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Equal Opportunity

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package geared towards a productive work/life balance. Our benefits include:

  • excellent health care and dental coverage
  • ample vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • competitive retirement plans with generous employer contribution
  • and a lot more

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Our Culture

People are at the heart of the Union of Concerned Scientists. We value our staff and our mission of science-based action for the public good. We hire people who are smart and determined to make a difference.  We are rewarded by knowing that our analysis and advocacy contributes to a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

With our shared goals and vision of a safer and better world, we hail from all walks of life and speak many languages, reflecting the diverse audiences that we serve. We strive to maintain an open culture where everyone contributes and feels comfortable sharing ideas and opinions.  We support our staff with equitable and transparent salaries, training, sit/stand desks, world class benefits, and a culture that emphasizes work/life balance. UCS is a place where you can bring your whole self to work—a place where diversity is valued, supported and welcomed. 

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Cambridge, MA


Web developer

Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

Are you a design-savvy programmer who’s passionate about the positive potential of science to save the world?  The Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a creative, versatile web developer with strong Drupal skills to help support an organization bringing science-based solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions in state and federal government. We work on issues related to global warming, clean energy and transportation, nuclear weapons, and agriculture—and we advocate for the role of science and evidence in making decisions that affect us all.

Responsibilities

Serve as in-house web developer and project manager supporting a Drupal-based website and WordPress-based blog. Primarily responsible for combining excellent UX/UI principles with good visual sense and strong coding chops to help web team  create and implement engaging web content for the general public. Keeps UCS website, blog, and microsites running smoothly. Create code for UCS emails, wrappers, and website forms that integrates with our CRM database.

Works closely with communications and program colleagues to ensure products are created collaboratively, as well as on message, on brand, and on time.

  • Provide daily technical assistance for website, blogs, and microsites
  • Collaborate with staff to develop and implement creative ideas for campaign-based interactive content that resonates with the general public
  • Project manage and implement creative, functional, and user-friendly web- and mobile-based features
  • Modify and create new Drupal modules
  • Code advocacy emails and action alerts when added functionality is needed
  • Work with web and online advocacy teams to identify, troubleshoot, and solve problems
  • Maintain graphic standards and branding throughout the product’s interface
  • Promote usability best practices
  • Build reusable code and libraries for future use
  • Optimize site for maximum speed and scalability
  • Provide robust and helpful documentation
  • Stay up-to-date on emerging technologies
  • Maintain understanding of UCS issues and positions.
  • Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS; considers impact of activities on organization’s reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; directs energies whenever possible to promote UCS; advance organization’s objectives; and enhance credibility.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Candidate must have proven ability to create visually appealing, usable web features and integrate them into a Drupal-based site
  • Experience building responsive design websites using Drupal CMS, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery
  • Knowledge of PHP, PHP files and theme functions, and knowledge of the Drupal theme layer
  • Through understanding of software development best practices
  • Advanced site-building experience including deep familiarity with Drupal modules such as CTools, Views, and Panels
  • Experience creating custom Drupal modules
  • Must be able to explain technical considerations to non-technical staff
  • Advanced knowledge of  WordPress configuration
  • Familiarity with debugging tools 
  • Knowledge of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git
  • Communicate professionally, concisely and consistently both verbally and in writing internally and externally
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively to meet timelines with quality deliverables
  • Strong organization and problem solving skills required
  • BS in computer science or related discipline preferred
  • 3 – 5 years of proven Drupal development experience
  • Expertise in HTML, CSS (and CSS pre-compilers like SASS), JavaScript, and jQuery
  • Expertise in Drupal theming with strong understanding of PHP
  • Experience with responsive and adaptive design
  • Knowledge of advanced JavaScript libraries and frameworks, such as Angular, Knockout, Backbone, React, etc.
  • Possess outstanding attention to detail
  • Self-starter with an ability to think and work independently;

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary range is in the $70s per year depending on experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, links to three of your best projects, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Web Developer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: April 5, 2017 or until filled.

