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About CSF
Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) is an international non-profit organization that uses economics to support environmental conservation and sustainable development. We conduct rigorous economic analyses of infrastructure, protected areas, conservation incentive programs, and related issues, deliver a world-class capacity building program, and work closely with governments, NGOs and other stakeholders to support well-informed decision making. We focus on Latin America and Indonesia with an evolving body of work in Africa, and have offices in Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Indonesia and the United States. 

CSF Lead Economist
Job Summary
The Lead Economist is responsible for ensuring technical excellence and conservation impact from CSF’s global body of work. S/he does this through deep technical and practical understanding of the interface between conservation and development, ability to drive policy change, and by inspiring and supporting CSF’s analytical staff.
S/he provides guidance and leadership in conservation economics for the organization, ensures alignment of CSF’s mission and our economics agenda and programmatic work across our country offices, and has a leading role in representing CSF to donors and new audiences, developing new collaborations, and bringing in new opportunities. 
A significant percentage of time is dedicated to leading economic analyses and mentoring and supporting our technical staff to ensure that their work is rigorous, compelling, and contributes to achieving CSF’s goals.
This position requires a detail-oriented and organized thinker with exceptionally good written and verbal communication skills, who can juggle multiple, competing priorities. The ideal candidate will have broad experience with applied economic analysis targeted to address environmental challenges related to deforestation, overfishing, and climate change. The position provides an opportunity for a flexible work environment and an active voice in the vision of a focused, dedicated, and fun organization.   
  • Vision: Orient the institution towards the best opportunities to use economics and policy analysis to deliver conservation and sustainable development, including through design of analyses to deliver policy-relevant information, fundraising, and forward-looking institutional strategy.
  • Technical excellence: Ensure the quality of CSF’s body of analytical work by leading analyses, supporting staff directly and by engaging a network of outside technical experts as needed, and implementing a quality-support protocol across the institution.
  • Communication: Ensure rigorous and compelling written presentation of research carried out across the institution, including in peer-reviewed journals and CSF white papers. Represent the organization and present results in a variety of meetings and events, including to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Personnel management: Provide guidance and management to CSF’s economists as direct-reports, as well as managerial support and mentorship to candidates of our fellows program. 
  • Project management: Set project strategies and manage major research projects.
  • Scale our reach: Plan and execute the expansion and delivery of common types of analysis by standardizing tools and processes to the extent possible without sacrificing quality.
  • Leadership: Work directly with the Executive Director, Latin America Technical Director, Training Director, and CFO as a member CSF’s leadership team.
  • Fundraising and external relationships: Represent CSF at external meetings, serve as lead point of contact for relevant partners and funders, provide technical input to proposals, and work closely with the Executive Director on business development, including presentations to potential funders and clients.
  • Track impact: Monitor and help evaluate performance of CSF’s analyses and derive lessons for ongoing improvement in institutional approach.
  • Teaching: Participate as a dynamic and engaging instructor in our training programs.
Position Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in economics. PhD preferred, especially in the field of natural resources, environment or sustainable development 
  • 10+ years of experience applying economics to environment and development issues, including working directly with policy makers, the private sector, academia, NGOs, and other stakeholders 
  • Passion and commitment to nature conservation and sustainable development
  • Broad international and intercultural work experience
  • Technical proficiency in two or more of the following analytical areas: cost benefit analysis, valuation of ecosystem services, design of payment for ecosystem services, experimental economics, spatial modeling, fisheries modeling
  • Track record of writing technical papers, including publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Engaging and effective public speaker to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Enthusiasm for learning and taking on new analytical problems
  • Skills and experience navigating process with partners and clients to define and target research to drive policy and behavior change
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to travel internationally, up to 30% of the time
  • Ability to fluently speak and write in English. Strong preference for proficiency in spoken and written Spanish. Portuguese and/ or Indonesian proficiency also a plus
  • Preferred location: Washington, DC
To Apply
Please send CV and cover letter to by August 15th. 
Those who are accepted to the next round will be notified. 




Internship- Washington, DC

We are currently seeking an intern in our Washington, DC office. The intern will work on a variety of tasks related to administration, communications, research and fundraising. The intern should be prepared to work in a professional team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of environmental conservation, communications, donor and contact management, environmental economics and office administration in a non-profit environment.


- Providing support with communications, fundraising, and office administration operation

- Researching, writing, editing and proofreading a broad range of materials
- Entering and editing information into contact management systems
- Scholarly research on a broad array of subjects relating to conservation economics
• Interest in environmental conservation and/or economics
• Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and communication skills
• Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office
• Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Indonesian a plus, but not required
Please Note
This is an unpaid internship.The internship schedule and timeframe is flexible to accommodate interns. We anticipate this internship to be 5-10 hours per week.The internship is based out of our office in Washington, DC., but the intern will be able to complete some work remotely. 
To Apply
Please send your resume or CV and brief summary of your interest in interning with us in the body of an email to Lauren Richards at