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Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Positions

 

Kendall Fellowship: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy

Center for Science and Democracy and Climate and Energy Program
Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC Office

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 Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by spring 2015. The fellow will work with staff in both the Center for Science and Democracy and the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, and with external partners from environmental justice (EJ) organizations, to study costs and benefits of emissions reduction strategies to combat climate change.  The fellow will contribute to formulating research questions, investigating, presenting, and making policy and other recommendations to strengthen connections and bridge gaps between the mainstream environmental movement and environmental justice movement. This fellowship will also have an impact on UCS’s broader environmental justice and equity priorities.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. 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.  Dr. 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 will be 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.

Responsibilities

With the goal of strengthening UCS work on environmental justice and relationships with EJ communities, the Kendall Fellow will spend up to two years conducting original research to better understand the commonalities and differences between environmental justice and mainstream environmental positions on climate policy by doing the following:

  • Investigate impacts of climate change and climate change policies on EJ communities, which include Indigenous, of color, and low-income communities;
  • Investigate how climate change policy could be used to intentionally reduce the emissions of both greenhouse gases and co-pollutants in EJ communities;
  • Explore the effects of carbon-pricing mechanisms on EJ  communities;
  • Explore the impacts of complimentary renewable and efficiency policies to examine equity considerations in their development and implementation

In fulfilling this role, the Fellow will:

  • Investigate, assess, and monitor current and ongoing research and trends;
  • Generate written reports and scholarly articles on the fellowship topics;
  • Communicate findings within UCS and to experts in the field, media, policymakers, and the public;
  • Assist in forming recommendations around climate change policy;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Kendall Fellows program

Qualifications and Experience

The Kendall Fellow should have knowledge and experience with EJ polices and analyses or climate change reduction strategies and climate policy. Strong demonstrated experience in environmental justice with direct experience working in and with EJ communities. This position requires ease with and the ability to perform well in both social sciences and technical analyses, with cultural sensitivity and understanding of environmental justice communities.  

A Ph.D. in the social and/or physical sciences is required.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, up to two-year position preferably based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA headquarters; Washington, DC office will also be considered. Fellowship will begin between May and July of 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Learn more about the Center for Science and Democracy and the Clean Energy Program.

To Apply: Please submit a short application, including 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 “Kendall Fellowship” and “EJ and Climate Policy” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Deadline: October 31, 2014or until filled.

Review of initial applications will begin November 1, 2014. 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 by January 6, 2015. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by late January 2015.

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Kendall Fellowship: Electric Vehicles and Solar Photovoltaics

Energy and Clean Vehicles Programs
Location: Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC Office

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 Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. before spring 2015. The fellow will work with UCS staff to develop policy recommendations based on the findings and will present this work to media, policymakers, and the public and share findings at technical meetings. Candidates must have a strong background in electric power systems or electric vehicles, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. 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.  Dr. 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 will be 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.

Responsibilities

The Kendall Fellow will spend up to two years conducting original analysis and evaluating existing research in order to comprehensively assess the operational and emissions effects of solar power and electric vehicles, and the financial impacts of rooftop solar power and electric vehicles on the electric utility industry. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow should be able to answer some or all of the following questions:

  • How are electric system modelers handling   electric vehicles and how should they be modeled?
  • What technical and policy barriers affect how mid-day electricity generation from solar affect can be used for charging electric vehicles?
  • What are the impacts on utility industry revenues from the projected adoption of electric vehicles and PV by retail customers?
  • How do resulting operational and financial assessments of electric vehicle compare with the conventional wisdom regarding high rates of solar deployment?
  • What modeling results can be applied to reducing barriers to the effective integration of EV and PV and maximizing EV and PV deployment?
  • What policies could be put in place to address any of the above issues?

In fulfilling this role, the Fellow will:

  • generate written reports and scholarly articles on the fellowship topics;
  • develop quantitative assessments of vehicle charging patterns, PV deployment, technology adoption, and emission reductions;
  • monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends;
  • communicate findings within UCS and to experts in the field, media, policymakers, and the public;
  • serve as a spokesperson for the Kendall Fellows program;
  • assist in developing policy and regulatory campaigns on key renewable and transportation-related issues.

Qualifications and experience

The Kendall Fellow should have knowledge and technical experience with either or both integration of renewable electricity generation in power systems and electric vehicles. Ideally, they would also have familiarity with advanced electric technologies such as batteries, inverters, and solar PV. They should have experience analyzing and distilling large amounts of data, and be proficient in office technology, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, familiarity with computer operating systems and electronic communication systems. Modeling and computer programming skills are also preferred. They should have strong written and verbal skills.

A Ph.D. in a related scientific, engineering, energy, or economic field is required.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, up to two-year position based in either UCS’s Cambridge (preferred) or Washington, DC office. Fellowship will begin spring 2015 or later in 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Learn more about our Clean Vehicles Program.

To Apply: The deadline for this fellowship has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Review of initial applications will begin Nov. 7 2014. 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 by January 6, 2015. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by late January, 2015.

