Intern, Agriculture Greenhouse Gas and Environmental Markets, Environmental Defense Fund

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You 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.
EDF’s Ecosystems Program works with farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to improve management practices on private lands. We seek to provide economic incentives for these producers to adopt environmentally-beneficial practices, including mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from their lands. Primary incentives include market opportunities (i.e. ecosystem markets, supply chain initiatives) and state and federal conservation spending.  In particular, California’s landmark cap-and-trade program provides a key carbon offset revenue opportunity for working land stakeholders. EDF has played an essential role in the system’s implementation and is leading the development of the infrastructure for high-quality, low-cost offsets which are critical to the success of the cap-and-trade program.
EDF has led development of ground-breaking greenhouse gas protocols and pilot projects for rice production, rangeland grazing, and fertilizer management to demonstrate these incentive opportunities by working with agriculture stakeholders, scientists, and policymakers across the nation. Our goal is to achieve 100 MMT of offset credits from the agriculture and forestry sectors by 2020, worth at least $1 billion in revenue for producers.
Reports to Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Markets Director
Overall Function
The goal of this internship is to identify critical areas to scale-up the generation of agricultural offsets throughout the United States. The intern will work with the EDF Ecosystems Team; Climate and Energy Team; outside experts from research institutions; and state and federal agencies to identify the next steps for working landowners interested in generating carbon offset credits. In order to expand the usability of existing greenhouse gas quantification methods, the intern will get input from important stakeholders and partners. Additionally, the intern will strategize development of tools to scale offset projects to achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Furthermore, the intern will help identify other policy drivers to achieve greenhouse gas mitigation on Working Lands, especially in California. The intern’s findings will help inform EDF’s policy and program strategy.
Key Responsibilities 
  • Research, analyze, and synthesize information on topics related to greenhouse gas mitigation options including economic incentives and policy drivers on U.S. Working Lands
  • Conduct outreach to internal and external stakeholders to gain understanding on greenhouse gas mitigation topics
  • Create and present a scale-up plan for incorporating new technologies and tools into environmental markets
  • Undergraduate or graduate student with previous academic or work experience focused on agriculture, public policy, environmental economics or environmental markets
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be well organized, motivated, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task in a high-pressure, dynamic environment
  • Ability to work in a team setting or independently
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem solving skills
  • Interest and/or experience in environmental advocacy and/or policy preferred
  • Experience with social media is a plus
10 weeks during the summer, ideal start date of June 2
Full-time (35 hours/week)
This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed. EDF will also support intern in his/her efforts to secure external funding.  Students funded through their school or graduate program are encouraged to apply.


Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a 1-2 page writing sample (an excerpt of a longer paper is sufficient).  Please provide information about funding (if any) when applying. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.