Research Analyst

EDF - Environmental Defense Fund

Austin, Boulder, or San Francisco, United States


The Oil & Gas Program seeks a highly motivated, analytically rigorous analyst to join EDF’s Austin, Boulder, or San Francisco office. The Analyst will be a key member of the team, conducting research and analysis in a breadth of environmental topics, including work to better characterize air emissions from the oil and gas industry and to support advocacy for stronger state and federal regulations in the U.S. and internationally.


  • Perform complex analyses of datasets on emissions from oil and gas facilities, such as the annual EPA greenhouse gas inventory and company reported emissions under EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting rule.
  • Maintain, expand, and update EDF’s models and databases used to evaluate the climate influence of natural gas leakage and mitigation scenarios.
  • Analyze regulatory proposals and perform comparative analysis of existing regulations from various jurisdictions.
  • Develop analytics in support of regulatory advocacy, including recommended control strategies, emission reduction efficacy and cost benefit analyses.
  • Understand methane abatement technologies, their costs and optimal uses.
  • Perform literature reviews and research, analyzing and synthesizing information on a variety of topics to inform and support EDF’s oil and gas advocacy efforts at the state, federal and international levels.
  • 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, and 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 organization, communication, and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information, and helping to coordinate activities among staff members.


The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, engineering or environmental science preferred; suitable work experience will be considered.
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in environmental science, engineering, environmental compliance, energy policy, policy analysis, environmental advocacy, or related fields.
  • Knowledge about environmental, operational and market issues associated with the oil and gas industry is strongly desired.
  • Experience with U.S. regulatory frameworks and processes is strongly desired. Experience with international regulatory frameworks is a plus.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills, proficiency in statistical analysis and air dispersion modeling a plus.
  • Experience with a database software and strong computer proficiency.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgement 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.
  • Preferred: Experience with geo-spatial analysis using ArcGIS or other similar programming skills, and advanced knowledge of Excel, including macros.
  • Two sample work products will be requested from candidates before invitation for an interview. Finalists may be asked to perform tasks to demonstrate analytic capabilities and ability to effectively communicate with lay persons.

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