Temporary Staff Scientist, International Program - Earthjustice

Post Date: 1/24/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Earthjustice
Position/Title/Fund: Temporary Staff Scientist, International Program - Full-time
Deadline: February 5, 2023
Location: Flexible
Contact Info: jobs@earthjustice.org

Earthjustice’s International Program is accepting applications for a Temporary Staff Scientist. This position is designed to fill in temporarily for a Staff Scientist on leave and will not lead to permanent employment at Earthjustice. The employer of record for this role will be an external staffing agency, and pay for this role will be processed through that agency. 

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy, and combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals, and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.  

The Temporary Staff Scientist supports our International Program by leveraging deep scientific expertise to develop the scientific and factual basis for our advocacy. The International Program works with public interest and community groups around the world to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and public health. Core focus areas of Earthjustice’s international efforts include combating climate change, reducing the world’s dependence on coal- and gas-fired power and promoting clean energy in its stead, and promoting citizen participation in environmental protection. At the heart of our work is the principle that all people have a right to a healthy and sustainable environment.  

This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) role to run from March through October 2023. This position can be remote, or, if preferred, the successful candidate may work a hybrid schedule at one of our offices.


  • Evaluates:
    • the scientific and technical bases for potential new cases or issues, developing research strategies
    • studies and scientific materials for rigor and soundness of scientific methodology
    • consistency of inputs, analysis and underlying assumptions of scientific materials with accepted methodologic approaches and epistemological principles
  • Reviews, analyzes, summarizes, and synthesizes case-related scientific documents and information, as well as more general environmental planning documents, technical support documents, scientific studies, and other scientific and technical information to support legal strategies
  • Drafts scientific and technical portions of legal documents, fact sheets, slides, reports, and other materials for internal use or external use with clients, the media, and others 
  • Conducts detailed scientific and technical research and quantitative data analyses
  • Designs, coordinates and reviews external technical expert submissions for legal advocacy 


  • Requires a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in environmental science or a related field, or the equivalent level of research and analytic experience. Ph.D. candidates will also be considered.
  • 3+ years of experience conducting scientific research and analysis
  • Exceptional scientific ability and capacity for penetrating critical analysis of primary research and other scientific data and materials
  • Deep technical expertise in analytical and quantitative methods relevant to subject matter area
  • Expertise in or experience with one or more of the following areas would be particularly valuable: environmental and health impacts of fossil fuel (coal, gas, oil) exploration and production and value chains; clean energy technologies and regulation; air quality and health impacts of industry ; proposals for mitigating climate change without reducing fossil fuel production (e.g., CCS, blue hydrogen, carbon offsetting). Experience working on any of these outside of the U.S. is a plus.
  • Spanish language skills are valuable but not required. 


Compensation is determined by experience level and working location. Remote applications should indicate in their application the city and state from which they will be working to confirm the salary range for that location. Any benefits will be offered and administered by the employer of record.  

Salary range for Temporary Staff Scientists: $46.00 - $60.10 per hour

  • Salary for San Francisco, CA & New York, NY: $54.10 - $60.10 per hour
  • Salary for Seattle, WA; Washington, D.C.; Massachusetts; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and Honolulu, HI: $51.44 - $57.13 per hour
  • Salary for Philadelphia, PA; Juneau, AK; Anchorage, AK; Providence, RI; and Denver, CO: $48.72 - $54.10 per hour
  • Salary for Tallahassee, FL; Miami, FL; Bozeman, MT; Madison, WI; and Maine: $46.00 - $51.13 per hour
  • Salary for Remote (US): varies by location 


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by February 5, 2023 via Jobvite. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice only considers applications submitted for current openings via Jobvite. Unsolicited resumes or resumes for posted positions that are not submitted via Jobvite will not be reviewed or retained.  

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position. 

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.