Data Communications Manager, Land & Carbon Lab

Data Analysis & Technical Research Worldwide

This is a hybrid position which requires 8 days/month in the office. You can be based in our office in Washington DC, London or The Hague. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission as WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.


About the Program:


Land & Carbon Lab is World Resources Institute’s premier hub for geospatial data, analysis, and monitoring of the world’s land and its natural ecosystems. We develop breakthroughs in geospatial monitoring to help governments, businesses and communities power solutions for sustainable landscapes worldwide.


Land & Carbon Lab has three main offers:


  • Data innovation: Land & Carbon Lab partners with leading scientists and technologists to harness the power of artificial intelligence and geospatial monitoring to build cutting edge, open access monitoring systems for the world’s land and its nature-based carbon. By synthesizing troves of satellite data, we’ll provide decision makers with actionable information and insights to restore degraded landscapes, protect forests and nature, and produce land-intensive commodities more sustainably.
  • Insights and analysis: We analyze geospatial data to generate independent insights about the changing state of the world’s land, and how more sustainable landscapes can help us achieve this decade’s climate, nature and sustainable development goals.
  • Impact and partnerships: We’re partnering with diverse organizations to create real world impact, from corporate leaders and policymakers to Indigenous Peoples and local communities.


Job Highlight:


Reporting to the Director of Impact at the Land and Carbon Lab, you will work with Land & Carbon Lab communications staff and research and data experts to help produce analyses and to develop public facing content targeting a variety of audiences Land & Carbon Lab’s latest data innovations and findings. You will support the execution of Land & Carbon Lab’s communication, marketing, and impact strategies by turning data and research into actionable insights and other content that supports data users, decision makers, and practitioners. 


What will you do:


Data analysis, visualization, and innovation with AI tools (65%):


  • Analyze maps, satellite imagery, and other quantitative data to identify findings and insights relevant to key audiences
  • Develop compelling visualizations, including maps, graphs, and gifs, interpreting geospatial data and findings for use in social media and other communications channels
  • Help explore possibilities for using AI to automate data analysis, with the goal of producing a regular cadence of visual insights for social media


Research engagement to develop editorial content (35%):


  • Engage with LCL research leads, such as through interviews and literature reviews, to turn their insights into compelling written and visual communications.
  • Draft blogs, news articles, and other public-facing written content that communicates insights to non-technical audiences around data innovations, methodologies, and research findings
  • Support editorial strategist and communications manager in identifying other opportunities to communicate around Land & Carbon Lab’s data innovation and analyses


What will you need:


  • Education: You have completed a bachelor’s degree (preferably a M.S. or PhD) in a related including remote sensing, geography, environmental science, landscape ecology and related fields
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 7 years of professional experience writing code for geospatial visuals and applications
  • Experience in visually interpreting satellite and geospatial data to come to conclusions about landscape dynamics
  • Experience working with subject matter experts and data scientists
  • Experience delivering quality drafts and deliverables promptly
  • Demonstrated ability creating data visualization and compelling maps
  • Experience writing blogs, news, or other long-form written communications on science/technical topics
  • Ability to produce compelling maps and other visualizations based on GIS/remote sensing data using GIS and data visualization technology
  • Ability to interpret and draw insights from quantitative data, maps, and satellite imagery.
  • Ability to work with large language models, advanced prompt engineering and generative AI APIs
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to produce drafts of blogs, news articles, and other written content that translate technical information for non-technical audiences and follow science communications best practices.
  • Knowledge in at least one of the following areas, and strong interest and ability to learn about others: land cover and land use change dynamics, cropland and pastureland dynamics, forest change dynamics, land- and forest-based GHG dynamics, agricultural commodity supply chains.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Employs collaborative and consultative approaches to research and content development
  • Curiosity, creativity, strong listening skills, and strong interest to gain expertise in topics related to ecosystem conservation and land and carbon monitoring.
  • Languages: English required. Expertise in other languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesian is desirable but not required
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization


Potential Salary: US salary range is between 96K and 110K USD. UK: 53K - 67K GBP. Netherlands: 67K – 84K EUR. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.


How to Apply: Please submit a resume with a required cover letter, and two work samples including examples of writing and data visualization by the date of July 29, 2024. We are unable to consider your application without the pre-requisites.


You mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


What we offer:


  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities. 
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure
  • Medical Coverage, Dental Coverage, Vision Coverage, retirement plan access and employer contribution, Paid Time Off


About Us:


Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute(WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.


The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


Our mission and values:


WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.


Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence and Respect.


Our culture:


WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment; we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.