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Climate Change Associate: Natural and Working Lands

Abt Associates
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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Abt Associates seeks a senior leader to grow our climate change practice in the area of natural and working lands, focusing on climate solutions for the farming, forestry, and other sectors. This position will involve work with a range of governments, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Agriculture, and state, local, and national governments. Key areas of focus include emissions mitigation and sequestration analysis, policy and financing design and implementation, stakeholder engagement, and program implementation.


+ Lead efforts to identify, qualify, and capture new business opportunities related to natural and working lands, and climate change

+ Work with Abt technical teams to produce high-quality technical work

+ Provide technical expertise to clients in areas related to natural and working lands, including soil carbon sequestration, blue carbon, emissions measurement methodologies, and compliance and voluntary market incentives

+ Cultivate sustained client relationships

+ Lead efforts to improve Abt's reputational capital through publications, social media, and customer engagement


+ Practical or policy experience in the natural and working lands sectors (e.g., working with stakeholders on the ground, supporting policy initiatives)

+ Prior consulting experience or experience working as a federal government employee

+ Understanding of federal clients, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture

+ Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, including setting priorities and adapting to changes in a time-sensitive, deliverable driven workplace 

+ A Master's degree in environmental management, public policy, or related area and 10 years of related experience

+ Established network of professional contacts in the climate change and natural and working lands community

+ Broad professional expertise and interest, across various energy, environmental, climate, infrastructure, and other issues in the transportation sector

+ Experience with project management and client management

**Minimum Qualifications**

+ Master's Degree + Seven years of relevant experience, or PhD + Four years of relevant experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

_Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment._

The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is rapidly growing our domestic health and environment portfolios as we expand our footprint in these thriving markets. As we race into the years ahead, we will continue to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. If you want to work in a dynamic and collaborative work environment that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration, Abt is the right place for you!

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.
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