Lokey Fellow, Mapping and Data Visualization, OCE

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.

Lokey Fellowship Overview

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. 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.


OCE Overview 

The Lokey Fellow will be hosted by the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), which  was established within the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)  to help advance policy design, the use of markets to protect the environment and manage open access resources such as ocean fisheries (catch shares). OCE performs key analytical cross-cutting functions at EDF in support of program goals, both in regards to economic principles as well as in mapping and visualizing data in complex settings. OCE’s style and reputation is to be respected by other researchers for the care and rigor of its work, including co-authoring and publishing in peer reviewed journals.


Overall Function

The overall function of the Lokey Fellow will be to work in the heart of OCE with the Senior Manager, GIS & Economics, and a variety of program staff to develop a range of mapping-based projects. This position aims to fill a critical gap in EDF’s capacity to satistfy project needs in terms of spatial analytics and data visualization. OCE is widely engaged in supporting such efforts across programs, and the Lokey Fellow will serve as a project lead for three specific projects requiring resources. At the same time, the Fellow will provide some flexibility in assisting overarching needs and requests OCE receives, requiring mapping and data visualization skill-sets.


This position is truly cross-cutting and will expose the Fellow to the many facets of EDF. In addition to working closely with staff of OCE, based on the three central projects of this fellowship, key program contacts will be Susanne Brooks (Director, US Climate Policy and Analysis, Global Climate), Rod Fujita (Director, Research & Development, Oceans), and Joshua Low (Field Manager, National Field Operations, Political Affairs), among others.


Key Responsibilities

  • Take a lead role in moving the following three specific projects forward:
    • Project 1: Develop an interactive online map highlighting climate impacts across the US, using ArcGIS online or similar framework (w/Global Climate program)
    • Project 2: Explore remote sensing applications for detection of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in various regions of the world (w/Oceans program)
    • Project 3: Map climate change-induced coastal storm surge risk for critical US infrastructure (w/Political Affairs)
  • Support overarching program needs with analytics, including the use of spatial approaches and custom map development (static and interactive)
  • Inform initiatives to keep EDF on the forefront of novel technological developments with regards to remote sensing and satellite data use, in particular by building expertise on the use of cloud-based GIS environments
  • Review literature and synthesize key findings; source and summarize data in a variety of contexts and identify gaps. This applies in priority for the specific projects listed above, as well as for OCE’s general program support
  • Present data and findings using compelling data visualization techniques
  • Help inform policy, in part by presenting the spatial impact of alternative choices
  • Review and inform public-facing program content (e.g. EDF memos, reports, communication materials)



  • Recent graduate degree from Stanford University in environmental science or related field.
  • Experience carrying out research tasks, such as literature reviews, sourcing data, interpreting studies, etc.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize complex topics.
  • Skilled in general quantitative analysis and in using related software and tools (e.g. MS Excel).
  • Ability to work independently and learn quickly.
  • Project management experience, comfortable working in a fast paced environment, while balancing multiple priorities.
  • Strong technical skills in spatial analysis and GIS, using software such as ArcGIS and/or QGIS.
  • Expertise with programming, with a preference for languages such as R, Python and Javascript.
  • Familiarity with one or several cloud-based GIS environments, e.g. Google Earth Engine, Planet Labs, Descartes Labs, Earth on AWS.
  • Deep understanding of environmental topics, especially related to climate and policy.


New York, NY preferred. Fellow can be based out of any major EDF office. 



1-year term



Full-time (35 hours/week)


Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter, resume and work sample (preferably maps/GIS project examples, or writing sample otherwise)  to the EDF application, together with contact details for any available references.

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.