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CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH SCIENCE FELLOW - Natural Resources Defense Council

Location: New York, NY, or San Francisco, CA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Job #11549
Posted: June 20, 2017
Description:

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We use science, law, policy expertise and the support of 2.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our air pollution cases played a major role shaping current clean air policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of about 500 lawyers, scientists, policy and communications experts work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman and Beijing. Position Summary: NRDC is seeking a two-year, full-time Climate Change and Health Science Fellow with extensive interdisciplinary training and expertise in the areas of environmental and public health and climate change. The Fellow will work with NRDC’s Science Center, which supports and advances the use and application of science in all of NRDC’s programmatic areas. Understanding, forecasting and preventing the impacts of climate change on human and community health have emerged in recent years as advocacy priorities for NRDC and the many other organizations, professional associations and communities with which we work. The Climate Change and Health Science Fellow will provide subject matter expertise, conduct multi-disciplinary research and analysis on climate-related environmental conditions and human health, and develop broadly accessible communication materials to support NRDC’s community partnerships, public outreach and advocacy on this issue. The nexus between climate change and human and community health is broad, including environmental conditions that directly impact health like extreme heat, range expansion of vector-borne diseases, and physical and mental health impacts from weather related disasters. We will consider candidates with expertise in any of these areas but we are particularly interested in scientists with expertise in air pollution epidemiology and the climate change-air pollution nexus. Specific topics and projects undertaken by the Fellow will depend on their expertise and NRDC’s programmatic priorities. Some examples of potential projects include: developing locally-relevant climate-health indicators to inform and support NRDC’s state-level climate advocacy; working with outside experts to identify and develop Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), mapping their extent, and evaluating associated health and economic impacts; or working with US Forest Service and academic researchers to update NRDC’s 2013 wildfire/smoke national maps for the southeastern and western United States. The Climate Change and Health Science Fellow will be supported by NRDC’s Science Center and its Science Fellows program, which is a key element of the Science Center’s mission to enhance NRDC’s scientific capabilities and provide resources and support for NRDC’s policy and advocacy work. The Fellows program also provides young scientists interested in working in the science, policy and advocacy arena with professional experience and “on the job” training; it is an excellent opportunity to refine existing skills and build new ones, develop professionally, publish work, and gain important “real-world” competencies. The Fellow will be based in our New York, NY office or in our San Francisco, CA office. Responsibilities: The Fellow’s core responsibilities will include:  Working with Science Center and other NRDC program staff to identify and understand the diverse ways in which climate change is presenting major environmental health concerns to human communities;  Accessing, reviewing and analyzing relevant literature, datasets, and analytical and screening tools from international, federal, state, and local sources to advance our understanding of the climate-health nexus, inform and guide our advocacy, and support our outreach and engagement with decision-makers, other organizations, and communities;  Drafting reports and/or peer-reviewed publications outlining methods, findings, and recommendations based upon climate-health analyses conducted at NRDC;  Developing climate-health indicators and publicly accessible communication and outreach materials that support our advocacy and facilitate our engagement with communities;  Responding to inquiries about climate change effects on human and community health from NRDC program, policy and legal staff, colleague organizations, partners and communities, and the media; and  Developing relationships with subject matter and community experts to aid with identification of climate-health threats, data analysis and/or data collection, and public outreach and engagement.

Additional Details:

Skills/Eligibility:

Qualifications: The following qualifications are required:  Ph.D. in a relevant field with specific knowledge of climate change impacts on environmental human health; and familiarity with a range of climate-health impacts and associated literature. A candidate with a Master’s degree and relevant academic and work experience may also be considered.  Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.  Experience working with interdisciplinary teams on climate-environmental-health issues.  Ability to work effectively without extensive supervision, and to collaborate with other analysts and advocates.  Excellent writing, verbal communication and presentation skills, particularly for non-technical audiences. The following qualifications are desirable:  Expertise in air pollution, the impacts of air pollution on human health, and the relationship between climate change and air pollution.  Experience working with valuation of climate-health impacts on human health and/or on ecological health.  Experience working with large amounts of data, developing indicators of environmental health, spatial analysis and mapping, and data visualization.  Experience working with community-based organizations in climate change-impacted communities and locations.  Experience with policy analysis and advocacy.

How to Apply:

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses: (a) why the fellowship with NRDC is desired; (b) how the candidate is qualified, including relevant work and/or research experience; and (d) how the candidate hopes the fellowship will affect her/his career goals. Applicants should also submit a resume and a writing sample. NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, 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. To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs and upload your cover letter, resume and writing sample. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803- 9663. For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org