Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Schneider Eastern Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellow

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/28/2018 12:25 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Climate and Clean Energy [402000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 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, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking a Schneider Eastern Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellow to work with the Climate & Clean Energy Team in our New York office.  This is a one-year Fellowship Position expected to commence in the Summer or Fall of 2019.


    The Schneider Fellowships were created to promote the awareness of environmental issues resulting from our past and present energy use. The Fellowship program supports the efforts of non-governmental organizations, such as NRDC, that are chosen based on their efforts to identify and solve the challenges of developing a more sustainable energy future.


    The Climate and Clean Energy Program focuses on fighting climate change by cutting carbon pollution and expanding the contribution of energy efficiency and renewable energy to ensure the clean, reliable and affordable energy services that a healthy and sustainable economy needs.


    This opportunity is only open to currently enrolled Stanford students.


    The Fellow will be directly involved in developing and carrying out advocacy strategies to promote clean energy policies. The work will focus on the Eastern region, but will likely coordinate closely with other regions as well. The Fellow will be an integral part of the broader team that works on renewables, energy efficiency, clean vehicles and smart grid deployment issues, using strategies that include guiding utility action, innovative financing and business models, pilots and demonstration programs, and regulatory interventions. The emphasis will be to help deploy these clean energy technologies at scale, including meeting and exceeding state and regional climate and clean energy goals, while assessing approaches to replicate these efforts in other regions. Previous Fellows in the NY office have worked on projects that include: regulatory proceedings related to New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision, analyzing how to help large scale deployment of renewables nationwide, and how distributed energy resources (such as energy efficiency, demand response, small-scale renewables and energy storage) should be valued and incorporated in organized energy markets. Some additional examples of projects going for the coming year include the expansion of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to include additional states, and the emerging regional Transportation Climate Initiative to cut carbon emissions from vehicles and modernize the transportation sector.


    The Fellow will gain skills in research and analysis, written advocacy, oral advocacy, and how to participate in legislative and regulatory processes. The Fellow will be an integral part of NRDC’s team and will gain exposure to a variety of activities including attending policy meetings, working with private sector stakeholders, joint advocacy with other partners, policy analysis and development, and legislative and regulatory research and drafting.


    We particularly encourage candidates with graduate level experience in energy, science, engineering, economics, public policy and/or law to apply, including candidates with multi-disciplinary experience and/or joint degrees. Outstanding candidates with an undergraduate degree will also be considered. Persuasive written and oral advocacy are vital.


    Compensation will be based on a nonprofit scale and will include consideration of degrees held, professional training, and years of relevant experience.


    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 identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 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 Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit



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