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Research and Policy Analyst, California Regional

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Los Angeles or San Francisco


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Aug 2, 2023

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In collaboration with various litigation teams, the Research and Policy Analyst supports the California Regional Office’s Right to Zero campaign’s focus on California's air pollution and clean energy issues through litigation and advocacy support. The Research and Policy Analyst writes and edits comment letters and other advocacy documents, represents Earthjustice in advocacy work with government decision makers, develops the factual basis for lawsuits, and develops and maintains relationships with clients and other partners. This position sits within the California Regional office, supports the Right to Zero campaign, and reports to the Deputy Managing Attorney.


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals, and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.


Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.



  • Designs and conducts research and analysis in support of advocacy and litigation objectives:
    • Conduct factual research to support our advocacy strategies; generate research notes, memoranda, summaries, tables, and other visuals as needed (including GIS Mapping).
    • Review, organize, and interpret factual and technical information that supports program topics.
    • Prepare advocacy materials such as fact sheets, letters, action alerts, blogs, and other educational materials.
    • Track trends, changes, and developments in scientific, legal, political, and regulatory matters.
    • Review and interpret regulations, environmental planning documents, technical support documents, and other factual and technical information to support advocacy.
    • May manage research projects and other efforts.
  • In coordination with the California Right to Zero team and California Regional's Managing Attorney and Deputy Managing Attorneys, develop and implement legislative and administrative advocacy strategies to advance our positions on environmental issues.
    • Support strategizing the use of information requests to support case investigation and broaden outreach and advocacy efforts.
    • Provide support for client coalitions by participating in committee groups, attending conferences, and tracking political and regulatory developments.
    • Monitor developments in programmatic priorities by tracking and analyzing legislation and policy initiatives relating to assigned issues.
    • Participate in written, verbal, or legislative advocacy (e.g. testifying in hearings, drafting comment letters or meeting with legislative staffers).
  • Supports community outreach and/or building partnerships to advance interests on assigned issues.
  • Takes on special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Natural or Applied Sciences.
  • Some relevant background, either professional, personal, or academic.
  • Experience working with large datasets and/or with attorneys.
  • Research, writing, analytical and communication skills, including the ability to quickly understand complex scientific issues and communicate this knowledge to attorneys and other audiences.
  • Experience with scientific or technical issues related to land use, the electric sector, climate, energy, clean air policy and/or environmental justice issues preferred, but not required.
  • Paralegal/legal assistant/legal research training or experience is a plus.
  • Strong and demonstrated work ethic, good judgment, initiative, and creativity.
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team-oriented atmosphere.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Ability and desire to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. We also offer a congenial, flexible, hybrid work environment and a casual dress code. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Earthjustice is a qualifying employer for purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Salary depends on experience and location.

Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $93,600 - $104,000 
Salary range in Los Angeles, CA: $88,900 - $98,800


To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume.
  • One- or two-page cover letter that addresses: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; (2) what your experience and skills you would bring to this position; (3) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues; and (4) why you are interested in the Right to Zero campaign.
  • Writing sample, preferable 4-5 pages that reflects your work.

For this position, we are looking to hire a candidate who is available to start as soon as possible. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by August 20, 2023. After that, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please reach out to if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.


Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are given equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor specified under applicable laws that is not related to the position.


For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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