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Research Fellow

Hybrid Role (Remote and On-Site)

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Fellowship Goals  

  • Conduct outcomes focused research to analyze the impact of natural resource extraction on Indigenous communities of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Identify relevant information on the state of reclamation of Black Mesa and the positioning of Peabody Coal.
  • Identify the positions of decision and policy makers within the Department of Interior on issues pertaining to Black Mesa.
  • Develop projects and methods to increase knowledge, capacity and access to resources for an existing community led movement to achieve economic and environmental justice.

The Fellow will work with oversight from senior IEEFA team members and with guidance from Grand Canyon Trust staff. Research priorities will be developed in partnership with IEEFA and Grand Canyon Trust staff and will be informed by the research interests of the Fellow.

This Fellowship is for one year and may be extended if resources are available.

Fellowship Expectations

  1. Identify research resources focused on just transition strategies, needs, analysis, and impacts.
  2. Collaborate with interagency working groups and IEEFA lead analysts to research, compile and organize information.
  3. Contribute to knowledge generation, knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer with communities leading projects on environmental reclamation.
  4. Assess, interpret and evaluate outcomes of research.
  5. Develop ideas for application of research outcomes.
  6. Develop new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding of just transition issues.
  7. Write collateral for publication to disseminate research findings.
  8. Establish a monitoring program to alert IEEFA and its networks of emerging energy related issues in the just transition movement.
  9. Establish and develop relationships between IEEFA and Native community leaders and energy industry leaders
  10. Participate in and prepare presentations for IEEFA’s annual conference, internal audiences and other organizational projects.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Strong interest in the state of reclamation on Black Mesa to support Hopi and Dine communities
  • Basic understanding of financial and/or energy issues related to the impacts of natural resource extraction, reclamation and environmental justice.  
  • A commitment to support and lead with humility when entering communities and working with diverse cultures including Native communities on the Colorado Plateau.
  • A demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent writing skills demonstrated through publications, reports and commentaries.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work independently, able to multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines with limited direction.
  • Team oriented with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Technological proficiency and ability to learn new software and applications.
  • Commitment to the missions of IEEFA and the Grand Canyon Trust.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to candidates familiar with the Southwest United States region or have connections to Southwest tribal nations.
  • Professional or academic experience with research and projects related to just transition, reclamation and energy and finance issues related to environmental impacts of natural resources extraction.

EOE: We are an equal opportunity employer and value cultural inclusion at IEEFA. All members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing all employees with a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy/parental status or disability status.

Work Schedule: Full time, 40 hours/week. General hours are Monday-Friday.

Travel: Fellows may be asked to travel regionally and to attend an annual trip to New York for IEEFA team meetings.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is a remote work position for IEEFA but may be optionally housed at the Grand Canyon Trust offices in Flagstaff, AZ. Must be able to work for prolonged intervals at a computer. Computer work can involve repetitive motion, eyestrain, back and neck strain.

Salary: $52,100

Benefits: The benefits package will include individual health, dental, and vision insurance (all premiums fully paid by IEEFA for the Fellow), vacation leave (20 days per year), sick and safe leave (10 days per year), and 12 paid holidays per year. As a temporary Fellowship, this position would not be eligible for additional benefits including retirement plans, additional paid leave, or additional insurance beyond individual medical coverage and state mandated insurance/worker’s comp.

COVID-19 Considerations: This position will be fully remote for IEEFA or may be housed in the offices of the Grand Canyon Trust.   For those individuals housed at Grand Canyon Trust, COVID vaccinations are required.  If you need a reasonable accommodation, contact 

Review of applications will begin immediately.   Applications are accepted through May 18, 2022. 

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The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), in partnership with the Grand Canyon Trust (GCT), is seeking a full-time Research Fellow whose research objectives, projects and proposals will focus on the just-transition movement in the Southwest U.S. region. 

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