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Cambridge or Washington, DC


Kendall Fellowship: Voting Rights

Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks outstanding candidates for the Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by September 2017. You will identify pressing needs in voting rights research, assess the impact of barriers to enfranchisement on UCS core strategic goals, help UCS build partnerships with leading organizations working to restore and expand voting rights, and inform proposals to increase public participation in U.S. elections.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, clean energy and transportation, and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Center for Science and Democracy, UCS’s newest program, will host this Kendall Fellow. The Center works across issues to strengthen the role of independent science in democratic dialogue and public policy by improving the process of bringing science into policy-making, pushing back on misinformation efforts and attacks on scientists, and increasing public access to scientific information.

Responsibilities

The Kendall Fellow will work with UCS staff to develop a proposal for a two-year project to identify gaps in research related to voting rights and investigate barriers to public participation in U.S. elections.

The primary goal is to expand public understanding of the impact that voter disenfranchisement has on our ability to meet science-based policy challenges and feed that analysis into efforts to increase regular voter participation.

The detailed products of the fellowship will be defined during the development of the proposal, but could include analytical, educational, and advocacy products; peer-reviewed publications; partnership development with academic institutions and public interest organizations; and policy recommendations.   

Qualifications and experience

The fellow should possess significant knowledge of voter disenfranchisement and voting rights issues, including the organizations and researchers that work in this space. The fellow should be able to demonstrate research experience that can be applied to the stated goals of the fellowship, either specifically on civic participation or in a related field of study. In addition, strong written and verbal skills are required. A Ph.D. in social science is required. At a minimum, a Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before September 1, 2017.

The fellow may spend extended periods at computer terminal. Occasional travel may be required (several overnight trips per year). 

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

About the Kendall Science Fellows Program

The Kendall Science Fellows Program was established to honor Nobel Prize winning physicist Henry Kendall who was with UCS from our beginnings and was the long-time chair of our board.  Kendall was known for his unique ability to shake up the status quo and catalyze new thinking, and UCS looks to Kendall Fellows to do the same. Priority is given to innovative and forward-looking proposals that are primarily scientific, technical, or analytic in nature but also show interest in the application of science to policy. Fellows will benefit from the opportunity to learn from the UCS approach to science and policy, and UCS will benefit from the new approaches and expertise of the Kendall Fellows.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, up to two-year position based in either UCS’s Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA office. Fellowship will begin fall 2017. Kendall Fellowship salaries follow a special structure and are fixed at $72,000 for candidates with less than 3 years relevant post-Ph.D. experience and $82,000 for those with 3-8 years of post-Ph.D. experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about UCS is available at www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, a statement of interest (up to 2 pages, including relevant background and experience, a brief description of a research idea in the selected area, and interest in working with UCS), curriculum vitae, and two references to jobs@ucsusa.org including “Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Review of initial applications will begin January 2, 2017. Following an initial screening, top candidates will co-write a more specific fellowship proposal in coordination with UCS staff for submission to the Kendall Science Fellows Program Advisory Committee. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by the end of February, 2017.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Climate Scientist

Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office 

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Help lead UCS’s efforts to communicate and defend climate science, and design, contribute to and carry out climate change analyses. Provide the US public, policymakers and campaign-specific stakeholders with robust, timely, accessible and policy-relevant information on climate science and the social and environmental impacts of climate change. Provide expert technical and analytical advice to UCS campaigns. Carry out related analysis, outreach, advocacy and media activities. Provide project management, coordination of research collaborations and consultant supervision as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Climate Analysis:
    • Scope, develop, research and write analytical products including reports, case studies and web-based materials; Explain and interpret findings relevant to UCS priorities on climate science, preparedness and accountability.
    • Work with other UCS staff to develop and implement the media, legislative, corporate engagement and outreach aspects of high priority projects or products.
    • Serve as advisor and climate science resource on research, web, or outreach projects led by other project leaders.
    • Manage analytical projects and multi-partner collaborations
  • Climate Science Communications:
    • Ensure that the public, policymakers, business leaders and the media are kept informed of the most up-to-date and robust policy-relevant climate science, and that it is communicated in a clear and accessible way.
    • Act as a climate science spokesperson for UCS and prepare responses for media requests; Write and review blogs for The Equation.
  • Climate Science Defense and Advocacy:
    • Help leadUCS efforts to defend federal climate programs, databases and budgets, including identifying projects and programs under threat, for example at NOAA, NASA, and the Departments of Energy, Interior and State
    • Assist in researching, reviewing, writing or helping facilitate accurate science content of op-eds, letters to the editor, expert testimony, congressional briefing materials, draft legislation, and analyses of corporate positions and plans.
    • Participate in direct advocacy with congress and the administration and assist in engaging outside experts and scientists in support of UCS’s campaign goals.
  • Climate Materials:
    • Research, review, and help develop science briefs, web pages, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, fact sheets, reports and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Expert Engagement:
    • Maintain close working relationships with academic colleagues, including through scientific conferences and policy-relevant research collaborations.

Qualifications and experience

Position requires a broad, in-depth and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of climate science, including familiarity with the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), as well as an understanding of the public policy aspects of climate science, preparedness and accountability. Must have knowledge and experience of the role of climate science, technical analyses and advocacy in informing public opinion and policy debates.

The post requires a PhD in a climate science field and three to five years of relevant and comparable work experience. Strong project management skills and experience is highly desirable.  Extensive experience in communicating science effectively to a wide variety of audiences, including the traditional media and social media, is highly desirable, as is knowledge of and experience in federal climate programs. Strong communication, public-speaking, relationship-building and teamwork skills are essential. Must be an excellent writer who is able to quickly synthesize complex scientific information and write for a variety of audiences, often to tight deadlines. Current research collaborations and other successful expert engagement within the scientific community are important.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer. Periodic travel (about 10-20% of time) to events, conferences, speaking engagements, and other UCS offices will be required.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive.  We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, D.C. office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $79,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Climate Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: April 2, 2017 or until filled.

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Legislative Intern

3 Month Paid Internship
Center for Science and Democracy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. We also believe science can and should be applied to reduce racial and economic inequity. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war, while looking at these issues through an equity lens.

Under the supervision and mentorship of the Center for Science and Democracy Washington Representative this full time, three-month internship supports work on regulatory reform, chemical facility safety, endangered species protection, and attacks on science and scientists. You will track legislation and relevant events, represent UCS at certain coalition meetings, attend hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill, research and prepare informational materials, do outreach, and communicate with Hill offices. You’ll also provide general support with report production, research, or event logistics.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare background information about members of key Senate and House committees
  • Help prepare briefing memos and help fact-check and proof materials sent to Hill staff
  • Summarize and compare the policy approaches taken by relevant legislation
  • Help write, fact-check, and develop advocacy emails. Research and write memos analyzing issues that intersect with our campaign work.
  • Track legislation, represent UCS at certain coalition meetings and attend meetings on Capitol Hill
  • Help draft sign-on letters, and communicate with key Hill staff
  • Assist in preparation for relevant committee meetings and markups
  • Monitor daily print media and blogs for pertinent coverage of legislative issues
  • Maintains spreadsheet tracking letters of support, testimony, policy recommendations
  • Help organize and publicize briefings on Capitol Hill and meetings with partners, as needed.
  • Assist with event planning, logistics and outreach

Qualifications and Experience

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, research and database and graphic manipulation software preferred.
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about incorporating justice and equity into the work of the Center.
  • Understanding of legislative process, regulatory process, and agency rulemaking preferred
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment and a positive, team-oriented attitude
  • Web research skills preferred
  • Outreach and organizing skills highly desirable
  • Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns and science policy issues is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

This job entails extended periods at a computer. Little or no exertion. May occasionally lift and carry boxes of supplies or publications. No travel.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, 3 month internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour, $31,200 annually. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Legislative Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: April 16, 2017 or until filled.

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Oakland, CA

 

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