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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.

Short-term Volunteer Opportunities

Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program

Landesa is seeking a volunteer from early July 2016 through September/October 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.

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.

Internships and Fellowships


Landesa hosts a full-time 10-week summer internship program based in its Seattle office. The open application period for the summer internship program is October through February. On a rolling basis, Landesa accepts applications for part-time fall, winter, and spring internships. If you are a student interested in applying for an internship, send a cover letter, CV or resume (including GPA or class ranking), and writing sample to internships@landesa.org indicating your preference for summer or academic semester. Internships are only available to currently enrolled students — Preference is given to students receiving academic credit or grant stipends.

Landesa has a number of current internship opportunities open to both undergraduate and graduate students. View our Internship Opportunities.

Additionally, Landesa considers externally funded fellowship opportunities on a case-by-case basis. Qualifications include a relevant post-graduate degree such as law or public policy, excellent research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in improving rights of women and the rural poor. Candidates must identify externally funded opportunities before submitting a fellowship application. Fellowship applications can be submitted to internships@landesa.org and should include a cover letter, CV or resume (including GPA or class ranking), and writing sample.

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.

For a listing of currently open consulting opportunities, scroll to the bottom of the page.

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