Program Assistant

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Santa Monica, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a Program Assistant to work with the Nature team in our Santa Monica or San Francisco office. To apply, please visit and upload your résumé, cover letter, and an existing writing sample. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.

Position Summary

The Program Assistant will provide budget management, administrative support, and research and writing for NRDC’s policy and advocacy efforts. The Assistant will support two projects in NRDC’s Nature Program: the Marine Mammal Protection project, which saves whales, dolphins, and other species around the world from vessel strikes, ocean noise, and other threats; and the Southern California Ecosystems team, which protects open space and wildlife and works to ensure equitable access to nature across the Southern California region. Candidates must have good problem-solving skills and be able to handle administrative tasks such as processing expenses and tracking project budgets. Strong research and writing skills are also essential, as past Assistants have had the opportunity to prepare a variety of substantive documents, maintain social media, plan events, coordinate coalition partners, and engage in other advocacy under the supervision of project staff.
  • Provide administrative support for members of the Marine Mammal Protection and Southern California Ecosystem projects
  • Process and track invoices, contracts, grant spending, and other expenses in a timely manner
  • Support and coordinate the teams’ logistical and travel needs at internal and external events and meetings
  • Research and write policy documents, external correspondence, reports, and other written materials in support of project advocacy
  • Prepare and post blog posts, tweets, and other material for NRDC’s social media
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team and navigate a dynamic work environment
  • Excellent time-management and organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in wildlife conservation and/or social justice issues
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity and inclusion, and desire to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values

  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience at drafting social media content
  • Experience with budgeting, accounting, and finance systems
  • Strong project management skills a plus

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $46,400 to $58,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

If you experience technical problems while applying or if you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.

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