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Copywriter/Producer

Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

Have a knack for crafting persuasive advertisements and fundraising materials? The Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a sharp, persuasive marketing writer to channel Don Draper – without the drama.

The Position
Under the supervision of the deputy director of communications/creative director, and in close collaboration with the editorial director and development department, writes and produces development-related marketing materials, including ads, fundraising appeals, brochures, and other collateral. Writes for member publications and reports. Manages outside designers on specific projects.

Responsibilities

  • Writes & produces advertising materials and promotional copy to support a variety of marketing, branding, and development efforts. Meets regularly with development staff to assess their needs for support material, develops & executes plans  to meet those needs.
    • Develops concepts for development collateral material for major gifts, planned giving, monthly sustainers and membership
    • Writes copy
    • Hires and directs graphic designers
    • Collaborates closely with development staff to ensure material adheres to fundraising best practices and particular audience needs
  • Writes all “marketing” copy for member publications (“thank you ads,” giving society promotions, member profiles, etc.)—directs “ad” layout for member pubs.
  • As needed, writes and/or edits fundraising appeal copy for online/offline fundraising efforts.
  • Provides input into online testing strategies for online marketing.
  • Writes copy for special web-based fundraising appeals (e.g. end of year lightbox) and collaborates with web team on design.
  • Under supervision of managing editor, writes annual report copy and provides input into layout.
  • Writes copy for member publications as assigned.
  • May serve as project manager for infographics and other multimedia products.
  • May be assigned writing tasks for various creative projects (especially those to support organizational messages).
  • Works closely on projects with one (or more) of the following to ensure that materials reflect UCS brand and strategy (Dir of Development, Dir. Of Communications, Editorial Director, Deputy Director/Creative Director, Director of Engagement).
  • Proofs marketing materials.
  • Maintains awareness of role as representative of UCS; considers impact of activities on organization reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; directs energies whenever possible to promote UCS, advances organizational objectives, and enhances organizational credibility.
  • Performs other related functions as directed.

Qualifications and experience
Position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications or marketing, and three to five years of professional experience in either advertising or marketing design. Must have excellent communication skills, including exceptional command of written language that reflects understanding of a variety of target audiences. Demonstrated ability to quickly generate high quality messaging and copy; strong editing skills; ability to revise and improve text under deadline pressure; works well in teams; and takes direction from multiple sources. Must have excellent attention to detail, strong follow through, ability to work independently, and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Some knowledge of online marketing strongly preferred, specifically experience in testing and optimizing copy.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Background in nonprofit fundraising helpful, but not required.

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 andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

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 is around $50,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, three writing samples (including ads or other marketing materials you created), resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position to jobs@ucsusa.org and include Copywriter in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline extended: October 27, 2014 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions

 

Kendall Fellowship:  Agroecological solutions for drought risk and cost

Food & Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

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 Kendall Science Fellows program. This up to two-year fellowship is open to early to mid-career candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. before October 2015. The Fellow will conduct research to quantify the potential impacts of future drought scenarios in U.S. agricultural regions—particularly (though not exclusively) the Midwestern Corn Belt—and to identify the extent to which a shift to ecologically based farming practices and systems could mitigate those effects. The Fellow’s project will examine impacts on the sustainability of farmlands and rangelands, food production, and farm profits, as part of a broader effort to understand and communicate the climate, environmental, and economic impacts of agroecological practices. The Fellow will collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team to develop and execute a strong research project, and will work with UCS staff to craft policy recommendations and present the work to media, policymakers, experts, and the public.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. 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.  Dr. 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 will be 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.

Responsibilities

The Kendall Fellow will spend up to two years conducting original analyses and evaluating existing research in order to comprehensively assess (1) that the degree to which agroecological practices could contribute to mitigating the risks and impacts of drought, (2) how changes to management could affect the U.S. agricultural landscape and food system, and (3) how public policies could facilitate such a shift.  This research will be a critical component of a broader assessment of the potential for agroecological practices to help address some of society’s greatest challenges—from climate change and environmental sustainability to hunger and poor nutrition.  In fulfilling this role, the Fellow will:

  • develop or adapt a model to quantify the impacts of drought on critical U.S. agricultural regions and to  assess the potential benefits of incorporating agroecological practices such as cover crops, expanded crop rotations, and integration of crops and livestock;
  • monitor relevant ongoing research and incorporate as needed into modeling and analyses;
  • collaborate with economists and others to determine the likely consequences of changes to agricultural lands on food production and society under various climate and agricultural management scenarios;
  • communicate findings at one or more major science meetings, generate peer-reviewed scholarly publications, and contribute to reports in formats appropriate for the media and policy makers;
  • serve as a spokesperson for UCS and the Kendall Fellows program.

