Environment & Behavioral Economics Projects Assistant


Cause Areas


Sat Sep 01, 2018 09:00 AM - Wed Nov 21, 2018 05:00 PM


TBDBerkeley, CA 94720


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

Projects Assistant

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 currently looking for four Project/Research Assistants to join our team. Although this is a volunteer position, you will be an active member of our team and a listed staff on our website and in correspondences. You’re vital to the success of programs that will transform the environmental movement and the planet.

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 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


  • Every two weeks, we have intern activities, which include at least one field trip, one-on-one mentorship, gain professional development, and to present your own input and research to the group.

  • We work hard to pair our volunteers with projects that are interesting to them or important for their career growth.


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

This position includes primarily working in-person work with the opportunity to mix in remote work. Position is part time. We generally ask for a commitment of at least 4 working days, over the course of a 10-week period. Ideal start date is during September 2018. We are happy to offer flexibility with your schedule, and are open to any variants of days that work best for you.

Compensation: This is a volunteer position

Application Materials

Deadline for Applications is November 1st, however, we will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis for future career opportunities.

Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter and resume to:

Lauren Highleyman
Project Manager
Email: info@therootsolutions.org
Subject Heading: Communications Assistant

Indicate whether you are able to work for class credit or note whether you will receive any work-study or grant money for this position.

Root Solutions




  • Program Management
  • Research
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Website Project Management
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 4 days a week, 10 week committment
  • See Description

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