Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe.  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 – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

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.

Natural Resources Defense Council Austin, TX, USA
Dec 06, 2018
Position Summary:   NRDC is seeking a Climate Advisor to work with the City of Austin as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). The American Cities Climate Challenge is an unprecedented opportunity for 20 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Climate Advisor will work with city officials to assist with the execution of initiatives designed to advance carbon reductions through policies and programs focused on transportation and building energy efficiency.  The Climate Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these building, energy, and transportation initiatives and will therefore be engaged at the local, regional, and national levels to advance the city’s goals. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within city government, including Austin Energy, Austin Transportation Department, Building Services Department,  the business community, and other organizations in the community. This is a limited term role through 12/31/2020   Learn more about the ACCC at:  https://www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge/ Responsibilities Project Management : Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the city’s plans for climate mitigation through transportation and buildings policies and programs with expertise in performance management. Stakeholder Outreach and Management : Lead various work streams including but not limited to outreach to stakeholders, both internal to city government and the broader community of private sector, non-profit, philanthropic, and community partners; drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies for transportation priorities including transportation demand management,  parking management, adoption of electric vehicles, and promotion of new low carbon mobility options.  Work closely with staff to build on success of the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance to drive energy efficiency in existing buildings.   Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.     Education and Policy Engagement : Educate city stakeholders and the local community on the importance of addressing climate change through transportation and buildings policies and programs. Successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Provide legislative review and policy research and analysis, with a focus on transportation and buildings policies and programs, specifically parking management, transportation demand management, EV promotion, bicycle and pedestrian networks and energy efficiency in buildings. Develop an engagement strategy to better represent Austin residents and stakeholders on climate issues, focusing on frontline communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.    Financing Tools and Strategies:  Assemble options and best practices, including examples from other cities, to finance the incremental costs of carbon reduction strategies and programs. Financial tools could include those available to municipal government as well as the private sector. Familiarity with innovative financing tools as well as fiscal justification including cost benefit analysis and life cycle cost models. Network Development : Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community. Maintain appropriate communication and information flow with community partners. Challenge Participation : Actively participate in the ACCC network of cities. This includes joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred At least 3 years of advocacy experience on climate change, transportation and energy efficiency policy preferred. Experience working with or collaborating with municipal government preferred. Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Experience managing cross-functional projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines. Experience working at the intersection of equity and environment preferred. Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals. Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker with an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Natural Resources Defense Council St Paul, MN, USA
Dec 06, 2018
Full time
Position Summary:   NRDC is seeking a Climate Advisor to work with the Ci ty of Saint Paul as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). The American Cities Climate Challenge is an unprecedented opportunity for 20 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Climate Advisor will work with city officials to assist with the execution of initiatives designed to advance carbon reductions through policies and programs focused primarily on transportation with potential to work on buildings and energy.  The Climate Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these building, energy, and transportation initiatives and will therefore be engaged at the local, regional, and national levels to advance the city’s goals. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within city government, the real estate and transportation sectors, utility companies, industry, and other organizations in the community. This is a limited term role through 12/31/2020   Learn more about the ACCC at: https://www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge/ Responsibilities Project Management : Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the city’s plans for climate mitigation through transportation and buildings policies and programs with expertise in performance management. Implement the city’s Mobility Hub Project (electric vehicle sharing hubs) and transportation behavior change/incentives work, possibly coordinate the city’s building efficiency initiatives. Stakeholder Outreach and Management : Lead various work streams including but not limited to outreach to stakeholders, both internal to city government and the broader community of private sector, non-profit, philanthropic, and community partners; drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies for transportation priorities including bicycle and pedestrian networks  and  incentive programs to transform commuter behaviors.    Incorporate the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color and low-income communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.     Education and Policy Engagement : Educate city stakeholders and the local community on the importance of addressing climate change through transportation and buildings policies and programs. Successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Provide legislative review and policy research and analysis, with a focus on transportation policies and programs, specifically low carbon mobility, and energy efficiency in buildings through municipal retrofits, energy codes enforcement and performance standards for existing buildings. Develop an engagement strategy to better represent Saint Paul residents and stakeholders on climate issues, focusing on frontline communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.      Network Development : Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community, especially City of Minneapolis resiliency staff. Maintain appropriate communication and information flow with community partners. Challenge Participation : Actively participate in the ACCC network of cities. This includes joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings. Identify ways to leverage relationships with other ACCC cities, especially the City of Minneapolis to increase impact. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred At least 3 years of advocacy experience on climate and transportation policy. Additional experience with buildings or clean energy policy preferred. Experience working at the city level preferred Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills Experience managing projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines Experience working at the intersection of equity and environment preferred Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals. Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker with an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Natural Resources Defense Council San Francisco, CA, USA
Dec 05, 2018
