Habitat Associate

Location: South Lake Tahoe
Practice Area: Habitat
Employment Type: Direct Hire
Start Date: 02/04/20

  • Location: South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #23

Environmental Incentives works to enhance the environment that sustains healthy communities. We design performance-driven approaches to conservation that empower public and private sector leaders to multiply their impact. Since our establishment in 2004, we have become a leading advisor on natural resource programs and policies across the USA and internationally. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation and is committed to improving the environment, our employees, and the communities where we work.


Environmental Incentives seeks to hire a full-time Associate to join our team. This position will be primarily supporting Environmental Incentives’ domestic Habitat team, with potential for some level of support for our domestic Water team. All EI staff must be able to work effectively on multiple project teams that include internal staff, partner organizations, clients, and stakeholders.

All candidates must be willing to travel domestically for short periods of time at least monthly. Candidates must be also be willing to work from our Western Office in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Associates serve as the primary producer and manager for projects, creating high-quality products and prolifically contributing creative ideas. Associates are expected to successfully implement the following.

  • Work with leaders. Be a part of a collaborative team, working alongside recognized thought leaders who are reshaping the way conservation is done. Develop new skills and insights by working with teams representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Manage projects. Coordinate all aspects of projects in an organized and transparent way, including tracking deliverables and budgets.
  • Produce enduring products. Lead the development of targeted, useful, and long-lived products that influence decision-makers. This means bringing forth new ideas while being flexible to modify based on feedback from others.
  • Provide synthesized research findings. Take on large, complicated research and analytical tasks in a solution-oriented manner, driving to clearly communicated and synthesized findings and valuable insights.
  • Manage relationships. Confidently and frequently interact with clients and partners on product development and project management, listening and collaboratively creating value.
  • Contribute to company culture and operations. Be fully engaged in strategy and operations, contributing insights and new ideas to improve or grow the company.


Environmental Incentives is looking to hire talented, creative, and inspired professionals who want to grow as individuals and impactful conservation leaders. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Additionally, all employees must have the following qualities and characteristics to succeed.

Minimum Qualifications

These qualifications are considered the minimum necessary and we expect successful candidates will bring more than the minimum listed.

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Ecology, Conservation Biology or a related field, and have 3+ years of related professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Clarity of thought and effective communication (verbal, written, visual) in English.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions.
  • Personal and professional alignment with Environmental Incentives’ guiding principles – 1) Improve the Environment, 2) Communicate Openly & Honestly, and 3) Create Enduring Change.
  • Ability to collaborate with, listen to, respect, and understand others.
  • Strong work ethic, and ability to maintain a positive attitude under stress.
  • Ability and desire to create new, innovative ideas.
  • Flexibility to contribute to multiple projects and manage multiple priorities.

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience working with or for California or federal natural resource or infrastructure agencies.
  • Knowledge of California or federal policies around species, land, and water management.
  • Public-private funding partnerships, impact investing, and project-level financial management.
  • Adaptive management and program design frameworks (Open Standards for Conservation, human-centered design, outcomes mapping, systems thinking, etc.).
  • Mitigation frameworks and permitting processes.
  • Conservation planning and restoration program implementation.
  • Biological field monitoring, land management, or stream restoration work.
  • Quantitative analysis, statistical and mapping tools, online project workflows and data displays.
  • Translating technical information into accessible messages for diverse audiences.

Base Station

The position will be based in South Lake Tahoe, CA.


Environmental Incentives also offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous annual leave, holiday and sick time, retirement plan options, professional development opportunities, and health coverage. Salaries depend on qualifications and location. The starting annual salary range for this position is $51,500 to $62,500, depending on experience and qualifications.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume on our careers page with “Habitat Associate” as the position title. Please submit applications by March 5, 2020.

What Happens Next

On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates to request additional information. We will invite the top candidates to interview in-person or by video conference, depending on location. We may also request that qualified candidates complete a short written technical assignment. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is identified.

Environmental Incentives is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are committed to developing an inclusive work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and skill is valued in individuals, our business goals, and our mission.

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