Methane Monitoring Scientist

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.


We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.


Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?

Methane Monitoring Scientist, joint EDF+Business & Office of the Chief Scientist


Location: Our preference is for this position to be performed near an EDF office or project location within the EST or CST areas of the US (NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Raleigh, Austin) or in the EU (Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, however you will need to have the right to live and work in these EU locations when applying), as this role will support stakeholders across these regions. A hybrid office/work-from-home arrangement is ideal, but we are very flexible in determining how often in-person work will be required. 


We ask that candidates interested in applying to this role submit a full CV as well as a cover letter upon completing their applications.


About EDF+Business: we are a cross-cutting program within EDF that engages the business community on driving large-scale environmental change. We believe companies, communities and the environment can thrive in unison - and we’re making it happen by leveraging the power of the marketplace. For 25 years, we’ve combined cutting-edge science, economic expertise, and unexpected partnerships to help high-impact companies transform business as usual in their products, operations, supply chains and advocacy.


Our world needs healthy environments and healthy businesses to truly thrive - EDF+Business is forging solutions that benefit both. For more information on our work, visit


Overall Function


The Methane Monitoring Scientist will play a critical role in:

(1) Analysing the rapidly evolving emissions technology landscape and sector trends

(2) Supporting the adoption of technology to achieve a gold standard of emissions measurement, reporting and verification

(3) Conducting research and analysis into the use of climate satellite data among industry and regulators


The output will contribute to thought leadership that expands EDF’s presence, voice, and expertise in such topics.


Specifically, they will work with staff across EDF to accelerate emissions monitoring technology testing, evaluation, and deployment in the United States, and internationally, with an emphasis on mobile, remote, and continuous monitoring solutions. This work will support industry engagement with regards to policy advocacy in U.S. and EU and elevate EDF’s expertise and role in oil and gas emissions innovation through thought leadership. This role will guide, manage, and grow our work catalising technology-driven solutions to reduce and prevent emissions from the oil and gas value chain, as well as execute a strategy, in coordination with the Energy Program, to leverage data procured from MethaneSAT to secure meaningful emissions reductions from those with the power to act.


Key Responsibilities

The Methane Monitoring Scientist will work under a Senior Scientist, Office of the Chief Scientist, and in close collaboration with the Director, Energy Transition, EDF+Business. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analyse methane emission detection and quantification technology industry landscape, technology adoption amongst industry, and sector trends. Output to inform engagements with industry and regulators.
  • Collaborate with industry, consultants, and other external stakeholders to generate cutting edge technical guidance on the use of novel technologies and methods for detecting and quantifying GHG emissions.
  • Analyse use of satellite remote sensing data among industry and regulators. With Office of Chief Scientist identify risks and opportunities for industry use of satellite-derived data that compliment MethaneSAT.
  • Build and manage relationships with entrepreneurs and technology providers.
  • Collaborate internally with MethaneSAT team to ensure that product design is optimised for industry and regulator engagement.
  • Conduct original research and publish thought leadership that expands EDF’s presence, voice, and expertise in topics such as industry trends, use of satellite data to mitigate GHG emissions, and oil and gas innovation.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Support other initiatives in the EDF+Business program as needed, including ongoing projects and “rapid response” to incoming inquires or new issues related to our oil and gas work.
  • Build relationships and catalyse strategic partnerships with technologists, academics, and industry.
  • Communicate project results to EDF staff, corporate partners, donors, the media and various stakeholders through reports, presentations, blogs, and other methods that build EDF thought leadership.


  • PhD in environmental or natural resources, chemistry, atmospheric science, chemical engineering, or related area with an applicable level of relevant of experience post-doc preferred, OR comparable combination of Master’s degree & relevant progressively responsible experience in a technical role, scientific, and/or industry
  • Experience with local atmospheric monitoring and/or remote sensing technologies and methodologies, with a focus on methane emissions and / or data integration, is desirable
  • Experience in project management and exceptional personal organisation and attention to detail
  • Must advance EDF DEI goals in which People from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental challenges we face. This includes fostering equitable systems and empowering diverse constituencies both internally and externally.
  • Must demonstrate cultural awareness and the knowledge, attitude, behavior, and skills that lead to a culturally competent workplace. Must demonstrate a commitment to continued self-assessment, learning and growth to increase and broaden culturally competent skillsets that produce effective interactions with People across diverse cultures and backgrounds. This includes the ability to adapt to cultural change.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience
  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to structure and test hypotheses to innovate new solutions for persistent, challenging issues
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work
  • An ability to work both independently and as a member of small teams on multiple projects in a fast-paced, dynamic, and creative environment
  • Proficiency in the use of PCs and the Microsoft Office suite of software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)


Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with international scientific campaigns
  • General knowledge of the global oil and gas industry - priority geographies, critical stakeholders, operational practices and key news and trends
  • Multilingual abilities in any language besides English would be a bonus
  • Financial analysis experience


Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 85,000 - 95,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

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.