Transportation & Fuels - Climate and Working Lands Analyst
WFH Flexible Minneapolis Headquarters

 Program/Role: Transportation and Fuels Climate and Working Lands Analyst 

Location: Minneapolis, MN. GPI’s headquarters are based at 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 220 in Minneapolis, MN. 

Reports to: Vice President, Transportation & Fuels  

Type of Position: Full time position 

Ideal start date: November, 2022 

Compensation: Salary range: $70-$90K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, LTD, STD, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, and a communication stipend. 


A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Increased demand for GPI’s unique blend of energy expertise and consensus-derived solutions has driven organizational and programmatic growth. With headquarters in Minnesota, GPI’s operations are national in scope while retaining a core competency in the Midcontinent region. GPI is powered by more than 50 professionals and is supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies. Please visit to learn more.  


GPI seeks a bright, outgoing, and highly motivated individual to develop and execute research and analysis on forestry and agriculture, forest products, working lands, biogenic carbon dioxide removal, and lifecycle GHG assessment of biobased products and energy. The person in this position will conduct original qualitative and quantitative research exploring decarbonization solutions through agriculture, forestry and land management practices, as well as the assessment of the carbon intensity and carbon removal potential of agricultural and forest products. Experience with any of these topics is valued.  

GPI’s Transportation & Fuels program goal is deep decarbonization of the transportation sector by putting in place the policy, regulatory, institutional, and economic framework that enables that transition. Our work is fast-paced, and our staff are passionate about GPI’s mission and global climate issues. The Transportation & Fuels team is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.   

JOB DUTIES: The ideal candidate will work with the Vice President to lead and develop forestry and agriculture research and analysis for the Transportation & Fuels Program. The specific duties and responsibilities of this position include: 

  1. (60%) Analysis: Develop and execute original qualitative and quantitative research through data collection and cleaning, scenario modeling, mapping, tool development, and more that supports existing and emerging initiatives (e.g., clean fuel standard policy development, working lands and natural carbon solution innovation, and others). 
  2. (20%) Content Creation: Work with other members of the Transportation & Fuels team and Communications team to develop research reports, white papers, blog posts, and similar publications that communicate results to a variety of external audiences. 
  3. (15%) Dissemination: Present findings and resources to a variety of audiences, participate in relevant panel discussions, and provide regular updates to the Transportation & Fuels team. 
  4. (5%) Project Management: Manage research project timelines and tasks. 


  • IT or Science-based Bachelor’s Degree or relevant proven skills and experience 
  • Skilled at math, data management, spreadsheet analysis, graphical data interpretation 
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends, and communicate them to various audiences 
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills, as well as ability to prepare and convey technical material in concise, plain language 
  • Experience working on a diverse team?and with different communication styles? 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Excellent time, deadline, and project management skills with ability to multi-task 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint) 
  • Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis, including software packages like ArcGIS or QGIS 
  • Commitment to the climate mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute 


  • Experience in environmental science areas such as lifecycle assessment, ecology, soil carbon, land use, and/or forestry 
  • Experience with carbon and emissions accounting frameworks such as GREET, CARBINE, Forest Vegetation Simulator, LANDIS-II, and C-SORT, and other modeling tools for conducting lifecycle assessment of biobased products and energy. 
  • Experience with the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis  
  • Experience with analytical and/or computer programming software packages such as Javascript 


Desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, fax machine, calculator, printer, telephone; Microsoft Office Suite programs; teleconferencing platforms including Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Software and models such as Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS/Javascript, and ArcGIS. 


Requires working at a desk (either sitting or standing) for extended periods. Extensive use of devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse), as well as usage of telephone/headset. May require lifting of boxes up to 20 pounds on occasion.   


Required application materials include a resume, two-page writing sample, and one-page cover letter. A single PDF of all materials is preferred. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.   


The Great Plains Institute (GPI) is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Minneapolis, MN, and dedicated to transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. We specialize in using consensus-based strategies to solve our energy and environmental challenges. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, technology acceleration, and local action, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy:

GPI has a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture in which people enjoy both great freedom and great responsibility. People who thrive in this culture take personal responsibility for seeing what needs doing and getting it done. They are self-starters, problem-solvers, and quick to help others. They work hard because they believe in the mission and get to spend most of their time at the intersection of what they love to do and are good at. It’s a working environment in which performance is judged more on results than on time spent in a chair. We aspire to make this the best job anyone has ever had. 

The Great Plains Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. GPI is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all.