Environmental Defense Fund: Cuba Sustainable Ecosystems 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: Raleigh, NC

Fellowship Position

Position title: Cuba Sustainable Ecosystems Fellow

Department: Ecosystems

Reports to:  Senior Manager, Economic Incentives, Working Lands

Address of fellowship placement: 4000 Westchase Blvd, Raleigh, North Carolina

Department Description

EDF Ecosystems develops sustainable agricultural solutions that achieve desirable economic and environmental outcomes. In preparation for climate change  impacts, they are working with communities, businesses, and government to manage water resources and coastal ecosystems with a focus on sustainability and resilience in the face of climate stressors. The Cuba Ecosystems team began as an expansion of Cuba Oceans, recogznizing that marine-coastal health is tied to land use management. With the continuing evolution of the U.S.-Cuba sociopolitical relationship, EDF is in a unique position as a long-time trusted NGO in Cuba to support their national environmental priorities of food security, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience. For the past several years, the Cuba Ecosystems team has expanded and strengthened our network of connections in these areas, and will now begin to engage with these partners in collaborative efforts such as joint scientific research or policy analyses. Key to these efforts has been the multiple conference sessions, seminars, and symposia convened by the Cuba team, often through the Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development of Cuba (RISDoC). This is a platform for exchange comprised of multiple Cuban and  international organizations, including EDF. The approval of the next two-year extension of RISDoC will allow the team to engage further on topics of sustainable
development with Cuban partners around agriculture and climate change.

Position Description

The Cuba High Meadows Fellow would work with Ecosystems and Oceans team members in Cuba to facilitate the coordination of activities and advance land-sea resilience efforts. They would build relationships with Cuban and international stakeholders, participate in scientific conferences and community workshops, and help to design and implement the Ecosystems RISDoC events in Cuba. The Fellow would familiarize him/herself with the background research and scientific tools key to sustainable management practices around agriculture and coasts, and as applicable contribute to white papers, presentations, blog posts, and other internal and external communications around the program.

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

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Work with partners to organize workshops and seminars in Cuba
  • Assist with on-the-ground outreach activities and stakeholder engagement
  • Research knowledge gaps at the intersection of sustainable agriculture and coastal management
  • Connect progress in Cuba to other EDF Program efforts around climate change and resilience
  • Communicate Cuba team work internally and to outside partners and donors


  • Coursework and work experience in ecology or environmental science preferred
  • Coursework in policy, international relations or economics useful.
  • Experience working in fields related to agriculture desired but not required.
  • Experience working in intersectional or crosscultural environments preferred. \
  • Experience with international travel desired but not required.
  • Spanish language proficiency desired but not required.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.

Professional Development

ESTEEM Program designed to give Fellows a network and training in analytics work. Mentorship by Ecosystems 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.