Analyst, Louisiana Coasts and Watersheds

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

 

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

 

Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

We kindly ask candidates interested in this role to provide a cover letter along with at least one writing/work sample with their application.

 

The vision of the EDF’s People and Nature Program is that the world meets human needs for food, water, and coastal protection in ways that improve ecosystems, rather than harming them. When it comes to natural resources in this country, we have scarcity and inefficiency problems that will be exacerbated by climate change. 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. We believe that such will be critical to helping the nation meet one of its greatest challenges: how to support a growing population without continuing to overspend our precious natural capital.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

EDF’s Coasts and Watersheds program works in a bold and collaborative manner to ensure resilient ecosystems and communities along coasts and rivers thrive with water and are safe, equitable and prosperous places to live, work and play. This multi-faceted program deals with the many complex challenges associated with restoring natural systems to create sustainable communities in the U.S. and globally.

 

In Louisiana, EDF is part of Restore the Mississippi River Delta (MRD), a bold and collaborative effort of the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Pontchartrain Conservancy with the vision “reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta to protect people, wildlife and jobs.” This multi-faceted program deals with many challenges associated with restoring coastal wetlands on a working coast and aims to restore natural system processes to create sustainable communities with improved infrastructure and robust economies. A key part of the MRD work is advancing new thinking in the restoration and resilience of coastal Louisiana by finding answers to key science and engineering challenges.

 

LOCATION DETAILS

This role can be performed on a hybrid arrangement out of the MRD coalition’s office in New Orleans, LA.

 

OVERALL FUNCTION

The Analyst will be responsible for conducting research and analysis as well as working with collaborative partnerships to advocate for comprehensive, ambitious, science-based, and equitable coastal planning and policies for the MRD coalition. The Analyst also will serve as the MRD Projects and Programs Committee Coordinator under the direction of the Project and Programs Committee Chair to identify scientific challenges and barriers and develop research projects, strategies, and natural solutions to building resilience. Independent judgment is required to succeed within this fast-paced program. This is an excellent opportunity to use core business skills in support of a transformational advocacy campaign on a complex environmental issue, and to gain knowledge of current issues that are being faced by coastal Louisiana and its people.

 

The Analyst, Louisiana Coasts and Watersheds is a member of the EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds team within the People and Nature Program and will report to the Acting Manager, Coasts and Watersheds.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • As the MRD Projects and Programs Committee coordinator, schedule committee meetings, monitor grant deliverables, complete tasks and assignments in a timely manner, track and record progress toward restoration project implementation milestones, provide input on plan adjustments when needed, and provide updates on restoration project progress to other MRD coalition members.
  • Research, analyze and promote scientific and economic justifications for priority projects in local, state, and federal policies, and identify potential funding sources.
  • Conduct relevant scientific and policy research, analysis, and writing for EDF staff as well as broader audiences, including comment letters, white papers, talking points, fact sheets, Op-Eds, and blog posts.
  • Play an integral role in other activities including evaluating and recommending new project ideas; disseminating and communicating project results; and being a team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial program.
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  • Develop work plans and timetables to manage project work and deliverables, ensuring that internal and external team members are on track to meet key goals and grant deliverables.
  • Advocate for key measures to be integrated into ongoing state and regional coastal planning; maintain and update materials, databases, and reports for all team efforts.
  • Alongside the Projects and Programs Committee Chair and committee members, provide program reports to EDF and MRD leadership, funders and partners to highlight successes and lessons learned. 
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
  • Apply excellent organizational, communication, and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information, and helping to coordinate activities among team members.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.A./B.S. in marine biology, oceanography, environmental science and policy, social science, physical geography, engineering, or other relevant environmental field of study.
  • Three or more years of relevant experience; advanced degree can substitute for up to two years’ experience.
  • Strong research skills and experience in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills sufficient to communicate effectively with both scientific and lay audiences on science issues.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and creative environment requiring ability to juggle tasks to meet deadlines with rapidly changing business priorities.
  • Presence, confidence, creativity, and integrity.
  • Working proficiency in GIS is required.
  • Superior skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Environmental Defense Fund’s mission of protecting the natural environment and limiting humankind’s impact on the planet.
  • Ability and willingness to support up to 25% domestic travel (primarily within Louisiana) by car, boat, and potentially plane. 

Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 56,000 - 63,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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