Environmental Defense Fund: Climate Science Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 31, 2020)

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this position.

Website: www.edf.org

Location: Washington, DC

Fellowship Position

Position title: Climate Science Fellow

Department: Office of the Chief Scientist

Reports to: Senior Climate Scientist

Address of fellowship placement: 1875 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20009

Department Description

The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the scientific backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be effective in this role, OCS works with staff from across EDF and provides programmatic support for all EDF scientists as well as fosters relationships with scientists in academia, government and industry.

Position Description

The Climate Science Fellow will play a central role in fulfilling the cross organizational demand for cutting edge climate science information. This will be achieved through three functions:

  • original research, 
  • analytical support, and
  • communication initiatives.

Examples of specific responsibilities, projects, tasks, and/or duties of the Fellow include:

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Climate Science Team and report to the Sr. Climate Scientist.
  • Conduct research to advance scientific understanding of the climate impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and their mitigation.
  • Perform modeling and analytical assessments of climate pollutant emissions and their climate impacts.
  • Provide high-quality climate science support to time-sensitive requests.
  • Support EDF’s advocacy by helping prepare outreach materials to policy makers, other stakeholders, and the interested public.
  • Synthesize scientific understanding of relevant climate change issues for internal and external audiences.
  • Author and co-author papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in scientific conferences, team meetings, working groups, and career development trainings.
  • Participate in climate policy-oriented discussions.
  • Stay up to date on climate change science news and assessment reports.


  • Demonstrated experience and interest in climate science.
  • Passion for solving the climate crisis and knowledge of relevant climate policy issues.
  • Coursework in environmental sciences, geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and/or ocean sciences.
  • Experience in science communication.
  • Highly proficient in basic data analysis with highly developed technical skills.
  • Basic proficiency with programming software such as MatLab.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.

Professional Development

ESTEEM Program designed to give Fellows a network and training in analytics work. Mentorship by OCS staff. Strong exposure to leading experts in the field. Regular check-ins with the Supervisor. Supervisor is a talented manager of Fellows, having previously working with High Meadows Fellows.