Program Associate (EDF Climate Corps)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Boston, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Location: Boston, MA but flexible of other EDF offices

Climate Corps ( is a network of professionals united to advance climate solutions. This network is grounded in an innovative summer fellowship program which embeds trained graduate students in companies, cities and universities to accelerate and advance climate and energy goals.  Since the program’s launch in 2008, Climate Corps fellows have uncovered over $1.6 billion dollars in energy savings for participating organizations. With a network of over 2,200 professionals, Climate Corps seeks to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system by inspiring and empowering leaders.

Overall Function

The Program Associate will play a key role in advancing the recruitment campaign to attract highly qualified graduate students to the Climate Corps fellowship program. Under supervision of the Senior Manager, EDF Climate Corps and working closely with the Fellow Recruitment Project Manager, the Program Associate will help to ensure a seamless and productive recruitment season by assisting with communications to universities and prospective applicants, supporting the screening and selection process and coordinating across the Climate Corps team.  Additionally, the Program Associate will help support event logistics for the fellow training in May and will help coordinate EDF-paid fellow onboarding.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help to coordinate and schedule fellow recruitment events, assist in developing content for prospective applicant communications, monitor the application inbox and respond to applicant inquires as necessary, track recruitment activities and execute other related activities such as assisting in the design of recruitment materials.   
  • Support the development of fellow application screening and selection criteria, coordinate with program staff and consultants to identify, collect and share project information with fellow applicants, coordinate mail merges and other mass communications, report on and edit data in Salesforce, coordinate logistics for and participate in matching meetings and support other matching processes as necessary.
  • Support logistical arrangements for fellow training event by assisting the events team with conducting pre-event site visits, coordinating guest lists and materials, supporting staff with catering and meeting set ups, providing on-site event and other support as needed.
  • Coordinate with Human Resources on fellow payroll and reimbursement processes, track fellow travel reimbursements and troubleshoot issues as necessary.
  • Manage a portfolio of 5-10 summer fellowships while maintaining accompanying host relationships.
  • Participate in key fellowship processes including host recruiting, fellow recruitment presentations, project implementation check-ins, feedback surveys and after-action reviews.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Highly organized self-starter with a passion for environmental issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to oversee details of complex projects with high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong project management skills including demonstrated ability to use independent judgement to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload.
  • Ability to organize data, information and files in a thoughtful manner.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative and geographically dispersed team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and professional environment.
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience, and an interest in contributing to the program’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.
  • Proficiency in the use of PCs and the Microsoft Office suite of software (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to travel (~15% of the time).

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Basic knowledge of the business implications of climate and energy issues.
  • Proficiency with and Microsoft SharePoint.

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.