Natural Capital Accounting

Arlington, VA, United States 🇺🇸


Conservation International (CI) is seeking candidates to support efforts on advancing its institutional Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) efforts, focusing on both public (SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts (EEA)) and private sector (the Natural Capital Protocol) frameworks and piloting efforts. These initiatives are part of a global effort to bring nature’s values into decision making and policy. This paid internship will support a team of scientists from CI’s Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science in advancing the development of these efforts – including but not limited to the scoping of key information in the assessment of specific biomes/sectors; collection, management and standardizing spatial databases, and overall support to testing and documentation of these efforts. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of NCA efforts and to influence real-world conservation by generating information that will inform and support the work of Conservation International and our partners in various countries. This position is based in CI’s headquarters (Arlington, VA) and provides opportunities for learning about the latest accounting efforts on accounting for nature, and to contribute to written reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs, and/or oral presentations for CI staff.  


The specific focus of the work will be determined by the interests of the intern and the current needs of the project but could include:

  • Reviewing and synthesizing relevant literature on NCA accounting efforts;
  • Supporting drafting of papers, blogs, reports and presentations on NCA;
  • Supporting NCA related needs, including planning, implementation and documentation of accounting methodological approaches, data collection and management;
  • Supporting technical meetings, including development of agenda, meeting minutes, and coordination with partners, as directed.


  • Normal office environment
  • The position is based in Arlington, VA



  • This position requires background in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental economics or related field.


  • Graduate students with experience in ecosystem services measurement approaches – including modeling and valuation, as well as basic knowledge of spatial analysis, including through geographic information systems (GIS) are preferred.