Project Manager, Environmental Youth Council 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.

Project Manager, Youth Council Program


EDF’s Health Program is committed to improving the public’s health by dramatically reducing exposure to toxic chemicals and pollution increasingly linked to chronic disease risks that are rising in the U.S. population. We work on a range of legislative, regulatory, scientific, and market-oriented projects aimed at reducing exposures and improving public health.


Overall Function


The Project Manager, Youth Council Program will be responsible for providing program and administrative support for EDF’s Houston Environmental Health Youth Council program, and for other community outreach projects in Houston as needed. Under the supervision of the Health team’s Air Pollution Policy Manager, this person will support project management of all partners involved in the Youth Council program, and will be the primary point of contact coordinating with high schools, school districts, and other project partners (such as the Health Museum in Houston and Rice University) participating in the program. He/she will facilitate program implementation in close coordination with administrative staff and faculty at the high schools. The Coordinator will also serve as the main point of contact for a program evaluation consultant, and will facilitate access to high school partners and other resources as needed for program evaluation.


Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as EDF’s liaison to 3 Houston-area high schools, working closely with school administrators to support implementation of the Houston Environmental Health Youth Council program. This includes:
  • Work with school administrators to facilitate program set-up, including contract processing, faculty recruitment, curriculum delivery, and other logistics.
  • Work with administrators and faculty to ensure that schools fulfill deliverables for the Youth Council program in a quality and timely manner.
  • Support school administrators and faculty with facilitation of “Town Hall Meeting” student project.
  • Problem-solve as needed to support program facilitation under the supervision of the Policy Manager.
  • Support Policy Manager and program evaluation consultant in grant reporting to funders.
  • Serve as EDF’s Liaison with the Health Museum in Houston, working closely with museum staff to support implementation of an interactive museum exhibit and curriculum module to educate, inspire, and engage youth on the impacts that climate and air pollution has on the human body. 
  • Project manager will be responsible for ensuring that program deliverables are delivered in a quality and timely manner.
  • Support EDF staff scientists in implementation of a guest speaker series at participating schools.
  • Support Communications Manager with implementation of an annual environmental health-themed video contest at participating schools.
  • Connect with experts and develop new partnerships on youth environmental health education, integrating new knowledge into EDF program work and serving as the Health team’s point person on youth education and outreach.
  • Support EDF staff in communicating key science & policy expertise with new and established community ambassadors, especially youth.
  • Communicate information regarding EDF program work in written or oral format, including experience using social media.
  • Support EDF with community outreach on other projects.



  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience, in education, public health, environmental science, event planning, social work. Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least four years of professional experience in education, community outreach, non-profit or government-related positions with a B.A./ B.S., or advanced degree with at least two years’ experience.
  • Demonstrable people and project management skills.
  • Capable of working with a diverse set of stakeholders and within strategic coalitions.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) desirable.
  • Experience with school and/ or local government administration, teaching, and/ or community outreach in disadvantaged communities, and familiarity with environmental and/or public health concepts. 
  • Experience administering contracts, grant agreements or invoices in a government or non-profit setting is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects independently under broad, results-based direction from supervisor.
  • A self-starter with the ability to think strategically.
  • Must have own transportation, as job responsibilities will require some local travel to schools and partner offices within the greater Houston area.



2 years term position




This position is remote in Houston in the Environmental Health program.

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.