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Research and Policy Manager

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Oct 10, 2022

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Are you passionate about stopping pollution and fighting for climate justice? Do you want to research solutions to limit harm to communities most impacted by extractive industries? If so, then this position may be right for you.


Earthworks is seeking a full time Research and Policy Manager to identify, investigate, and write about the environmental and health impacts of oil and gas development. This position will work with program staff throughout Earthworks to create credible and compelling information about health and climate impacts of oil and gas development. This research will be used to engage the public, policymakers, and the media in support of protections for frontline communities and a swift, just and equitable transition away from dirty fossil fuels.


Reporting to Earthworks Policy Director and working in close collaboration with Earthworks energy and communications teams, this person will join a small policy team and become an essential part of advancing Earthworks state and federal policy agenda.


Location: Candidates will be considered from anywhere in the United States, as this job can be performed remotely.


Scope of Duties:

  • Working with the policy, communications, energy and mining teams, assess the scope of Earthworks research needs, and recommend to Earthworks Leadership Team, a path forward to meet Earthworks research needs over the next 3-5 years.
  • Develop credible, well-written reports, fact sheets, white papers and online resources regarding the impacts of oil and gas extraction and infrastructure.
  • Identify key analytical opportunities in support of Earthworks advocacy objectives.
  • Hire and manage outside consultants to help assist with economic and technical analysis related to a range of climate, clean air and energy issues, including greenhouse gas emission inventories and projections.
  • Work collaboratively with external experts, consultants, and stakeholders on research and analytical issues.
  • Contribute to policy strategies, technical comments, and statements on rulemakings and legislation.
  • Work with communities, Earthworks staff and partner organizations to amplify the impacts of oil and gas development on air, water, land, health, climate and communities.
  • Help inform policy objectives and advocacy positions through research.
  • Provide rapid response review and evaluation of externally produced policy-relevant research and analyses.
  • Follow emerging science on climate, pollution impacts, and other issues related to the energy industry.
  • Contribute research findings and data analysis to Earthworks' grant proposals and reports.


  • Background in environmental research, policy, or knowledge of oil, gas, mining and climate issues a plus, but not required
  • Desire to craft and disseminate research linked to policy solutions
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple issues, projects, and deadlines
  • Ability to translate research for a diverse audience
  • The ability to understand legislative and regulatory policy goals and craft reports, fact sheets, white papers and blogs that highlight the need for policy change
  • Ability to manage both long-term projects and tight deadlines
  • Experience working collaboratively within diverse and inclusive coalitions
  • Enjoy working both independently and under direction as part of a team
  • Commitment to anti-racism and intersectionality
  • Flexibility and some travel may be required

Benefits and Salary:

This is a full time position, with a salary competitive for small to medium non-profits, ranging from $70,000-$73,000 per year depending on experience. Benefits include full life, health, long/short term disability, dental, and vision insurance coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus a partially employer funded HSA). Employees also receive unlimited paid leave, and a retirement plan with an employer match, after one year. Additionally, after 7 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month, fully paid sabbatical.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Earthworks requires all those hired to provide proof of full vaccination (vaccination and booster) against COVID-19. New hires who have disabilities that make the vaccine medically inadvisable or those who have a sincere religious belief that the vaccine is impermissible may request an accommodation by contacting Lezlie Griffin, Director of Talent and Equity, at Accommodation will be provided only as required by applicable law.


About Earthworks:

We’re looking for the right folks to help us in our mission to stand with communities to protect the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide.


Earthworks is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. Earthworks Board and staff understand that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within and beyond Earthworks is critical to carrying out our mission to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of resource extraction. We understand that our commitment to DEI means a dedication to constant learning and improvement.


Earthworks welcomes applications from diverse candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer. Earthworks evaluates employees and applicants for employment on merit, competence, and qualifications and does not tolerate discrimination.


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Earthworks we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


How To Apply:

Apply online at by October 21, 2022. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample. No phone calls please.

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