Every day, the staff of Sightline Institute work together to make Cascadia a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment. We believe true sustainability exists at the intersection of environmental health and social justice.

Sightliners are a talented cadre of researchers, communicators, and advocates across Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, supported by solid administrative and fundraising teams. In considering applicants to our jobs, we appreciate a broad array of experiences and backgrounds and are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continually work to ensure that our audiences, staff, and board reflect the geographic, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and other demographic diversity of Cascadia.  

Sightline offers a competitive compensation plan, robust benefits package, flexible and balanced virtual-first work arrangements, and a collegial culture. This includes: 

  • A 401(k) plan with employer contribution of 10 percent of salary, regardless of employee contribution level  
  • Full medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and partial coverage for dependents 
  • Monthly remote-work stipend 
  • Regular staff gatherings for in-person connection 
  • 4 weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, and 2 weeks of paid sick leave per year 
  • A 3-month paid sabbatical every 7 years 

Learn more in the position descriptions below. If none is listed, we invite you to follow our work by email or on Facebook and Twitter to be first to learn of opportunities with us. 


Researcher, Housing + Cities | Permanent, full-time

Our Housing + Cities team works to create housing abundance as a solution to multiple pressing challenges: affordability, climate change, racial equity, and sprawl. The Researcher will staff our work as a thought leader, policy researcher, analyst, writer, communicator, and advocate. They will develop and deploy expertise on policies to create housing abundance, primarily zoning reform, but also other types of reforms that Sightline has identified as promising. They will implement strategies for using information and communications to help win passage of these reforms, often in coordination with cross-partisan coalitions.

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Researcher, Democracy + Elections | Permanent, full-time

Sightline’s Democracy + Elections program conducts research and educate stakeholders and decisionmakers. We have team members in place to support Alaska, Montana, and Oregon efforts, plus team members who work across all jurisdictions. We are opening a permanent position on this team to support, mostly through research and writing, our efforts in the northern Rockies states of Montana (especially), Idaho, and Wyoming. Although the position will focus on these priorities in the near term, we expect them to lead to other opportunities in future. Read more in the full position description.

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