Hiring: Climate Law & Policy Fellow


Recruitment Period

Open date: July 11th, 2016
Last review date: March 15th, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled
Final date: March 28th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position: Climate Policy Fellow
Location: Berkeley, CA
Salary Range: $61,848 – $64,920
Start Date: Anticipated August 21, 2017
This is a 100% time, one-year term contract position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Overview: The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment is seeking to hire a Research Fellow focused on Climate Law & Policy.

The Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) is based at the UC Berkeley School of Law, which benefits from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation.

Building on UC Berkeley’s history of and commitment to research and public service, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley Law faculty and students in furtherance of applied scholarship in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. CLEE’s research priorities include combatting climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and developing solutions to other pressing environmental law and policy challenges.

The fellow will work with CLEE on climate change law and policy issues in California and beyond. The focus will be on implementation of California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but projects may also cover multi-state and international topics. Specific research areas will depend on the fellow’s background and interests, but will likely include: renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicle deployment, energy storage, low-carbon transit, and sustainable real estate development. The fellow will collaborate with project partners at other academic institutions, in state government, from the business and nonprofit communities, and other stakeholders. The fellow must be willing to travel occasionally within California and sometimes out of state.

For more information on CLEE, see clee.berkeley.edu.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research on climate policy in California and beyond, under the direction and in collaboration with Berkeley Law faculty, staff, and students and colleagues at other institutions;
  • Drafting white papers, social media posts, op-eds, and reports for policy-focused audiences, under the direction of faculty and staff;
  • Assisting Center faculty and staff with select grant-writing efforts;
  • Assisting Center faculty and staff in organizing and running meetings, workshops, and other convenings with California climate policy leaders, policymakers, and academics;
  • Speaking at events to business, policy-making, and academic communities, and on an ad hoc basis to the media about research initiatives;
  • Assisting with other aspects of workshop, research, and report production as assigned; and
  • Assisting with other miscellaneous program tasks.


Minimum Qualifications Required (at time of application):

  • Candidate must hold a JD degree or equivalent degree, or other advanced degree in fields closely related to environmental law and policy


Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience in a law- or policy-focused environment;
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, listen actively, interact with a variety of audiences, and share knowledge and information effectively;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Self-starter able to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments;
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines;
  • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas;
  • Background in energy and land use law, economics, and/or finance is desirable;
  • Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, science, business, and policy and the ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives; and
  • A passion for making the world better.


Application Procedure:

Please visit the following link to apply: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01076. Applications must include in pdf format a cover letter; a CV; and a writing sample (such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages). Applicants must also provide in AP Recruit the names and contact information for three (3) references.

This position is open until filled.

If you have questions about the position, please contact academicpositions@law.berkeley.edu.

The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu.

Letters of reference, copies of scholarly transcripts, and other materials may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


Job location

Berkeley, CA

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: https://law.berkeley.edu/research/clee



  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample – For example, policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages


3 references required (contact information only)

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