Landesa is Hiring a Research Assistant

Grounded in the knowledge that having legal rights to land is a foundation for prosperity and opportunity, Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute in 1967, Landesa has helped more than 100 million poor families gain legal control over their land. With secure land rights, these families can eat better, earn more, educate their children, practice conservation, and achieve dignity for generations. Applications due October 13, 2012.

Job Summary: The Research Assistant conducts and documents research and supports the research efforts of others on a variety of topics relevant to Landesa’s work.

Reporting and Relationships: The Research Assistant position will report to the Research Assistant Program Manager and will be supervised by Landesa program staff requesting research, including Program Directors and project leads overseeing programs and specific projects.

Availability: The Research Assistant is expected to work up to 40 hours. No travel is expected.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conducts research on a broad range of topics such as rural land rights in developing countries, comparative real property law, commercial law, and world affairs;
  • Prepares memoranda or other written work product presenting and explaining research results;
  • Edits and cite-checks work product prepared by Landesa professionals; and
  • Carries out miscellaneous administrative tasks and other duties in support of the Program team, depending upon the needs of the organization.

To Apply 

Qualified applicants may apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to, with the title “RA-2012” in the subject line by Oct 13, 2012 . No phone calls please. Landesa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The most qualified applications will: 

  • Share Landesa’s deep commitment to the mission of a better, safer future for the world’s poorest people through land ownership and secure land rights;
  • Share Landesa’s commitment to the core values of impact, respect, collaboration, dedication, and learning;
  • Work collaboratively with teams regardless of role within team;
  • Show an ability to perform work independently and with minimal supervision;
  • Have exceptional ability to communicate in writing and orally in English. Ability to work in another Landesa relevant language is a plus;
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other software;
  • Proficiency using electronic legal and social science research tools, and a commitment to learning unfamiliar research tools; and the
  • Availability to work 40 hours per week at Landesa’s office in downtown Seattle for the duration of the assignment.

Education and Experience 

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and one year of post-graduate education relevant to Landesa’s work (e.g. law school, international development, economics, public affairs, etc.). A J.D. degree is highly desirable. Interested 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent Grads/Alumni should apply.


Hourly at the $30,000 – 39,999 rate.