Senior Analyst (Western Water Program)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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This is a remote telecommuting position requiring travel to Arizona, Colorado and California. 

Overall Function

The Senior Analyst, Western Water Program will manage various projects of the EDF Western Water Program and provide research, data analysis, modelling, GIS, and reporting expertise and work products that will help to advance the program’s strategic goals in the Western United States.  The program is working to promote the balancing of water supply and demand and to advance sustainable groundwater management, trading programs, and water policies and management systems in the Colorado River Basin and other priority areas of the Western United States.

The Senior Analyst will actively and collaboratively engage with various internal EDF partners and subject matter experts, and with a broad range of external stakeholders to advance program goals.  She/he will utilize project management, data analysis, and information formatting and communication expertise on EDF projects and activities in the West that promote water conservation, efficiency, agricultural sustainability, flexible water management plans and programs, voluntary demand management in collaboration with agricultural and other stakeholders, and viable solutions for sustainable rural groundwater management. The Senior Analyst will also support the execution of program-wide and EDF organizational initiatives in the Colorado River Basin such as the Open ET project. The position will report to the Manager, Western Water.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide research, data analysis and reports, and other written support for advocacy and outreach, program internal and external communications, and reports to funding partners.   
  • Develop methods and formats for communicating water resource data and information, and of integrating such information with economic, land use, or other relevant data, to influence the development and implementation of sustainable water policies and management plans. 
  • Function as an integral part of teams working to influence water policy outcomes in different western geographies, helping the teams utilize data and analytics to support advocacy needs and opportunities in order to meet program goals.
  • Manage specific project tasks such as outreach to potential partners, developing work plans and timetables, and managing project work and deliverables. This will likely include:
    • Schedule and attend various team meetings and work with the Senior Director, Western Water to ensure that internal and external team members are on track towards key goals and deliverables; 
    • Work with other team members to track and record progress towards project milestones and provide input on plan adjustments when needed; and
    • Work with team members to provide program reports to EDF leadership and funder partners.
  • Build relationships and regularly consult with public agencies, academics, NGOs, landowners, and other stakeholders to help to influence water resource policy and management decisions to achieve program goals.
  • Attend meetings, conferences and events, primarily in the western U.S., and represent EDF and the Western Water Team with professionalism and integrity.
  • Actively develop technical and professional documentation including reports, memorandums, fact sheets, blog posts and brochures for general and specific audiences.
  • Participate as a team member and contribute expertise, project coordination support, and/or outreach support to various Western Water Program activities. 
  • Monitor the latest developments on relevant water policy, legislation and resource management topics and issues and incorporate them in project plans and activities.
  • Review and track the latest literature and state-of-the-art practices on complex technical topics related to design and application of water resource information and decision support systems for land and water management, including the development of water budgets, trading programs, system conservation/demand management programs, and other related efforts, and find ways to help the team incorporate best practices.


  • BA or BS in engineering, hydrology, ecology, agriculture/working landscapes, environmental sciences, geography, resource economics, computer sciences or other related field is required. MA or MS is preferred.
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience, ideally with some focus or proven proficiency in one or more of the following areas:
    • Applied data, information and/or decision support systems for natural resource management
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Water management and/or water policy development.
  • A minimum of 2 years of research and/or project coordination experience.
  • Proficiency in web-based computer applications and standard desktop-based software, including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.  Proficiency in policy informatics software or similar applications a plus.
  • Ability to work with large, diverse teams on complex problems or projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interface well with people from various backgrounds and to represent the team in a highly professional manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • Research, analytical, and writing skills required in order to gather and summarize data for reports and info-graphics, and to develop solutions to various problems.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem solving skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, primarily to other western states.  The amount of travel will vary from month to month and will regularly require travel between 20 and 50 percent of work days.