Careers at Resources for the Future

Find out more about RFF's jobs, fellowships, internships, and more.


Resources for the Future provides the ideal setting for academics, researchers, and others passionate about improving environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. View current openings

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As part of RFF’s commitment to research excellence, RFF periodically offers fellowship opportunities. Find out more:

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Internships offer students and recent graduates the opportunity to experience working in a world renowned center for environmental and energy research. View current openings or find out more about our internship programs:

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Opportunities with Partner Organizations

Find out about career opportunities at institutions collaborating with RFF on research projects:

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Why Work at RFF?

When you join the RFF community in downtown Washington, DC, expect to find:

Excellence in Scholarship

We are committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy.

RFF is the most important think tank in the world concerned with the issues of resources.

Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate

A Place to Thrive

RFF’s working atmosphere is collegial. With 57 PhD economists and other research experts working on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, RFF is a place for collaborating, learning, and growing. Career development opportunities include participation in regular in-house seminars and mentorship from some of the world's leading environmental and natural resource economists.

Great Benefits

Employee benefits are generous. RFF offers health and life insurance, retirement programs, and pre-tax commuter assistance and daycare assistance. At our Washington DC offices, we provide free coffee, newspapers, and access to numerous online publications and journals.

Inspirational Surrounds

Our green roof, and accompanying deck with views of the Washington DC skyline, provide a fantastic setting for a lunches, group meetings, or to just unwind. Another great spot is our beautiful, leafy courtyard and Emery Castle Rose Garden, where our scholars can often be found during the spring and summer months.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

RFF is committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy. Our position as a source of high-quality, innovative research and policy engagement relies on a skilled, diverse workforce and an inclusive, respectful environment. People are RFF’s greatest asset. We value the unique contributions of each member of RFF’s community, and we realize that success comes through teamwork where each individual contributes to our mission. We commit to fostering an environment that empowers everyone at RFF to thrive. We have a collective responsibility to serve the public good, and RFF’s unique mission guides us in making the positive change we need to see in the world. To learn more, click here.

FAQs about Research Life at RFF

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