Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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Program Assistant

Program Assistant

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Climate and Clean Energy [402000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.


NRDC is seeking a creative, detail-oriented, motivated individual to intern in our Human Resources Department. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in the HR field while working with an active, upbeat not-for-profit organization.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Program Assistant to work with the Midwest Region Director of the Climate & Clean Energy Program, based in our Chicago office. This position will be an integral part of the Program’s advocacy success in the Midwest. The candidate will provide administrative support to an energetic team of clean energy advocates and attorneys and will require strong organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple, complex tasks, and willingness to work with a diverse and fast-paced team with limited supervision. The ideal candidate will also have experience managing budgets, as well as experience or a willingness to provide assistance in legal filings and preparation of other written materials.



  • Execute various administrative support tasks, including scheduling and travel booking, expense reports, setting up meetings, note-taking, and supporting staff with applications such as Blue Jeans and Dropbox;
  • Tracking grants and discretionary spending in Excel;
  • Operate as team liaison with consultants to finalize legal documents and process invoices for compensation in accordance with consulting agreements;
  • Assisting with drafting and distribution of memos, blogs and other communications. Edit and proofread letters, documents, memoranda, publications, correspondence, etc.;
  • Assisting in legal filings, including gaining familiariaty with procedural requirements in administrative court matters, and preparing and filing documentation at direction of supervisor;
  • Actively participate in office activities and efforts surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Find efficiencies wherever possible to ensure strong support to staff and compliance with institutional processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Three years previous administrative experience (preference given for experience tracking budgets and/or demonstration of accounting experience);  
  • Detail-oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong facility with spreadsheets and databases, and experience with accounting and finance;
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, organize and coordinate multiple tasks, set priorities, follow organizational procedures, and perform quickly and accurately under deadlines;
  • Excellent time-management skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality a must; and
  • Must possess a high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


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.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. 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. 


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.


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