Lokey Fellow - Oil & Gas 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.

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF Voices, Twitter and Facebook.


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 Oil and Gas (O&G) program advocates for solutions to mitigate the environmental impacts of O&G development, including reducing emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane and ozoneforming volatile organic compounds. Our groundbreaking series of research studies on U.S O&G methane emissions has resulted in over 30 peer-reviewed publications and greatly advanced knowledge of this major environmental issue. We now have expanded our research efforts globally to measure methane emissions in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.


Emission inventories are a critical tool for understanding and managing air pollution issues. A detailed, accurate accounting of the magnitude and sources of emissions can guide the development of costeffective mitigation policies. Unfortunately, many states and countries lack the data and expertise to develop comprehensive methane emission inventories for the O&G industry. As part of our advocacy efforts, EDF develops and publicizes scientifically rigorous inventories to highlight the severity of emissions and facilitate the implementation of policies for reducing emissions. For example, we recently published on online tool that estimates the impact of regulatory solutions on oil and gas well pad methane emissions in Pennsylvania.


The Fellow will perform research related to improving global estimates of methane emissions from the O&G industry. Individual projects will include developing O&G emission inventories for different jurisdictions including countries, U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and companies. Work will include researching and compiling best available data, estimating emissions, and presenting results. The Fellow should expect to work concurrently on several projects requiring different levels of effort - from back of the envelope calculations of total emissions to source-specific, spatially-resolved inventories. A key component of the work will be clearly describing the calculations, assumptions, and uncertainties associated with inventories. The Fellow will gain experience communicating inventories to different groups including the public and environmental regulators. There also may be opportunities to for the Fellow to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts related to emission inventory projects.


Reports to David Lyon, Scientist, Energy Program



Applicants should possess a Master’s degree in environmental science, engineering, or a related field from Stanford University. Successful candidates must be skilled in data analysis and able to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines. Knowledge of the O&G industry and air pollution issues, skill in geospatial analysis, and fluency in a second language is preferred.



Austin, TX or San Francisco, CA



1-year term



Full-time (35 hours/week)

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.