Climate Policy Research Analyst

Policy · Whole State, California
Department Policy
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Climate Policy Research Analyst

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Location: Remote (preferably California)

Status: Part Time (20 hours per week); potential for more hours

Compensation: FTE $75,000 to $90,000 

The Climate Center seeks an experienced climate change research analyst with demonstrated research and writing experience to assist the organization with research on climate science, clean energy, natural carbon sequestration, novel funding mechanisms, and other climate policies for the state of California and beyond.

The Research Analyst (RA) will do research to help The Climate Center to develop and take positions on different climate solutions and policies, documenting strengths and weaknesses of an approach and its impact on low income communities and communities of color. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research topics identified in collaboration with the policy team, COO and CEO, regarding climate action policies;
  • Explore policy scenarios to assess emissions mitigation pathways;
  • Evaluate all policy on cost to achieve emissions reduction, maturity of technology, social and environmental justice criteria, and whether it fills a significant gap in state’s emission reduction strategy;
  • Work with the policy team and external partners to help answer key policy research questions;
  • Work with Initiative Managers to research and develop new policy that supports Climate-Safe California goals;
  • Provide concise analysis of climate policy offered by partner organizations, academics , or others;
  • Write research papers, executive summaries, memos, editorials, and blogs on topical research; 
  • Develop and present slide decks summarizing important research and recommendations;
  • Manage research projects for The Climate Center with partner organizations, contractors, and academics; 
  • Help fact check, document, and provide citations to back up assertions made in existing Climate Center documents and website;
  • Identify and work with publicly available databases containing relevant economic, energy, and environmental data;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the political implications of the topics researched and how research is presented;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree; Master’s or equivalent experience preferred 
  • Minimum five years of experience with research in climate related topics desired
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to translate complex science and policy into simpler language
  • Top notch quantitative and analytical skills
  • Strong understanding of the fundamentals of scientific and technical subject matter relating to environmental systems, energy technologies, and policy design
  • Comfortable obtaining information from diverse sources, such as reports, databases, computer models, academic journal articles, and by attending presentations and conducting interviews
  • Proven team player and self starter
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently, navigate obstacles, discern priorities, meet competing deadlines and handle multiple projects
  • Comfortable with a remote work culture
  • Sense of humor


  • 401(k) plan with opportunity for match after first 6 months
  • Potential for health insurance coverage as a part time employee
  • An innovative, collaborative, welcoming work culture

At The Climate Center, we care about each other and know that each employee has a whole life that includes time outside of work. The Climate Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We value diversity and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications.

Application Process

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, résumé, short sample of some recent communications (written, video, social media) developed primarily by you, and 3-5 references with your application. BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit materials by Friday, June 24th. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

About The Climate Center

The Climate Center is a climate and energy policy nonprofit working to rapidly reduce climate pollution at scale, starting in California. We are a think tank, do tank, working collaboratively for accelerated, equitable climate action.

We believe in thriving, healthy communities. We envision a future where everyone in California enjoys clean air and water, renewable and reliable energy, healthy food, thriving nature, and more.

California has the tools and know-how to make this vision a reality — if our elected leaders act with the urgency the climate crisis demands. California must put policies in place as soon as possible to accelerate equitable climate action, putting us on track to remove more climate pollution than we emit while securing resilient communities for all by 2030. That’s how we’ll keep our friends and loved ones safe from worsening climate disasters, create millions of family-sustaining jobs, and give everyone the chance to thrive in the clean energy economy. Working together, we will ensure California leads once again toward a climate-safe future for all.

Since 2001, The Climate Center has been a leader in making climate solutions a reality in California at speed and scale. We are a think-tank, do-tank working to turn bold ideas into action for a climate-safe future. Today, we work statewide with businesses, local governments, labor unions, and environmental justice leaders to deliver the equitable climate solutions that science demands.

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