Research Analyst

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.

Energy Program

Various Locations (preferably San Francisco, Austin, or Boulder)


Overall Function


EDF’s Energy Program seeks candidates with proven analytical and research skills to support EDF’s work to better characterize air emissions from the oil and gas industry and to support advocacy for stronger state, federal and international regulations.


Project Background


Natural gas is an important and growing part of our nation’s energy portfolio. It emits fewer greenhouse gases than coal when combusted and avoids mercury and other dangerous air pollutants that come from coal. It could be a win-win, if—and this is a big if —we do it the right way. The “right way” entails putting tough rules in place that lock in mandatory environmental safeguards to protect communities and minimize methane pollution, which undermines natural gas’s role as a lower carbon alternative to coal and oil.


Through an ambitious, multi-year project that utilizes groundbreaking science, policy, and industry engagement, EDF is taking a leading national role to ensure that natural gas provides real and sustained carbon benefits without harming the environment or the health of the communities where gas development occurs.


Key Responsibilities


  • Perform complex analyses of datasets on emissions from oil and gas facilities, such as the annual EPA greenhouse gas inventory, company reported emissions under EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting rule, and other state or national-level inventories.
  • Maintain, expand, and update EDF’s models and databases used to evaluate the climate influence of natural gas leakage and mitigation scenarios.
  • Analyze regulatory proposals and perform comparative analysis of existing regulations from various jurisdictions.
  • Develop analytics in support of regulatory advocacy, including recommended control strategies, emission reduction efficacy and cost benefit analyses.
  • Understand methane abatement technologies, their costs and optimal uses.
  • Perform literature reviews and research, analyzing and synthesizing information on a variety of topics to inform and support EDF’s oil and gas advocacy efforts at the state and federal level.
  • Compile and keep up-to-date with scientific and gray literature on methane and other air emissions from natural gas systems; synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF scientists, economists, attorneys and policy specialists.
  • Actively develop reports, fact-sheets, and blog posts for general audiences on the topics of focus.
  • Represent EDF in meetings with regulators, industry representatives, NGO partners and other stakeholders.
  • Support other “rapid response” and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.
  • Apply excellent organization, communication, and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information, and helping to coordinate activities among staff members.




  • Master’s degree in the natural sciences, engineering or environmental science preferred; Bachelor’s degree and suitable work experience will be considered.  
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in environmental science, energy policy, policy analysis, environmental advocacy, or related fields.
  • Knowledge about environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry is a plus and/or experience with air emissions issues or data.
  • Experience with U.S. regulatory frameworks and processes is a plus.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills and strong computer efficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Exceptional personal organization, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.
  • Ability to work independently and to support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgement required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Preferred: Experience with a database software.
  • Preferred: Experience with geo-spatial analysis using ArcGIS or other similar programming skills, and advanced knowledge of Excel, including macros.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis and air dispersion modeling a plus.


Application Materials


Interested applicants should submit an application, resume and cover letter (required).


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.