Duration: Initial 2-year contract with the possibility of extension, based on available funding
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)
Location: Eligible for remote work within the United States
Compensation: $65,000-75,000, Commensurate with experience, includes a very competitive benefits package
Travel: Some business travel may be required, including overnight stays
Start Date: Available immediately
Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water research and policy non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. We combine science-based thought leadership with active outreach to advance water sustainability and resilience in communities around the world. Our science- based approach draws from many disciplines and benefits from collaboration with diverse stakeholders, from local governments and UN agencies to businesses and grassroots organizations.
We are seeking a collaborative and impact-focused Research Associate to support interdisciplinary research and analysis that advances water and climate change sustainability, resilience, and environmental justice with an explicit focus on water-related challenges faced by and solutions for frontline communities in the United States. The ideal candidate will have a passion for water and climate change equity and justice; strong research background and verbal and written communication skills; ability to work independently and in collaborative teams; an interest and ability to learn new topics quickly; and a willingness to support a variety of tasks from project coordination to rigorous qualitative and quantitative research, writing, and oral presentations. They must also be skilled at working across disciplines, cultures, and different ways of knowing and communicating. The Research Associate must have the knowledge and experience to produce high-quality work at the intersection of climate change, water systems, and environmental justice.
The Research Associate will report to Pacific Institute’s Water & Climate Equity (WCE) Lead and support several water-climate-equity research projects as well as contribute to creating decision-support products for frontline communities, community-based organizations, natural resource managers, and/or policy makers. Preferred applicants will have significant experience researching the equity and justice of climate and water-related environmental policies and practices and the distributional effects on vulnerable groups and disadvantaged communities. They will also have an aptitude for researching and communicating strategies and solutions for those communities to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on their water systems. Additional opportunities beyond the initial 2 years will depend on performance and availability of funding.
This position includes the following core responsibilities:
Advanced degree (Master’s level minimum) in water resources, environmental or sustainability sciences, social sciences, or natural resource management
Minimum seven years of work experience in relevant field, namely practical work and/or lived experience with climate-water-equity issues in frontline communities
Experience with a coproduction model of research
Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and publication track record, including proficiency with interdisciplinary research and literature reviews and managing large/complex datasets
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to create compelling presentations to summarize and visualize findings
Great organizational and time management skills including an ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and meet ambitious deadlines; excellent attention to details
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
Compensation and Benefits
This position is eligible for paid vacation and benefits. The Pacific Institute offers an excellent compensation package including a generous health, dental, and Institute-matched retirement plan and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and reflects the geographic location and field. The initial compensation for this position is expected to range from $65,000-75,00 per year.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
We commit to improving DEI in our internal operations and culture for two reasons:
To stay true to our values and principles: We recognize that historical and current injustices have left out certain voices and perspectives from decision-making about accessing and managing water resources. We acknowledge that the representation of these groups in water-related decision-making and careers is an important step towards addressing past and current injustices. Because Pacific Institute participates in water-related decision making, we acknowledge that hiring and retaining a diverse staff can contribute to a broader need to address systemic injustices.
To better achieve PI’s mission and vision: We know that having diverse perspectives makes for better research, creative solutions, and can help us achieve our mission. We recognize that a diverse team with varied perspectives, skills, and experiences is essential for generating and scaling innovative ideas that solve increasingly complex challenges. We make an active effort to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected, heard, validated, empowered, and celebrated across different identities and cultures. We aim to constantly evolve our approach to DEI to reflect best practices in this work, just as we do with our water and climate research. As part of this commitment, we request that all candidates include a short statement in your cover letter to address how your addition to our staff would contribute to our DEI efforts.
Click Here to Apply Please submit a no more than 2-page cover letter stating your interest and fit for this position (that includes your unique DEI statement), your CV, and one writing sample. The writing sample should be a published piece as solo or lead author and 5 to 10 pages in length maximum (references pages are not included in page count) that demonstrates proficiency of the required qualifications.