Economics & Policy Analyst

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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, 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 the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Program Function

The Office of the Chief Economist is the nexus of economics at EDF, ensuring that the economic thinking that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information.  To be most effective in this role, the Office of the Chief Economist provides programmatic support for other programs throughout EDF and fosters relationships with economists outside the organization.


Overall Function

Reporting to the Senior Manager, GIS & Economics, Office of the Chief Economist. The Economics & Policy Analyst will be a key team member conducting research for a breadth of environmental topics.


One focus is to provide critical research and analysis in support of our U.S. focused efforts to advance ambitious policy solutions to address climate change. This Economics & Policy Analyst will support our advocacy as we lay the foundation for climate legislation at the federal level, including limits and a price on carbon.


A second major focus is to perform spatial analytics (i.e. mapping and GIS for a variety of settings). EDF is undertaking a process to leverage breakthrough technologies and innovative “Fourth Wave” tools that provide new ways to solve environmental problems; a central part of this relies on mapping and data visualization abilities. The Economics & Policy Analyst will use these skills in support of program goals across EDF, ranging from applied research to public-facing applications.


Key Responsibilities

  • Perform timely in-house analyses for Office of the Chief Economist staff, and other programs throughout the organization;
  • Compiling and analyzing data, applying models, designing scenarios and producing research reports and briefings;
  • Building and maintaining knowledge on a variety of topics, with a particular emphasis on advancing U.S. climate policy and carbon pricing;
  • Carry out spatial analytics and problem solving through the use of GIS software, in support of wide-ranging projects at EDF relying on maps;
  • Help write reports and academic papers summarizing research for a broader audience, along with public communications including presentations and blog posts;
  • Prepare information to respond to inquiries from a variety of stakeholders;
  • Under guidance, participates in developing funding proposals and interim reports, when appropriate;
  • 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.
  • Respond to “rapid-response” queries relating to economics, creation of maps, and/or U.S. climate policy.


  • We are seeking candidates who have a demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis in the area of environmental policy, economics, or a closely related field. Candidates must have exceptional problem solving skills, be extremely detail-oriented, work independently, and able to ensure consistency and quality of research products. You should also have:
  • Undergraduate degree with at least three years relevant professional experience, or Master’s-level graduate degree with 0-3 years of experience. Masters with 2+ years experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of climate policy concepts and topics, ideally in the context of the U.S. or relating to carbon pricing;
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other office productivity software.
  • Expertise or exposure to GIS and mapping software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or R a plus.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and an interest in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Willingness to take initiative and able to multi-task under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently, to manage projects and participate in research efforts, ensuring consistency and quality of outputs;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Ability to support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.

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.