Position Summary :   NRDC is seeking a Schneider Western Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellow to work with the Climate & Clean Energy Team in our SF 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. Responsibilities The Fellow will be involved directly in the development of advocacy strategies and in the preparation of NRDC materials designed to influence specific public policy decisions. Projects that the Fellow may work on include implementation of a campaign to accelerate transportation and building electrification in California, including programs focused on low-income communities; and furthering NRDC’s work to ensure California’s greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy mandates are implemented effectively and with a focus on equity & improving air quality in disadvantaged communities. The work will include developing and analyzing policy proposals, generating and testing proposals and rationales for different audiences, working with coalitions in states, and helping state advocates identify and implement priority tasks. Past projects include helping with the implementation of a multi-state campaign to increase portfolio standards across the West; and assisting with the implementation of California energy efficiency policies as well as decarbonization efforts of the state’s transportation and building sectors. Qualifications 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  www.nrdc.org/careers  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.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Natural Resources Defense Council Denver, CO, USA
Dec 05, 2018
Graduate Assistant/Fellowship
Position Summary:   NRDC is seeking a Schneider Summer Fellow to work with the Climate & Clean Energy in our Denver/DC Office.  This will be a Summer 2019 Internship. Responsibilities NRDC's Climate & Clean Energy Program (C&CE) is seeking a fellow to be split between our analysis and Colorado advocacy teams. The fellow will conduct research and analysis on the clean energy transition in the U.S. and the implications of state and utility climate commitments and advance Colorado advocacy on clean transportation and carbon reduction policies in Colorado   Work with the C&CE analysis team: Half of the fellowship will be dedicated to NRDC’s C&CE analysis team, which works with states, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders to support strong emissions reductions in the power sector and across the economy. The fellow will be an integral part of our team focused on analyzing policy design questions and helping develop technical resources for our climate and energy advocacy.   In light of the findings of the latest IPCC report, as well as the increasingly recognized need to set even more ambitious climate goals than previously believed, the  main focus of this fellowship will be assisting with the drafting of an issue brief that highlights and discusses the common trends and conclusions between the most recent published deep decarbonization studies for the U.S. economy . Those include NRDC’s Pathways report, the Midwest Power Sector Collaborative’s deep decarbonization study for the Midwest, Vibrant Clean Energy’s deep decarbonization study for Minnesota, and of course, the latest IPCC report. The main objective will be to identify and highlight areas of convergence to delineate a robust set of projected trends in the energy sector as well as policies that would enable the U.S. to achieve its climate goals. The scope of work will include: (1) synthesizing information and data from the reports laid out above, in addition to others; (2) helping with the drafting of the brief and the NRDC blog that would accompany the publication. This project will account for about one-half of the fellow’s time.   Work on state-level advocacy in Colorado: NRDC is building its presence in the Rocky Mountains and has a growing team in Denver, Colorado. The team works to advance policies in Colorado to cut carbon pollution.  In a new effort to build NRDC’s power and voice in the region, the team is interdisciplinary and includes staff from our campaigns team, a business organizer and staff focusing on city level advocacy.   NRDC’s efforts in Colorado over the past year have included advancing energy efficiency, supporting increased investment in vehicle electrification, and advocating for Colorado advanced clean car standards. In the coming year, possible projects will be focused on the continuation of cutting transportation and electric sector emissions in the state, through policy development and regulatory advocacy. The fellow’s work will be focused on clean transportation solutions in Colorado, including advocacy at the Colorado Public Utility Commission and Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment in support of Electric Vehicles and carbon emissions reduction from transportation.  The fellowship will follow the 2019 session, where NRDC will work to advance carbon limits, improved transit and multi-modal planning and funding, electric vehicle tax credits, and increased renewable energy.  We are also hoping to finalize the advanced clean cars rules in the next six to nine months.  We expect the fellow will support administrative advocacy to implement these policies following the session. Qualifications 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  www.nrdc.org/careers  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.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Natural Resources Defense Council Cincinnati, OH, USA
Dec 05, 2018
Position Summary:   NRDC is seeking a Climate Advisor to work with the City of Cincinnati as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). The American Cities Climate Challenge is an unprecedented opportunity for 20 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Climate Advisor will work with city officials to assist with the execution of initiatives designed to advance carbon reductions through policies and programs focused primarily on buildings and energy with potential to work on transportation.  The Climate Advisor will be part of a network of similar positions located in cities across the country to support these building, energy, and transportation initiatives and will therefore be engaged at the local, regional, and national levels to advance the city’s goals. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within city government, the real estate sector, utility companies, industry, and other organizations in the community. Location : Cincinnati, OH   This is a limited term role through 12/31/2020   Learn more about the ACCC at:  https://www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge/ Responsibilities Project Management : Develop and execute a detailed work plan to implement the city’s plans for climate mitigation through buildings and energy policies and programs with expertise in performance management. Stakeholder Outreach and Management : Lead various work streams including but not limited to outreach to stakeholders, both internal to city government and the broader community of private sector, non-profit, philanthropic, and community partners; drafting internal and public-facing documents; navigating internal city processes in coordination with our partners; develop public outreach and engagement strategies for buildings and energy priorities including Renewable energy contracting/procurement, power purchase agreements, virtual power purchase agreements, energy efficiency programs, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; Oversee implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, including contract management, project implementation, and tracking program metrics.  Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process. Education and Policy Engagement : Educate city stakeholders and the local community on the importance of addressing climate change through transportation and buildings policies and programs. Successfully support sustainability measures in the face of competing city priorities. Provide legislative review and policy research and analysis, with a focus on buildings and energy policies and programs, building energy benchmarking, low income energy efficiency programs, and renewable energy contracting agreements. Develop an engagement strategy to better represent Cincinnati residents and stakeholders on climate issues, focusing on frontline communities that are often underrepresented in civic forums.    Network Development : Develop and manage strong relationships with the city government, key stakeholders, and partners in the community. Maintain appropriate communication and information flow with community partners. Challenge Participation : Actively participate in the ACCC network of cities. This includes joining regularly scheduled calls, participating in online trainings, and attending in-person convenings. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred At least 3 years of advocacy, project management, and contracting experience on climate and transportation policy. Additional experience with buildings clean energy, or transportation policy preferred. Experience working at the city level preferred Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills Experience managing projects in a team setting, including developing project plans and managing timelines Experience working at the intersection of equity and environment preferred Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve goals. Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and confident public speaker with an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com