Climate/International Fellow

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Jun 21, 2018
Graduate Assistant/Fellowship Advocacy and Policy Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Sustainability

Job Description

Position Summary:

NRDC is looking for a 2-year Fellow with technical and/or engineering expertise to join our Climate & Clean Energy and International teams in Washington, DC. The Fellow will support NRDC’s domestic and international efforts to phase down the climate-damaging super-pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The ideal candidate will be familiar with refrigerants, refrigerant-using technologies such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR), and have strong interest in clean air policy, energy efficiency, and environmental advocacy. The Fellow will work cross-functionally with a top team of lawyers, engineers, analysts and advocates to support HFC- and energy efficiency-related work with U.S. states, the federal government, India, Chile, and the Montreal Protocol.


  • Provide technical expertise in support of NRDC’s efforts to phase down HFCs while increasing the energy efficiency of cooling appliances
  • Deliver analytical and program-design support to NRDC’s federal and state advocacy teams, primarily in the adoption of HFC reduction regulations and incentives by priority states 
  • Develop a roadmap for additional state-level actions to reduce the climate impacts of cooling and explore next-generation technologies
  • Work with industry trade groups to promote state and local adoption of safety standards and building codes that allow use of flammable HFC alternatives 
  • Promote adoption and implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol by working in key countries, including the United States, India, and Chile 
  • Work with NRDC’s international partner organizations on analyses and publications 


  • Ph.D., M.S., or B.S. degree in a science, engineering, or other quantitative field with interest in climate policy development, analysis, and advocacy
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience developing and demonstrating key knowledge and skills:
    • Ability to analyze complex, multi-dimensional problems and make actionable recommendations
    • Ability to review, distill and summarize scientific and technical research for both technical and non-technical audiences
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple work streams
  • Excellent verbal communication, strong writing, and confident presentation skills
  • Diplomacy and relationship-building skills to interact with peers in government, other non-profits, and the business community
  • Experience working on climate, clean energy or clean air policies
  • Willingness to travel on occasion

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