High Meadows Post-Doc Fellow Environmental Economist

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 630 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.


  • To perform original research, for publication in the Fellow’s area(s) of focus, which will lead directly to the development or refinement of EDF’s policy positions, and to contribute to EDF’s advocacy based on the findings of that research.

  • To contribute rigorous economic analysis in support of EDF’s advocacy, and participate in the development of strategy and in outreach to policymakers, stakeholders, and the public.

  • To monitor and synthesize the peer-reviewed literature relevant to the Fellow’s area(s) of focus, and to synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF economists, scientists, lawyers and policy specialists.


Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a combination of the following:

  • Hold a recent Ph.D. in resource and environmental economics, or a related area. It is preferable, but not essential, that the Fellow’s degree is from Princeton University.

  • Completed research on the economics of air quality and/or toxins that is evidence based and policy focused.

  • Have empirical research skills on knowledge of related statistical software (e.g., Stata, R, ArcGIS) and coding languages (e.g., Python).

  • Enthusiasm for applying rigorous economics to advance environmental and economic policy.

  • Enjoy working with multidisciplinary teams that have a shared objective.

  • Have exhibited creativity (with a dose of pragmatism) in advocating for sound policy.  Engage with emerging developments in monitoring and control technologies, and understand their potential to shape policy design and implementation. 

Term, Compensation and Location

The Fellowship term is 15 months. The Fellow will receive a highly competitive annual salary with a generous benefits package, and will have the option of working from EDF’s Boston, New York City, or Washington D.C. office.

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.