Staff Scientist, Fossil Fuels Program

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San Francisco, California
Salary is based on experience and location.
Oct 21, 2019
Nov 20, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

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 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, Chicago, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

At a time when we urgently need to reduce greenhouse emissions, the oil and gas industry is aggressively expanding fossil fuel infrastructure that generates new emissions and harms communities already hardest hit by climate disruption. Earthjustice’s Climate and Energy program seeks to confront this massive build-out. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, petrochemical facilities, and export terminals) that locks us in to decades of continued fossil fuel reliance.

The Staff Scientist will research and synthesize the environmental, climate, health, economic and social aspects of fossil fuel industry projects to help develop the factual, technical and scientific basis of our advocacy, and help the team communicate this information in an understandable and compelling way to decision-makers, clients and other audiences.

This position will be based in San Francisco or New Orleans.


  • Conduct factual, technical and scientific research and analysis.
  • Outreach to potential and existing client groups, allies, partnerships and coalitions.
  • Identify and collaborate with individuals and organizations with relevant scientific and technical expertise to promote programmatic priorities.
  • Review, analyze, and summarize case-related scientific documents and information as well as more general environmental planning documents, technical support documents, scientific studies, and other factual and technical information to support legal strategies.
  • Draft and fact check fact sheets, scientific and technical portions of administrative advocacy documents, letters, action alerts, blogs, and other materials for internal and external use.
  • Present or assist attorneys in preparing to present at internal meetings and at meetings with public officials, scientists, clients, experts, the media, donors, and Board members.
  • Monitor developments, attend agency hearings and prepare and present technical comments to support administrative advocacy.
  • Collaborate with other regional office, program and department staff working on energy-related matters.


  • Master’s Degree (preferred) or Bachelor’s Degree in Natural or Applied Sciences.
  • Exceptional scientific ability in a discipline relevant to our work, and the ability to work in areas outside of one’s core expertise.
  • Excellent ability to grasp factual, scientific, technical, economic, historical, and policy aspects of issues and transfer this knowledge to attorneys, policy and communications staff, partners and communities in a coherent and accessible way.
  • Excellent research, analytical, written and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team.
  • Strong initiative, work ethic and creativity.
  • Excellent ability to interact effectively with community members, clients, experts, coalition partners, the media, and governments staff, including government scientists.
  • Excellent internet and traditional research and computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Excel and at least one statistical programming language (e.g. Stata) and ARC GIS.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Salary is based on experience and location.
Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $82,300 - $91,400

Salary range in New Orleans, LA: $69,900 - $77,700

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.


Interested candidates should submit the following via the Jobvite system:

  • A Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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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 provided with 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 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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