Associate/Senior Associate, Carbon Markets and Offsets

Remote - Boulder, CO

Application Deadline:Friday, January 28th (position will remain posted until filled) 

Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking analytically, and working in groups? Are you passionate about developing innovative solutions to the climate crisis? Are you interested in being a foundational member of a quickly growing team at RMI?  

RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program is seeking an Associate or Senior Associate to join our Carbon Markets and Offsets Initiative. This new initiative seeks to improve the transparency, efficiency, and quality of offset markets, ultimately accelerating progress towards a 50 percent cut in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. Through both research and demonstration, the Carbon Markets and Offsets initiative will initially focus on how various technologies (e.g., satellites and remote sensing, machine learning, distributed ledger technologies) can improve offset quality. Over the coming year, our work will expand to cover other dimensions of the offset markets, including appropriate use of offsets across various industries.  

Position Overview 

As an Associate or Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and facilitate a range of actors seeking to improve the climate impact of offset marketsIn this position, you will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise around carbon markets and offsets and will provide subject-matter support on this topic both within RMI and across RMI’s broad range of collaborators. This position will report initially to the Principal for Carbon Markets and Offsets.

Your responsibilities as an Associate include:  

  • Conducting research and analysis on carbon markets and offsets, and specifically on how various technologies can improve offset quality. 

  • Synthesizing analysis and recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.  

  • Engaging with external experts via phone interviews and conferences. 

  • Supporting the preparation of proposals, pitch decks, grant reports and other donor-facing materials. 

  • Supporting communications efforts (e.g., through blogs and other digital content).  

  • Contributing original thinking to help shape the direction of a new initiative. 

Your responsibilities as a Senior Associate include the above, and: 

  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.  

  • Facilitate discussions and activities during workshops with external stakeholders. 

  • Provide content expertise on carbon markets and offsets, and particularly on how various technologies intersect with carbon markets. 

  • Contribute to conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with donors, and direct RMI research collaborations.   

RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds. We will carefully review each application to determine the appropriate starting position level (Associate or Senior Associate), and this will be communicated during the interview process.   

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s level degree in sustainability, economics, finance, business, engineering, or environmental science, OR undergraduate degree and 2+ years of work experience and excellent work references 
  • Familiarity with climate change issues and carbon markets 
  • Ability and willingness to engage with technical material, and provide qualitative and quantitative evaluation of existing initiatives 
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Ideal candidates will have experience in climate and carbon finance 

  • Knowledge of the carbon offsets industry (including project developers, verifiers and registries, corporate buyers) is valued but not required 

  • Understanding of how various technologies (e.g., satellites and remote sensing, machine learning, distributed ledger technologies) can support climate solutions  

  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well  

  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas  

  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations   

  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work  


This position will be remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this position will be located near one of RMI’s U.S. locationsNew York, NY; Washington, DC, Boulder, CO; Basalt, CO; or Oakland, CA.  

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply. 


RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. Typically, new Associates based in the U.S. join at the minimum to mid salary range of $70,000-$82,000 and Senior Associates at $79,000-$93,000. You would also have an additional 5% bonus target!


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:   

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance   

  • 403b retirement options (5% match immediately)   

  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability   

  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)   

  • Generous paid time off  

  • Parental leave   

  • Commuter and wellness benefits   

  • Casual work environment   



Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.   

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational institution, or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:        

  • Have a diverse array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.        

  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supportedand valued.        

  • Effectively connect, communicateand build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholdersand constituents within diverse communities.       

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran

About RMI        

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. 

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