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Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
New York, Iowa, US
Closing date
Jan 26, 2022

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a Scientist to work with the Drinking Water and Toxics teams in the People and Communities Program which has staff in the NY, DC and SF offices. The individual in this position serves as a scientific expert and policy advocate to protect public health from drinking water contamination and toxic chemical exposures. Work is focused on protecting populations most vulnerable to the harmful effects of exposures to toxic chemicals, especially via drinking water, and advancing health equity and environmental justice in partnership with frontline communities. The work may entail occasional travel.


Provide scientific and technical expertise, data analyses and advocacy to protect public health from toxic chemicals that contaminate drinking water (and other media) through:State and federal legislation, administrative regulation, and policy

consumer campaigns


and advancing policy-relevant science

Work to ensure the safety of consumer products and food, via policy-relevant research, oversight of government policy and legislative efforts, market transformation, and consumer education.

Identify new advocacy issues and opportunities based on emerging scientific research and/or contaminants of concern.

Develop and strengthen NRDC relationships with scientists and experts in the fields of environmental health, toxicology, exposure assessment, risk assessment, community-based research, and environmental justice to utilize relevant information for policy, advocacy and legal work.

Potentially manage physician and undergraduate, master's level, and pre-doctoral student internships at NRDC.

Create clear and compelling written and visual communications to scientists, policymakers and the general public, including blogs, fact sheets, comments for public hearings, reports and presentations.

Serve as a general environmental health policy expert, advocate, and spokesperson as needed for the Health program and other programs in the institution.

Participate in fundraising activities including meeting with donors and foundation staff, speaking at donor events, and contributing to proposals and reports to funders.


Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Superior analytical skills and attention to details, such as would be required to review and critically comment on a risk assessment or similar technical report.

Ability to work with other environmental, health-affected, community, environmental justice groups and people from a wide array of cultures, backgrounds and scientific and technical understanding.

Ability to keep current on scientific research relevant to responsibilities of this position.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams and interest in working with lawyers and policy advocates to critically review and draft regulatory language, legislation, or other policies.

Careful project management skills and the ability to meet deadlines and demands for numerous projects in a fast-paced environment.

Demonstrated commitment to nonprofit/public interest advocacy, environmental public health and environmental justice.

Experience building and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture.

A minimum of two years of experience in a related field

experience/training in any of the following highly desired - environmental health, exposure assessment, toxicology, community collaboration, molecular mechanisms of disease, and chemical safety assessments.

Experience in applying science to policy decision-making.

Preferences for doctorate, or equivalent degree, in medicine, public health, toxicology, or a related field. Candidates with master's degree and significant experience may also be considered.

Commitment to NRDC's

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Salary minimum is $120,000; salary midpoint is $150,000. Salary may be higher as appropriate for the selected candidate, with internal equity considerations taken into account.

To apply, please visit (url removed)/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please upload an example of your work which explains scientific/technical material for non-scientific audience.. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing (phone number removed).

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