Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization that connects people with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has empowered more than 200,000 participants to join leading scientists on field research expeditions around the world to support urgent environmental science and action, create transformative educational opportunities, and promote cultural awareness through community engagement and collaboration. Earthwatch’s 50-year tenure is filled with evidence of how its unique model can inspire new ways to think, act, live, and relate to the natural world. Throughout the organization’s history, Earthwatch has played a pivotal role in the development of policy plans, protected areas, and national parks and refuges. Earthwatch is a testimony to what people—scientists and non-scientists—can do when they come together in the name of field research and environmental conservation.

Impact Manager

Supervisor: Environmental Education Manager and Sustainability Specialist


The Impact Manager will work with departments across Earthwatch Institute to help creatively assess and manage the impact of Earthwatch’s participatory science programming, take action towards current sustainability goals and help to expand and set future goals in key areas of focus. Building upon the existing framework, the Innovator will look across international frameworks and principles of environmental justice to evaluate program impact.

These programs, such as Operation Healthy Air and Global Pollinator Watch Program, connect people with scientists worldwide to conduct environmental research. Earthwatch is working to reach new audiences, to have a focus on both international and local hands-on environmental research programs and make a positive impact on the communities they work within. The Innovator will work closely with Earthwatch’s Sustainability Specialist and Environmental Education Manager to help lead and develop programming for staff as well as guidance and best practices in engaging a variety of participants.

The role requires creativity and flexibility in an often fast paced environment. The Innovator will work closely with a team of Earthwatch staff and programmatic partners including corporate funders, vulnerable community members, teachers, students and research scientists.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Develop a detailed understanding of local and global environmental justice principles.
  • Support community-based citizen science project implementation (for example: risk management documentation, curriculum and remote learning tools recommendations).
  • Coordinate their work by setting realistic deadlines and managing a timeline.
  • Assist in editing and creating tools for monitoring and evaluating impact for new programs.
  • Conduct a review of programs through an impact lens and provide support and recommendations on next steps and best practices.
  • Interview/survey staff, partners, and participants of these programs.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Interest in or understanding of climate change and its impact on people and biodiversity.
  • Excellent research skills and ability to analyze complex concepts.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills; comfortable tackling problems head-on with flexibility and efficiency.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with diverse internal and external individuals.

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