The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national nonprofit conservation organization, has an opening for a one-year, full-time, Arctic ecologist in our Washington, DC office effective immediately. The Fellow will work with NRDC's Arctic Project as part of a team focusing on the impacts of global warming, oil and gas activities, and other environmental stressors on all forms of Arctic life. He/she will also collaborate with other science fellows in NRDC's Science Center. This position is modeled after the AAAS Environmental Fellowship program and is designed as an opportunity to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical information in environmental policy decision-making. We are preferably looking for a post graduate ecologist/environmental engineer/conservation biologist, with strong data analysis skills and a specialty in ecology, oceanography, wildlife or related field. Prior field experience in the Arctic and/or experience with oil and gas drilling issues could be very helpful, but not required. Policy expertise is desirable so long as there is a very strong science background. Familiarity with multi-spatial ocean planning would be a plus. The Arctic science fellow's principle project will be to develop a protection strategy or conservation framework for America's Arctic. The fellow will assess and analyze scientific literature across several fields requiring quantitative and qualitative skills. The fellow also needs strong speaking and writing skills to present his/her work in a credible manner. Specific tasks may include some of the following projects: identification of the biological "hot spots" and how best to protect them as part of an America's Arctic protection strategy, prepare a peer reviewed paper outlining the protection strategy, write a summary report from the scientific literature on the impacts from global warming on America's Arctic for opinion-leaders and decision-makers, review and evaluate BLM and BOEMR&E EIS's and other documents regarding oil and gas activities, and work with NRDC's communications, online, membership and advocacy people to develop materials based on scientific information to inform policy makers, our members and the general public. Applicants preferably should have a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level degree in ecology or oceanography or related field, with experience in modeling or statistics; an excellent scientific or technical background; and a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to environmental problems. The successful applicant will also have excellent writing skills and enjoy working on an interdisciplinary team with people from different professional backgrounds. He/she should thrive under a fast-paced environment, with well-honed abilities to manage and prioritize work. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. We offer excellent benefits and a pleasant working environment. NRDC is an equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage women and people of color to apply. Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest, which addresses the following: (a) why the fellowship is desired, (b) how the candidate is qualified, (c) what issues interest the candidate, and (d) how the candidate hopes the fellowship will affect his/her career goals. Applicants should also submit a resume and a writing sample. Applications will be received until the position is filled. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to HR_DC@NRDC.org. No phone calls or faxes, please. For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org.