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 1,000 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.
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 this 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.
New York and New Jersey’s coastal communities are home to 80% of residents and are vital to our nation’s economy, supporting over 10 million jobs. However, the region faces increasing threats from sea level rise, extreme weather and chronic flooding. EDF has worked for over half a century in the area since our founding in 1967. With deepening climate risks, we seek to advance a resilient future for the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area and build capacity to safeguard the region’s ecology, economy, and communities.
EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds workstream with the People and Nature team 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.
As a member of EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds workstream within the People and Nature team, the Analyst, New York – New Jersey will provide moderately complex analytic support to research, organizational, policy, and outreach initiatives which help advance the program’s strategic goals in the New York – New Jersey region. The Analyst reports to the Director, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds, New York – New Jersey and is an important contributor to our multi-faceted program which deals with the many complex challenges associated with restoring natural systems to create sustainable communities in the U.S. and globally.
- Conduct and support research projects focused on the intersection of housing and climate adaptation and the development of resilience indicators, including but not limited to engaging with community organizations, stakeholders, and internal and external technical team members; researching and analyzing relevant information and data; and writing reports.
- Assist with EDF’s participation in Rise to Resilience, and any other initiative as applicable, including but not limited to conducting desktop research in response to coalition priorities, developing comment letters on priorities, and taking notes during monthly meetings.
- Conduct regular review and analysis of policy, regulatory, and resilience project proposals to ensure accuracy and alignment with program strategies and priorities.
- Develop and support relevant testimony, comment letters, talking points, fact sheets, and blog posts.
- Prepare relevant correspondence and reports, respond to requests for information, and as needed, assist with the coordination of activities among team members.
- Participate in and represent EDF at occasional in-person meetings, workshops, and conferences, primarily in the New York – New Jersey metropolitan area.
- Participate in advancing EDF diversity, equity, and inclusion 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.
- Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.
- 3+ years of relevant experience and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy, social science, biology, oceanography, engineering, planning, architecture, landscape architecture or other relevant environmental field of study required.
- Familiarity with the New York and New Jersey metropolitan region’s social, climate, and environmental context and direct experience working with communities in the region preferred.
- Experience with facilitating and presenting at meetings and workshops with diverse audiences or conducting stakeholder interviews preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills sufficient to communicate effectively with public and policy-maker audiences on technical issues.
- Excellent project management and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and ability to work with integrity both independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and creative environment.
- Proactive with strong time management, problem solving, and analytical abilities.
- Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Strong proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
This position will be based in New York City, with the flexibility to accommodate a remote or hybrid schedule. The Analyst will be expected to be available to attend bi-weekly and occasional in-person meetings or events in New York and New Jersey.
This is a fixed-term position that will last for one year with the possibility for extension depending on program needs.
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 57,000 - 64,000 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.Apply