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Agricultural Soil Carbon Scientist
Location: Washington, D.C and U.S. Remote
EDF's Nature-based Climate Solutions (NbCS) project addresses two of the biggest barriers to effective carbon credit markets: lack of clear scientific understanding and consensus on the realizable carbon storage or removal potential of the vast array of natural carbon sinks, and lack of confidence in the integrity of carbon credits in the marketplace. The NbCS team conducts research and convenes stakeholders to find agreement on the science, measurement and accounting standards that underpin high-integrity credits. The project focuses on solutions that will accelerate carbon storage most quickly because of the scale of the potential storage and the current interest in those credits. These include the management, use and protection of tropical and temperate forests, and management of cropland soils and oceans.
The Office of the Chief Scientist ("OCS") seeks an early career soil scientist ("Scientist") to work collaboratively with other EDF scientists, economists, and program experts to help develop and advocate for science-based, economically sound policies on negative emissions in cropland systems. The Scientist will develop and coordinate research and interact with researchers and agricultural experts within and outside of EDF to expand the foundational evidence behind net carbon sequestration in agricultural soils so we can identify the role of agriculture in meeting global climate goals.
The Scientist will conduct cutting-edge research to address questions associated with three crucial gaps identified in our understanding of how soil management can help maximize agricultural contributions to reducing greenhouse gas concentrations:
Initial focus will be on row crops in the U.S. and then will expand to additional geographies and agricultural efforts. The Scientist will conduct literature reviews, data identification, convene workshops of experts, and advance the science through peer reviewed publications as well as white papers and blogs for less technical audiences.
The Scientist will report to a Lead Senior Scientist in OCS and will work closely with colleagues across OCS, Ecosystems and Political Affairs to ensure that EDF's action, advocacy and communications on cropland soil carbon are science-based. On-the-job training will be provided to familiarize the successful candidate with specific issues, media and policy work.
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