Research Analyst (Oakland) - Applications Accepted on an Ongoing Basis

Position Summary

At the Global Footprint Network, we are always interested in qualified candidates to join our outstanding Research Team. Currently, there are no staff openings in the Research Department, however, we welcome applications for future consideration.

Global Footprint Network promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with our partners, we coordinate research, develop methodological standards, and provide decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

The typical entry level position is a Research Analyst, who supports the maintenance and continuous improvement of the National Footprint Accounts. These accounts serve as the basis of our Ecological Footprint analyses worldwide. The Research Analyst will learn to apply the accounts in projects with governments, businesses and other organizations.  In time, s/he will have opportunities to present on the Ecological Footprint method to clients and scientific communities, as well as on the outcome of specific research projects.

Some seasoned candidates may join the team as a Research Scientist, however, these general qualifications would also apply.

The Research Analyst will be based in Oakland and work closely with members of the National Footprint Accounts team, project managers, and others working to help maintain and improve the accounts and to apply the Ecological Footprint. Application activities will require retrieving and analyzing data, generating graphs, contributing to and writing of reports and papers, some of which may be submitted for publication in scientific journals. Additionally, the Research Analyst will work closely with Global Footprint Network’s team members in Europe assisting them on Footprint applications through data, graphs and maps generation as well as report writing.

The Research Analyst will report to the Director of the Research Department.

Performance Profile

National Accounts (approximately 50%) 

Applications (approximately 50%)


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:



Personal Attributes

The following personal attributes are desired in all Global Footprint Network employees:


This position is based in Oakland, CA (USA) and requires interactions with Global Footprint Network’s team members in Geneva (Switzerland). Occasional travel may be undertaken to attend meetings, conferences, events, and for project scoping and development.

Salary And Benefits

Global Footprint Network offers a benefits package and competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Health insurance, 403(b) and other benefits are provided. This is a full-time position located at Global Footprint Network's offices in Oakland, CA. Our collegial, open-plan office is located two blocks from Jack London Square with good transit access. Our communal lunches are light-hearted and often delicious.


Please send your resume, a cover letter explaining how this position would fit into your career goals, and your salary requirements to; subject line MUST include the term "Research Analyst.” Global Footprint Network is committed to diversity in the workplace. 

Global Footprint Network is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to diversity in the workplace. For more information about Global Footprint Network and the Ecological Footprint visit: