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Program Associate, Climate & Energy (Oil & Gas)

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location California - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Environmental Defense Fund
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Telephone 1-800-684-3322
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Founded in 1967 as the Environmental Defense Fund, we tackle the most serious environmental problem...a scrappy group of scientists and a lawyer on Long Island, New York, fighting to save osprey from the toxic pesticide DDT. Using scientific evidence, our founders got DDT banned nationwide. Today, we’re one of the world's leading environmental organizations. In the U.S., Fortune magazine called our board one of the country's most influential nonprofit boards. You can see the jobs of the EDF on their website.
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With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

EDF's Oil & Gas Program

Natural gas is an important and growing part of our nation’s energy portfolio.  The increasing use of natural gas, especially for electricity generation, has huge implications for the future of the energy system and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.  It could be a win-win, if--and this is a big "if"--we do it the right way. The "right way" entails putting tough rules in place, including those for natural gas exploration and production, that lock in mandatory environmental safeguards to protect land, water, and communities and reduce methane pollution, which undermines natural gas’ role as a lower carbon alternative to coal and oil.  In addition, there must be a pathway for natural gas use to diminish over time and be replaced by lower emitting energy sources like wind and solar.  EDF is taking a leading role to ensure that natural gas provides real and sustained greenhouse gas benefits that facilitate, rather than constrain, the ongoing transformation to an energy system that is more efficient and powered by renewable resources.  

Through an ambitious, multi-year project that utilizes groundbreaking science, policy, and industry engagement, EDF is taking a leading national role to ensure that natural gas provides real and sustained carbon benefits without harming the environment or the health of the communities where gas development occurs.

Reports to:  Director, Natural Gas Compliance and Performance Strategies

Overall Function
The Program Associate provides administrative support for the Oil and Gas Campaign.  The Program Associate plays a key role in achieving these goals by providing administrative and logistical support to the team and ensuring smooth operation of day-to-day activities. The Program Associate also works on special projects as assigned, such as conducting research in support of senior policy experts and attorneys.  The Program Associate will be working in a challenging environment that will include detail-oriented independent work, quick thinking, and professional interactions. The successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands.

Key Responsibilities:
The Program Associate will be responsible for the following and other duties as assigned: 

  • Maintain calendars, schedule travel arrangements, and coordinate logistics for the Natural Gas team, and/or senior level staff with highly variable schedules. 
  • Monitor, track, and develop expenses reports for program staff.
  • Administer contracts for consultants, including assistance in writing and signing contracts, working with the Accounting Department to ensure payments of contracts and with consultants to ensure the obligations of contracts are fulfilled.
  • Assist in the preparation of work products.  This includes conducting research and compiling/writing/editing correspondence, reports, memos, presentations, and charts/tables.  Interface with contractors such as web and graphic designers, as needed.
  • Arrange, coordinate, and manage logistics for EDF staff and consultants for internal and external meetings.
  • Coordinate information requests from external sources and other departments to ensure requests are met according to deadlines.
  • Proactively identify and implement mechanisms to enhance operational effectiveness of the Oil & Gas Team.
  • Organize and maintain electronic files including program staff work plans, contracts, proposals and other documents.
  • Work independently and as part of a Energy team on both special and ongoing projects, which may include planning and coordinating presentations, events and disseminating information including, but not limited to the Natural Gas Campaign, energy issues, climate change, and air pollution.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with at least 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Must have knowledge of office administrative procedures including use and operation of standard office equipment.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to interface well with all programs/departments in the organization. 
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills required in order to gather and summarize data for reports, find solutions to various problems, and prioritize work.
  • Creativity, energy, and the ability to multi-task and get work done under pressure.
  • Position continually requires demonstrated professionalism, poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Must be comfortable handling confidential and sensitive information.
    Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to complete and prioritize multiple tasks under strict deadlines in a high pressure setting, with a strong attention to detail and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision and with a team of diverse colleagues.
  • Previous experience maintaining complex calendars and coordinating meetings/events preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in environmental advocacy preferred.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Environmental Defense Fund’s mission of protecting public health and the environment. 

This position will be located in Austin, TX or San Francisco, CA

Start date
This position will begin as soon as possible.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirements.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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