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The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the natural and social science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role, OCS provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization. The OCS team works on projects across all of EDF's programs, translating basic and applied research into actionable ideas for colleagues who are designing programs and projects.
An integral part of EDF's work is to understand how people's environmental concerns and priorities vary across demographic groups (e.g. political affiliation, ethnicity, income), and how these concerns can be activated in order to create civic engagement and support for policies at the local and national level.
Inspired by findings from previous work conducted in partnership with scholars at Cornell University and Pomona College, EDF's Office of Chief Scientist and Political Affairs team have been developing a pilot intervention to increase civic engagement on environmental issues among Latinos. As a group, US Latinos are among the most concerned about the environment, but they are also among the least likely to engage in political action around these issues. The pilot project will design targeted, empirically supported interventions to reduce or eliminate the gap and thus promote environmental action. The process of developing this pilot project is intended to be translatable to other populations showing a similar attitude-action gap.
EDF seeks a post-doctoral fellow for 18 months to work on this project. The post-doc fellow will hold meetings with community leaders, collect, code and transcribe qualitative data from focus groups and structured interviews, assist in the development of surveys and experiments, and co-author research reports for EDF and its academic partners and for peer-review publications.
In addition, the broader effort to understand environmental concerns and their link to collective engagement entails preparing a similar line of work on other demographic groups. Thus, the post-doc fellow will carry out literature reviews, surveys and experiments to understand the environmental concerns of other groups, such as lower income, rural, and politically conservative Americans.
This is a unique project for EDF in that it combines efforts to promote civic engagement, grassroots activism and rigorous social science.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
Look for the job posting at https://www.edf.org/jobs/kravis-post-doc-fellow-social-sciences
Interested applicants should submit:
Applications will be considered as they arrive. Applying by April 30th, 2018 is recommended.
Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
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