Climate Displacement Project Strategist, International Refugee Assistance Project & the Natural Resources Defense Council

Opportunity Type: Job

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting independent research to evaluate existing interventions pertaining to climate-related displacement; 
  • Designing an action agenda that distills the project strategist’s research into a prioritized menu of the most effective legislative, administrative and judicial strategies identified by the project strategist to clarify, protect, and advance climate migrants’ rights in the United States and other receiving nations;
  • Collaborating with colleagues within NRDC and IRAP to build institutional expertise and identify opportunities for programmatic engagement on climate change-induced displacement; 
  • Building relationships with and seeking input from representatives of communities impacted by climate-related displacement, civil society groups, academics and policy researchers, and others working on climate change displacement and adjacent issues; and
  • Drafting occasional blog posts to be cross-posted on IRAP and NRDC platforms that share findings, insights, and connections from the project strategist’s research with our constituencies and partners.

This position will involve some travel, both within the United States and internationally, to the extent advisable and permitted under COVID-19 restrictions.


This position is designed for individuals with legal and/or policy experience in the fields of migration, the environment, and/or environmental justice. In assessing candidates, we look for:

  • Strong writing, research, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • Previous experience developing and managing projects in a non-profit or government setting;
  • Cultural humility; 
  • Experience working internationally;
  • Flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, and social and environmental justice;
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed;
  • Law degree preferred, but not required.

TermTwo years, to start as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

IRAP and NRDC believe that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve and individuals whose identities have been historically underrepresented.

Salary: $75,000-120,000 commensurate with relevant experience.

This position is covered by IRAP’s collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP will be responsible for providing compensation and benefits. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, flexible work schedule, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.