Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


NRDC is a leading nonprofit environmental organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and health since 1970. NRDC engages in litigation, lobbying, scientific research, and public education on air, water, public health, climate change, energy, environmental justice, oceans, public land, smart growth, international, urban, and wildlife issues. NRDC has more than four hundred advocates (lawyers, scientists, legislative experts, and others) and offices in San Francisco; Santa Monica; New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Montana; and Beijing. You can read more about NRDC’s work and advocacy priorities at This is a term limited positon expected to continue through 12/31/2020.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Research Associate with the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) in the Healthy People and Thriving Communities program. The American Cities Climate Challenge is an unprecedented opportunity for 20 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents. The Research Associate will conduct individual technical, policy, and other research activities for staff, technical partners, and cities to inform the development of policies and programs in the areas of buildings and/or transportation. Additionally, this position will provide day-to-day support on other Challenge activities.


Learn more about the ACCC at:


  • General Research: Research, collect, and synthesize information relevant to energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, mobility, and/or climate advocacy positions.  
  • Resource Development and Communications: Develop user-friendly and tailored resources such as factsheets, presentations, and infographics for cities.
  • Technical Analysis: In coordination with Lead Technical Strategists, analyze technical issues or quantitative data to support the Challenge’s objectives.
  • General Project Support: Support Lead Technical Strategists and City Engagement Managers to meet the needs of partners and the cities.


  • Bachelors degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • 1-3 years of related experience with city policy, clean energy, transportation, or climate advocacy
  • A demonstrated ability to synthesize technical information and communicate to non-expert audiences
  • Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication, and advanced power point presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and on quick timelines, managing multiple workstreams
  • Quantitative or technical skills such as ArcGIS, Excel, data modeling, and/or infographic design experience preferred
  • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively towards shared outcomes


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree