Research Assistant (Land, Water, and Nature Program)

Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Resources for the Future (RFF) is recruiting for a Research Assistant position in the Land, Water, and Nature Program, beginning late Spring/early Summer 2019. A candidate should have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in economics, environmental management, public policy, natural sciences, mathematics, or a related field.

RFF is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research institute established in 1952 and based in Washington, DC. RFF’s mission is to improve environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber.

Job Responsibilities

Research Assistants (RAs) support RFF researchers to address a wide range of issues, including

  • Economics of ecosystems, forests, biodiversity, water, and other natural resources
  • Benefit-cost analysis of environmental policies
  • Climate adaptation and resilience

RAs work responsibilities vary but regularly include:

  • Data management and analysis
  • Identifying, reviewing, and synthesizing academic and policy literature
  • Supporting interdisciplinary mapping and modeling of land use
  • Supporting quantitative and conceptual modeling
  • Supporting econometric analyses
  • Writing and editorial support for academic and policy-oriented audiences


Job Requirements and Valuable Skills

We are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records, strong quantitative ability, familiarity with required software platforms, organizational skills, and the ability to write clearly and concisely. Experience with ArcGIS (and/or other Geographic Information Systems) the statistical software package Stata is required. Other valuable skills include: 

  • Knowledge of upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level economics, quantitative methods, statistics, and econometrics
  • Facility in assembling, manipulating, and analyzing datasets
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and draft literature reviews and reports
  • Experience with other computational software and programming languages such as Python and R
  • Familiarity with/interest in land use and natural resource management policy
  • Familiarity with issues related to some of the following topic areas: ecosystems, land use, water resources, fisheries, and biodiversity

We look for candidates who are authorized to work and live in the U.S. Note that this is not a Ph.D. level research or postdoctoral position.