Research Analyst

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overall Function

EDF’s US Climate & Energy Program seeks candidates with proven analytical and research skills to support EDF's work to better characterize air emissions from the natural gas industry and to support advocacy for stronger state and federal regulations. 

Project Background

Natural gas is an important and growing part of our nation’s energy portfolio.  It emits fewer greenhouse gases than coal when combusted and avoids mercury and other dangerous air pollutants that come from coal.  It could be a win-win, if--and this is a big ‘if’--we do it the right way.  The “right way” entails putting tough rules in place that lock in mandatory environmental safeguards to protect communities and minimize methane pollution, which undermines natural gas’ role as a lower carbon alternative to coal and oil. 

Through an ambitious, multi-year project that utilizes groundbreaking science, policy, and industry engagement, EDF is taking a leading national role to ensure that natural gas provides real and sustained carbon benefits without harming the environment or the health of the communities where gas development occurs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform complex analyses of datasets on emissions from natural gas facilities, such as the annual EPA greenhouse gas inventory and company-reported emissions under EPA's greenhouse gas reporting rule.
  • Maintain, expand and update EDF's models and databases used to evaluate the climate influence of natural gas leakage and mitigation scenarios.
  • Support other "rapid response" and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.
  • Apply excellent organizational, communication, and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information, and helping to coordinate activities among staff members.
  • Perform literature reviews and research, analyzing and synthesize information on a variety of topics to inform and support EDF’s oil and gas advocacy efforts at the state and federal level. 
  • Compile and keep up-to-date with scientific and gray literature on methane and other air emissions from natural gas systems; synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF scientists, economists, attorneys and policy specialists.
  • Actively develop reports/fact sheets/blog posts for general audiences on the topics of focus.


  • Master’s degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or environmental science preferred; candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and suitable work experience will be considered.
  • Three years work experience in environmental science, energy policy, policy analysis, environmental advocacy, or related fields.
  • Knowledge about environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry is a plus and/or experience with air emissions issues or data.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills; proficiency in statistical analysis and air dispersion modeling a plus.
  • Experience with database software and strong computer proficiency.  Preferred:  Experience with geo-spatial analysis using ArcGIS or other similar program; programming skills; and advanced knowledge of Excel, including macros.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Two sample work products will be requested from candidates before invitation for an interview.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. 

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

February 28, 2014
Regular Full-Time
Various, United States