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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


Bilingual Social Media Coordinator

Communications Department
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position

¿Te gusta la ciencia? Are you actively following conversations around #marginsci and #scicomm? Are you a self-professed geek spreading all your latest discoveries across the internet through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in English and Spanish? Here’s your chance to put that love of science and social media to work to help stop global warming, support sustainable agriculture, and protect the planet.

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

Under direction of the online engagement manager, conceptualize and implement social media strategies and tactics to maximize visibility for UCS, our issues, and products, engage current and potential supporters in our campaigns, cultivate social media influencers, grow our social media followers, and contribute to campaign impact. The social media coordinator will manage the organization’s social media accounts posting primarily in English with a small (though increasing) portion in Spanish.

  • Implement the organization’s social media strategies and tactics.
  • Manage organizational social media accounts by engaging UCS supporters across various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, G+, LinkedIn, and new platforms as identified. Write, edit, design, and publish content on social media platforms. Monitor and moderate comments and conversations.
  • Working with online engagement manager, develop and maintain the organizational social media calendar.
  • Respond to member questions and concerns through social media, coordinating with communications, development and program teams. Regularly report back relevant issues, member concerns, and trends in the community.
  • Train new staff in social media platforms and monitoring tools, maintain written instructions for staff reference, and monitor staff usage of social media, making recommendations for improvements when necessary.
  • Member of the team responsible for implementing Spanish language communications strategy, translates key pieces of content, create original Spanish content.
  • Coordinating with web, engagement, and development teams, create and implement opportunities for people to share their activities on social media through share links on UCS webpages, action alerts, and fundraising campaigns.
  • Collaborates with communications and program colleagues to develop Spanish language content for multiple social media channels.
  • Cultivate top social media users and influencers through one-on-one outreach and engagement.
  • Working with the data analyst, ensure all shares and links are set up for maximum trackability, monitor social media results, and recommend changes in strategy based on results of analysis.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in social media and recommend changes or additions to strategy when needed.
  • Assist in running the organization’s email outreach and online advocacy program, editing messages and alerts, setting up outgoing email communications and online action alerts and surveys, reviewing messages and web content, editing and publishing pages, and launching messages when needed.
  • Maintain understanding of UCS issues and positions.
  • Maintain awareness of role as representative of UCS; consider impact of activities on organization’s reputation and credentials in public and private sectors; direct energies whenever possible to promote UCS; advance organization’s objectives; and enhance credibility.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidate must be bilingual and have excellent writing and editing skills in both English and Spanish and capacity to manage multiple projects and deadlines with ease. Must have a track record of developing effective social media campaigns and strong knowledge of social media best practices. Outstanding attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work well in a team environment and independently is essential. Knowledge of HTML and experience working in a content management and constituent relationship management systems, as well as design software a plus. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. We are looking for a self-starter who is excited to come up with new ideas and figure out how to run with them.

Position requires minimum of three to five years of comparable and relevant online organizing / social media experience in a political or advocacy campaign setting. Strong copywriting and editing experience required. Proven ability to engage online constituents and grow online supporter lists.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal, with limited travel (only a couple times a 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 $47,500. 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 “Social Media Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 12, 2017 or until filled.

 

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Outreach Assistant Intern

Center for Science and Democracy
Cambridge, MA 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.

At the Center for Science and Democracy (The Center), we value contributions by everyone on the team. We work hard and have fun while contributing to making the world a better place. We are supporting scientists so they can speak up and use their experience and expertise so that the policies that keep us and our environment healthy are informed by evidence and the public as opposed to industry and special interests. Help us help scientists to be better prepared to contribute to policy, work with community, and to speak and act on their knowledge for the public good. Let’s stand up for science and push back against the anti-science, alternative facts movement.

Responsibilities

The Outreach Assistant Intern will conduct the following activities in support of The Center’s development of a suite of resources and trainings for scientists to engage in advocacy:

  • Build relationships with scientists, non-profit organizations, and communities to support the role of science in health, safety, and environmental protections
  • Cultivate scientists in our Science Network to engage them in advocacy efforts, opportunities to take action, and collaborations with partner organizations to defend science in policymaking
  • Think creatively to build relationships with The Center’s partners, including environmental and social justice groups, to help expand the reach and usefulness of the toolkit and related trainings
  • Identify opportunities and promote our science advocacy resources online and offline via social media, email, telephone, and in-person
  • Aide in the planning and execution of webinars, workshops, and in-person trainings and events
  • Provide logistical support for and attend the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference in Portland, Oregon in August 6-11, 2017 to promote the Center and our science advocacy resources and to train scientists to utilize them
  • Maintain tracking and evaluating of our science advocacy resources
  • Work with our leadership, outreach, research, and legislative teams, and provide input in all areas of the Center’s work!

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal skills
  • Effective communication and relationship building
  • Experience in advocacy organizing is helpful
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • MS Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A scientific background is helpful, though not required
  • Interest in science advocacy, and desire to learn about public interest/non-profit work
  • Willing to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with and engage environmental and social justice communities is crucial
  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in social or physical sciences is helpful but not required

Little or no exertion; will require extended periods at a computer. Candidate will be required to travel occasionally to meetings (approximately 3-5 overnights).

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, 6 month, paid internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA 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 requirement, and how you learned about the position via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Outreach Assistant Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017 or until filled.

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Washington, DC Positions


 

Outreach Specialist

18 month Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
Washington, DC

Are you a community organizer who wants to help build a movement to promote the role of science in government decision making on public health, environmental, and public safety issues? The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an outreach specialist to help us build infrastructure that will make federal government science and scientists more resilient to political pressure.

