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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 Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C.

NRDC is seeking a Henry Henderson Fellow to work with the Environment, Equity & Justice Center (EEJC) staff associated with our Washington, D.C. office.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Staff Community Scientist, The Henry Henderson Fellow will work in close collaboration with Staff Community Scientists, the Director of Community Science, and others in the Environment, Equity & Justice Center (EEJC) to advance NRDC’s understanding of environmental inequity implications of different versions of hydrogen and carbon, capture, and storage (CCS) technologies and advance EJ campaign priorities. The Fellow preferably will be based out of NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office. NRDC’s Chicago, Santa Monica, and New York offices will also be considered, as with locations based on project priorities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions

  • Help identify environmental justice research gaps regarding hydrogen and carbon, capture, and storage (CCS) technologies.
  • Help identify key scientific, evidentiary, and analytic questions that need to be answered to advance community health and environmental justice
  • Coordinate with policy advocates across the Environment, Equity & Justice Center (EEJC)
  • Draft reports, comments, and other written material for a range of audiences (scientific audiences, policymakers, community members, etc.).
  • Participate as an active member of the science community at NRDC
  • Potentially engage with external consultants and partner organizations
Education & Experience
  • Junior and Senior Undergrads enrolled in an accredited university/college program
  • Background in an environmental, social justice, or scientific field (e.g. environmental science, engineering, public health, etc.
Skills, Abilities, Competencies
  • Knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Passion for applying methodologies to issues of social justice, environmental health disparities, climate change, and related challenges
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • Strong interest and enthusiasm in environmental protection/conservation, and advocacy
Commitment to NRDC's mission and values

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.

This position is a paid internship with a stipend of $6,000 paid bi-weekly over the course of 10 weeks.

The incumbent will not qualify as an employee, fellow, volunteer, or independent contractor of NRDC, nor will the incumbent be guaranteed employment at the end of the internship term.

Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and we encourage them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence.

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