Lokey Fellow - Ecosystems Program

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.

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Are you interested in exploring a career at an internationally-recognized environmental organization? By joining EDF as a Lokey Fellow, you too can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. The Lokey Fellowship welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join us, advance our work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Lokey Alumni have gone on to important leadership positions, both within and outside of EDF.


The Lokey Fellowship program started in 1992 as an internship opportunity. Since then, the Lokey endowment has added over 22 interns and 18 fellows to Environmental Defense Fund. Their accomplishments have been far-reaching and some of the fellows continue their work on our staff - for example, Lisa Moore started as a Lokey Fellow and now works as a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist!


EDF’s Ecosystems Program

Current policies and market failures encourage waste and fail to reward environmental innovation. 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.


Reports to

Christina Babbitt, Senior Manager, California Groundwater Program


Overall Function

One of the priorities of EDF ‘s water program is advancing groundwater management that proactively meets ecosystem needs and contributes to the resilience of water supplies for cities and farms. The Lokey fellow will work with EDF staff and outside experts to document examples of environmentally beneficial groundwater management actions that are or have been taken by water management entities worldwide. Creating this ‘inventory’ of beneficial groundwater management actions will provide the Resaerch Fellow a unique opportunity to learn about groundwater management in a variety of contexts as well as connect with experts and practitioners from around the world. The Research Fellow’s work will be an important tool to help inform and scale innovative water management practices, and will help ensure coordination among EDF’s Western Water team’s growing portfolio of groundwater projects. This work will also provide a unique opportunity for the Research Fellow to engage with the Western Water team’s work to develop meterics to measure and assess progress towards building resilient groundwater systems across the west.


In collaboration with groundwater and surface water management experts that are already working with EDF, the fellow will translate those examples into educational materials for general application, and into guidance for specific, near-term groundwater management settings in California, Arizona, and Texas, locations where new groundwater approaches are urgently needed.


Key Responsibilities

- Research and document examples of innovative environmentally beneficial groundwater management actions to address groundwater challenges, through internet research, literature reviews, and interviews with local stakeholders, water managers, and thought leaders;

- Help create and maintain a databases that tracks key components of the programs researched, including economic and environmental indicators;

- Present research findings and solicit feedback from water program staff, consultants, and partners;

- Develop educational materials that translate lessons learned to target audiences, including

groundwater managers, water users, and community stakeholders in California, Arizona, and Texas; and

- Engage with diverse audiences (water managaers, stakeholders, NGO partners, funders, etc,) to comminucate findings and lessons learned.



- Applicants must be graduates of a Stanford graduate program;

- Course work in natural resources management/policy; water resources management; sustainable use; economics;

- Course work or training in groundwater hydrology is preferred, but not required;

- Demonstrated interest and experience working on water resource issues;

- Demonstrated interest in public policy and advocacy, particularly natural resources and the use of incentive and market-based solutions to address environmental problems;

- Ability to engage and work with diverse stakholders;

- Experience with conducting interviews, as well as developing written reports and outreach materials;

- Highly proficient in MS Word and Excel;

- Excellent written and oral communication skills;

- Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented;

- Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines;

- Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently; and

- Demonstrated initiative and problem solving skills.



San Francisco, CA; Sacramento, CA; Phoenix, AZ; or Boulder, CO



1-year term



Full-time (35 hours/week)


Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a short writing sample not to exceed five pages.

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.