The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, policy expertise and the support of more than 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. In recent years, NRDC has developed an array of bold and creative policy initiatives to address the climate crisis. Today, our staff of more than 600 lawyers, scientists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Bozeman, MT; and Beijing.
In order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst environmental and public health impacts of climate change, greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions must be reduced rapidly, reaching net zero emissions by mid-century. Because most GHG emissions result from extraction, transport, and combustion of fossil fuels, achieving the net-zero emission goal will require not only reduced consumption of currently developed fossil fuel supplies but also reduced development of new fossil fuel supplies (predominantly oil and gas in the U.S) and associated infrastructure to minimize both new emissions and carbon lock-in. However, we currently lack effective policy or legal tools to objectively evaluate or determine the climate “significance” of individual projects and whether or to what degree development of any given new project would be consistent with the climate goal.
NRDC is seeking a Climate and Energy Systems Science Fellow for a fulltime, two-year post-doctoral Fellowship to help us develop such a tool. The Fellow will provide subject matter expertise and conduct multidisciplinary research, analysis, modeling, and synthesis of a range of scientific data and policy information to develop a structured analytical and evaluation framework for assessing the magnitude and significance of the climate impacts of individual oil and gas projects.
Specific topics and projects undertaken by the Fellow will likely include:
The Climate and Energy Systems Fellow will be supported by NRDC’s Science Center and its Science Fellows program, and NRDC’s Nature program, which works on a variety of issues relating to the intersections of fossil fuel development, climate change, public lands, and natural ecosystems.
The Science Fellows program is a key element of the Science Center’s mission to enhance NRDC’s scientific capabilities and provide resources and support for research, scientific interpretation and application, policy, and advocacy work. The Science Fellows program provides young scientists interested in working in the science, policy, and advocacy arena with professional experience and on-the-job training; it is an excellent opportunity to refine existing skills and build new ones, develop professionally, publish work, and gain important competencies.
The Fellow will be based in our San Francisco, CA office (preferred) or our Washington, DC, or New York, NY offices.
The Fellow’s core responsibilities will include:
The following qualifications are required:
These additional attributes are desired, but not essential:
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. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample through our online portal. Your cover letter should address: (a) why you desire this fellowship with NRDC; (b) how you are qualified, including relevant work and/or research experience; and (c) how you hope the fellowship will affect your career goals.
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