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Job Description: Researcher and Analyst, Full-Time

CoalSwarm, a project of Earth Island Institute, is a network of researchers developing information resources for the worldwide movement seeking to address the impacts of fossil fuels, especially climate change, and accelerate the transition to clean energy. Since its founding in 2007, CoalSwarm’s research has become an essential tool for activists, journalists, policy makers, analysts, and scientists worldwide. CoalSwarm’s data and reports are frequently cited in major news outlets worldwide including Reuters, The Economist, New York Times, BBC, Financial Times, Nature, National Geographic, Mashable, Sydney Morning Herald, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, Caixin, and South China Morning Post. CoalSwarm’s information is used by Bloomberg Terminals, the International Energy Agency, the OECD, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Greenpeace, Center for American Progress, Climate Analytics, Carbon Tracker Initiative, and others.

As part of a new initiative to extend its informational resources to include oil and gas pipelines and other fossil infrastructure, CoalSwarm seeks a skilled, experienced researcher and analyst to help develop its new Global Fossil Projects Tracker. The researcher will also support the continued development of CoalSwarm’s  Global Coal Plant Tracker, its 9,000-page wiki reference on SourceWatch, and its weekly CoalWire global news digest.

Position Summary and Duties

Reporting to the Director, the researcher will work as part of CoalSwarm’s Global Coal Plant Tracker (GCPT) and its Global Fossil Projects Tracker (GFPT) teams, as well as assisting with other CoalSwarm projects such as the weekly CoalWire newsletter.

Note: CoalSwarm does not have a central office; employees work from home offices and need not be based in the United States.

Specific duties include the following:

– Creating, formatting, and updating wiki pages on oil and gas pipelines, oil and gas drilling platforms, liquified natural gas terminals, coal-fired power plants, coal mines, coal export terminals,  and other fossil fuel infrastructure.

– Creating and updating wiki pages on issues related to fossil fuel development, such as environmental impacts, economics of alternatives, opposition campaigns, industry public relations and lobbying, exports and imports, legislation and regulation, and fossil fuel companies.

– Using spreadsheet and database software to develop tools for analyzing fossil projects at the regional, national, and international levels.

– Analyzing fossil fuel data to assess industry trends and movement success.

– Writing blogs, articles, and reports summarizing research findings.

– Representing research findings at meetings, conferences, hearings, and other public events.

– Creating visual presentations of findings using presentation graphics and online tools.

– Working with software developers to develop websites for presenting tracker results.

– Assisting third-party researchers in academia, NGOs, governments, and business organizations seeking to use the Global Coal Plant Tracker and the Global Fossil Projects Tracker.

– Providing miscellaneous editorial support for CoalSwarm publications, such as proofreading, data preparation, and development of figures and charts.

CoalSwarm provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.  

Experience and Skills

The following are requirements:

– Professional-level writing skills. Applicants must provide at least five examples of published work.

– Strong research skills, including attention to detail, scrupulous adherence to documented fact, resourcefulness in using online search tools, and basic knowledge of environmental and social impacts of fossil energy production, governmental and business institutional structures, and the global political context of energy.

– Demonstrated analytical skills, including experience in summarizing and presenting data.

– Knowledge of wiki formatting; demonstrated ability to master additional technical skills as needed for data development and analysis.

– Commitment to social and environmental justice.

Pay and Benefits

This is a full-time, 40-hours-per-week, work-from-home position. The salary for this position is competitive for an academic or non-profit research organization. Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance, and 4 weeks of paid vacation.

How to Apply

Please email resume, links to at least five published writing samples, and list of references to Ted Nace, Director, CoalSwarm, ted@tednace.com. Open until filled.