Tom Graff Diversity Fellow: CA Groundwater Recharge Markets

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.

The Tom Graff Diversity Fellowship Program at EDF is looking for diverse candidates who are seeking a professional experience in environmental advocacy.  The fellowship is a full-time, one-year position focused on a project that is integral to EDF's work in ecosystems and environmental markets.

EDF’s Ecosystems Program

When it comes to natural resources in this country, we don’t have a scarcity problem. We have an inefficiency problem. Current policies and market failures encourage waste and fail to reward environmental innovation. EDF is uniquely equipped to help fix this problem by accelerating the development of systems that make conservation and efficient land and water management profitable. In California, we are developing the Central Valley Habitat Exchange (Exchange) that aims to increase habitat conservation and restoration through performance and incentive-based approaches by working closely with the agricultural community.  We are now in the early stages of expanding our work to target water quality and water supply.  In particular, EDF’s market-based approach has the potential to lead to a more sustainable use of groundwater and could help build resiliency in the State’s water system, particularly for the drinking water that rural communities depend on. 

Overall Function

EDF seeks a talented, outgoing and self-motivated individual with a diverse background and skills to spearhead research, analysis and outreach on groundwater recharge market opportunities. Under the supervision of the Senior Program Manager, the Tom Graff Diversity fellow will develop key relationships, foster collaboration and engage stakeholders and rural communities in the Central Valley that depend on sustainable groundwater supplies. Through this opportunity, the fellow will be performing analysis that is grounded in science, market-based economics, and law, as well as engaging in outreach and constituency building to help provide solutions to one of California’s most pressing environmental and social issues.

Key Responsibilities

The Fellow will work closely with the Senior Program Manager, California Habitat Markets, our California team as well as our National Water Program to explore the potential for a groundwater recharge market and develop strategic relationships and collaborations with key stakeholders in rural Central Valley communities.

The fellow will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Exploring appropriate methods and tools to measure groundwater recharge,
  • Partnering with and securing support from local communities for an approach that will help improve water quality,
  • Supporting outreach and communications with local Central Valley stakeholders, and investigating the opportunity to pilot a groundwater recharge exchange project,
  • Building partnerships with Latino organizations, grasstop influencers, political leaders and policy makers,
  • Producing outreach materials and presentations,
  • Communicating the benefits of the program to a wide array of stakeholders, as well as influential local and state decision makers


  • The specific qualifications for this position include:
  • Expertise in natural resource management, and knowledge and/or experience of water issues and rural community development.
  • A working knowledge of the current theory and practice of environmental markets and the role private landowners can play in solving environmental problems;
  • At least 2 years professional experience;
  • Experience working on agricultural conservation issues, in particular, experience working with Central Valley farmers and members of the agricultural community is a plus;
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience;
  • An ability to adapt quickly to new situations and changing demands;
  • An ability to work on multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of small teams in a fast-paced, dynamic and creative environment;
  • Written and oral proficiency in Spanish language strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, management, policy, or related field (MA is a plus)

This is a one year term fellowship, starting October, 2014 through September, 2015.

San Francisco, CA

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with references and transcripts.

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

September 12, 2014
Term Hire
San Francisco, CA, United States