The Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Roadmap is a policy framework and stakeholder engagement initiative that seeks to foster a federal bipartisan coalition for climate mitigation and sustainable agriculture. Research assistants 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.
RIPE is a non-profit based in Washington, DC that works on the following goals:
Experience Gained & Responsibilities
Research assistants will select their priority interests from a list of projects, including those listed below. The final workplans will be designed in consultation with each assistant’s interests, balanced with program priority needs. Each assistant will have a combination of research project responsibility and some administrative support.
· Create case studies on ecosystem service values for sustainable agriculture practices, relying on literature review and calculating average values.
· Research and analyze stakeholders' climate policy priorities and associated costs, such as unions, forestry, environmental justice, etc.
· Research federal policies and precedents regarding financial incentives
· Monitor news and draft Tweets
· 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 environmental group’s positions on agriculture in climate policy
· Analyze campaign finance donations in target districts to inform stakeholder strategy
· Identify appropriate technical experts and contact information in target organizations
· Analyze agricultural trade group’s policy positions on climate policy
· Update RIPE website for new content and design
Skills & Interests
The desired skills and interests for this role are:
· Strong 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
· This is a volunteer position that runs from early June through August, with 3 weeks vacation.
· Assistants 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. Assistants will submit weekly work memo in advance of those calls and will receive feedback on those calls.
· Team check-ins will occur on alternating weeks, allowing assistants to present summaries of their research to RIPE staff and connect with other research assistants.
The Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Roadmap is a policy framework and stakeholder engagement initiative that seeks to foster a federal bipartisan coalition for climate mitigation and sustainable agriculture…