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Program Assistant, International Program (Latin America/Climate Team)

Program Assistant, International Program (Latin America/Climate Team)

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Program Assistant, International Program

Washington, DC


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is one of the most effective international environmental action groups, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.  NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped secure environmental victories in the U.S. and around the world. NRDC works on projects in the United States, Canada, Latin America, India, and China, as well as on global initiatives addressing issues such as climate change, energy, toxic waste, oceans, water, air and health. Today, our staff – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Program Assistant to work with the International Program, including the Program Director and the Latin America and International Climate teams, in our Washington, DC office. The Program Assistant will support our team with their work to advocate for strong climate, energy and environmental policies in key countries internationally. The successful candidate must have excellent communication and problem solving skills and be able to handle tasks such as: management of budgets, contracts and processing expenses, formatting and proofreading documents, coordinating and booking travel, scheduling meetings, coordinating meetings and events, and researching and preparing materials. Interest in regional environmental policy preferred. S/he must also be fluent in Spanish including reading, writing, and speaking.


  • Coordinate staff schedules and set up meetings
  • Correspond with consultants and partners as needed, in Spanish and/or English
  • Process and track invoices, contracts, grants and expenses, in a regular and timely way
  • Provide research on specific topics, with a focus on energy, climate and environment issues in Latin America and in other regions where NRDC works
  • Help in the development of blogs, fact sheets, issue briefs, reports and other materials
  • Support the team’s needs at special events
  • Proofread and edit correspondence and various documents such as emails, blogs, internal reports, external publications, proposals, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Latin America Project team on weekly “Latin America Green News” blog posts and other international staff on their regular blog posts / newsletters


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 1-2 years of experience preferred
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be detail-oriented
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in environmental issues
  • Must have the ability to effectively prioritize tasks, and work in a fast-paced environment with an ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Must have the ability to work well under pressure
  • Must possess a high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Must have complete fluency reading, writing and speaking Spanish. Native speaker strongly preferred.
  • GIS knowledge a plus but not required


Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample, if available also in Spanish


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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