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Policy & Research Fellowship for Climate & Agriculture Policy Nonprofit

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Remote 5-Month Position Starting Jan 2022 

About this Job

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) is a non-profit program dedicated to fostering a bipartisan coalition for federal climate policy that invests in sustainable agriculture and agricultural producers’ profitability. Fellows will gain experience with environmental policy design, economic analysis, stakeholder engagement, and political projections in a variety of fields including: climate, water, sustainable agriculture, ecosystem services, and agricultural economics. If you are analytically talented and a proactive researcher interested in bipartisan climate policy, this is the opportunity for you.

About RIPE

RIPE is a non-profit based in Washington, DC that works toward the following goals:

  • Comprehensively addressing climate change with a bipartisan mandate.
  • Fairly compensating farmers with a profitable and reliable revenue stream that communities can rely upon in an era of declining rural economies, climate-related disruptions to agricultural production, and fluctuating commodity pricing.
  • Investing in the adoption of voluntary sustainable agriculture practices to improve drinking water quality, soil health, and climate mitigation.

Experience Gained & Responsibilities

Fellows are integrated into the RIPE team as core members and treated as professional policy analysts. The fellows' work plans are designed in consultation their interests, balanced with program priority needs. Fellows will have research project responsibilities combined with some administrative or communications support. Fellows will select their priority interests from a list of projects, similar to those listed below.

  • Case study creation for ecosystem service values for sustainable agriculture practices, relying on literature review and calculating average values
  • Farm stewardship plan research and analysis
  • Analysis of how the Farm Bill and other agricultural policies have gained support
  • Policy precedent research for efforts similar to elements in the RIPE100 Plan
  • Research on state-specific policy landscapes, including policymakers, local voting districts, and top commodities and interest groups
  • Renewable Fuel Standard and Low Carbon Fuel Standard deep dives
  • Greenhouse gas additionality 
  • Research into commodity groups and their leaders

Skills & Interests

The desired skills and interests of this fellow position are:

  • Independence, proactive research skills, and the ability to take initiative to approach research in creative ways
  • Interest in learning about and contributing to climate and agricultural policy improvements with a pragmatic practical lens
  • Diplomatic and confidential approach to politically sensitive topics
  • Strong research skills – ability to review lengthy reports and identify and communicate the salient points
  • Preference for Master’s students in the fields of policy, politics, economics, or environmental science. Undergraduate students with strong research skills are also invited to apply.
  • Some coursework completed on either: political science, climate, sustainable agriculture, water, environmental science, environmental economics, or environmental policy.

Logistics

  • Fellow positions run from January 2022 to May 2022, with 2 weeks’ unpaid vacation.
  • Fellows work remotely for 8 hours per week, with flexibility on which hours work for them.
  • Fellows will provide weekly or bi-weekly check-in calls with their project manager. They will submit weekly work memos in advance of, and receive feedback during, those calls.
  • RIPE Team meetings occur weekly, allowing fellows to present summaries of their research to RIPE staff and connect with other fellows.
  • A small stipend will be provided.

About Rural Investment to Protect our Environment

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) is a non-profit program based in Washington, DC, dedicated to fostering a bipartisan coalition for federal climate policy that invests in sustainable agriculture and agricultural producers’ profitability. 

RIPE works toward the following goals:

  • Comprehensively addressing climate change with a bipartisan mandate. 
  • Fairly compensating farmers with a profitable and reliable revenue stream that communities can rely upon in an era of declining rural economies, climate-related disruptions to agricultural production, and fluctuating commodity pricing. 
  • Investing in the adoption of voluntary sustainable agriculture practices to improve drinking water quality, soil health, and climate mitigation.

EEO STATEMENT:

Multiplier and RIPE celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit-based factors. 

Remote 5-Month Position Starting Jan 2022 

About this Job

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) is a non-profit program dedicated to fostering a bipartisan coalition for federal climate policy that invests in sustainable…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Application Deadline
    December 5, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Careers@RipeRoadmap.org as soon as possible and no later than December 5, 2021, with the subject line “Research Fellow Application.” Please include information about your availability (days of the week, work hours). Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Opportunities will be offered to preferred candidates until all positions are filled. Due to the high volume of applicants, we do not respond to all candidates. 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Careers@RipeRoadmap.org as soon as possible and no later than December 5, 2021, with the subject line “Research Fellow Application…

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