Associate Specialist (Water Law & Policy Fellow)

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Position: Water Law & Policy Fellow
Location: Berkeley, CA
Salary Range: $61,848 – $64,920
Start Date: Anticipated July 1, 2017
This is a 100% time, one-year term contract position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent on funding.

Overview: The Wheeler Water Institute is seeking to hire a Research Fellow in water law and policy.

The Wheeler Water Institute is a research and policy institute within the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Building on UC Berkeley’s history of and commitment to research and public service and leading
environmental law program, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley Law faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law
and policy areas. CLEE’s research priorities include combatting climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and developing solutions to other pressing environmental law and policy challenges.

The fellow will work with the Wheeler Water Institute on water resources issues. Specific research areas will depend on the fellow’s background and interests, but will likely include: sustainable groundwater management; groundwater recharge; innovation in the water sector; water data and decision-making; and/or other water management and policy issues. An overarching emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, including engagement with scientists and engineers, will be central to these projects. The fellow may also work on other water and/or other related initiatives within Wheeler and CLEE more generally, depending on program needs throughout the duration of the fellowship. The fellow must be willing to travel occasionally within California.

For more information on CLEE, see and

Primary Responsibilities:

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities include:
• Working with Berkeley Law faculty and staff, and with collaborators at other institutions, to conduct research on water resources, with a focus on California issues;
• Researching and writing white papers and articles of publishable quality for policy- focused audiences, under the direction of faculty and staff;
• Interdisciplinary collaboration on complex issues at the intersection of emerging science and policy;
• Assisting Center staff in organizing and running workshops or other events with
California water leaders, policymakers, stakeholders, academics, and other audiences;

• Speaking at workshops or other events to practitioners, the academic community, the media, and others about research initiatives;
• Assisting with other aspects of workshop, research, and report production as assigned;
• Assisting with other miscellaneous program and Center tasks.

Minimum Qualifications Required (at time of application):
‒ Candidate must hold a B.A., B.S. degree or equivalent degree

Additional Qualifications Required (by start date):
Candidate must hold a JD degree or equivalent degree, or a PhD degree

Preferred Qualifications:
‒ At least 3 years of experience in a law- or policy-focused environment
‒ Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills;
‒ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, listen actively, interact with a variety of audiences, and share knowledge and information effectively;
‒ Excellent organizational skills;
‒ Self-starter able to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively;
‒ Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments;
‒ Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines;
‒ Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas;
‒ Background in water law, environmental law, hydrology or other water-related science, economics and/or finance are desirable;
‒ Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, science, and policy and the ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives; and
‒ A passion for making the world better.

Application Procedure:
Please visit the following link to apply: Applications must include in pdf format a cover letter; a CV; and a writing sample (such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages). Applicants must also provide in AP Recruit the names and contact information for three (3) references.

This position is open until filled.

If you have questions about the position, please contact [email protected].

The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at

Letters of reference, copies of scholarly transcripts, and other materials may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality
( prior to submitting their letters.

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: