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A career at NATURAL STATE means working hard to catalyze large-scale restoration globally by revolutionizing impact monitoring, developing new financial mechanisms and supporting local leaders. Our team of diverse people, ideas and skills help us achieve our impact goals and values.

Who We Are

Our goal at the NATURAL STATE research center is to develop technology and financial systems that will catalyze large-scale restoration globally as well as help train future leaders for this sector.  In the short term we are revolutionizing impact monitoring for carbon, biodiversity and human-wellbeing, so that the success or failure of restoration efforts can be clearly defined.  We are using this technology to implement a blueprint carbon restoration project in the Mt. Kenya landscape and will issue credits that truly integrate measurable benefits for communities and biodiversity.  

About Our Team

NATURAL STATE's mission is brought to life every day by our talented team of individuals with unique perspectives and a deep passion for the natural world.

A career with us means working hard together to achieve our goals. From species diversity studies at the NATURAL STATE research centre, located at the base of Mt. Kenya, to analyzing data to help trigger nature-based solution markets. We all use our passions and skills to drive impact.

NATURAL STATES staff are lifelong learners, continually developing new approaches and new skills. We fail fast and learn fast with a “lean impact” approach. NATURAL STATE provides skill development opportunities through all career stages, and we do this in an inclusive and respectful environment. Our passion, dedication, and diverse backgrounds are what make a career at NATURAL STATE so special. 




Summer Internship to Develop a Biodiversity Impact Standard

NATURAL STATE is advising Social Carbon, a holistic nature-based greenhouse gas reduction standard, on incorporating biodiversity impacts into their indicators. Social Carbon’s standards stipulate criteria for monitoring projects’ impact and quantifying carbon sequestration and benefits to human wellbeing and biodiversity from nature-based solutions. NATURAL STATE is offering an internship for June-July 2024 to assist with developing biodiversity impact indicators and providing documentation about the indicators for projects to follow. The indicators will be divided into two biodiversity ‘resources.’ The first resource will measure changes to habitat health and intactness using remote sensing products. The second resource will measure changes in the richness and abundance of functional groups. NATURAL STATE is looking for an intern to work with the biometrics team to develop details of the indicators for these two resources.

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Location: This role is fully remote.

NATURAL STATE is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to catalyze nature restoration and protection at the scale and pace needed to create game-changing impact for nature. At the core of what we do is create rigorous, cost-effective and verifiable measurement of biodiversity, carbon, and human well-being impact for large-scale restoration and conservation efforts and use these to build novel financing mechanisms for nature-based solutions. Position Overview: We are seeking a highly motivated and talented intern to work with our Impact Measurement team to develop a detailed proposal for the indicators that biodiversity and carbon projects around the world will use to measure their impact on habitat and populations. The intern will work closely with the Head Biometrician and Geospatial Scientist to build out the details of a holistic suite of indicators that can deliver cost-effective, robust, and repeatable information on biodiversity outcomes. Working with a set of key quantities of interest that projects should measure, the intern will review literature and compare methodologies for specific metrics and remote sensing products that measure those quantities of interest. The intern will then evaluate those metrics and collaborate with the head biometrician to create shortlists of metrics for projects to monitor, taking into account differences in biome, scale, and socioecological system. Finally, the intern will provide documentation for the metrics justifying their inclusion as indicators and providing project implementers with accessible information about how to access and apply these indicators to their project. The intern should have at least one year of masters-level education and thrive working independently. The intern must be well-versed in derived remote sensing products from Sentinel, Landsat, MODIS, and other platforms and must be able to demonstrate excellent writing skills. Basic familiarity with population ecology and modelling or carbon and biodiversity markets is highly advantageous.

Qualifications: Candidates must fulfil the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree.

  • Have completed at least one year of education towards a master’s degree in a relevant field such as geography, conservation science, or environmental management.

  • Have experience working with freely available satellite remote sensing datasets.

  • Be available to work at least 20 hrs per week during the months of June and July, though a full-time intern (40 hrs per week) is preferable.

  • Have access to a remote workstation that includes a computer and high-speed, reliable internet.

Remuneration: Interns will work as independent contractors and will be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour. There may be scope for future contract work following a successful internship.

Application: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, one-page resume, and brief writing sample, ideally one that explains a technical concept in plain English, to Matt Rogan ( by April 30th, 2024. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis beginning April 15th.

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