Program Assistant - San Francisco

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 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 Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC seeks a Program Assistant to support two initiatives in our San Francisco office. The Program Assistant will work closely with a group of four NRDC staff working in the following areas: advance clean energy and climate change projects in India and expanding clean transportation in California and the U.S. The position provides administrative support to each of these initiatives, requiring strong organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple tasks and willingness to work with a diverse and fast-paced team.


  • Providing administrative support to program staff
  • Preparing expense and budget reports and maintaining financial records
  • Managing and maintaining paper and electronic filing systems and databases
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings and conference calls for program staff
  • Making travel arrangements, including transportation, accommodations, vehicle rentals and conference registration
  • Proofreading, formatting, and helping prepare letters, reports, fact sheets, blog posts, and other project materials
  • Responding to and directing inquiries from the general public and outside organizations
  • Handling incoming and outgoing mail
  • Preparing media reports with press clips and helping to put together reports to funders
  • Assisting the receptionist and other program assistants as needed
  • Performing other projects as assigned


  • Extensive experience in administrative, expense, accounting and organizational skills
  • Strong facility with spreadsheets, databases, such as Excel, and experience with accounting and finance preferred
  • Experience with electronic communication, such as Outlook, and internet research
  • Highly detail oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, follow organizational procedures and perform accurately under deadlines
  • Self-directed with the ability to prioritize, manage and follow through on multiple tasks
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to organize and manage small internal and external events


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, 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. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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