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The Fellow will be an EDF employee, joining the Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Team at EDF, which focuses on the challenge of ensuring global food security while maintaining rural livelihoods and reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture – all in the face of a changing climate. The CSA team, which includes biophysical and social scientists, economists, policy experts and project managers focuses on opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation in cropping and livestock systems in the U.S. and EDF’s other core geographies. We work to advance the scientific understanding of agricultural systems, and to translate the science into action through engagement with farmers, agricultural lenders, food supply chain companies and policy-makers. The Fellow will closely engage with the Systems Agronomy for Global Development team at Cornell, the joint EDF-Cornell Sustainability Leadership Program, and a thriving community of scientists across EDF and participate in ongoing meetings with program and policy staff across the organization.
The Fellow will work closely with the agricultural teams at EDF and Cornell and will report directly to the co-P.I.’s (Dr. Eileen McLellan at EDF and Dr. Andrew McDonald at Cornell). They will use downscaled climate data together with crop and hydrologic models to identify (i) U.S. cropping systems at greatest near-to mid-term risk (i.e., through mid-century) of drought, or heat-induced crop failure from climate change, and (ii) priority locations where crop diversification or changes in cropping intensity will benefit food production, farmer income and the environment. The Fellow will then work with EDF experts in finance, business, policy and social transformations to articulate transition pathways for these priority locations, including identifying potential drivers of systemic change to accelerate transformation. We anticipate that the Fellow will lead the writing of two or more peer-reviewed publications related to this work, and will make significant contributions to white papers, policy briefs and other materials used in our advocacy work.
Specific tasks will include, but are not limited to:
The Fellow will be based in EDF’s office in New York City, with travel to Cornell and to other EDF locations as needed.
This is a 2-year position, with an anticipated start date of June 2023.
Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with any publications relevant to the above project.
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.
The pay range for this role is shown below.
Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.