Current Job Openings

Adaptation Progam Director

GCC is seeking an experienced and committed individual to join our team as Adaptation Program Director. The Adaptation Program Director leads our work on climate adaptation and resilience, working in partnership with policymakers and communities across the country. 

The Program Director develops and implements the Adaptation Program strategy; oversees advanced research and projects; engages with state, local and federal policymakers; collaborates with community organizations, NGOs, academic researchers, and other partners; and provides strategic oversight to our extensive body of work including reports, analyses, and databases. 

Project areas include community-informed responses to urban heat, managed retreat, equitable adaptation, infrastructure resilience, and more, with opportunities to grow based on the interests and expertise of the incoming director. The Program Director reports to the Climate Center Executive Director and supervises the work of full-time GCC staff members, as well as consultants, fellows, and students.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Program management and strategic planning
  • Leadership of substantive legal and policy analysis and research on topics related to climate change adaptation, including state, local, and federal law and policy, public engagement processes, and equity considerations related to adaptation and resilience
  • Outreach, stakeholder engagement, and facilitation of conversations among city, state and federal officials; NGOs; community stakeholders; legal and technical experts; and more
  • Student engagement through climate change practicum class and development and supervision of real-world student projects for JD and LLM students
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Business Operations Director on grant reporting and funding development

GCC is committed to building a diverse staff and fostering an inclusive environment that is reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ+ applicants, and other candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Read the full job posting and apply on the Georgetown University careers website

Research Assistant positions

The Georgetown Climate Center takes applications on a rolling basis for Research Assistants to support our work helping cities and states reduce carbon pollution (mitigation) and prepare for the impacts of climate change (adaptation). Students working in the fall and spring semesters work part time (between 5-20 hours per week) around their academic schedules and students can work part or full time (for a maximum of 40 hours per week) in the summer. Please consider meeting the following general application deadlines when applying: Fall: August/Mid-September; Spring: December/January; Summer: March/April.

These positions are only available to Georgetown University students, with a preference for law school students (JD, LLM, SJD) eligible for work study. We will also consider applicants from other undergraduate or graduate programs (e.g., MPP, MPS) within Georgetown University.

Communications Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking a part-time communications research assistant for Fall 2021. The Communications RA will join GCC’s communications team, which supports GCC’s Adaptation and Mitigation programs and their efforts to advance effective climate policy at the local, state, and federal levels. The Communications RA will have the opportunity to work alongside communications, law, and policy experts, learning practical skills in communications strategy and planning, stakeholder engagement, community outreach, social media management, and media relations, including experience working with nonprofit and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Typical responsibilities include media, website, and policy research, and development of social media campaigns, press releases, web copy, and other public-facing communications materials for GCC. This paid position will run through the Fall 2021 semester. Start date and schedule are flexible to accommodate academic schedules. Law students in need of clinical experience may request academic credit in lieu of payment. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the work of the Climate Center and how this position relates to your current areas of study, to

Mitigation Program Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking Georgetown University students interested in working with the Center as Research Assistants (RAs) to support our work to reduce carbon pollution from mobile and stationary sources. The Climate Center works directly with states and the federal government on the development of energy, transportation, and climate change policies.  For example, the Center focused extensively in recent years on the development and implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan and continues to support the development and implementation of local, state, and federal policies. The Center also facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative — a collaboration that seeks to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector across 11 states and Washington, DC. RA work involves research and analysis of legislation, regulations, policy options, and government programs. Other tasks include developing reports and presentations, helping with event preparations, and performing administrative tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with energy systems, U.S. energy markets, and major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. To apply please send a cover letter, detailing your interest in the work of the Climate Center and how this position relates to your current areas of study, with your resume to James Bradbury (


The Georgetown Climate Center happily considers requests to host individuals for research fellowships, where the projects align with our areas of expertise and the fellow is able to identify their own outside source of funding. This includes current law students from any ABA-accredited law school seeking a postgraduate fellowship that is partially or fully funded by an external source, such as a Skadden fellowship, Equal Justice Catalyst, Soros, or a program funded by your school. If you would like to explore potential fellowship opportunities, please contact