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Senior Research Analyst, Oil and Gas

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Texas - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior 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.

Natural gas is a growing part of international energy portfolios.  It emits fewer greenhouse gases than coal when combusted and avoids mercury and other dangerous air pollutants that come from coal.  However, methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain undermine the fuel’s promise as a lower-carbon energy resource.  Methane is responsible for 25% of the warming our planet is experiencing today and oil and gas is the largest industrial source of methane globally, making these reductions one of the largest untapped opportunities to address climate change.

Through an ambitious, multi-year project that utilizes groundbreaking science, policy, and industry engagement, EDF is working globally to reduce oil and gas methane emissions. A global 40-45% reduction of oil and gas methane would have the same near-term climate benefit as shutting down roughly 1,000 coal-fired power plants.

Overall Function

EDF’s US Climate & Energy Program seeks candidates with proven analytical and research skills to support EDF's work to better characterize air emissions and emission reduction opportunities from the oil and gas industry outside of the United States – in particular in Canada and Mexico.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform complex analyses of datasets on emissions from oil and gas operations.
  • Analyze regulatory proposals and perform comparative analyses of existing regulations from various jurisdictions.
  • Develop analytics in support of regulatory advocacy, including recommended control strategies, emission reduction efficacy and cost-benefit analyses.
  • Understands methane abatement technologies, their costs, and optimal uses.
  • Perform literature reviews and research, analyzing and synthesize information on a variety of topics to inform and support EDF’s international oil and gas advocacy efforts.
  • Compile and keep up-to-date with scientific and gray literature on methane and other air emissions from natural gas systems; synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF scientists, economists, attorneys and policy specialists.
  • Actively develop reports/fact sheets/blog posts for general audiences on the topics of focus.
  • Represent EDF in meetings with regulators, industry representatives, NGO partners and other stakeholders.
  • Support other "rapid response" and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.
  • Apply excellent organizational, communication, and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information, and helping to coordinate activities among staff members.


  • Master’s degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or environmental science preferred; candidates with a Bachelors degree and suitable work experience will be considered.
  • Minimum three years work experience in environmental science, energy policy, policy analysis, environmental advocacy, or related fields.
  • Knowledge about environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry and/or experience with air emissions issues or data.
  • Experience with Canadian and Mexican regulatory frameworks and processes is a plus.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills; proficiency in statistical analysis and air dispersion modeling a plus.
  • Experience with database software and strong computer proficiency. Preferred: Experience with geo-spatial analysis using ArcGIS or other similar program; programming skills; and advanced knowledge of Excel, including macros.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Strong preference for candidates with a working knowledge of either Spanish or French or both.
  • Two sample work products will be requested from candidates before invitation for an interview.


 Calgary,Canada and Houston, TX 

Start date

This position will begin as soon as possible


Full-time (35 hrs/wk)


Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Start Date

Available Immediately

Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.

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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