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Climate Power - Research Associate (Energy)

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The salary range for this position starts at $56,000.

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May 25, 2022

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Climate Power seeks a research associate to join a team shaping the way that the political world talks about climate change. This position will have a particular focus on energy markets, including the oil and gas industry and the clean energy economy. Click here to apply.


Climate Power is an independent strategic communications and paid media operation focused on building the political will and public support for bold climate action. Founded by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club, Climate Power integrates hard-hitting research, polling, state, and national earned media, digital and paid media to influence the national conversation, embolden leaders to take immediate, bold climate action, and expose climate deniers and their oil and gas lobby allies.



    • Creating and disseminating daily updates to senior staff and partners on the activity of fossil fuel industry lobbying associations and their allies in Congress.
    • Monitoring and reporting on significant private- and public-sector investments and success stories advancing clean energy and energy efficiency.
    • Monitoring and reporting on federal administrative actions and regulations affecting both clean energy and fossil fuel production.
    • Monitoring and summarizing information, including campaign finance filings, related to elected officials’ ties to the fossil fuel industry.
    • Supporting the content creation and media outreach plans of Climate Power’s other departments by providing background facts and knowledge on the topics listed above.
    • Assisting with gathering facts for reports, reference materials, and other written research products as directed by the Deputy Research Director.
    • Vetting people and places that might be highlighted to tell the stories of climate issues, fossil fuel pollution, and clean energy jobs.

Requirements & Qualifications

    • Must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to identifying matters of political significance.
    • Is thorough and detail-oriented.
    • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Works well in a fast-paced environment and is able to multitask and meet deadlines without sacrificing quality of work.
    • Understanding of energy issues and their potential political saliency is helpful, but not required.
    • 1-2 years of previous experience working on energy policy is preferred.
    • Previous experience working for a congressional office or committee, non-profit advocacy campaign, think-tank, or electoral campaign is preferred.


This full-time exempt position reports to Climate Power’s Deputy Managing Director, Research.


Climate Power and Climate Power Education Fund are fiscally sponsored projects of Fund for a Better Future (FBF) and Resources Legacy Fund (RLF). RLF and FBF are an equal opportunity employers and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination, where all team members feel valued, respected, and included. We know that our work is enriched by the varied voices and perspectives of every staff and board member, so we are committed to making an earnest effort to recruit, welcome, train, develop, and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and inclusive culture expands our creative capacity to do our work and achieve greater outcomes for people and the natural world. Learn more about RLF’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website.


Pay for this position is commensurate with experience and responsibilities. The salary range for this position starts at $56,000. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision insurance, 401(k) plan, and generous paid time off.


RLF and FBF require that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to visiting or working in an RLF or FBF office or conducting any travel or in-person meetings on behalf of our organizations. If you are hired for this position, we will require proof that you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

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