The Trump administration and Congress bring unique challenges to the development and use of independent science in policymaking. UCS has years of experience exposing political interference in science and holding policymakers accountable for attacking scientists and undermining scientific integrity. This new position will be housed in the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, which works to ensure that public policies are informed by science and evidence.

Responsibilities

  • Organizing a coalition of civil society organizations, science and clinical advocacy groups, journalism societies, and emerging grassroots efforts to promote the role of science in policymaking.
  • Developing and promote resources for defending science from political interference and protecting federal government researchers.
  • Representing UCS and the coalition in other efforts to promote democracy.
  • Documenting how science is used and misused across public health, environmental, and public safety issues, with a special focus on underserved and overburdened communities.
  • Supporting work to organize scientists to push back on anti-science actions.

Qualifications and experience

A bachelor’s degree is preferred as well as demonstrated experience with community organizing and outreach and event coordination. Competitive applicants will have familiarity with and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of allies and potential allies in public health, environmental justice, science, and journalism. Strong written and oral communications skills are necessary. Three to five years of comparable and relevant experience is required. Most of all, applicants should possess an independent, creative spirit and an interest in science-based policymaking.

The position requires approximately ten days of overnight travel annually. May require extended periods at a computer. Regular office hours may include occasional (but not at all regular) nights and weekends.

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, 18 month temporary position (with the possibility of extension) based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “Center Outreach Specialist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 14, 2017 or until filled.

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Climate Scientist

Climate & Energy Program
Washington, DC Office 

The Position

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coalitions Coordinator

One Year Temporary
Food and 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.

The UCS Food and Environment Program is leading the call for transformation to a food system that ensures access to affordable, healthy food for all Americans; protects the nation’s farmland, air, water, and climate; and guarantees fair wages and working conditions for millions of farm and food workers. As part of a 14-person interdisciplinary team, you will convene priority coalitions focused on addressing racial equity and social justice in the food system.  You will contribute to outreach and direct advocacy efforts with coalition partners, lead efforts to engage with diverse communities in support of UCS goals, and conduct research and writing on equity-focused topics.

This is a one-year temporary grant-funded position with a possibility of renewal.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates priority coalition efforts, with a focus on equity in the food system in this country. Facilitates coalition members to identify and develop joint goals, policy objectives, and written materials.
  • Works to build member-led coalition initiatives and personally engages coalition partners in key aspects of joint work.
  • Organizes, participates in, and supports logistics for conferences, convenings, and workshops with coalition partners to highlight local food system innovation and leverage local success.
  • Identifies ways that UCS analysis and policy expertise could support grassroots organizations working on food and sustainable agriculture issues.
  • Contributes substantively to analyses to advance food equity goals.
  • Develops expertise with regard to food equity issues and policies.
  • Tracks legislative action related to program and coalition goals.
  • Assists with development of advocacy strategy
  • Cultivates, recruits, and trains allies to participate in Washington-based advocacy efforts and ensures participants represent a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Performs other related functions as directed.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and three to five years of comparable and relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated interest in and passion for work that serves the public interest—in particular, issues of diversity and racial equity in the food system.
  • Considerable self-motivation, cultural competency, attention to detail, and knowledge of office and administrative support procedures, including business English, word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
  • Strong organizational abilities, good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills—including the ability to interact professionally and sensitively with individuals with a wide range of experiences, skills, backgrounds and responsibilities.

May spend extended periods at computer.  Four to ten days of overnight travel per year 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, one-year temporary position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $47,500 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 “Coalitions Coordinator” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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Baker Media Internship

One Year Paid Internship
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 Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a motivated student or recent graduate for UCS’s “Baker Internship” in media relations. This opportunity will provide participants with media experience working on exciting communication strategies at a leading national advocacy organization. The Baker intern will have an opportunity to work with UCS programs focused on addressing global warming, expanding clean energy, cleaning up the U.S. vehicle fleet, reforming the agricultural system, reducing nuclear weapons threats, and ensuring science is properly used in government decision making. 

The Baker Media Internship was founded through the generous bequest of the late C. Edwin (Ed) Baker, one of the country's foremost authorities on free speech, the First Amendment, and mass media policy. The internship is designed to help further his interest in elevating science and policy issues through the media.

The Baker Internship is for college students and recent graduates from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and or environmental advocacy. 

Responsibilities

  • Monitoring science and policy news coverage to identify rapid response opportunities
  • Building and maintaining a variety of media contact lists
  • Providing media team with operational support
  • Researching various topic to support media activities
  • Pitching editors and reporters
  • Scheduling television appearances and radio interviews
  • Assisting with event publicity, media training, and public relations logistics
  • Drafting press releases and pitch memos
  • Helping develop media strategies for our issue areas

Qualifications and experience

Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook. Also needed are excellent interpersonal relations skills, as well as an ability to work both independently and in teams. Interest in science, the environment, or media issues strongly preferred.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. Overnight travel may be required once or twice during the 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 paid one-year full-time, benefits-eligible internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the annual salary $31,200. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample n via email to internship@ucsusa.org and include “Baker Internship” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. As part of the cover letter, please indicate salary requirements, how you learned about the position, and evidence of your promise as a communications professional to give the hiring committee an idea of your potential and achievements. Deadline: May 29, 2017 or until filled.

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Legislative Intern

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

The Position

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications and Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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