Hydrogen Advocate

Washington, DC, US
17 days ago
Full time role


Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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Job Description


NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


NRDC is seeking a Hydrogen Advocate to work with the Industry, Innovation and Hydrogen team (part of NRDC’s Climate and Clean Energy Program) in our Washington DC (preferred) or New York office.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a Hydrogen Advocate to join NRDC’s Industry, Hydrogen, and Innovation team in the Washington, DC (preferred) or New York office to lead parts of NRDC’s hydrogen advocacy at the federal and state level to ensure that proliferating hydrogen activity is aligned with the goals of achieving an affordable transition to a net-zero GHG economy by 2050 and protecting the health of communities. The position will also focus on demand creation for green hydrogen in hard-to-electrify applications, including steelmaking and marine shipping. NRDC believes that, with rigorous safeguards and when deployed in the hardest-to-electrify applications, green hydrogen can play a key role in supporting climate goals. The new hire is expected to actively participate in a range of federal hydrogen efforts, including legislative and administrative efforts, and bring to bear NRDC’s experience with coalition building, policy design, and multi-stakeholder advocacy.


  • Lead parts of NRDC’s federal hydrogen advocacy to ensure climate-aligned hydrogen deployment by pressing for safeguards to minimize harmful deployment and erecting effective opposition to problematic policies.
  • Design, and advocate for, targeted market formation policies to spur the deployment of green hydrogen in hard-to-electrify applications.
  • Help build internal expertise related to deploying green hydrogen in service of decarbonizing heavy industrial applications and fuels for off-road transportation. We are looking to build expertise with the techo-economics and policy design.
  • Represent NRDC through active participation in and leadership of coalitions, providing collaboration and guidance to maximize effectiveness and grow support for safeguards and needed policies.
  • Regularly work with diverse stakeholders, including environmental organizations, labor groups, environmental justice groups, industry groups, and others.
  • Liaise, as needed, with funders in support of the hydrogen team’s development goals.
  • Develop written materials (e.g., blogs, action plans, white papers) to educate policymakers and other stakeholders on the policies and practices needed to ensure climate-aligned green hydrogen deployment.
  • Engage with media, as needed, in support of the hydrogen team’s communications goals.


  • 5-7 years working experience in policy advocacy, policy design or a related technical field
  • Experience with a technical subject matter and understanding of the dynamics of economy-wide deep decarbonization are required
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, understand and translate complex scientific, legal and policy matters for advocacy purposes
  • Demonstrated ability to build and work within coalitions that reach beyond the traditional environmental community
  • Strong strategic skills relevant to policy, advocacy, and project development
  • Experience managing complex projects involving many moving parts and teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and manage consultants, fellows and/or interns on discrete projects
  • Persuasive verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong inter-personal, relationship-building and networking skills
  • Substantial experience with public speaking and oral advocacy with decisionmakers
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $113,000 to $121,000 Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.


Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.


As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.


To apply, visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.


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For more about NRDC, visit www.nrdc.org.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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