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Science Extern, Sustainable Food and Farming – Fall 2017

New York, NY
Department:  Litigation
Job Type: 
Clerk, Extern or Intern



Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program is seeking a student in the sciences for a part-time science externship based in our New York office this fall.

Earthjustice is expanding its work on sustainable food and farming, building on its vast experience litigating to protect the environment and public health, and its successes reducing pesticide use, toxic food additives, and water pollution.  We represent environmental organizations and consumer watchdogs as well as farmworkers and sustainable producers, grassroots organizations and environmental justice communities.  We focus on three areas: safer food – protecting people from toxic chemicals in foods and minimizing diet-related disease; sustainable farming – limiting reliance on agricultural chemicals, reducing agricultural pollution, and fostering responsible methods of crop and animal production; and climate-friendly farming –reducing the food system’s contribution to climate change and increasing farms’ resilience to climate shocks.

The success of our advocacy often turns on the strength of the underlying scientific evidence. The Science Extern will work directly with our staff scientist and lawyers to provide critical research support on issues such as: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial farms, eliminating exposures to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, and ending government support for unhealthy foods.


The Science Extern may be asked to:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Synthesize research findings relevant to Earthjustice advocacy in memos
  • Revise memos based on feedback from the staff scientist and lawyers
  • Organize scientific information for use by lawyers
  • Draft blog posts or other communications materials
  • Prepare presentation materials such as PowerPoint slide decks


  • A student in the sciences. A student in a doctoral or master’s program related to public health and/or climate change is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience in public interest advocacy is preferred.
  • Passion for the environment and commitment to environmental advocacy are essential.
  • Ability to efficiently identify, evaluate, and synthesize scientific and technical information that is both scientifically sound and compelling for non-scientific audiences.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews using standard tools like Web of Science or PubMed.
  • Ability to cite sources using a major scientific citation style. (The specific style is less important than the use of complete citations in a consistent format.)
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to balance part-time work at Earthjustice with other responsibilities.
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Interest in contributing to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Current transcript (an unofficial copy is fine)

Please reach out to if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.



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