Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • 2020 Stanback Fellow - San Francisco Oceans Team

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/2/2019 11:33 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    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.


    This position is only for current Duke students.


    Fellows will work with lawyers, scientists, and policy experts to conduct research and draft position papers, comments, letters, outreach materials, and/or blogs on a wide range of ocean issue, including possible work illegal fishing, industrial impacts to the ocean (e.g., offshore wind, offshore oil & gas exploration), marine protected areas, and/or fisheries management. Work may include a focus on a review and analysis of information related to illegal fishing, shark conservation, and/or MPA enforcement in California. Likely products would be a report or a series of papers analyzing specific issues.


    • Strong research skills (policy and/or science) and excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work effectively without extensive supervision.
    • Close attention to detail.
    • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
    • A demonstrated interest in public policy.
    • Interest in ocean conservation a plus.
    • Foreign language ability (Spanish or other) a plus.

    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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