Research Assistant

Conservation X Labs
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Conservation X Labs is hiring! We are looking for an exceptional, conservation-minded team-player to join our dynamic company and organization. The “X” in our name means “Exponential” -- our mission is to harness exponential technologiesopen innovation, and entrepreneurship to dramatically improve the efficacy, cost, speed, scale, and sustainability of conservation efforts to end human induced extinction. We are an optimistic, passionate, forward-looking, and mission-oriented organization set to transform the approaches to solving conservation problems.

We seek applicants who want to disrupt conservation to improve it. We are looking for those who have dared mighty things by trying a path that others have not chosen. We are looking for those who have failed, but have learned from failure and risk, and whose faces are marred by dust, sweat, and blood. We are looking for those who like to experiment, to make things, to hack things, to test things, and to break things (particularly dogmatic approaches to conservation). Finally, we are looking for people who will enthusiastically devote their intellectual and creative energy to advance our mission.

Conservation X Labs is a start-up, and there are opportunities for rapid advancement. 

Conservation X Labs seeks a detail-oriented Research Assistant who will help with academic research, analysis, writing, and publication of both peer-reviewed publications and white-papers based on thorough reviews and syntheses of scientific and technical publications. A percentage of the Research Assistant’s time will be devoted to activities as needed to organize events. The ideal candidate will have an academic background in emerging technologies, international development, conservation biology, limnology, marine biology, oceanography, ecology, or a similar scientific field with a demonstrated understanding of water and conservation issues.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Research Assistant will work closely with the staff and partners of Conservation X Labs to research, synthesize, write, and edit research papers, mapping the potential innovation space, as well as perform necessary duties to plan and organize events, meetings, and workshops. The Research Assistant will be responsible for researching and writing materials that Conservation X Labs will use to launch challenge and prize competitions, status reports, digital content, and published articles. The final products authored or co-authored by the Research Assistant will be publically available as peer-reviewed papers, whitepapers, reports, or web content like social media or blog pieces.

Duties include:

  • Research the landscape of problems and solutions within the broad category of water and conservation, advanced cooling technologies for the developing world, accelerating adaptation for coral reefs, and emerging areas of science & technology. The candidate will organize, write, and edit a landscape analysis report on the topics.
  • Identify and interview experts and leading innovators in the relevant fields to incorporate their expertise into the written documents.
  • Communicate with partners and venues to organize logistics for events, meetings, and workshops hosted by Conservation X Labs.
  • Promote Conservation X Labs and member projects for social media, and for other relevant media.
  • Support the Conservation X Labs team to facilitate other organizational programming and projects.

Ideal Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological, physical sciences field, or other field if you can explain and demonstrate how it applies to the position. Advanced degrees are welcome to apply. We are more interested in how you apply your education & experiences to achieve similar roles. 
  • Demonstrated experience in researching, writing, and publishing scientific articles and science-based stories.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and organizing events, meetings, and workshops.
  • Excellent communication skills, including technical and creative writing.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously within a fast-paced, flexible start-up atmosphere.
  • Fund-raising experience is a plus.
  • A personable and friendly team-player.
  • A self-described or trained conservation biologist, scientist, and/or engineer, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an open and creative mind.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Your resume
  • Your own original writing sample on the following topic: in one to two paragraphs, describe what you think are exciting, innovative, and emerging solutions that address the problems at the intersection of water and biodiversity conservation.
  • Email your application packet to with the subject header: Research Assistant application. Please include where you saw this job posting in the body of your short email reply.

Conservation X Labs operates as both a 501c3 non-profit organization and a B-corporation.

Conservation X Labs is an equal opportunity employer and committed to cultivating a diverse workforce. CXL provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.