VALUABLES Consortium Research Assistant

Resources for the Future (RFF)
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 accepting applications for a Research Assistant position with the VALUABLES Consortium, a cooperative agreement between RFF and NASA to quantify and communicate how the use of satellite information in decisions can improve outcomes for people and the environment. Candidates for this role should have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in economics or another quantitative social science, environmental management, public policy, natural or physical sciences, or a related field.

RFF is an independent, non-profit research institution in Washington, DC whose mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement (see

Research assistant roles at RFF provide strong preparation for doctoral programs and for research and analytical jobs, such as in academia and consulting. The work of RAs and their colleagues at RFF is often published in academic journals, and many former RAs have successfully obtained graduate degrees in the most selective Ph.D. programs in their fields. We initially offer a one-year appointment renewable for a second year.

Job Responsibilities

The Research Assistant (RA) will support RFF and VALUABLES researchers and staff in

  • Measuring the socioeconomic benefits that Earth observations provide when people use them to make specific decisions to manage water resources, health and air quality, ecosystems, disasters, climate change, and more.
  • Developing a framework the scientific community can use to design microeconomic, value of information (VOI) impact assessments and producing educational products and activities based on this framework, including tutorials, webinars, workshops.

RA work responsibilities vary but regularly include:

  • Identifying, reviewing, and synthesizing academic and policy literature
  • Interviewing stakeholders
  • Data management and analysis
  • Writing and editorial support for academic and policy-oriented audiences
  • Supporting additional consortium research, educational, and communications activities as needed


We are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records, qualitative research skills, quantitative ability, organizational skills, and the ability to write clearly and concisely. Other valuable skills include: 

  • Knowledge of upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level economics
  • Experience with/interest in conducting interviews with decisionmakers and scientists
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and draft literature reviews and reports
  • Exceptional writing skills, including the ability to communicate scientific and technical information to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike
  • Experience developing social media, web, and digital content for an organization
  • Familiarity with/interest in satellite-based Earth observations and engaging with members of the Earth science community
  • Familiarity with issues related to some of the following topic areas: health and air quality, water resources, disasters, ecosystems, climate observation, and land use
  • Experience with/interest in translating complex information into effective communications and educational materials.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive (high $40Ks, depending on qualifications). Benefits include a collegial environment, 10 days annual leave, 13 days sick leave, 3 days family medical leave, 10 paid holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits.

Please note that (i) this position is not a Ph.D. level research position and (ii) we look for candidates already authorized to work and live in the U.S. For other Research Assistant openings, follow our career opportunities website.

All applications must be submitted electronically. To apply, please go to, select “View current openings,” and follow the link to “VALUABLES Consortium Research Assistant.”

Please upload:

  • Cover letter indicating your interest in the RA position, your availability, and any important information about your qualifications that is not contained in your resume
  • Resume summarizing your qualifications for the position
  • Copy of your post-secondary academic transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)
  • Complete contact information for three references in that section of the application

Please include your first and last name in each file name. You are also required to respond to all of the proficiency questions. Saying “No” to any of these skills will not automatically lead to rejection of your application, however, we will not review any applications that leave any of these questions blank. Should you experience any difficulty in applying online, please .

We are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.