;
  • A high level of strategic thinking is required in order to synthesize complex information to identify and deploy action plans;
  • Possess a high degree of diplomacy to influence and manage key stakeholders and teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently recommend and determine approaches to completing projects and managing processes where precedents are not always available;
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with and lead colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Willingness to travel.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.