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)

Foundations Coordinator (Seattle)

Sr. Land Tenure Specialist (Seattle)

Research Assistant — Social Science Qualitative Research (Seattle)


Attorney, Land Tenure Specialist (Beijing)



FALL 2015

Landesa is seeking an undergraduate student to support its Communications and Advocacy team with a variety of tasks related to collecting and organizing media and presentations. She/he should be detail-oriented, personable, and ideally have experience working with contact managements systems such as Adobe Bridge. The internship will be 10 weeks for 10-15 hours per week. This would be a great opportunity for someone interested in working in communications, advocacy, and/or media who wants a chance to apply their skill set while gaining experience working for an NGO. If interested in applying and/or learning more, send an email to with the subject, “Media Intern.” If applying, include your resume (including GPA) and cover letter.


Landesa hosts a full-time 10-week Internship Program every summer with a select cohort of talented undergraduate and graduate students from American and international universities. The open application period for the 2016 Summer Internship Program is October 2015-March 2016. If you are a student interested in the 2016 Summer Internship Program, send a cover letter and CV to with the subject, “Summer 2016.”

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.

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.