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Aug 17 / BARD CEP

Program Assistant- Washington DC

Organization: NRDC

Position Title: Program Assistant

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: full time

Application Deadline: not listed


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 seeks a Program Assistant to work in its Washington, D.C. office located at 1152 15th Street, NW, Suite 300. The Program Assistant will provide administrative support in the International program for its climate policy and Canada projects. The successful candidate must have good communication and problem solving skills and be able to handle administrative tasks such as: management of budgets, contracts and processing expenses, formatting and proofreading documents, photocopying, coordinating and booking travel, scheduling meetings, coordinating meetings and events, and researching and preparing materials.



  • Coordinates staff schedules and sets up meetings
  • Coordinates and books travel
  • Processes and tracks invoices, contracts, grants, and budgets
  • Coordinates with finance, development, IT and other support departments to ensure smooth running of program work
  • Copies, scans and distributes documents
  • Proofreads and edits correspondence and various documents including fact sheets and fundraising reports and proposals
  • Researches and writes background information for projects
  • Support Program Director who overseas entire International program


  • Assists with media and other communication outreach and maintains press database
  • Takes notes at meetings for team
  • Helps plan logistics for special events
  • Provides research support for corporate, technical, legal and other projects around tar sands issues as well as other Canada project priorities including clean energy opportunities
  • Maintains and updates Congressional and Administrative contact database
  • Helps provide outreach to policy makers

(Supporting International Program Director, Climate Policy, and Global Strategy)

  • Supports Program Director in a range of needs including scheduling, logistical planning, event support, notetaking
  • Takes notes at meetings for team
  • Helps plan logistics for special events
  • Provides research support on international climate change and other global issues.
  • Supports development of blogs, fact sheets, issue papers, and other written material
  • Helps provide outreach to policy makers
  • Blogs on international climate policy issues and topics


  • Bachelor’s required
  • Previous administrative experience a plus
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be detail oriented
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in environmental issues
  • Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Must have the ability to work well under pressure
  • Must possess a high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook, Microsoft Access a plus

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our website at, create a profile and upload your resume and cover letter. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-927-2472#.

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