Research Assistant

Washington, DC, US


Resources for the Future (RFF) has multiple openings for Research Assistant positions. A candidate should have a master or bachelor degree in economics, engineering, 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

RAs support RFF researchers to address a wide range of issues, including

  • Economic analyses of energy, climate, transportation, and environmental policy
  • Economics of ecosystems, forests, biodiversity, water, and other natural resources
  • Benefit-cost analysis of environmental regulations
  • Environment and the economy of developing countries

RAs work responsibilities vary but regularly include

  • Data management and analysis
  • Identifying, reviewing, and synthesizing academic and policy literature
  • Supporting quantitative and conceptual modeling
  • Other quantitative and qualitative research tasks associated with economic analyses of environmental policy

We offer a one-year appointment renewable for a second year. 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 holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits. RFF is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace.

Note that these positions are not Ph.D. level research positions (follow our other openings for them). In addition, we look for candidates already authorized to work and live in the U.S.

All applications must be submitted electronically. To apply, please go to and follow the link “Research Assistant.”

You will be requested to upload:

  • Cover letter indicating your interest in the RA position (especially in relation to qualifications listed above) and your availability
  • Resume summarizing your qualifications for the position and containing the names of three references (with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers)
  • Writing sample
  • Copy of your academic transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)

Please include your first and last name in each file name.

RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


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

· Knowledge of upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level economics, quantitative methods, and statistics

· Facility in assembling, manipulating, and analyzing datasets

· Ability to conduct literature searches, draft literature reviews and reports

· Experience with computational, statistical or GIS software and programming, including Stata, R, Matlab, SAS, GAMS, ArcGIS, and Python

· Familiarity with/interest in policy assessments related to ecosystems, water, other natural resources, and climate

· Familiarity with/interest in administering surveys and analyzing survey data

· Familiarity with/interest in the energy or electricity sector