Research Analyst (Office of Chief Scientist)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

San Francisco, CA, US

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role, OCS provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization.


The Research Analyst will be a key team member in the Office of Chief Scientist, conducting research and analysis for emerging scientific, technical, and environmental issues. In addition, the Research Analyst will also take a leadership role on a variety of smaller projects, synthesize complex information and translate it for technical and non-technical audiences. The Research Analyst will report to a Senior Scientist in the Office of Chief Scientist.


  • Find, collect and analyze scientific information.  Synthesize complex information orally and in writing – this includes assisting staff with notes for internal and external meetings, writing white papers, scientific journal articles, op-ed pieces, and blogs.
  • Provide initial analyses on difficult issues or complex technical topics
  • Manage small projects, including developing and executing workplans involving both internal and external partners.
  • In conjunction with Development and OCS staff, help develop funding proposals, grants, and interim reports to foundations and major donors.
  • Occasionally serve as an EDF science representative to ensure EDF’s policies,  legal positions, and communications are based on the best available science.
  • Participate in EDF’s communications, advocacy, and outreach to policy makers, the public, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain and build ties to research communities, through outreach, presentations at workshops and conferences, informal contacts, etc.
  • Communicate research products across programs and levels of expertise as needed.
  • Occasionally serve as an EDF science representative to ensure EDF’s policies,  legal positions, and communications are based on the best available science
  • Use independent judgment to plan, prioritize, and organize a diverse workload



  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or energy-related field with 2 or more years of experience or a Master’s degree in environmental science or energy-related field
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methods of a relevant technical or scientific field
  • Strong computer proficiency, including experience with Microsoft Office, and Internet research
  • Intellectual agility and comfort with working across disciplines and learning new skills
  • Ability to complete small complex projects and research assignments
  • Ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, and collaborate effectively with diverse colleagues in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem solving and multi-tasking skills
  • High attention to detail 
  • Willingness to travel
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Passion for environmental protection.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer