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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 Positions


 

Bilingual Spanish Web Content Manager

Communications Department
Cambridge, MA

The Position

Are you a WRITER who loves SCIENCE and would like to save the planet? Then come work for the Communications Department at the UCS! We’re looking for a smart, creative, and energetic bi-lingual (Spanish) communicator who cares about the planet to join our web team.

We're looking for a Web Content Manager to plan, write, and implement engaging web content for a general audience for the UCS website. We work on global warming, clean energy, clean vehicles, food & agriculture, global security, nuclear weapons, and science & democracy.

This position requires excellent writing skills (English and Spanish) and the ability to turn that writing into compelling content for the web. Candidate must have a knack for collaborating with others and the ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects. Job will be 90/10 English/Spanish to start but we expect the Spanish portion to grow over time.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Write and edit content for a general audience.
  • Ensure content is technically accurate.
  • Ensure all web content adheres to content strategy, messaging, tone, style, and editorial guidelines.
  • Help dream up ideas for the best way to communicate UCS’s work. Plan and manage new web projects from idea-to-launch. Serve as primary contact for project vendors.
  • Help us create the most visually and verbally compelling content for our site; provide feedback on visual products created by in-house and outside designers.
  • Keep program campaign pages up to date and functional.
  • Provide online strategies for outreach and campaign work.
  • Monitor analytics to keep abreast of how content is performing and to improve SEO.
  • Collaborates on strategies to increase site traffic, and ensure site is optimized for recruiting online constituents and donors.
  • Holds regular meetings with site bloggers and provides guidance as needed.
  • Advise and participate in Spanish language content development for cross-organizational needs.

Qualifications and experience

Work requires five years’ experience in web writing and content curation and a background in either journalism or science/technical feature writing. Must possess expert-level writing and editing skills, and be thoughtful about content strategy, and collaborate well with others. Design and video experience a plus. In addition, must have familiarity with HTML and knowledge of web metrics, CMS, SEO, and online user interaction best practices. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, preferably in Journalism, English, or a discipline with significant writing component. Fluency in Spanish required.

This position requires travel 4-6 times per year for retreats and conferences.

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 is in the high $50’s per year. 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 “Bilingual Web Content Manager” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: January 6, 2017 or until filled.

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Energy Modeler

Climate & Energy Program
Cambridge, MA

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.

The Energy Modeler will conduct analysis and modeling of renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate policies at the state, regional and national level. The analyst will work with a multi-disciplinary team in our Climate and Energy Program to advance effective and equitable clean energy and climate policies.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct modeling and spreadsheet analyses of proposed renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate, and carbon market trading policies and programs at the state, regional, and national level.
  • Conceptualize and design modeling scenarios with input from the energy team.
  • Quantify energy, economic, environmental, public health, and equity impacts of proposed policies.
  • Assist UCS staff in reviewing, developing, and testing model assumptions. Maintain and update energy and electricity sector models on a regular basis. Review research from other organizations and government agencies. Assist in writing reports, papers, and fact sheets highlighting the results of analyses.
  • Prepare and deliver public presentations of modeling results and reports at conferences and meetings.

Qualifications and experience

Strong quantitative, analytical, mathematical and research skills are required. A Master’s Degree or higher that has a significant quantitative modeling component required. Knowledge of economy-wide energy and electricity sector models, and their application for analyzing renewable energy, efficiency, and electricity technologies, markets, and policies is required.Familiarity with energy efficiency technologies, policies, costs, and benefits is helpful.

Position requires at least 3 to 5 years of comparable and relevant experience using energy and electricity sector models, with more experience preferred. Familiarity with and experience using the Energy Information Administration’s National Energy Modeling System, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Regional Energy Deployment System and other electricity capacity expansion models is highly desirable.

Computer programming experience and skills are also required, with knowledge of Fortran, GAMS, or R preferred. Experience with ArcGIS is also desirable.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  May require occasional overnight travel, about 5-10 days per year.

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 those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $68,000. 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 “Energy Modeler” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 7th or until filled.

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Outreach Coordinator

Climate & Energy Program
Cambridge, MA 

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.

The Outreach Coordinator will work within UCS’s Climate and Energy program to conceive, coordinate, and implement outreach and capacity-building activities in support of the department’s Power Ahead and Fossil Fuel Company Accountability campaigns. The Power Ahead Campaign seeks to harness the power of the clean energy transition taking place across the country. As more states position themselves as clean energy and climate leaders, momentum is building toward national action that can deliver net zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Using the strength of UCS’s energy economics and analytic expertise and Science Network and supporter base, you will help move states to adopt renewable energy and carbon market policies. The Fossil Fuel Company Accountability Campaign challenges major fossil fuel companies to meet emerging societal expectations for responsible action in a carbon-constrained world.

Responsibilities

  • Conceive, develop, and implement outreach plans to advance climate and energy initiatives through legislative change, regulatory action and corporate engagement, including strong promotion of major UCS analytic and communications products.
  • Educate, support, and engage UCS supporters and grasstop experts in campaign efforts.
  • Identify and communicate with campaign team regarding emerging campaign opportunities and help develop and implement rapid response tactics.
  • Represent UCS in select coalitions and assist in developing coalition strategy and outreach efforts. Identify and cultivate new partners for UCS’s campaign work among racial equity and climate justice groups.
  • Work with communications staff to develop media strategies and help craft media materials and messages.
  • Plan events including: UCS receptions, media and other trainings for UCS supporters, webinars and briefings for target constituencies, decision makers and the media.
  • Maintain and update campaign-related databases, documents and other resources.
  • Represent UCS on social media.
  • Represent UCS at conferences and other events as needed to increase UCS’s presence and attract new supporters.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience developing campaign strategy and tactics, organizing grasstops constituents, coordinating outreach events, and engaging supporters through online and offline activities is required.
  • Education/experience in climate change and energy is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in corporate accountability is preferred.
  • Candidate must have strong written communication and public speaking skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.
  • Solid level of understanding of database maintenance, on-line organizing tools, and Microsoft Office is required. Interest in and experience with social media activism a strong plus.
  • Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience in outreach and/or organizing.  
  • May spend extended periods at computer terminal.
  • Moderate travel required, approximately 10 overnights per year.

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 those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $52,000. 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, resume, 1-2 short (e.g. 1-2 pages) advocacy oriented writing samples, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 21, 2016 or until filled.

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Scientist

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

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 public health, environmental and safety problems. The Center for Science and Democracy (The Center) at UCS works to strengthen the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process on issues from scientific integrity to chemical exposure to species conservation.

The Center seeks an exceptional individual to join our research team. As a UCS scientist, the individual provides research and analysis to advance the Center’s mission and helps develop research and communication strategies under direction of the research director. The scientist manages, designs, and carries out independent research projects to increase understanding and visibility of science and democracy issues. In addition, the scientist works with UCS legislative, outreach, and communications staff to share research findings and publicly advocates policy solutions on behalf of the Center through engagement with decision makers, the media, and the public.  

The scientist will:

  • Conduct ongoing research on the use and misuse of science in policy making, develop technical expertise in one or more areas concerning the use of science in public policy debates, and maintain and update working knowledge of varied Center-related policy issues.
  • Research these issues through a variety of means, including but not limited to traditional text and journal research, web research, interviews, cultivation of sources, and utilization of sunshine laws such as the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Report research results in oral and written form to supervisors, colleagues, experts, public, media, and congressional representatives.
  • Work with Center staff on a variety of research-related tasks, including rapid response, report design and production, and public messaging and branding. 
  • Work with UCS Communications staff to identify key media opportunities and help ensure timeliness and accuracy in public-facing documents.
  • Engage with researchers, advocacy groups, UCS members and sponsors, and the general public about Center issues. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Ph.D. in a Physical, Natural or Social Science or Engineering discipline is required with one to three years of experience with connecting science to policymaking preferred.
  • Requires a solid understanding of how science informs public policy. Also needed are a familiarity with general health and environmental concepts and issues and strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Robust written and oral communication skills, for both scientific and general audiences, are essential. The ability to analyze and write quickly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.
  • An understanding of and a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making is essential. Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns desirable.

Physical Requirements: Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer terminal.

