Associate, Policy and Research

Climate Advisers, a growing mission-driven consulting firm, is seeking a smart, talented and self-motivated Associate to join its Forest  Research and Policy Team, which promotes climate policies and solutions through original analysis and outreach.  The successful candidate will participate in major research projects as well as interact with policy makers and opinion leaders in the federal government, foundations, think tanks, environmental organizations, and corporations.  This DC-based position provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of innovative policy solutions to halt climate change through protecting the world’s tropical forests in ways that support economic growth in developing countries.

Role and Responsibilities

Researching and writing high-impact policy briefs, background papers, and other materials

Collaborating with internal and external peers on research and policy analysis

Arranging, attending and participating in meetings with government officials, clients, and climate change stakeholders

Coordinating projects to ensure efficient operation of the research and policy team

Assisting with proposal writing and fundraising efforts as needed


Exceptional academic achievement

Discretion, creativity, maturity, intellectual curiosity, initiative, and good judgment

Exemplary and proven communications skills in English, including writing and editing skills

Strong knowledge of and passion for forest policy and action

Ability to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information and data quickly

Excels in a rapidly changing and dynamic political and business environment

Exceptional collaborative style

Ability to work on small teams at a fast pace and under time constraints

Flexibility and desire to take on new roles and responsibilities as the firm evolves

Strong research skills using library and online resources

Experience with economic thinking and quantitative analysis

Education and Experience

1-3 years practical experience in forest and climate policy strongly preferred

Graduate degree preferred; Bachelors degree considered with 3-5 years practical experience

Quantitative skills including facility with Excel

Strong preference given to graduates of highly competitive programs in economics, international relations, environmental studies/science, or political science

Career Path

As this position offers an opportunity to gain experience in the inner workings of U.S. and international forest-climate policy, the successful candidate will have opportunities to develop an invaluable network of advocates, policy makers and opinion leaders. Through experience over time with the firm, an outstanding performer will have opportunities to quickly advance to managing projects and pursuing an independent area of policy expertise and thought leadership.

About the Firm

Founded in 2008, Climate Advisers has rapidly become a leading mission-driven, full-service consulting firm focusing on climate and energy policy. Our mission is to help clients and partners halt climate change in ways that further the public interest and improve their return on investment. Working globally but headquartered in Washington, DC, Climate Advisers specializes in U.S. climate change policy, international climate cooperation, global carbon markets, demand-side and trade-based climate strategies, low-emissions development, and climate-related forest conservation. Over the past eight years, we have carried out important original research, convened leading climate change stakeholders, forged new political coalitions, mobilized new voices for climate action, and advised senior policy makers in the Obama Administration and Congress. Our supporters and partners include leading national governments, international financial institutions, companies, think tanks, philanthropic foundations, conservation organizations, and climate advocacy groups.

Climate Advisers is a new type of organization that cuts across traditional boundaries. We combine the rigorous analysis of an independent research institution, strategic approach and responsiveness of a consulting firm, mediation skills of a professional facilitator, and, vitally, mission-driven values of a public interest advocate. In brief, Climate Advisers marries the professionalism, talent, discipline, and nimbleness of the private sector with the values and goals of the non-profit community.  Visit us at for more information.

B Corporation Status

Climate Advisers is proud to be a Certified B Corporation, a new kind of company that meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.  Learn more about B Corporations at

Compensation and Benefits

Climate Advisers offers an excellent benefits package and highly competitive compensation relative to senior research assistant positions at comparable think tanks and research groups.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy

Climate Advisers is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and strives to select the best-qualified person for each position in the organization. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Firm management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.

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