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Research Volunteer Description for Climate & Agriculture Policy NonProfit

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The Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Roadmap is a non-profit program dedicated to fostering a bipartisan coalition for federal climate policy that invests in sustainable agriculture and farmers’ profitability. Volunteers 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 on the following goals:

·      Comprehensively address climate change with bipartisan mandate

·      Fairly compensate farmers with a profitable and reliable revenue stream that communities can rely upon in an era of declining rural economies, volatile commodity prices & disrupted access to international markets.  

·      Invest in voluntary sustainable agriculture practices to improve drinking water quality, soil health, and climate mitigation  

Experience Gained & Responsibilities

Volunteers are integrated into the RIPE team as core members and are treated as professional policy analysts. Volunteers will select their priority interests from a list of projects, including those listed below.  The final workplans will be designed in consultation with each volunteer’s interests, balanced with program priority needs. Volunteers will have a combination of research project responsibility and some administrative or communications support.   

·      Create case studies on ecosystem service values for sustainable agriculture practices, relying on literature review and calculating average values.

·      Analyze political economy of Senators and Members of Congress including analyzing agricultural priorities, campaign funding analysis, and voting bloc issues.

·      Research federal policies and precedents regarding agricultural policy

·      Work with communications manager to monitor news, draft social media messages

·      Track federal climate policy developments and brief team on key updates

·      Respond to analytical needs of agricultural advisory committee, which may include literature review of estimated costs of various sustainable farming practices

·      Track contact info for farmers

·      Analyze agricultural trade group’s policy positions on climate policy

Skills & Interests

The desired skills and interests of this volunteer position are:

·      Independent researcher with pro-active 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 the relevant bullet points

·      Preference for Masters students in the fields of policy, politics, economics, or environmental science. Undergraduate students with strong research skills also accepted.  

·      Some coursework completed on either: political science, climate, sustainable agriculture, water, environmental science, environmental economics, or environmental policy

Logistics

·      Volunteer positions runs from early September through December, with 3 weeks vacation. 

·      Volunteers work remotely with flexibility on which hours work for you. Weekly check-in calls will be scheduled in advance at the same time each week. Volunteers submits weekly work memo in advance of those calls and will receive feedback on those calls. 

·      Team check-ins will occur on alternating weeks, allowing volunteers to present summaries of their research to RIPE staff and connect with other volunteers.  

·      Please submit your resume and cover letter to Info@RipeRoadmap.org by August 10 2020.  

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

Details at a glance

  • Virtual Opportunity
  • Wheelchair Accessible

How to Apply

·      Please submit your resume and cover letter by August 10 2020.  

·      Please submit your resume and cover letter by August 10 2020.  

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