Travel: This position requires occasional 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 position based in UCS’s Washington, DC, or Cambridge, MA offices. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high 50’s to high 60’s. 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, salary requirements and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 20, 2016 or until filled. 

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Kendall Fellowship: Equitable Shared Autonomous Mobility

Clean Vehicles Program
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 two-year fellowship is open to candidates who will have completed their M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering or other appropriate advanced technical degree before fall 2017. The fellow will investigate how new mobility options and autonomous vehicle technology can be leveraged to increase equitable access to mobility while also rapidly cutting oil use and global warming pollution from transportation. 

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 security problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, advancing clean energy and transportation policy, promoting sustainable food and agricultural policy, countering misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Responsibilities

The Kendall Fellow will work with UCS staff to develop a proposal for a two-year project researching the intersection of new mobility and autonomous vehicle technology.   The primary goal is to quantify the potential to simultaneously cut heat trapping emissions and improve equitable access to transportation.

A key emphasis is the role of shared mobility in realizing the opportunities and benefits associated with new technology and business models. You will examine how these technology and business trends could make a positive impact and identify policy considerations to ensure potential benefits actually develop.  In addition, the fellow would engage various stakeholders including thought leaders, policymakers and key constituencies currently lacking equitable access to mobility in order to better understand their needs and to share our developing expertise in this area. 

The detailed outcomes of the fellowship will be defined during the development of the proposal, but could include a research paper, a UCS report on technology and policy issues as well as developing accessible materials for the public and organizing events that convene experts and/or policymakers.

Qualifications and experience

The Kendall Fellow should have knowledge and experience with transportation models, and ideally with behavioral and urban design factors relevant to transportation demand, vehicle emissions, impacts of ride-sourcing and ride-sharing, demand and availability of public transit, or congestion modeling. Skill and experience communicating complex technical and policy questions in written products and verbal presentations is also important. 

A completed M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering or other appropriate advanced degree in a related scientific or engineering field is required.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Travel on roughly a quarterly basis, occasionally including overnight stays.

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 UCS’s Washington DC 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.

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 “Equitable Mobility” in the subject line.  Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Review of initial applications will begin December 12, 2016. 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 26, 2017. Final decisions on the award of this competitive fellowship will be made by the end of February, 2017.

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Program Administrative Assistant

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.

The Program Administrative Assistant provides a broad range of administrative and logistical support for the Climate & Energy Program (C&E). You’ll arrange scheduling, travel, interoffice communication, and general support for the C&E Program Director, and other program staff as necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor the Program Director’s inbox; arrange travel schedule and logistics, and track travel expenses and reimbursements; support development of PowerPoint presentations; and schedule internal and external meetings and some external events with coalition partners.
  • Act as an interface with UCS staff for Program Director, responding to requests for information while maintaining sensitive and confidential information with discretion. Provide dedicated scheduling and note taking support to various campaign teams.
  • Support campaign deliverables through organization of references, fact-checking, and summarizing materials for campaign research and products.
  • Provide production assistance for reports and other materials including formatting into internal templates, and organizing resources such as photos and graphics.
  • Coordinate logistical support for public-facing activities including webinars.
  • Ensure timely payment of consultants and help set up and manage contracts.

Qualifications and experience

Requires considerable self-motivation, attention to detail, familiarity with office and administrative support procedures, competence in Microsoft Word and Excel, and excellent Microsoft Outlook email and scheduling software and web research skills. Experience in Concur travel and reimbursement service is preferred.

Must be able to work both independently and in teams, and to interact professionally with senior scientists, U.S. and international policymakers and UCS colleagues in sensitive matters.

Requires at least two years of relevant experience as an administrative, executive or research assistant. Experience with conducting web research, maintaining databases, and event planning is preferred. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is preferred.

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

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Little to no travel is 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, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $35,000. 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 “Program Admin” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 5, 2016 or until filled. 

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Outreach Intern

Six month Paid Internship
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.

The Outreach Internship is a six-month, full-time position supporting our corporate and national campaigns to reduce major fossil fuel companies’ influence in blocking climate action. You’ll work with outreach, legislative, analytical and other staff in the cross programmatic climate accountability team.

Responsibilities

  • Communicate with UCS supporters and scientists to recruit them for events and actions;
  • Implement strategies to attract new constituencies to our climate accountability campaign, including with frontline communities and climate justice partners;
  • Work with outreach staff to write, fact-check, and develop advocacy emails;
  • Assist with planning for UCS presence at conferences, including logistical and outreach support;
  • Assist UCS outreach staff with administrative needs including participation in planning and strategy, lobby and coalition meetings;
  • Monitor daily print media and blogs for climate accountability issues and rapid response opportunities;
  • Prepare background information about members of Congress, state attorneys general, agency staff, and other policymakers to inform campaign opportunities; 
  • Assist with research for reports of fossil fuel industry actions or practices.
  • Make appointments for Hill, agency and other meetings with key coalition partners;
  • Assist with report research and production; and
  • Assist with event planning logistics and recruitment

Qualifications and experience

Strong written and oral communication skills; excellent administrative, research, and organizational skills; ability to work independently and as part of a group are required. Interest in and basic knowledge of climate and energy issues, public interest advocacy campaigns, and corporate campaigns is preferred. Completed Bachelor's degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Little to no travel is 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. 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, benefits-eligible, 6-month position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is equivalent to $15 per hour, or $31,200 annually. 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 “Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 5, 2016 or until filled. 

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Outreach Assistant Intern

Nine-month Paid Internship
Food & Environment 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.

This is a nine-month internship from January 2017 to September 2017 providing outreach, logistical, and research assistance to support UCS’s efforts on sustainable agriculture research. You will assist UCS’s Senior Outreach Coordinator with outreach to agricultural scientists and other experts, coordinate travel and event logistics, help conduct research on sustainable agriculture methods and systems, and assist with special projects as requested.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in recruiting new expert supporters, and engaging regularly with supporters and allies.
  • Prioritize recruiting and engaging a diversity of scientists, economists, and other experts, including those from historically black colleges.
  • Provide logistical and outreach support for events and activities at several key conferences throughout the year.
  • Assist with quarterly updates and alerts to the UCS Science Network.
  • Conduct research and assist in writing for UCS materials and publications.
  • Keep abreast of developments in sustainable agriculture, identifying innovative research and helping to highlight this work on our blog

Qualifications and experience

Position requires careful attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects, familiarity with office operations, and intermediate level skills in basic office software including word processing spreadsheets, and database use/maintenance. Strong written and oral communication skills; excellent administrative, research, and organizational skills; ability to work independently and as part of a group are also required. Completed Bachelor's degree preferred.

Experience with organizing around issue campaigns and engaging diverse public audiences strongly preferred. Background in ecology, biology, or other relevant science and an interest in research a plus. Familiarity with food and agriculture issues helpful, but is not required. Competence with online engagement tools, spreadsheets, databases, and research tools preferred.

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

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Very occasionally move heavy boxes. Occassional travel may be required (1-5 total nights over the course of the internship).

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, benefits-eligible, nine-month internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the annual salary is $31,200. 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 “Outreach Asst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: January 2nd or until filled.

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Legislative Assistant

9 Month Paid Internship
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.

Under the supervision and mentorship of the C&E Director of Government Affairs this full time, nine-month internship supports work on climate preparedness and federal clean energy policy. 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

  • Help organize and publicize briefings on Capitol Hill and meetings with partners.
  • Assist with event planning, logistics and outreach
  • Prepare background information about new 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 climate and energy 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
  • Monitor daily print media and blogs for pertinent coverage of legislative issues
  • Maintains spreadsheet tracking letters of support, testimony, policy recommendations

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.
  • Understanding of legislative process
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment and a positive, team-oriented attitude
  • Strong web research skills preferred
  • Strong outreach and organizing skills highly desirable
  • Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns and climate and energy issues is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

 This job entails extended periods at a computer. Some late hours and/or weekends may be required in connection with events or critical deadlines. 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, nine-month internship (January- September 2016) 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. 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 “Legislative Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 4th, 2016 or until filled. 

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Senior Campaign Organizer/Corporate Accountability Analyst

Fossil Fuel Company Accountability
Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Senior Campaign Organizer advances UCS’s Fossil Fuel Company Accountability Campaign challenging major fossil fuel companies to meet emerging societal expectations for responsible action in a carbon-constrained world.

Responsibilities

The Senior Campaign Organizer will lead strategic outreach efforts including:

  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to mobilize targeted constituencies—such as socially responsible investors, shareholder advocates, and/or legal experts—in support of UCS’s campaign. Identify and cultivate potential champions and enlist their support.
  • Oversee corporate research that results in materials suitable for public campaigning and short-term campaign asks to selected corporate targets.
  • Manage, initiate, and/or coordinate high-level convenings, conferences, and symposia in support of campaign goals.
  • Identify and communicate with campaign team regarding emerging opportunities.
  • Directly engage with our corporate target(s). Develop and support corporate engagement strategies, materials, meeting preparation and follow-up. Monitor and analyze corporate and industry group responses; monitor corporate positions and actions to ensure adherence to commitments.
  • Be a UCS spokesperson, raising the profile of the campaign on social media, represent UCS in high-visibility public venues, engage with the media, and conduct webinars for supporters and allies.
  • Cultivate, coordinate, and manage relationships with national and international coalitions of allies necessary to advance our campaign goals. Ensure UCS campaign is well aligned with, and supportive of, complementary corporate campaigning strategies. Identify and cultivate new partners for UCS’s fossil fuel company accountability work among racial equity and climate justice groups.

Qualifications and experience

Five to seven years of comparable and relevant experience in both outreach and advocacy is required. Position requires extensive knowledge of and experience in effective corporate campaigning as well as knowledge of corporate business models, corporate political activity and influence, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, and shareholder advocacy. Broad and deep knowledge of climate change issues, the fossil fuel industry, and major fossil fuel companies highly preferred. Strong and demonstrated management skills are essential, as is demonstrated ability in project management and budgeting. Strong writing, corporate research, and public speaking ability are also required.  Master’s degree preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Extensive travel (10 or more overnights per year) is required; may include some international 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 particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. UCS is committed to building a 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 diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $60,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, a short (1-2 page) advocacy oriented writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Campaign Organizer” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 15, 2016 or until filled.

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Scientist

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

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 public health, environmental and safety problems. The Center for Science and Democracy (The Center) at UCS works to strengthen the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process on issues from scientific integrity to chemical exposure to species conservation.

The Center seeks an exceptional individual to join our research team. As a UCS scientist, the individual provides research and analysis to advance the Center’s mission and helps develop research and communication strategies under direction of the research director. The scientist manages, designs, and carries out independent research projects to increase understanding and visibility of science and democracy issues. In addition, the scientist works with UCS legislative, outreach, and communications staff to share research findings and publicly advocates policy solutions on behalf of the Center through engagement with decision makers, the media, and the public.  

The scientist will:

  • Conduct ongoing research on the use and misuse of science in policy making, develop technical expertise in one or more areas concerning the use of science in public policy debates, and maintain and update working knowledge of varied Center-related policy issues.
  • Research these issues through a variety of means, including but not limited to traditional text and journal research, web research, interviews, cultivation of sources, and utilization of sunshine laws such as the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Report research results in oral and written form to supervisors, colleagues, experts, public, media, and congressional representatives.
  • Work with Center staff on a variety of research-related tasks, including rapid response, report design and production, and public messaging and branding. 
  • Work with UCS Communications staff to identify key media opportunities and help ensure timeliness and accuracy in public-facing documents.
  • Engage with researchers, advocacy groups, UCS members and sponsors, and the general public about Center issues. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Ph.D. in a Physical, Natural or Social Science or Engineering discipline is required with one to three years of experience with connecting science to policymaking preferred.
  • Requires a solid understanding of how science informs public policy. Also needed are a familiarity with general health and environmental concepts and issues and strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Robust written and oral communication skills, for both scientific and general audiences, are essential. The ability to analyze and write quickly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.
  • An understanding of and a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making is essential. Interest in and/or experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns desirable.

Physical Requirements: Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer terminal.

Travel: This position requires occasional 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 position based in UCS’s Washington, DC, or Cambridge, MA offices. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high 50’s to high 60’s. 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, salary requirements and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 20, 2016 or until filled. 

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Chicago, IL

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Oakland, CA

Western States Outreach Assistant

Six Month Paid Internship
Oakland 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.

The Western States Outreach Assistant is a full-time six-month internship within the western states outreach team of UCS’s Climate and Energy program, assisting staff with planning and implementing outreach campaigns that harness the power of the “clean energy transition” taking place across the country and contribute to a resilient water system in the face of climate change. You will contribute creative ideas, research, logistical and administrative support to campaigns, and activate our network of scientists to support local, state and regional policy solutions that fight global warming, promote clean energy for all, and prepare California for a climate changed future.

Responsibilities

  • Draft and send action alerts and event invitations, and communicate with UCS supporters and scientists to recruit them for events and actions;
  • Support collaboration with partner organizations through meetings, strategy sessions, materials production, and joint event planning;
  • Set up and recruit for online and in-person events and trainings;
  • Assist with planning for UCS presence at conferences, including logistical and outreach support;
  • Research and compile information for factsheets, blogs, and social media use; with potential for some Spanish language materials and/or communication;
  • Assist UCS staff—particularly Western States Director—with administrative needs; and
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings. 

Qualifications and experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields.
  • Experience with public interest campaigns and organizing are a plus.
  • Interest in and basic knowledge of climate change and clean energy in the US.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal, as well as occasional lifting of heavy objects. Occasional regional travel may be required (no overnights expected).

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, six-month, benefits-eligible internship based in UCS’s Oakland office. The internship is expected to run February - July, 2017. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour, $31,200 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Western States Outreach Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 18, 2016 or until filled. 

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Communications Officer

Bilingual Spanish/English
Communications Department
Oakland, CA 

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based advocacy organization working for a healthy planet and safer world, is looking for a smart, energetic, out-of-the-box thinker to serve as media point person for our West Coast office as well as one or two UCS campaigns. The communications officer will develop proactive and reactive media strategies to maximize the visibility of our experts, issues, and products with a wide range of audiences. This position requires someone with a great news sense, excellent writing skills, a knack for collaborating well with others, and the ability to work under tight timelines while juggling multiple tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Position will serve as media point person for the UCS West Coast office as well as two or more UCS campaigns, but must maintain flexibility to jump on media opportunities that may arise for other issue areas.
  • Develop proactive and reactive media strategies to obtain widespread media coverage for UCS, our experts, positions, and analysis in opinion leader print, radio, online, and television outlets.
  • Write and distribute press releases, op-eds, factsheets, pitch letters, LTEs, staff bios, backgrounders, tweets, and other press materials in English and Spanish.
  • Increase UCS visibility in state, regional, and national media outlets, including Spanish-language media.
  • Organize road shows, radio talk show bookings, press conferences, and telepressers. Coordinate travel arrangements, media contacts, and facility logistics; staff events as required.
  • Develop message memos and soundbites for UCS experts.
  • Monitor press coverage of issue areas and proactively look for opportunities to insert UCS and our experts into stories.
  • Establish relationships with members of press corps through email, social media, phone, and traditional methods to promote opportunities for positive reporting on UCS activities, positions, and experts.
  • Arrange meetings and attend functions and conferences to educate reporters on UCS issues. Pitch reporters with suggestions for stories or articles; provide necessary information to ensure accurate coverage. Respond promptly to requests for information; refer media representatives to colleagues as necessary.
  • Train UCS staff, scientists, and activists on successful media techniques and strategies.
  • Represent the communications department in program planning meetings to ensure strategies and tactics are developed with cross-channel promotions in mind and to maximize visibility, engage supporters in our campaigns, and contribute to campaign impact.

Qualifications and Experience

Position requires a minimum of five to seven years’ experience in media relations or journalism. Excellent writing and communication skill required. Experience writing press releases, op-eds, and other press materials. Proven ability to identify and exploit media opportunities and develop messages and sound bites. Written and oral Spanish fluency required.

Little or no exertion required. May spend extended periods at computer terminal and keyboard. Clear speech required.

Some travel 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. 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 Oakland, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the annual salary is in the low $70,000s. 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, three writing samples, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Communications Officer Oakland” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 18, 2016 or until filled.

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