Research Assistant

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Sacramento, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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.

Overall Function

By 2050, our planet will need to support roughly 9 billion people. If we’re smart, we can supply enough food, water, and shelter - andrestore ecosystems. Existing tools for protecting wildlife habitat can no longer adequately preserve habitat facing encroachment, pollution, and other threats. The goal of the Habitat Team is to reverse monarch and pollinator habitat loss on America’s working lands. The Habitat Team defends the Endangered Species Act and creates flexible solutions that balance wildlife protection and economic growth.

To accomplish this goal, the Research Assistant provides science support to the Habitat division of the Ecosystems Program. Working with other EDF habitat scientists, the Research Assistant supports their three primary functions. The first is to ensure that the science underlying the Team’s work is rigorous, supported by the scientific community, and that EDF is a credible source of translating science into action. The second is to conduct research and analyses that advance the Team’s scientific and programmatic goals. The third is to strengthen the Habitat Team’s science capacity through partnerships, funding opportunities, and by strengthening the Team’s connection to EDF’s Office of Chief Scientist.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research, analyze, collect, organize, and synthesize information related to high priority science inquiries.
  • Engage with outside scientists, conservation professionals and policy-makers to advance strategic goals.
  • Work closely with staff scientists shape the research questions and analysis for their work.


  • A minimum of 1 years’ administrative work experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Creativity, energy, and the ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure.
  • Experience with conducting research and analyses.
  • Excellent organizational and administration skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Presence, confidence and integrity.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a strong team player, while at the same time able to work independently and as a self-starter.