Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • 2020 Stanback Fellow - New York Oceans Team

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 7 days ago(12/2/2019 11:33 AM)
    Job ID
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    Nature [405000]
  • 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:


    This position is only for current Duke students.

    We can safeguard Earth’s biodiversity and reinforce our defenses against climate change by protecting at least 30 percent of ecologically important land and ocean areas by 2030 (“30X30”). NRDC’s Oceans Team and our allies are developing the foundation of public support, political will, and the policy tools needed to ensure 30X30 and are seeking a Stanback Program fellow interested in helping us advance significant U.S. ocean habitat protections as part of this global effort. The position entails research of potential candidate areas for further ocean protections and assistance in the development of materials highlighting the value of these places to the public and decision-makers. The fellow will also participate in development of a network of respected thought leaders able to call for a U.S. commitment to 30X30.


    As time permits, the fellow may also assist Oceans Team staff with research, comments, and letters on a wide range of issues from defending our coasts from oil and gas exploration, developing best environmental practices for offshore wind, and protecting important marine mammal species and habitats around the world. The fellow will work out of the New York office. NRDC encourages summer fellows to attend all subject matter relevant meetings and events.


    Skills fellow will gain:

    • Relationships with NRDC program staff and subject matter experts.
    • Experience with policy analysis and advocacy. 
    • Increased understanding of pressing ocean issues.


    Fellowship position requires:

    • Strong research skills and excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work effectively without extensive supervision.
    • Close attention to detail.
    • A demonstrated interest in public policy.
    • An interest in ocean conservation a plus.
    • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript and references.


    To apply, please visit Duke University's website ( and upload your resume and cover letter through their online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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 by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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