Research Assistant, Resources for the Future



Center for Climate and Electricity Policy


Research Assistant


Resources for the Future (RFF) is a nonprofit, non-advocacy research and public policy organization that focuses on a variety of natural resource, energy, and environmental issues.  Established in 1952, the organization is committed to both scholarly excellence and policy impact.  The Center for Climate and Electricity Policy at RFF is designed to help decision makers and stakeholders address the many complexities associated with these policies areas.  The Center’s core focus is economic research leading to improvements in the design of regional, national, and international climate policy.  Increasingly, the Climate Program is also pursuing research in the fields of law, political science, and international relations.


We seek applicants with backgrounds in economics, forestry, international relations or development and/or environmental policy. The successful candidate will help the Center pursue innovative research and outreach projects on a number of fronts.  Areas of priority focus include: (1) identifying trends and policy options to handle emerging issues in REDD+ and international forestry, especially in developing tropical countries; (2) using mapping tools to track and analyze international adaptation actions; (3) investigating the economic challenges and opportunities for natural carbon sequestration in coastal and marine ecosystems; and (4) tracking domestic legislative actions related to climate change. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to contribute to the Center’s initiatives, especially in areas pertaining to the international climate change negotiations and adaptation efforts and track financing initiatives for the same.


The ideal candidate would have extraordinarily strong analytic skills, write and orally communicate exceptionally well, and be comfortable interacting with senior decisionmakers.  Candidates should have completed a least a bachelor’s degree (masters degree strongly preferable), be well organized, and able to manage tasks independently. Successful candidates should have experience with GIS and/or other spatial analysis programs, be knowledgeable about international efforts in climate change adaptation, have familiarity with natural resource economics as well as international and domestic environmental law. Project management experience is beneficial, but not mandatory.


The position would include a collegial work atmosphere, a 35-hour work week, and benefits: ten days annual leave, ten holidays, thirteen days sick leave and medical insurance.  Please submit a single PDF to include cover letter (indicating clearly that you are applying for the Center for Climate and Electricity Policy RA position), resume, short writing sample, and the names of three references (with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) to: RFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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