Tom Graff Diversity Fellowship Program

The Tom Graff Diversity Fellowship Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) looks for diverse candidates who are seeking a professional experience in environmental advocacy. The Fellowship is a full-time, one-year position focused on a project that is integral to EDF’s work – for 2014-2015, fellowships will be available within the EDF Ecosystems and U.S. Climate and Energy programs.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • work closely with our staff on a significant project,
  • develop core professional skills,
  • understand our approach to environmental issues, and
  • develop an understanding of environmental advocacy as a career path.

2014/2015 Tom Graff Diversity Fellowship Projects

U.S. Climate and Energy – Texas Air Quality Campaign

The Fellow will be an on-the-ground player in support of EDF’s Natural Gas initiatives. The Fellow will develop and implement his/her own outreach strategy in south Texas – with the objective of raising awareness around the environmental and health hazards associated with oil and gas development and providing avenues and tools for engaging communities in political and policy processes to reduce air and climate pollution. The Fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate the policy implications of EDF’s various methane studies and may lead independent research to supplement data unique and specific to campaigns and/or a region of the country.

Ecosystems – California Groundwater Recharge Markets

The Tom Graff Fellow will spearhead research, analysis and outreach on groundwater recharge market opportunities. Under the supervision of the Senior Program Manager, the fellow will develop key relationships, foster collaboration and engage stakeholders and rural communities in the Central Valley that depend on sustainable groundwater supplies. Through this opportunity, the fellow will be performing analysis that is grounded in science, market-based economics, and law, as well as engaging in outreach and constituency building to help provide solutions to one of California’s most pressing environmental and social issues.