Who we are

Millions of families with
more secure land rights

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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. Please apply only for open, listed positions, by following the applications instructions in the job description. Because of the volume of applicants, we only contact those applicants who are shortlisted for positions. Job descriptions are removed from this page after positions have been closed or filled.

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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 internships@landesa.org 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: consultants@landesa.org.  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 a volunteer from January 2016 through May 2016 to support the Center for Women’s Land Rights with administrative preparation for the Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program. If you are interested in learning more, please email internships@landesa.org for details with “VPP Volunteer” in the subject line.