Environment & Behavioral Economics Project/Research and Communications Assistants


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


4600 Adeline StreetEmeryville, CA 94608


Human behavior is at the root of both environmental problems and their solutions.

Seeking Volunteer Project/Research and Communications Assistants

Root Solutions is seeking volunteers to join a team of visionaries, creators, and disruptors who want to re-shape the future of the environmental movement in North America and beyond. We are looking for both Project/Research assistants and Communication Assistants for winter, spring and summer of 2018. Although this is a volunteer position, you will be an active member of our team, and are vital to the success of programs that will transform the environmental movement and the planet. (Scroll down for more information about each position.)


Root Solutions works to provide conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral economics and behavior design, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, policies, and strategies that reflect how people are actually motivated and make decisions. By understanding human behavior and the factors which influence the choices people make, conservationists will be able to "nudge" people toward decisions and behavior that are good for them and good for the planet. As a young non-profit with ambitious goals (including expanding our work to all cause movements), our existing funding is restricted to program activities. Root Solutions is primarily volunteer run.

Location & Logistics

During the months of January & February the position is primarily working remotely online, with occasional in-person meetings in the Bay Area (SF, East Bay or North Bay). After February, the position includes a mix of remote work and in-person work at our Emeryville office. Position is part time.

*Please note: As we receive a lot of interest in our volunteer postings, we prefer volunteers that can commit to working with us for at least 40 working days, can work at least 15 hours per week, and can primarily complete their work during regular business hours, Monday - Thursday)

To apply Submit your cover letter, resume and any additional materials to info@therootsolutions.org.


Overall Function

  • Under the supervision of the Project Manager & Executive Director, the Project/Research Assistant will play an active role in all of Root Solutions initiatives. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Researching how behavioral design can reduce energy and/or paper consumption
  • Acting as a research assistant for our environmental behavioral design practitioner’s guide -- translating research into more accessible, actionable information
  • Assisting in the design of training materials
  • Developing content for our website and social media
  • Watching and curating relevant TED talks and other videos

Qualifications/skills and knowledge requirements

  • Ideal candidate is a part-time student or post-grad seeking experience in the environmental field (We prefer volunteers that can commit to working with us for at least 40 working days, can work at least 15 hours per week, and can primarily complete their work during regular business hours, Monday - Thursday)
  • Must have strong research and writing skills
  • Must be well-organized, self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Must be able to adapt and to prioritize
  • Must have the ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate initiative


Overall Function

We seek talented employees who crave learning new skills and aren't afraid to tackle big projects. As our Communications Assistant you will have ownership over important initiatives that will help us grow. The Communications Assistant is responsible for supporting social media efforts, including developing content for Facebook, Twitter and blogs. This will require research into the growing application of behavioral science to the environment. Our ideal candidate is someone who walks into a room of people and walks out with new friends! Someone who is thoughtful when interacting with online communities and building relationships. Interested applicants should have communications, research and writing skills. Basic knowledge of environmental issues is needed. Interest and experience in environmental psychology or behavioral economics is preferred.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to create a long term social media plan and marketing calendar
  • How to schedule social media and track social media analytics and report results and new ideas to our marketing team
  • How to create compelling content
  • Techniques to create viral loops between our Facebook, twitter, and blog accounts

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring traditional and non-traditional media outlets for coverage and opportunities
  • Circulating bi-monthly media clips
  • Writing content for social media (blogs, tweets, Facebook posts) and other communication as needed
  • Researching behavioral insights
  • Creating visual-based content for social media

What We Require:

  • Background in marketing, communication, or other related discipline
  • Strong writing skills
  • Must be well-organized, self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of media including Twitter, Facebook and blogging
  • Ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate initiative
  • Fearless - not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker
  • Love for using social networking sites, and excitement to learn new skills


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Research
  • Market Research / Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • 3 Months
  • Ideal candidate is a undergraduate or postgraduate student

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