Qualifications and experience

The Kendall Fellow should have numerical modeling experience and expertise in hydrologic, agricultural and/or environmental  sciences. The fellow must have the skills and desire to work with a hydrologic model capable of resolving  impacts of altered rainfall regimes, changing temperatures, and land management on water resources and agricultural productivity.  Knowledge or interest in topics including drought, sustainable agriculture, and climate change is highly desirable.  Excellent written and verbal skills are essential, as well as an interest in science communication, policy, and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.

A Ph.D. in hydrology, agroecology, or a related scientific or engineering field is required.  Postdoctoral and mid-career level scientists are welcome to apply.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, up to two-year position based in UCS’s Washington, DC, office. Fellowship will begin October 2015. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about UCS is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

To Apply: Please submit a short application, including 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 “Kendall Fellowship” and “F&E” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 18, 2014 or until filled.

Review of initial applications will begin November 4, 2014. Following an initial screening, top candidates will work collaboratively with UCS staff to develop a more detailed and specific fellowship proposal for submission to the Kendall Science Fellows Program Advisory Committee by January 6, 2015. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by late January, 2015.

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Washington, DC or Oakland, CA

 

Senior Engineer/Scientist

Clean Vehicles Program
Washington, DC Office (preferable) or Oakland, CA 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 an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team in our Clean Vehicles Program to advance sound transportation policy to cut oil use, reduce global warming emissions, and protect public health. UCS is seeking a senior engineer/scientist with expertise in vehicle and fuels technology and policy to conduct research and analysis and serve as a spokesperson focused on issues/challenges related to oil use: the resource availability, extraction technology, life cycle emissions and challenges of conventional and unconventional oil as well as the solutions that save oil and reduce global warming emissions (e.g. fuel economy, electric vehicles). Candidates must have a strong technical background in one or both of these fields. Candidates must also have a strong background in oil or transportation policy and excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. UCS is an acknowledged leader in promoting sound climate, energy and transportation policy at the federal and state levels.  We have a reputation as honest brokers and our analysis, advocacy, and public outreach efforts have been instrumental in building public understanding, media attention, and policymaker action on climate solutions.

Responsibilities

The senior engineer/scientist will help lead UCS efforts to better understand and evaluate the life cycle climate impacts of extracting conventional and unconventional oil resources, and the technologies and policies that can reduce those impacts. The engineer/scientist will also evaluate the potential for strong transportation sector legislative and regulatory solutions to cut projected U.S. oil use in half in twenty years and significantly reduce transportation related pollution, including policies such as low carbon fuels standard, vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, and others.

This person will generate reports and analysis on oil resources, extraction technology, climate impacts, and solutions for limiting the impacts of expanding North American oil production while expanding clean fuel alternatives. This person will also develop and recommend related policies, and serve as a technical expert and a lead spokesperson to media, government and key allies. They will provide technical information and expertise through testimony, written materials and public speaking and will actively promote promising legislation at federal and state levels while assisting in the development and management of regulatory campaigns on key oil and transportation-related issues.

Qualifications and experience
This position requires five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience for candidates with masters or equivalent experience, including background in research and policy development and analysis. Candidate must have experience communicating technical issues to a non-technical audience through written products and presentations. Candidate should have technical knowledge of either the oil resource/extraction or transportation fields, including hydraulic fracturing, tar sands mining, enhanced oil recovery, or advanced vehicle and fuel technology, infrastructure, and industries. Candidate should have familiarity with current oil and transportation issues and their political/social/environmental/economic ramifications. Position requires an understanding of public policy aspects of transportation and related climate and oil issues and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.

Applicants must have strong quantitative, analytical, and research skills; strong writing and verbal skills; proficiency with computer spreadsheet and word processing software; ability to write well for scientific and general audiences; familiarity with economics and public policy; and a team orientation. Direct experience with project management, policymakers and the media a plus.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position preferably based in UCS’s Washington, DC office though our Oakland, CA may also be a possibility. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the low to mid $70s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, a technical writing sample and a general audience writing sample,, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Senior Engineer/Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 2, 2014 or until filled.

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Chicago, IL Positions

None currently available.

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Oakland, CA

 

Senior Climate Analyst

Climate & Energy Program
Oakland, CA

Position Description
Under the direction of the California and Western States Director, the Western States Senior Climate Analyst will lead UCS’s work in California and the Western states to bring sound science, policy and economics to bear on building support for, developing, and implementing strong climate policies. This professional will evaluate and analyze various climate policy approaches at the state and regional level, including assessing their economic feasibility.  This includes providing top-quality research, reports and analysis on climate and energy policies in California and the western United States.

A detailed Position Profile is available and will be provided from Johnston and Company.

Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have five to seven years of related experience, including a background in environmental and energy economic policy development and analysis and project management and a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate use of economic and technical information in the policymaking process. Familiarity with the economic costs and benefits of economy-wide and sectorial climate and energy policies, especially in California and west coast states, strongly preferred.  A PhD in environmental science/policy, global change, economics or a closely related field is required.

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

This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the mid to high 80’s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, salary requirements.  Also include how you learned about the position and send to Johnston and Company via email: jandc@johnstonco.org  with “Sr. Climate Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014 or until filled.

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