Schneider Western Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellow

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Dec 05, 2018
Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Sustainability

Job Description

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.


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.


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 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


Nonprofit- NGO