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Aug 8 / BARD CEP

Contract Water Resources Specialist/Policy Advocate – San Francisco, CA

Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Position Title: Contract Water Resources Specialist/Policy Advocate

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hours & Compensation: Contract position. Competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: none specified

Organization Overview:

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.

NRDC’s national Water Program focuses on securing safe and sufficient water for people and ecosystems in the face of existing and emerging threats. The Program involves staff in all of NRDC’s U.S. offices and fully integrates our water resources work so that it addresses water supply and water quality, surface water and groundwater, human health and ecosystem issues. The Program’s staff is organized into four teams focusing on Water and Wildlife, Clean Water Solutions, Water Use Efficiency and Climate and Water. The four teams work together to implement a portfolio of strategies that maximize efficiency and minimize waste, prevent pollution, and protect and restore the ecosystem.

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NRDC is seeking a Water Resources Scientist or Policy Advocate to work on a full-time contract basis for one year with the Water and Wildlife team in our San Francisco office. The position will focus on identifying, advocating and enforcing policies and requirements designed to secure instream flows sufficient to maintain and restore healthy freshwater and estuarine fisheries in key aquatic ecosystems throughout the U.S.


Research fishery health and flow-related challenges in select U.S. watersheds. Serve as a representative for NRDC in a variety of regulatory, administrative, legislative, and collaborative settings, advocating for improvements in environmental flows and fisheries habitat in major river systems.


  • Advanced degree in fish biology, water resources, public policy, law or a related subject.
  • Minimum of four years work experience in a related field.
  • Strong environmental advocacy expertise.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to strategize and think creatively.

How to Apply: 

To apply, please visit No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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