Become part of an organization that is growing rapidly and impacting millions of rural families by securing their rights to one of the most precious resources for prosperity – land.

Landesa is a world class research and advocacy organization whose goal is to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people through improved policies, laws and programs.

We foster an environment that values impact, collaboration, respect, dedication, and learning. These traits are the driving force of our success and are inherent in our organizational culture.

Landesa has a talented and dedicated staff that enjoys extensive support, benefits, and opportunities to grow. As a Landesa employee, you will have access to educational and development opportunities as well as the chance to contribute to some of the most important research and policy reform and program implementation taking place in global development today.

Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Landesa. Landesa is committed to a work environment in which relationships are characterized by dignity, courtesy and respect. We are committed to nondiscrimination in all of our business operations.

Applying for positions

We do not accept unsolicited resumes for any positions other than our Research Assistant pool. Please apply only for open, listed positions, by emailing your resume and cover letter to Please be sure to include the job title in the Subject line of your email. Because of the volume of applicants, we will only contact those applicants we are interested in speaking to further. Once jobs are no longer posted, they have been closed or are filled.

Now Hiring for:


Chief Operating Officer (Seattle)

Sr. Research and Evaluation Specialist (Seattle)

Sr. Land Tenure Specialist (Seattle)

Land Tenure Specialist (Seattle)

Research Assistant — Applied Economics (Seattle)


Attorney, Land Tenure Specialist (Beijing)


Executive Assistant (New Delhi)

Director, India Programs (New Delhi)

State Director (Uttar Pradesh)

Women and Land – Gender Project Manager (Kalahandi, Odisha)


Landesa hosts a 10-week Internship Program every summer with a select cohort of talented undergraduate and graduate students from American and international universities. The application period for this summer’s Internship Program is now closed. If you are a student interested in a fall internship, send an email of inquiry to

Consulting Opportunities

Landesa supplements its regular Seattle home office and overseas staff with the expertise of skilled international consultants.  We maintain an active roster of consultants in support of our program needs.  We encourage consultants with specialized skills in legal, policy, and monitoring and evaluation issues related to land access and tenure security to submit their qualifications to be considered for inclusion in our roster.  To be included, forward your CV to:  We encourage consultants to submit their updated CVs on a regular basis, preferably every six months. Please highlight any new experience, new positions, skills, languages or countries, and indicate your current availability.

Research Assistants

We are currently hiring for part-time, academic year Research Assistants through the Washington State Work Study programs at Washington State University, the University of Washington, and Seattle University. If you are a Washington State Work Study-Eligible student at one of these institutions, check your school’s work study postings for instructions on how to apply. Inquiries can be directed to

Short-term Volunteer Opportunities


Landesa is seeking volunteers to help us improve our website to better achieve our mission. If you are interested in helping us audit and improve our website, and willing to spend a few hours per week over the next month diving into our digital content, please email for details.