ESG Analyst I/II

Kestrel ESG seeks an individual to join our team of public finance experts to assist with ESG evaluations across all fixed income asset classes. Join our fast-growing team of dedicated professionals who are making a difference by supporting sustainable and socially responsible investing.

About Us

Kestrel ESG is a Women’s Business Enterprise dedicated to providing strong analytic products and services to support the growing market in sustainable and socially responsible fixed-income investing. The purpose of our work is to identify environmental, climate and social benefits inherent in financed activities in order to help investors make informed decisions. We provide ESG data to capital markets. Our team is united through a strong work ethic, a dedication to creating real value and true service to our customers, and a commitment to a gratifying work environment where each person’s unique contributions are valued.

About the Work

The ESG Research Analyst is an environmental scientist, social scientist, civil engineer, urban planner or sustainability professional who is a vital part of the team. The ideal candidate will be familiar with public or corporate finance, have a genuine curiosity to learn, possess excellent writing and research skills, and operate through a scientific framework.

The ESG Research Analyst will be responsible for evaluating a variety of bond-financed activities against established standards and criteria, qualifying debt instruments for sustainable finance labels, and providing technically accurate written rationales of results. This person will gain an understanding of Kestrel ESG’s unique approach to evaluating ESG factors in fixed income markets and apply this approach in a variety of engagements.

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating and scoring bond-financed activities against established standards and criteria using Kestrel’s proprietary ESG evaluation software.
  • Analyzing ESG factors in multiple sectors such as water and wastewater, transportation, public facilities, affordable housing and K-12 education.
  • Performing research to add value and perspective to ESG factors.
  • Assessing eligibility for green and social bond designations in US and international markets, for both public and corporate finance transactions in a variety of sectors.
  • Ensuring ESG data integrity, quality, and consistency by consistently following and improving our procedures.
  • Contributing to a collaborative, vibrant, and positive work culture.
  • Collaborating on the development of new, related products and services.
  • Providing excellent client experience through exemplary communication and service.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a data-oriented and critical-thinking mindset.
  • Understand the principles and practices of sustainability, climate action, environmental justice or other positive change within one or more sectors.
  • Understand the principles and practices of municipal operations including planning, environmental regulation and/or permitting.
  • Have experience in one or more of these sectors: transportation, water and sewer, energy utilities, urban planning, green buildings or climate change adaptation and resilience.
  • Thrive when given the opportunity to master specific tasks and procedures.
  • Exhibit the desire to promote more just and sustainable communities across the US.
  • Be familiar with the fundamentals of fixed-income markets.
  • Be excited about working in a fast-growing, fast-paced, impact-oriented company.
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity and pivoting quickly when needed.
  • Be comfortable with efficient completion of repetitive tasks.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Ability to:

    • Think critically, write clearly, be organized and work collaboratively.
    • Conduct complex problem solving and evaluation of bond-financed projects and activities against established criteria on a daily basis, with both mental stamina and efficiency.
    • Prepare clear, concise and complete analysis, appropriately tracking records and notes.
    • Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service internally as well as to our clients.
    • Respond to feedback based on quality control procedures and adjust processes to improve standardization of work products.
    • Work collaboratively with diverse individuals and groups.
    • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information.
    • Prioritize work to meet established deadlines with plans, schedules, and milestones.
    • Work proficiently in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, etc.) and online project management software.

    Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in urban studies, environmental sciences, social sciences, water management, civil engineering, public health, or finance.
    • One (1) or more years of experience in the public sector or finance.


    We are hiring for multiple Analyst I and Analyst II full-time positions. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate and may range from $66,000 to $105,000 accordingly. Kestrel ESG offers a range of employee benefits, including, but not limited to: Health premium contribution, paid time off, and paid holidays.


    The company is headquartered in Hood River, Oregon but this can be a remote-work position with flexible work hours (i.e., EST, PST, etc.). We are looking to fill this position immediately and will evaluate candidates as they apply.

    Join our fast-growing team of dedicated professionals who are making a difference by supporting sustainable and socially responsible investing. To apply, please submit your responses to the questions below along with your resume and cover letter to


    1. What is your salary expectation?
    2. When can you start if you are hired?
    3. In two to three sentences, describe your work experience in public/corporate finance, social sciences, environmental sciences, civil engineering, or sustainability.
    4. Do you now, or will you in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa to work legally for Kestrel in the United States?

    It is the policy of Kestrel ESG to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, selection, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, benefits, compensation, training and facilities. In return, each employee of the organization is obligated to perform the duties and responsibilities of his or her position in accordance with the terms of this policy.