Canadian Methane Scientist

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  


EDF has set an ambitious goal to achieve a 45% cut in global methane pollution from the Oil and Gas supply chain by 2025 in an effort to reduce the rate of warming we will experience over the next 20 years, equivalent to closing one third of the world’s coal fired power plants. In line with this, Canada-a major oil and gas producer- has published ambitious methane emission regulations at the federal and provincial level.

EDF will coordinate a multi-scale measurement campaign to characterize onshore methane emissions across provinces, providing policy-relevant data that allows stakeholders to assess if the Canadian regulations are having impact on overall emission reductions and identifying additional mitigation opportunities.



EDF Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) seeks a Scientist with proven research, analysis, and writing skills to work collaboratively with external and EDF scientists, as well as decision makers (governments and industry) on a multi-scale measurement campaign collecting policy-relevant data that characterizes methane emissions from onshore Canada oil and gas infrastructure. The selected candidate will (i) coordinate data collection and data analysis that enhance our understanding of methane emission patterns and thus opportunities for enhanced methane mitigation in Canada, (ii) advise on the development of methane mitigation and emission monitoring policies. The Scientist will work with EDF’s Office of the Chief Scientist in close collaboration with the Energy Program and report to a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist.




  • Play a role in designing, planning and execution of EDF’s work on quantifying methane emissions from oil and gas production in Canada.

  • Coordinate and ensure rigor of scientific initiatives collaboratively undertaken with a diverse group of stakeholders including industry, academics, multilateral organizations and the public sector.

  • Provide scientific support of EDF’s international oil and gas methane initiatives and program.

  • Remain at the cutting-edge of climate science, including staying up-to-date with the scientific literature.

  • Ensure scientific integrity of EDF generated materials.

  • Participate/lead in the analysis and writing of papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Attend and represent EDF at external meetings and interact with the scientific community at large.

  • Independently support other “rapid response” and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.

  • Participates 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. 



  • A PhD in atmospheric science, physical sciences or engineering (e.g., chemical engineering) or related field.

  • Three or more years relevant experience.

  • Strong quantitative analysis skills.

  • Demonstrated scientific expertise, including but not limited to a record of scholarly publications and/or involvement in scientific panels.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

  • Initiates and maintains extensive contacts within the scientific community

  • Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific data in an advocacy setting and for non-scientific populations.

  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.

  • Experience in project coordination is a plus.

  • Willingness to travel internationally.

  • Experience in performing rigorous analysis with short deadlines in support of highly visible work.

  • The ability to communicate complex ideas in writing and orally to multiple stakeholders with different levels of expertise, including the public and industry.

  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.


  • A track record of doing methane-focused research.

  • Knowledge of environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry, especially air emissions.

  • Familiarity with emission inventories.

  • Proficiency in statistical analysis and understanding of atmospheric modeling.

  • Capability to conduct science in a second language additional to English


This position may be located at any EDF office in the US or US remote or Canada remote. 



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.